MinnesotaWorks.net blog | Department of Employment and Economic Development | State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed en-us Resume Techniques to Use and Avoid Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:40:48 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150896

Some job seekers are under the impression that job search isn’t worthwhile during the holidays, but in fact it’s a great time to be looking. There’s less competition among job seekers, and hiring managers are in their offices for at least part of the holiday. Keep networking, take long lunches for informational interviews, send in your applications and update your job search tool kit.

Ways to Turn a Seasonal Job into a Full-Time Job Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150423

Perhaps you’ve taken a seasonal job, even though it’s temporary and you seek a permanent position. Seasonal work can improve your financial situation, helping you pay for holiday gifts and necessities. Taking a seasonal job can also be useful for those who need to gain work experience, develop skills, and get training or increase networking contacts. It's also a good way to check out an employer or an occupation before making a commitment to training, a career path or a particular employer.  If you already have a seasonal job, it’s possible, though difficult, to turn it into a permanent position.

Say These Things in a Job Interview Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:15:07 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-149782

Getting the call for a job interview can be exciting. You’ll start preparing for the interview by doing things such as practice answering questions, putting together a list of questions for the interviewer and refreshing your knowledge about the company.

There are some things you can always say during the interview that can help you do better.

Giving Thanks and Reenergizing Your Job Search Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:41:27 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-149432

Do you often feel that you are running at full speed with your job search and don’t have time to take a step back and reflect?  You’re networking regularly, applying to job postings and being as flexible as you possibly can in scheduling interviews.  When is there time for you to take a break, recharge and reflect?  Thanksgiving is a great time for you to stop and be thankful for the people that you’ve met and what you’ve accomplished with your job search to date.

Finding the Right Cultural Fit with Prospective Companies Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:11:31 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-149022

When searching for a new job, a lot of emphasis is put on finding a job that complements your specific skills and accomplishments. However, an equal amount of emphasis should be placed on finding an employer with a work culture that fits your personality. 

Reasons Why You Won’t Get a Job Offer Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:40:04 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-148055

Some job seekers have told us that they have had several interviews, but they can’t get a job offer. They’re disappointed and want to know what has been going wrong. And getting feedback from interviewers can be difficult – employers might not respond to emails or calls from job seekers. If you think you were a good fit for the job and interviewed well, you might ask yourself what to do next. You’ll want to learn how you can improve your chances to get a job offer.

Assistance for MN Veterans Seeking Jobs Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:07:54 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-147319

If you’re a veteran who is seeking a civilian job, know there’s a great place to go to for help: Minnesota WorkForce Centers. Current or former members of the military, no matter their era of service, receive priority of services there.

Tips to Overcome Job Search Fears Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-145932

Halloween is Friday, so it seems like a good time to talk about fear. Being scared can be fun at Halloween, but that’s typically not true with your job search. Making new connections, going to new places and meeting new people can make anyone apprehensive. And some people delay their job search because they are afraid of failing. “What will the person speaking with me be like?” “What if he or she doesn’t seem to like me?” “Do I look good enough?” “What if I can’t think of an answer to a question?” We’re sure you can think of more questions like these.

DEED Launches New Manufacturing and Bioscience Microsites for Job Seekers Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-145155

DEED and its partners have launched two new microsites to help job seekers looking for manufacturing or bioscience jobs. The mn-manufacturing.jobs microsite contains only manufacturing jobs while mn-bioscience.jobs contains only those for bioscience.These microsites are mobile-enabled and search engine optimized and have social media-sharing capabilities. Job seekers can email job openings, tweet them, share them in LinkedIn and more.

Ways to Attract Recruiters to Your LinkedIn Profile Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:29:46 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-144718

LinkedIn is a key social networking site for job seekers and career explorers. It allows you to tap into and grow a network of contacts who can help you connect with other LinkedIn members and increase the likelihood you’ll be found by recruiters and other potential employers. We suggest that you look for more ways recruiters can find job seekers like you.

Interview Tips for Blind, Visually Impaired or DeafBlind Job Seekers Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:55:35 -0500 Lisa Larges http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-144046

A job interview can be stressful for anyone, but for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, the job interview can present extra challenges. The workforce team at State Services for the Blind (SSB), part of DEED, offers some simple tips to help blind, visually impaired and DeafBlind job seekers ace the interview.

Follow Up On Your Resume Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:31:42 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-143527

It’s great to find a job posting that’s the perfect fit for your skills and interests. So you apply, and wait for a response that may or may not come. Most job seekers don’t get a response from a submitted resume. But we think you can improve your chances of getting that job interview by following four rules set out by Don Goodman. 

Knowing Your Skills Key for Job Search Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:45:48 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-141900

Highlighting skills in resumes, cover letters and interviews is part of the foundation of an effective job search. Employers want to know what you can do.

Dos and Don’ts for Job Fairs Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:36:07 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-141362

You need to go to job fairs with the right attitude, right materials and professional image to be successful. Sure, you hope to go in, get interviewed on site and land a job. And that’s great if it happens, but if not, don’t be discouraged. The focus of job fairs is to come away with job leads. Getting at least a few good job leads is time well spent.

Know Proper Email Etiquette for Job Search Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:45:10 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-140629

Emailing has become the standard way in which people communicate with one another. According to Taylor Wright in 5 Email Etiquette Tips for Job Seekers , most recruiters prefer sending and receiving emails because it’s easier to keep a record of contacts. Recruiters could get hundreds of emails every day, and small mistakes can instantly remove you from the list of job candidates.

Informational Interviews Boost Job Search Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:12:16 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-140263

If your job search has stalled or needs a boost you can get back on track by setting up some informational interviews, meetings with employers or professional within a specific industry.

Six Tips for Job Seekers to Stand Out with LinkedIn Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:55:03 -0500 Mike Lang http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-139886 LinkedIn has been gaining attention as a key tool for job search. Unfortunately, many LinkedIn users fail to maximize this social media tool's true strengths. An excellent profile and a healthy network of connections are necessary, but they should be considered the first steps. LinkedIn is a job search tool that helps job seekers be successful because it is so much more than a place to deposit their resumes and wait for calls or emails. This is a place to network, build a reputation, find new connections, and gain recognition for the skills you have. Tools to Lift Your Back-to-School Job Search Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:54:56 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-139389

It’s almost September. The time that children return to school, equipped with new clothes, new backpacks and new supplies. And now could be the perfect time for you to start fresh on your job search as well. Whether you are trying to move up the corporate ladder or are beginning a job hunt, this could be the perfect time for you to achieve career success.

Get Creative with Business Cards Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:59:04 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-138929

Having a business card is perfect for networking at informal parties, meetings and chance encounters, anytime when the person you meet doesn’t wish to have a copy of your resume but is interested in helping you with your job search.  

But once you’ve put the content together, you’ll want your business card to stand out. That’s where getting creative with business cards can help.

Attend Diversity Career Fair on August 7 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:19:02 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-138174

Job and career seekers can meet with potential employers and college representatives during the Diversity Career Fair: A World of Opportunities on Thursday, August 7 in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Employers will be recruiting for hundreds of jobs, from entry-level to managerial positions in industries including manufacturing, health care and transportation.

Networking with Business Cards Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:36:04 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-137385 The business card is a necessity of networking. Not everyone will want a copy of your resume when you meet them, especially if it's at a professional networking mixer, a social function or even a party at your brother-in-law's home. That's where the business card comes in.

Hundreds of Vets Connect with Employers at MN Vets Career Fair Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:02:53 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136352
Former members of the U.S. military seeking jobs and employers connected at the 2014 Minnesota Veterans Career Fair last week in Brooklyn Center. Gov. Mark Dayton kicked off the event by thanking employers for hiring veterans and veterans for their service to Minnesota and the nation. The event, attended by 800 job and career seekers, had more than 140 employers participating, a record number. 

Employment Services for MN Military Veterans Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:14:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-135632 If you’re a veteran seeking a new job or career in Minnesota, you can benefit from specialized employment and training services offered through Minnesota WorkForce Centers. As a former or current member of the U.S. military, you’ll receive priority for services, no matter your era of service. Get Ready for MN Vets Career Fair – July 9 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:23:57 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134870

The Minnesota Veterans Career Fair, the largest event of its kind in the state, is only one week away. And if you’re a U.S. military veteran seeking a job or career, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with employers, educational institutions and attend job search workshops. But showing up probably isn’t enough if you’re looking for a new position.

Become a Job Club Member Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:00:11 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-133837

Joining a job club could help you land that perfect job, whether you’ve been looking for a while or have just launched your job search.

Minnesota Veterans Career Fair Set for July 9 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:43:46 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-132871

If you are a U.S. military veteran looking for a job, mark your calendar for the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair on July 9. The event, the largest of its kind in the state, will connect military veterans who are seeking work with employers who are hiring. 

Handling Career Gaps on Your Resume Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:57:47 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-132076

Most job seekers realize that gaps in their employment history are viewed negatively by employers. That’s one reason why some people fail to apply for jobs which they are qualified for. But you can overcome obstacles posed by career gaps by explaining what you were doing during the times you weren’t employed. 

Tips for Using Pinterest for Job Search Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:58:09 -0500 Sarah Rach-Sovich http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-131697

When you think about Pinterest you might think about puppy pictures, do-it-yourself projects or delicious recipes. It is unlikely that using Pinterest to enhance your job search is on your radar, but it should be!

Tips for Finding that Telework Job Wed, 28 May 2014 10:06:58 -0500 Rick Schara http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-131042

Telework or telecommuting is a popular work arrangement in which employees don't commute to a central place of work. But what if you find that dream job that could be done from home or a remote location and it isn't defined as a telework position? Here are a few tips to get the conversation started.

Job Search Tips for Working Mothers Wed, 21 May 2014 15:01:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-130161

Parenting and working take a lot of energy and multitasking. And if you’re a mom (or dad) with kids living at home, it’s a good bet that you don’t have much time left for starting a job search or restarting one that has stalled. That’s why you need to make the most of the little spare time you do have. 

Transportation Logistics Expo Job & Career Fair – May 20 Wed, 14 May 2014 10:43:27 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-129492

Have you considered a career in the logistics and transportation industry? If you’re interested in landing a job or thinking about starting a career in the field, meet with employers and exhibitors at a job and career fair on Tuesday, May 20 in Owatonna. About 30 employers and exhibitors and 200 job seekers and career explorers are expected to attend.

Hiring Our Heroes Event Set for May 13 Wed, 07 May 2014 09:43:39 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-128797

If you are a veteran looking for a good job, plan on attending the 2014 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event - Rochester, Minn. on Tuesday, May 13. Get the chance to connect with employers offering a diverse array of positions in several industries. 

Interview Tips for Former Offenders Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:55:48 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-128233

If you’re like many job seekers, job interviews can get you nervous. You want to make your best impression and give the right answers to land a job. For people with less than perfect job histories or former offenders the prospect of a job interview can be more daunting. How should you answer questions about your spotty work record?  How do you handle questions that hone in on your past criminal activity?

You can overcome these obstacles by practicing answers to difficult questions and paying attention to your body language.

Interview Tips for Older Workers Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:55:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-127180 Over 45 is far from over the hill. Still, some employers may quietly view older workers as technologically challenged, skeptical of the unknown and expensive. Of course, all of these attributes can be seen in younger workers as well, but they seem to be applied more often to workers beyond even 40 years old. The best approach to finding a job at any age is to face it head on and make changes as needed.  Tips for Effective Phone Calls to Employers Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:46:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-126568

The goal of any job search campaign is to meet face-to-face with employers in an interview. The more interviews you have, the greater your chances for success. Most job seekers, however, prefer a passive job search strategy in which they submit an application or resume and wait. Instead, we urge you to be more proactive by making direct contact with potential employers. 

Northland Job Fair Set for May 7 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:36:20 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-125604

Connect with employers at the 5th Annual Northland Job Fair on Wednesday, May 7. The event is one of the largest in northern Minnesota. Job fair organizers expect about 1,000 attendees at the event. More than 70 employers from northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin will speak with job seekers about current and future job vacancies. 

Refresh Your Job Search for Spring Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-124189

Spring is a great time to start anew. With the birds singing, the plants sprouting and the temperatures rising, it’s the perfect time to refresh your job search.

Learn About Construction Careers at Duluth WFC Event Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:55:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-121652

Do you want to explore a career in the construction and trades field?  Attend an event about prospects in that industry on Monday, March 31. You’ll learn from Lake Superior College reps about classes and educational programs to prepare you for construction and trades jobs.

Attend Construction/Trades Career Fair – March 26 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:54:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-120964

If you’re interested in learning about or landing a job in the construction and trades field, come to the 2014 Construction/Trades Career & Job Fair on Wednesday, March 26 in Rochester, Minn.  More than 30 businesses and organizations will talk to people looking for work about job openings, apprenticeships, career pathways and programs to become certified. Employers wish to hire workers for jobs in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota.  

Mark Your Calendar for Get Jobs Job Fair - March 27 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:51:36 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-117933

Polish your resume, put your best foot forward and join us at the Get Jobs Job Fair on Thursday, March 27, one of the largest events of its kind in the Twin Cities. Get the chance to meet with at least 100 employers who are expected to participate. And that connection can lead to your next new job. 

Tips for Finding a Job Fast With LinkedIn Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:59:29 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-116981

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the Internet with more than 277 million members from around the world. It has become the place for employers and recruiters to find candidates for their job openings.

Recruiting Expert Shares Top Candidate Lies Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:15:13 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-116181

Some interview questions can be very difficult to answer because they may touch on past work difficulties or personally delicate or embarrassing matters. Maybe you've been fired, have long gaps in your work history or been in prison. How should you address these negatives? 

Most Important Career Question to Ask Yourself Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:55:53 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-115517

Have you been looking at job vacancies in your field, and finding that in most cases, you don’t have all (or nearly all) the skills the employer is seeking? It doesn’t make sense to apply for a job unless you’re well qualified because the job market is so competitive. If you don’t have the skills, even if you’re a great networker, resume writer and interviewee, you’re not going to get the job.

Dawn Rasmussen in Single Most Important Career Question to Ask Yourself focuses on the importance of keeping your skill set up-to-date and investing in yourself.

Tips for an Olympic Job Search Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:25:28 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-114572

People from around the world are watching the Olympic Games in Sochi. Spectators admire these athletes for their talent, stamina and fortitude. And it’s exciting to watch top competitors excel in sports for which they have been training for years. 

Becoming an Olympic champion isn’t easy. Among those athletes that can attest to that is Scott Hamilton, former Olympic figure skating champion. He says that everything he’s ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance. And Andre Agassi, gold medalist in tennis in 1996, says that nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.

Just like these athletes, you will need to jump hurdles to reach your career goals.

Finding Jobs Online: Tools Keep Improving Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:55:20 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-113745

Job hunting continues to be a longstanding challenge for job seekers. And job sourcing has been a long-term challenge for employers. Like most aspects of business, processes for recruiting skilled candidates have been transformed by technology. And so have techniques for job search. That means that job seekers can choose from an array of new and improving tools to use for their job search.

     

5 Job Search Tips Going Out of Style in 2014 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:04:46 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-113085

Job hunting techniques continue to evolve in response to the ongoing changes employers make to draw passive and active job seekers into their talent pool and find the best workers. And it’s a new year, so we’re urging job seekers to review advice they’ve received and based on that, update their job-hunting methods and tool kit.

Ways to Write a Targeted Resume Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:55:21 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-111891

There are many resources about how to write a resume that’s not for a specific position. But how should you write your resume when you’re applying for a specific job vacancy? 

MLK Jr. Holiday Diversity Fair Jan. 20 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-110380

If you’re looking for a job and seeking an event that gives diverse professionals a chance to network, socialize and meet with employers, plan to attend the MLK Jr. Holiday Diversity Networking Career Fair. The event will take place on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, a federal holiday commemorating the life and achievements of the inspirational American civil rights leader.

 

Create Visual Resume to Get Noticed Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:17:01 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-108165

Increasingly, career experts are advising job seekers to produce a visual resume to complement (not replace) their traditional resume. This is particularly relevant if you’re looking for work in creative fields such as marketing, advertising and sales or graphic arts or high-tech roles, or client-facing roles such as training.

Check Out Counseling and Temporary Staffing Services Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-105832

It’s a new year, and with it comes new opportunities. You’re probably beginning to take action on your new year’s resolutions, such as more networking, improving your elevator pitch, and developing a social media plan. 

But there are more things you can do to help boost your job search. Did you know that personnel staffing services and contract firms can be excellent job search resources?

Top 10 Job Seeker New Year’s Resolutions Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-105712

It’s that time of year again: when we make resolutions for the New Year. And most everyone’s doing it too. Some common ones: Save money, manage stress, take a trip, get a better education and exercise. That’s why we weren’t surprised last January to find that the number of people at the gym had grown exponentially from just a few weeks before. 

 

If you’re a job seeker, you’re probably thinking about making resolutions that will help you land that great new job you’ve been looking for.

Tips for Holiday Party Networking Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:08:58 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-100745

'Tis the season to be jolly … and to attend holiday parties. And you won’t want to miss them, no matter how introverted you are, if you’re job hunting.

Make the Most of Your Holiday Job Search Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-99716

The holiday season presents great networking opportunities to boost your job search. Holiday parties and other events can help you connect with all kinds of people, increasing the likelihood you can link with the right professional contacts, and even your next employer. And contrary to what many job seekers believe, job hunting during the holiday season can be a great time, partly because there is less competition from other job seekers.

Holiday Job Search Myths Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:51:26 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-98235

Many job seekers are getting ready for the holidays. True, you are probably cutting back on expenses if you're out of work. Still, cooking, baking, decorating and even maybe a little shopping might still be part of your plans. But what about your job search? Some job seekers think that employers don't hire workers in December, so they spend less time actively seeking work or take a break from it all together. And some job seekers trade in an active job search solely for job hunt planning.

 

In 5 Myths of Holiday Job Search , Rob Taub urges job seekers to continue actively seeking work during this period. He says that executives often make job offers during the holidays and tells why.

Consider Career in Animal Agriculture Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:55:45 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-95152

Tomorrow most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and enjoying the traditional meal – a turkey dinner. Did you know that Minnesota is the top turkey producing and processing state in the U.S? Two-hundred and fifty family farmers raise approximately 47 million turkeys annually, according to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association . The poultry industry is ranked in the top 10 for egg production and top 20 for chicken production nationwide.

Living in a state with such an important poultry industry, career explorers and job seekers might want to consider working in this field.

Beat The Job Search Blues Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:46:41 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-94721

People who have lost their jobs potentially face significant emotional, financial and physical challenges. There’s no doubt, regardless of whether you loved or hated your job, you will feel its loss. And even if you were excited to begin a job search when you had first lost your job, your energy and motivation could be a lot different now. It’s easy to lose confidence in your own skills and abilities and become depressed during a lengthy period of unemployment.

And while many people enjoy the winter holiday season, others are prone to loneliness, anxiety and sadness. And that can make the situation even worse. But there are things you can do to help yourself and make it better. 

Tips to Broaden Your Job Search Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:26:39 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-93588

The right amount of preparation, planning and strategy is essential to a successful job search. Planning helps you clarify your goals, understand your skills, and target specific jobs. It also gives you more confidence and puts you a step ahead of competitors. Part of that plan includes researching employers to find the companies that best fit your skills, interests and experiences. It’s common for job seekers to research larger well-known companies with brands they know, and place them on the list to target. But, you could be selling yourself short if you don’t research smaller companies as well.

Trudy Steinfeld in Expand Your Job Search: Go Big By Thinking Small , points out that all large well-known companies started out small. While they generally hire fewer new workers and are generally more difficult to research, a start-up organization could be the perfect fit for you.

Services to Help Veterans Find Jobs Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:08:33 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-93211

We salute you, Minnesota’s former members of the U.S. military!  Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, celebrated in Minnesota and across the United States in recognition and appreciation of the former members of our country’s military, who have protected our nation’s freedom and kept Americans safe. Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC, wrote in his poem, “It’s the Soldier,” this: 

“It’s the soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It’s the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech …”

Consider a Career in Manufacturing Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:35:01 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-91364

A career in manufacturing might not seem glamorous or exciting. But things have changed. Today’s manufacturing workers use complex, advanced technology and automated, computer-controlled equipment, while earning an average salary that is $10,000 more than most jobs in Minnesota. And manufacturing facilities aren’t dirty and outdated as some job seekers may think. Today’s facilities are clean and modern with the latest equipment and safety standards.  

People with Disabilities Link to Employers at MPP Career Fair Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:59:52 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-90546

About 260 job seekers with disabilities linked with 31 employers at the 2nd annual Minneapolis Placement Partnership Career Fair.

“The event was highly successful and well attended,” said Ken Lundquist, Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) manager at DEED. “The number of job seekers doubled, and the large number of qualified applicants pleased employers.”

Use Twitter for Your Job Search Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:33:43 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-88321

Twitter is a great tool to use for job hunting. This micro-blogging social media platform allows members to follow one another and send messages no longer than 140 characters. These short, real time messages (called Tweets) provide a perfect electronic platform to let people know you are looking for a job — and to establish yourself as a valuable candidate for the jobs you seek.

Five Tips for Meaningful Connections on LinkedIn Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:39:54 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150706

LinkedIn is an important resource in your job hunting tool-box because employers use it to find job candidates. In fact, some employers report that using LinkedIn for job search may become the preferred method of recruiting. That’s because it not only includes job seekers who are actively applying for positions, but also those who aren’t, providing a larger pool of potential job candidates.

We urge you to open an account (if you haven’t already) and create a professional presence with a complete LinkedIn profile. Once you have finished your profile, you’ll be ready to make connections online and then take them off line (meet with people in person).

Here are five tips for creating meaningful connections on LinkedIn:

Come to Roseau County Job Fair – Sept. 26 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:34:01 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-85993

Have you considered working in northwest Minnesota? Plan to attend the Roseau County Job Fair on Thursday, Sept. 26 and connect with employers offering great new jobs in the area.

“Jobs are plentiful, largely because there is a boom in manufacturing locally,” said Kathy Carney, workforce development field operations manager at DEED. “The labor market is so tight that companies have been hard-pressed to find new workers.”

Naming Rights ... and Wrongs Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:58:04 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150966

Shakespeare posed the famous question: “What’s in a name?” Well, when it comes to business, there’s more than you might think.

Depending on the type of business organization you choose, there are rules to follow and official documents to be filed.

Interviewing Tips from Public Speaking World Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:50:16 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150707

It’s exciting to get the call to interview for a job you really want. But interviewing can also be scary. A great advantage is to have as much information as possible about the position before the first interview, so do your research and match your skills to the job. You’ll also want to impress the employer with your great attitude and appearance . Practice answering key interview questions and developing a list of questions to ask the interviewer is also part of the process. Taking the time to do all this preparation should help you have a great interview and boost your odds of getting a call back afterward.

Self-Branding and Creating an Online Brand Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:41:35 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150711

You are not just a job seeker or a face in the crowd. You have a unique set of skills that sets you apart. By creating your self-brand, you can communicate your unique skills to an employer and showcase why you’re the best person for the job.

Dan Schawbel, author of “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success,” suggests a four-step process for self-branding: discover, create, communicate, maintain.

Tips to Jump Start Your Job Search Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:44:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150713

Among the first steps job seekers commonly take to find a job is to prepare a resume, and start networking in person and through social media. But beyond that, there’s much more you can do to make the most of your time looking for a job. If you aren’t getting many job interviews and think your job search could use a lift, it’s time to look at other avenues for employers to discover you.

In 7 Tips To Jump Start Your Job Search Jessica Holbrook Hernandez provides ideas to help you diversify your approach. One of her first tips is that you post your resume to job boards. We urge you to post your resume on MinnesotaWorks.net, our state’s online job bank, if you haven’t already. As of yesterday, there were 61,282 position openings on the site in a wide variety of fields and occupations.

Here are her other recommendations:

Why 77-Year-Old Hired Over Younger Candidates Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:49:53 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150714

If you’re looking for work and you are over the age of 50, you might be thinking “I’m too old to get hired!” If you want to be an Olympic swimmer … then yeah, you probably are! However for most jobs out there, age has nothing to do with it. Unless you let it. I watched a company hire a 77-year-old man over a 40-something. Here’s why:

Use Google Alerts for a Live Job Search Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:51:47 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150717

Many job seekers report that job hunting is not only the most difficult job they have ever had but the most time consuming as well. And part of the process involves finding job vacancies at companies targeted by job seekers. While MinnesotaWorks.net, our state’s online job bank, is a great tool to help you streamline the process, and we strongly recommend that you use it, we also urge you to consider adding the use of Google Alerts to your arsenal of job search tools. This free tool can help you easily flag job openings that haven’t been posted on MinnesotaWorks.net or are located outside of the state (or outside the geographical area MinnesotaWorks.net covers). Google Alerts can also help you check your online presence and monitor employers.

Get Under the Big Tent Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:53:53 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150718

The first Big Tent Career Fair, the summer’s biggest community job fair in the Twin Cities, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, August 8, at the Hennepin South WorkForce Center in Bloomington. The event is free and open to all.

More than 75 employers will be looking for diverse job candidates with many different types of skills.

Employment Services DEED Offers Vets Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:56:05 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150719

DEED provides specialized staff and employment services to help all Minnesota military veterans – including those in the National Guard and Reserves – prepare for, find, and keep a job, no matter their era of service.

DEED’s veterans employment representatives are located at WorkForce Centers statewide to guide veterans. Vets reps also work closely with employers to develop job opportunities for veterans and to advocate on their behalf.

Online Tools to Help Vets Find Jobs Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:58:02 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150721

If you’re a veteran beginning a job search you should know about two important online tools, MinnesotaWorks.net and MyMilitary GPS LifePlan.

More than 1,000 Attend Vets Career Fair Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:03:35 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150725

More than 1,000 former and current members of the U.S. military connected with employers at the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair held in Brooklyn Center on Tuesday.

Veterans – Come to Career Fair Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:10:35 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150730

If you are a veteran and looking for a job, or interested in exploring new careers or educational opportunities, come to the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair on Tuesday, July 16. It’s the largest veterans career fair in Minnesota with approximately 100 Minnesota businesses with current job openings participating.

This free event features:

Make the Most of the Vets Career Fair Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:12:41 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150731

If you’re a veteran looking for a job or exploring careers, you won’t want to miss the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair on Tuesday, July 16 in Brooklyn Center.

To make the most of any job or career fair, it’s best to begin preparing yourself, and have a resume and personal sales pitch ready in advance of the event.

Networking Tips for Introverted Job Seekers Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:14:51 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150732

Networking can be challenging for any job seeker. However, networking for people who are introverted can be overwhelming, stressful and even something to dread. Many introverts find attending events to be difficult because they don’t like to make small talk and feel drained from meeting many people at one time.

However, networking can be made less stressful and maybe even a bit enjoyable. As one job seeker told us, you can learn interesting new things by networking with people.

Self-Assessments for Career Planning Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:17:12 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150733

One step you can take for career planning is conducting a self-assessment. Career planning provides a foundation for your educational plans and job search.

Job experts believe a good assessment includes interests, skills, values, preferred environments, temperament, motivations, work experience, training needs, and your current work and financial status. Each of these areas gives definition to your career search.

According to ISEEK, self-assessments can help you:

Making Job Search More Fun Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:19:05 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150735

Any job seeker will tell you that looking for employment is among the hardest jobs they’ve ever had. Your job search involves research, resume writing, networking and other work that you might find difficult or even dread. If you are used to having someone else organize your activities, you will be mastering new skills that will require you to stay focused, avoid distractions and stay the course, despite potentially rough waters on the voyage to employment.

But there’s ways to make it easier. Llona Vanderwoude in Finding the Fun in Your Job Search provides five tips to make your job search more fun. Here they are:

Youth Apprenticeship Opening a World of Possibilities Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:14:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150773

More youths in Minnesota are exploring careers in manufacturing as word spreads that exciting things are happening in the field. Most well-paying manufacturing jobs don’t require a four-year college degree, and there is strong employer demand for skilled workers.

In manufacturing, jobs pay an average annual wage of $57,512 per employee, eclipsing construction, real estate and agriculture. About 40 percent of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies in 2013 operate in manufacturing.

One way youths can explore manufacturing careers is through participation in the state’s Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Explore a Career in Manufacturing Wed, 22 May 2013 11:17:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150775

Manufacturing is the back bone of Minnesota’s economy, thanks to its strength, versatility and innovation. And a career in the manufacturing sector can be an attractive option. There’s all kinds of exciting things going on in the field.

Consider this:

Four Things You Need to Know About Networking Mon, 13 May 2013 12:13:14 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150791

Career experts agree that most job offers come from personal connections or “networking.” Here’s a list of four things you should know to help you be a successful networker:

Making That “Networking” Meeting Fruitful Wed, 08 May 2013 12:19:04 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150793

Employment experts agree that most job openings are never advertised and that most job offers come from personal connections or “networking.” But knowing what to do to prepare for a networking meeting might seem daunting. There’s more to preparing than scheduling the meeting, picking what to wear and determining how long it takes to get there. Successful networkers know that your goal is to have a meeting that proves valuable to both you and the person you are meeting with.

In Tips for Making That “Networking” Meeting More Fruitful , Paul Gillin gives these five recommendations:

Minnesota’s Future Leaders In Biosciences Represented at BioGENEius Challenge Fri, 03 May 2013 12:21:57 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150797

The 2013 BIO International Conference ended its annual run last week in Chicago. While the BIO conference is known for bringing representatives from around the world to strike up new business opportunities, the conference also showcases the bioscience leaders of tomorrow. Rena Weis at New Prague High School and Michelle Campeau at Mayo High School, both qualified to compete at the National BioGENEius Challenge with 28 other participants. The competition for high school students recognizes their outstanding research in biotechnology.

MinnesotaWorks.net Protects Job Seekers Wed, 01 May 2013 12:33:54 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150804

MinnesotaWorks.net offers a great opportunity to search for thousands of jobs in Minnesota. The state’s no-fee online job bank had more than 55,000 jobs posted as of April 26, 2013 and more than 83,000 employers are registered with MinnesotaWorks.net.

Unlike some job boards, the state’s online job bank safeguards job seekers by checking that employers and employment opportunities are authentic and aren’t independent contractor or self-employment opportunities. Employers must provide their State Employment Identification Number or Federal Employment Identification Number in the registration process, and that information is verified through DEED’s Unemployment Insurance data system.

Growing Employment. One Tree at a Time. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:51:41 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150829

Trees offer us many great amenities that make our lives a lot easier. From providing us food, shade and oxygen, it doesn’t seem like they could give us anything more. But, did you know that trees can also provide employment?

Tree Trust is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1976 to address two problems in the community at that time: the devastation of the urban tree canopy due to Dutch elm disease and high unemployment and poverty rates. They began combating these issues by providing out-of-work individuals with paid jobs and training to reforest the Twin Cities.

In 37 years, they’ve expanded their programming to provide integrated employment training, case management, community forest and environmental education initiatives throughout the Twin Cities.

Since their inception, Tree Trust has:

Exploring the Bioscience Industry Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:55:56 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150831

Did you know that Minnesota is a national leader in biosciences, ranking consistently in the top in key life science indicators? The state is home to the renowned Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, which together form Minnesota’s bioscience backbone. And Minnesota’s medical device manufacturing industries rank second nationwide.

Minnesota has a large and specialized bioscience industry with just over 48,000 jobs in 2010 spanning 1,653 business establishments, according to the Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Industry Development 2012 report. There are 29,312 people employed in Minnesota’s medical device manufacturing industries, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Connect with Employers at Northland Job Fair Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:18:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150844

Looking for a great opportunity to meet with more than 50 of the largest and best-known employers from northern and northeastern Minnesota? Then, you won’t want to miss the Northland Job Fair set for Wednesday, April 17 at the DECC Paulucci Hall, 350 Harbor Drive in Duluth. Free parking is available.

The event is open exclusively to veterans from 10 to 11 a.m. and to all job seekers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5 Ways to Stand Out During Your Job Search Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:19:49 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150845

Job coaches frequently focus on ways to help candidates stand out from other applicants during the interview. Personality and confidence all help you differentiate yourself from other job seekers. But to land the job interview, you need to show why you’re uniquely suited to the job first. In our March 13 blog post, we looked at five reasons why you should create a personal website. Here we take it a step further. In 5 Ways to Stand Out During Your Job Search in 2013, Amit De provides a comprehensive look at strategies to set you apart from the competition. Here are his tips:

Consider a Career in IT Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:22:36 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150847

Have you considered a career in Information Technology? According to ISEEK, computer systems analysts, computer user support specialists and other computer occupations rank in the top 15 for job vacancies in Minnesota. Statewide, computer systems analysts earn a median wage of $36.50 per hour, while computer support specialists earn a median wage of $23.79 per hour.

Computer systems analysts help organizations redesign their computer systems. They may add software programs to make better use of computers or design new software systems. Analysts often specialize in business, science or engineering systems. Computer support specialists act as a troubleshooting resource for computer users. They may also help customers determine their computing needs and recommend products to purchase. Software quality assurance engineer, software engineer, business analyst, medicine/diagnostic imaging and computer manager are examples of the many occupations in the IT field.

Interested in getting started? Ways to prepare for an IT career include taking courses, college classes, web-based or on-the-job training, earning certifications in technology, or learning from a mentor.

Attend the Get Jobs Job Fair on March 28 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:24:33 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150849

Are you looking for a way to meet several employers all in one day?

At the Get Jobs Job Fair on March 28, you’ll get the opportunity, plus learn job-search strategies and attend workshops. Employers will be recruiting for hundreds of jobs, from entry-level to professional positions at this annual event, one of the largest of its kind in the Twin Cities.

The job fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road. More than 100 exhibitors are expected to participate, including businesses and organizations with job openings and educational institutions that offer training programs. Last year, more than 1,700 people attended and learned about local employers and job opportunities.

Reasons to Build a Personal Website Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:09:51 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150881

Are you looking for more ways to distinguish yourself from other job seekers? Career experts agree that standing out from the crowd can strengthen your job search, giving you a competitive edge in a challenging job market.

According to Amit De, CEO and co-founder of Careerleaf, job seekers should be prepared to go “above and beyond” to be noticed by employers. “This may mean developing a video or multimedia resume or creating an infographic – do whatever it takes to give potential employers the unique opportunity to experience why you’re better than the rest,” De writes in 5 Ways to Stand Out During Your Job Search in 2013.

Building a personal website can help you do just that. According to The Multi-Generational Job Search Study by Millennial Branding, less than 15 percent of job seekers have their own professional website. The study shows only 14 percent of Baby Boomers and 13 percent of Gen Y and Gen X have a website or online portfolio, which means job seekers of any age can use this tactic to distinguish themselves from their peers.

Smile! It’s National Dentist’s Day Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:14:26 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150885

In honor of National Dentist’s Day, we’ve uncovered what you need to become a successful dental hygienist in Minnesota.

The dental industry is growing due to the aging baby-boomer generation requiring more complicated dental work. As their business increases, dentists are expected to hire more dental hygienists to handle basic services.

5 Tips for a Job Search in a Different City Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:16:49 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150887

Looking for a job is challenging. But searching for a job in a different city (or state) can prove to be more challenging. You’ll need additional resolve, effort and resourcefulness to succeed. In 5 Tips for a Job Search in a Different City, Heather R. Huhman gives her recommendations for job seekers to find employment in a different location. They are:

Catfish Job Scams Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:19:15 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150889

Have you heard about “catchfish job scams?” According to the Urban Dictionary a catfish is defined as “someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.” TV personality, Dr. Phil has written about warning signs of a catfish for online dating. But the practice of catfishing can also be applied to individuals who pretend to be employers and set up false identities to deceive or steal from job seekers.

Catfish job scammers try to get you to divulge personal information such as your social security number or credit card account numbers. They can then use your personal information to steal your identity and ultimately your money. Or catfish scammers might entice you to buy services or products that either don’t exist, aren’t provided or are available for free elsewhere.

So, how can you tell if a company is legitimate? If you receive an unsolicited email to apply for a job, should you open or click on the link?

Good Reasons You’re Still Unemployed Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:21:06 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150890

Have you been job hunting for at least six months without success? In 18 Good Reasons You’re Still Unemployed, John Heckers gives brief answers to the question: “Why am I still unemployed?” He says:

Can You Predict the Weather Better Than a Groundhog? Sat, 02 Feb 2013 09:24:41 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150892

Groundhog Day has been predicting the arrival of spring with the help of Punxsutawney Phil since 1887.

It’s a good thing we don’t actually rely on groundhogs for our weather forecasting. Punxsutawney Phil has only 40% accuracy when it comes to predicting the end of winter.

If you’re interested in becoming a meteorologist, here’s what it takes to become a true weather predictor.

Five More Confessions from Hiring Managers Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:08:05 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150897

In my Jan. 23 blog post, I shared the five confessions that hiring managers wish they could tell every job seeker but never will. Here I reveal the five remaining secrets with my recommendations for handling them. Use this list to understand more about the invisible barriers to a successful job search, and then take action to make sure they don’t get in your way.

Top Five Confessions from Hiring Managers Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:19:20 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150902

Would you like to know the top five secrets that hiring managers wish they could tell every job seeker but never will? The answers will shock you, but you deserve to know the truth! Knowledge is power. Use this list to understand the invisible barriers to a successful job search, then take action to make sure they don’t get in your way. Employers are not out to get you! They are simply trying to find the best fit … as are you. Here’s what they have to say, and my recommendations for how you can take action:

Tips for Coping with Job Interview Anxiety Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:21:47 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150903

Do you get anxious about job interviews? If you’re like many job seekers, you might get nervous. After all, you want to put your best foot forward and doing your best is important. You want to impress the person interviewing you with your knowledge, skills, appearance and demeanor. And if the interview is for a job that is top of your list, the pressure could feel intense. Arlin Cuncic in 10 Tips for Coping With Job Interview Anxiety provides tips to help people who get nervous about job interviews. Here are Cuncic’s recommendations:

Colors You Wear Send Messages to Employers Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:23:43 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150904

In our April 13 blog post, we gave tips for preparing for your job interview, including tips for choosing apparel to create a great first impression. While that’s important, you also need to consider the colors you wear because they send messages that affect the way others engage with you, and affect your own outlook and energy level. It’s especially important for people interviewing for corporate professional-level jobs. All job candidates want to wear colors that help them show that they are confident, reliable and trustworthy.

Things Never to Say on a Job Interview Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:25:37 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150905

So your hard work has paid off and you received the call in for an interview. You’ve done your research on the company, started a list of anticipated questions and practiced answering questions and interviewing. But do you know what questions to skip during the job interview? Asking the wrong questions could derail your chances of landing the job. In Nine Things Never to Say on a Job Interview, Amanda Greene Kelly provides questions and statements to stay away from. Check out these four key statements on her list:

Handling Gaps in Your Work History Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:38:40 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150681

Are you a job seeker with a gap in your work history? In Mind the Gap: How to Handle Holes in your Work History , Cara Scharf says that generally, employers will want to know why you didn’t work if you have a void in employment of six months or longer.

As with other difficult questions, you should give a direct, honest answer. And an answer that can prevent that interval from jeopardizing your prospects for a good job.

Scharf says that handled properly, a resume gap will be a minor blemish on the overall package you offer as a job candidate. You might even be able to spin your employment lapse into one of those character-building life experiences. A main objective is to assure employers that you are committed to your career and the position.

Here are Scharf’s three recommendations to get that across:

Foods to Eat Before the Job Interview Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:40:39 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150682

Getting ready for a job interview involves a lot of preparation. Reviewing your research on the employer, developing a list of questions and practicing your answers to interview questions are all part of the process.

And then there’s the day of the interview. You want to look good, think smart and be ready. Dressing professionally, being organized and finding ways to stay calm and present your best possible image are important. But have you considered what to eat that day?

Holiday Job Search Tips Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:43:01 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150683

In our Nov. 28 post, we gave you several reasons why you should ramp up your job search during the holidays. And many job seekers agree. That includes the 1,700 job seekers and career explorers who attended the MinnesotaWorks.net Career Fair in Brooklyn Park on Nov. 29 as part of their holiday job search strategy.

There are several things you can be doing to boost your job search campaign during this time of year. In Four Holiday Job Search Tips, Patra Frame recommends these steps:

MinnesotaWorks.net Career Fair Recap Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:45:39 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150685

Didn’t have a chance to check out the MinnesotaWorks.net Career Fair last Thursday? Here’s a play-by-play of what happened and some of the useful information given out to the 1,700 job seekers who attended.

Why to Keep Job Hunting During Holiday Season Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:24:49 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150677

Are you considering taking a break from actively looking for a job because we’ve entered the holiday season? Perhaps you’re concerned that you won’t be able to get any job interviews until the New Year. And maybe the prospect of interviewing with employers eager to head off to company holiday parties isn’t what you would look forward to. But what do career experts say?

Doug Richardson, a Philadelphia career counselor and Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com and JobsRated.com, recommend that job seekersramp up their job-hunting efforts. Lee says in Holiday Job Hunting Reaps Rewards that the holidays are a great time to find work. That’s because job seekers have a unique opportunity to stand out from the majority of job seekers who put off their job hunting plans until after the New Year. In fact, Richardson says that by doubling your efforts over the holidays, at a time when many other unemployed workers are focused on activities other than job hunting, you increase your odds of finding a new position. And according to Richardson, the common perception that hiring falls off during the holiday is a myth.

Here are Lee’s five reasons why actively looking for work during the holidays can pay off:

MinnesotaWorks.net Career Fair to Feature Over 85 Exhibitors! Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:27:36 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150678

Don’t miss the MinnesotaWork.net Career Fair set for Thursday, Nov. 29. Connect with employers who have job openings and college reps who can help you get the training and education you need for a rewarding career. More than 85 exhibitors will be on hand, giving you plenty of opportunities to learn about job openings and career options. It’s free and open to all job seekers and career explorers. The Career Fair will also feature two workshops to help you jump-start your career. They are:

Job Search Help for Veterans Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:30:17 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150679

On Nov. 11, the nation celebrated Veterans Day, a time to honor former members of the U.S. military for their dedication and commitment to protecting our freedom and way of life. One way of showing our deep appreciation and respect for veterans is to provide them special assistance to build a successful career after they complete their military service.

Perhaps you, a family member, friend or neighbor who has served in the military is looking for a job. Here are four job search tips specifically for veterans:

What Does Your Resume Say About You? Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:34:13 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150680

If your resume was a work of art, how would it portray you and your attributes? A resume, like a painting, may or may not speak to the viewer.

Savvy job seekers know a resume is a sales tool — not an autobiography. They also know that the best way to sell themselves is to speak in the language of the buyer – the employer. An easy way to do this is to reuse words used in job ads. If an ad stresses that you must have “Proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel, Word, and Outlook,” and then goes on to say that a candidate has to “have knowledge of basic computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases,” your resume needs to stress your computer competencies.

A quick way to see how successful you’ve been in reusing the employer’s language is to turn your resume into a visual collage. Turning your resume into a visual medley is a great way to check the effectiveness of your hard work!

One-on-One Help Available at WorkForce Centers Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:53:41 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150647

How’s your job search going? Are you getting plenty of interviews for jobs that you really want? Have you been receiving salary offers from employers that aren’t commensurate with your skill level?

If things aren’t going as well as you’d like, consider meeting with a job search expert. Don’t have the cash to pay for that? No worries. Minnesota WorkForce Centers offer one-on-one counseling to job seekers at no fee. Get advice on your job search and learn about additional services provided.

2012 Minnesota Manufacturers Week Twitter Chat Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:55:10 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150648

On Oct. 24, 2012, MinnesotaWorks.net led a Twitter chat about the state of Minnesota’s manufacturing industry. Follow the link to discover which manufacturing jobs are in demand, how to train for one, and what resources are available for someone considering a manufacturing career:

http://storify.com/deedminnesota/mnmw-twitter-chat
Manufacturing Jobs Twitter Chat Oct. 24 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:57:10 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150650

Have you thought about a career in manufacturing?

The manufacturing sector is the backbone of Minnesota’s economy, thanks to its strength, versatility and innovation. It represents one in seven jobs and has the largest total payroll of any business sector.

As part of the celebration of Minnesota Manufacturers Week, @MinnesotaWorks is moderating a Twitter chat where we’ll explore manufacturing in our state’s economy, including major industries in each region.

What Your Resume Shouldn’t Say Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:00:49 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150651

The importance of your resume shouldn’t be underestimated. “Resume writing is a creative exercise that combines the skills of direct mail with the skills of a storyteller,” writes Penelope Trunk in “Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success.”

“You can be great at your job, but unless your current boss is going to personally arrange your next job interview, you’re going to have to depend on your resume. Your resume gets you the interview, and you can’t get a job without that.”

Five Ways to Use Pinterest for Your Job Search Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:03:02 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150657

In our post of June 13, we wrote about new social media tools to help you organize your job search, manage your brand and stand out from other job candidates. Pinterest is among them. The tool takes the idea of corkboards – the kind you would hang on your wall and pin photos, recipes and other mementos to – and creates an online equivalent.

If you work in a visual field, like photography or graphic design, Pinterest is a great place to promote your online portfolio and show your work’s popular appeal through repins and likes. Watch for an upcoming post about how you can do it.

But Pinterest can be used as a job search and career development tool for job seekers in virtually every field. And that’s what Brie Weiler Reynolds concentrates on in 5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Your Job Search.

If You Get Turned Down for the Job Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:39:28 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150627

Receiving a phone call or letter of rejection after a job interview can be very disappointing. Why might an employer decide not to hire you? While there are many reasons, it may be that he or she found someone more qualified or who met certain specifications you didn’t possess. Don’t beat yourself up if everything seemed to have gone right and you still didn’t get the job. It may have. It just went better for someone else.

If you still seriously wish to work for the company, here are some steps you can take:

Tips for Completing a Job Application Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:41:30 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150631

Whether you’re filling out a paper document or a form online, completing a job application requires precision and professionalism. Here are some important things to remember:

Going Lean with Job Applications Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:44:32 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150636

Completing a job application is a basic step in every job search. All job applications are asking for the same thing: important information about your career, education and job qualifications.

Remember, the importance of correctly completing an application should not be underestimated. Your application will be studied and compared with other job seekers by human resource personnel, hiring managers, division heads and, at larger companies, applicant tracking software.

Completing a job application can be a tedious and time-consuming process without the right preparation because it requires a great deal of detail, from dates of employment to addresses and supervisors. One way to shorten the process is creating a Personal Data Record with your job career history and personal information. Use this Sample Personal Data Record to help create your own.

Benefits of Being a Contract Worker Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:47:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150643

Have you considered being a contract or temporary employee while you look for a permanent position? By working in contract jobs you can build skills and meet financial needs. You might get more flexible hours or working conditions to accommodate your personal situation as well as help with transportation, testing, training, child care and health care. It’s easier to get a job when you have a job.

This type of employment can also be useful for those who need to gain work experience, develop skills, and get training or increase networking contacts. It’s also a good way to check out an employer or an occupation before making a commitment to training, a career path or a particular employer. Personnel staffing services offer a variety of services and options for the job seeker, but keep in mind the following considerations when looking for temporary employment:

Stay in Job Search Mode Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:01:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150597

So you lost your job a little while ago and have been searching the job websites, applying online at several companies, and keeping your eye out for help wanted postings. That’s a great start, but you haven’t found success yet.

So one nice day you need to run to the grocery store to pick up a couple of items. Clad in your cut-off shorts, tank top and sandals you head off. After checking out, you bump into an old acquaintance.

“How have you been doing?” he asks. “Oh, just great,” you respond, “just enjoying the beautiful weather.” And with those pleasantries exchanged, you part ways.

So what just happened? And what could have happened?

Improve your LinkedIn Profile Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:04:54 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150598

Do you have a LinkedIn account? LinkedIn is an important resource in your job hunting tool-box because employers use it to find job candidates. In fact, some employers report that using LinkedIn for job search may become the preferred method of recruiting. That’s because it not only includes job seekers who are actively applying for positions, but also those who aren’t, providing a larger pool of potential job candidates.

We urge you to open an account and create a professional presence with a complete LinkedIn profile. While it’s easy to sign up and fill in the profile, do you know a way to impress recruiters and other employers, and put you at the top of search site results?

Interview Preparation: Match Your Skills to the Job Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:30:38 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150601

Once you get a call from an employer inviting you to interview for a job, you will have a great deal of work ahead of you. Set aside plenty of time to prepare properly because there are several things you need to do, such as research the company and prepare questions to ask the employer and answers to their potential questions.

In previous postings, we wrote about how to research the company before your job interview and other aspects of interview preparation. Here we concentrate on matching your skills to the job you are interviewing for.

Think Like an Olympian Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:33:17 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150602

Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter examines the winning mindset that brings Olympians to the top of their sport in Dr. JoAnn’s 7 Olympic Qualities for Sports and Life .

“Even if you never compete in the Olympics, even if you don’t win 22 medals like Michael Phelps, you can think and feel like an Olympian,” she writes in her blog.

People who have lost their jobs may face significant emotional, psychological, financial and physical challenges. It is an unpleasant and difficult predicament, a trap door to anger and resentment, outrage and depression. That’s why having a winning mindset is especially important for job seekers.

Tips for Mature Workers on Writing Cover Letters Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:37:39 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-150603

Every resume needs to be accompanied by a cover letter. Each letter should contain an expression of your interest in working for a company, an abbreviated introduction to your career and a short, compelling paragraph detailing why you would be a perfect fit for a current or future opening.

But what should your letter emphasize to persuade a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job? Should you focus on your long work history?

Writing Effective Cover Letters Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:25:12 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136995

Your cover letter, along with your business card and resume, is an important tool of the job-hunting trade.

Written in business style, cover letters should contain an expression of your interest in working for a company, an abbreviated introduction to your career and a short, compelling paragraph detailing why you would be a perfect fit for a current or future opening.

Resume Tips for Older Workers Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:23:42 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136994

Over 50 is far from over the hill. Some say it’s the new 30! Still, some employers may quietly view older workers as technologically challenged, skeptical of the unknown and expensive. Of course, all these attributes can be seen in younger workers as well, but they seem to be applied more often to workers even beyond 40 years old. To eliminate these misperceptions, you can use a variety of strategies for your resume as well as other parts of your job search campaign.

Make the Most of Job Fairs Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:22:04 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136993

Job fairs offer job seekers a great opportunity to connect with employers. They could lead to a job interview or expand your network at a company you are targeting.

How can you make the most of the experience?  How do you persuade an employer to give you a job interview or make a contact that will get you closer to that new job? How do you find job fairs in your area?

Veterans Career Fair July 11 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:20:03 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136992

If you are a current or former member of the U.S. military looking for a job or interested in exploring new careers or educational opportunities, come to the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair.

Plan Ahead to Gather References Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:17:19 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136991

At some point in the hiring process, typically when you are being seriously considered for a job, an employer will ask you for references. Strong references are important because they can help you clinch the job offer. Gather your references ahead of time, so you won’t have to scramble at the last minute to get them.

Tips for Emailing Employers Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:14:45 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136986

Email is the easiest way to apply for a job and the easiest inquiry for employers to avoid. If you get a manager on the phone, you can try to make a quick pitch. You may hear a “Sorry, we’re not hiring” or a “Hey, why don’t you come in. Let’s set up a time.” Managers are usually inundated with internal and external emails every day, so trying to capture their attention can be difficult.

10 New Social Media Tools for Job Seekers Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:13:17 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136984

The following post was previously published in the iSPEAK/iSEEK blog

A study by Jobvite found that 89 percent of employers use social media to recruit job applicants. You can find a wealth of information online about how to use popular social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn in your job search, but what about other tools, especially newer ones? 

Here are 10 new social tools to help you organize your job search, manage your brand and stand out in a sea of applicants:

Tips for Successful Networking Conversations Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:12:12 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136983

In our last post, we focused on ways to help you build and maintain a network. This week, we are providing nine tips for carrying on successful networking conversations, an important part of the process. Here they are:

Ten Networking Tips Wed, 30 May 2012 14:10:32 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136982

Richard Bolles, the celebrated author of “What Color is Your Parachute?”, says networking is by far the most effective way to get a job. Through contacts established by networking, you can find out about job openings, making your job search easier.  Networking can be daunting, especially if you don’t have prior experience.  Here are 10 tips to help you build and maintain a network.

Great Ways to Research a Company Wed, 23 May 2012 14:06:20 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136981

You have been asked to interview for your dream job. Congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and that includes researching the company. Your questions, the depth of knowledge you have about the company, and your ability to answer with confidence can determine whether you are hired. We recommend the following research methods to help you get ready:

Land a Great Summer Job with MinnesotaWorks.net Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:04:41 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136980

This time of year, it’s common for students to begin looking for that important summer job or internship. MinnesotaWorks.net offers a variety of features to help you obtain summer employment.

Choosing Resume Formats Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:02:49 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136979

There are five common resume formats:  chronological, functional, combination, targeted and keyword.  (Targeted and keyword are also considered format variations.)  Below are brief characteristics of each resume format with tips to help you determine when to use them.

Employers Value Emotional Intelligence Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:56:08 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136977

It’s no longer enough to show employers that you have the right skills for that job you’ve applied for. Additionally, employers are looking for workers who know how to solve problems that occur daily. Many employers use measures of emotional intelligence to determine whether job candidates have that ability.

Preparing for an Interview: Dress for Success Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:50:43 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134782

You have been invited to a job interview. Congratulations!

An important part of the impression you make on an employer is your physical appearance. An employer might reason that the person who doesn’t care about his or her appearance won’t care about the job. In fact, employers have ruled out job candidates in seconds because of their unprofessional appearance. Don’t let this happen to you.

Neat, clean and conservative is a safe standard for dress and grooming. No matter what kind of job you are applying for you should look as professional as possible. You may not be applying for a job that requires a suit, but for the interview you should be the best-dressed person to visit the workplace.

Green Jobs in Minnesota Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:20:51 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134774

Looking for a green job in Minnesota? Green job vacancies represented 2.5 percent of the overall hiring demand in Minnesota between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2011, an estimate in line with other states, according to “Minnesota’s Emerging Green Economy: Green Jobs Report 2011, .“ Advances in technology, consumer demand for green products and services, and the pace with which companies adopt green processes will drive future job growth in Minnesota’s green economy.

5 Best Tactics for Salary Negotiation Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:14:23 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134769

Though it may be daunting, salary negotiation is an essential part of a job search or request for a promotion.

If you’re in line for a job offer or a promotion, it’s important to conduct plenty of research and prepare yourself for effective negotiating. With that in mind, we’ve provided five salary negotiation strategies to help you get ready.

NCRC 101 – All You Need to Know About the National Career Readiness Certificate Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:13:01 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134768

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) verifies that prospective employees have the knowledge and skills to be successful on the job, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading
  • Applying information from workplace documents to solve problems
  • Applying mathematical reasoning to problems
  • Setting up and performing mathematical calculations
  • Locating, synthesizing, and applying information presented graphically
  • Comparing, summarizing, and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics
MinnesotaWorks.net Makes Job Search Easier for Veterans Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:11:36 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134767

Recently, exciting new features for former and current members of the U.S. military looking for jobs and employers seeking to hire them have been added to MinnesotaWorks.net. These new features make it easier for “veteran-friendly” employers to connect with these job seekers.

Preparing for a Telephone Interview – Tips for Success Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:09:56 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134766

Preparing for a telephone interview requires more than merely sitting near the phone. A phone interview at home can involve little to no advance notice from an interviewer, and a distraction-free space to keep you at your best for the duration of the interview. If you properly prepare for a phone interview, whether with advance notice or no notice at all, you’ll be set to succeed. Here are a few tips to make the most of your preparation.

5 Questions to Ask During Your Interview Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:56:52 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134763

You’re at the end of a great interview. The employer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”

It may be tempting to say, “No, I think you’ve answered everything for me today!” But, don’t do it. To say “no” may show you have no further interest in the job.

Instead of reaching for your portfolio and heading toward the door, say “Yes, actually I do have a few questions for you.” To get you started, we’ve provided some questions you can use to show your interest and keep the conversation flowing.

How to write accomplishment statements – 5 Tips Thu, 16 Feb 2012 13:54:56 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134761

Your accomplishment statements are a crucial part of your resume – don’t take them lightly! They offer a prospective employer a glimpse of your former work successes, and how you may work best within their company.

Find Job Openings or the Perfect Employee with MinnesotaWorks.net Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:43:34 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134756

Are you a job seeker tired of finding the same job openings on job search websites and getting no results?

Or, are you a Minnesota employer spending hundreds of dollars posting job openings to websites and getting little results?

It’s time to take a look at www.MinnesotaWorks.net, Minnesota’s largest online job bank.