MinnesotaWorks.net blog | Department of Employment and Economic Development | State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed en-us New VRS Programs for Higher Ed Students: Bethany Beyond Limits and Bethel Build Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-180404

DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) is supporting a pair of post-secondary education programs for persons with developmental cognitive disabilities. The focus of these two-year programs is on the vocational aspects and goals of competitive integrated employment.

Veterans: How to Find Employment Matched to Your Skills Using MinnesotaWorks.net Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-180250

Image of American flagMinnesotaWorks.net, the state’s largest job bank, uniquely helps military service members connect with good-fit employers:  The veteran-friendly job posting.

Employers that post their job openings on MinnesotaWorks.net have the option of designating their job ‘veteran-friendly’ to encourage veterans to apply.

Online Armor: Protecting Yourself Against Fake Job “Opportunities” Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-180149

LockMaybe you’ve been searching for a job for a long time and in a moment of weakness you simply revealed too much information.

The disheartening news, according to some experts, is that for every one legitimate job that's available, there are at least 60 scams. Even very smart people get caught in scams that ultimately result in loss of identity, money or credit rating.

How to Make a Splash at Job Fairs Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-179736

Waves splashing on rocksIt’s the season of job fairs in Minnesota.

Job fairs offer a great opportunity to connect with employers. They could lead to a job interview, expand your network, or result in a job on-the-spot.

Last year, we hosted a bundle – and in 2016 we're on track to hold even more. Here's how to make the most out of the job fair experience.

Grant Will Enhance State’s Talent Communities, Upgrade MinnesotaWorks.net Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-179622

Group of smiling businesspeopleDEED recently received a four-year $6 million Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to see how social media can enhance workforce development and economic development collaboration and create talent communities.

The USDOL awarded more than $35 million in grants to study employment and training programs that are federally funded.

 

Forty Painter Apprentices Learn the Craft through Virtual Learning Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-179475

Paint rollerThis painting industry pilot project is more like video gaming instead of using a paint brush and rollers.

A $49,570 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program grant to the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest will train 40 workers on a new Blasting and Painting Virtual Learning process. The two-year project includes classroom instruction, workshops and hands-on virtual paint and sandblast exercises.

A Monster List of LinkedIn Rules Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-179368

Pastel-colored reminder notesThere was a time when rules of etiquette were fairly simple. Send a thank-you card — always and without delay. Keep your elbows off of the table. Hold the door open for others.

However, social networks have turned matters upside down and made them much more complicated. Here’s a list of LinkedIn dos and don'ts.

Wellness and Resiliency Training for Essentia Health Employees in Duluth Fri, 04 Mar 2016 12:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-179276

Lake Superior shoreIn case you missed it: Over 4,000 employees of Essentia Health, a nonprofit health system headquartered in Duluth, will receive wellness and resiliency training.

DEED recently awarded a $145,320 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) to develop the training.

Resume Need a Recharge? Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:00:00 -0600 Irene Connors http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-178810

Blackboard that reads Words Have PowerThere are many strategies for job seekers with long and varied work histories to build a resume.

Here’s an important piece of advice: Make sure you are networking. Show your resume to professionals in your field and network to attract advocates at companies you wish to work for.

Building a Better Minnesota – Try the Construction Industry Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-178458

Construction welderIf you want to have a hand in building a better Minnesota, try working in the construction industry.

The construction industry ramped up to more than 125,000 jobs at just under 16,000 establishments statewide, through the second quarter of 2015.

The industry has a big payroll in Minnesota, too.

The On-Demand Economy and the World of Work – What's Changed? Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-178258

Diverse familyWas 2015 a promising year for Minnesota job seekers?

Here’s a snapshot: In December, Minnesota’s 3.5 percent unemployment rate ranked no. 7 nationally; 1-year growth in employment was 1.50 percent (no. 29 in the US) and labor force participation rate a whisper under 70 percent.

Mentoring in the Workplace Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-178010

The word mentor written on a blackboardFor job seekers, today’s job market is as competitive as ever. With baby boomers entering retirement age and the growth of global economies, a number of opportunities may soon be available.

However, which one is right for you?

Think about this question as you look for your next career move.

Five Things Employers Want to Know About You Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-177643

Catherine Byers Breet“If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” a hiring manager asked Joe during a job interview.

Poor Joe. He almost blurted out “Are you kidding me?! What kind of ridiculous question is that?”

Instead, he took a deep breath and replied “Well, that’s an interesting question. Why do you ask?”

Show Me the Money Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-177311

Black-and-white photo of First National Bank

If you’re interested in a career in banking and finance, or just curious to find out if the industry is a good fit for your skills, get the Banking & Finance Informational Panel and Hiring Event on your smartphone for Tues., January 19, at the Hennepin South WorkForce Center in Bloomington.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with an expert panel representing Ally Financial, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and others. In just one hour you’ll learn more about what it’s like to work in the banking and finance industries than you ever thought possible. Select this link to register, and don’t leave home without questions for the panelists.

Discover Your Natural Talents and Genetic Skills on Jan. 12 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-176993

Michael Kiefer Human potential research shows that top performers capitalize on their natural talents and genetic skills in their jobs.

"In over 25 years of research studying peak performers, one life characteristic was clear," said Michael Monroe Kiefer, author of POWERMIND SYSTEM: Life Guide to Success. "They all based their careers on their natural talents. This gave them a huge competitive advantage and allowed them to quickly rise to the top."

A Seismic Shift Favors Mature Workers Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-176831

Three older men walking in a streetAre you feeling a seismic shift? Could be a flood of retirements that will have a major effect on the economy. The aging of the workforce is very real, but flexible work arrangements may help aid retention and take advantage of the resources we have. And while the number and percentage of jobs filled by workers under 25 has fallen, the number and percent of jobs held by workers 55 years and over has risen quickly.

Take Your Job Search Mobile with CareerOneStop Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-176666

Logo for CareerOneStopDuring all the holiday hurly-burly, don’t forget that CareerOneStop, an online source for career exploration, training and jobs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is easier to use than ever on your smartphone or tablet.

Seven of CareerOneStop’s most popular career, training, and job search tools are now mobile-ready. They’ll automatically adjust for optimal use on any device. 

New Grant Covers Health Care Training Costs for NW Minnesotans Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-176453

American Indian medicine wheelIt’s hard to find a health care facility that doesn’t need entry-level staff in northwest Minnesota, said Tim Qualley, DEED business services representative in Bemidji.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Occupations in Demand report backs up his assessment.

IT Panel and Hiring Event Set For Dec. 15 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 12:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-176144

Minnesota WorkForce Center Hennepin South Have you considered working in a well-established, fast growing industry that pays high wages?

Information Technology occupations accounted for 3.2 percent of the state’s total employment. That's 88,170 jobs in the second quarter of 2014.

Holiday Hiring is Happening – Just Keep Looking Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-175665

iPhone displayed on table decorated for ChristmasMost job seekers assume December is a bust for hiring, and stop looking for work during the holidays. That’s a terrible mistake. As a recruiter and manager, I’ve interviewed and hired people on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and even on every Saturday in December. It’s true: Overall hiring does slow down, but not nearly as much as you’ve been led to believe.

When Interviewing, Better Keep These Things in Check Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-175512

Black woman shaking hands with employer at a job interviewBeing candid with an interviewer will usually increase your chances of being seen as a good fit and getting a job offer. But some statements can hurt your odds if you're honest about them with your interviewer. 

Avoid these eight statements

Red flag: Never criticize a former manager.

You’ve Been to the Job Fair – Now Don’t Forget the Thank-You Note Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-175214

Close-up of a hand holding a pen and underlining the words thank you on a notecardWhat is the purpose of a thank-you note? When should I send one?

When writing a thank-you note to a potential employer, remember there is more to the art form than just acknowledging the time spent with you. Take a more thoughtful approach.

How to Get the Most Out of Job Fairs Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-174952

Tools to bring to a career fair -- smartphone, pen, notepaper -- arranged on a tableJob fairs offer job seekers a great opportunity to connect with employers. They could lead to a job interview, expand your network, or result in a job on-the-spot.

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?

How to Make Career Exploration Easy: Career Profile Tool Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-174634

Young woman working on a laptopDEED’s new Career Profile tool makes it easier than ever for people to gather specific career information on wages, job demand, educational requirements and more. 

Career Profile offers up a wide range of occupational information in an easy-to-use online tool.

Simply choose your region and occupation -- and go.

Job Seekers with Disabilities: Determining How to Disclose Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-174258

Four young employees with various disabilitiesIf you’re a job seeker with a disability and you’ve decided to tell a prospective employer about it, the question then becomes: How should I disclose this information?

Here are some steps you can take to help you prepare.

Step 1: Make an Assessment

Step 2: Plan What You'll Say

Step 3: Prepare Your Script (As Needed)

The goal is for both you and the employer to feel comfortable when you do disclose.


Job Seekers with Disabilities: Deciding When to Disclose Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-173826

You’re looking for a job and you have one or more disabilities. When you find a job posting that matches your skills, you may wonder: When and how should I tell a prospective employer about my disability?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination against “qualified individuals with disabilities.” That’s a person who meets skill, experience, education or other job requirements – and who can perform “essential functions” of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Fragrances in the Workplace Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-173525

Bottle of perfumeHave you ever left a crowded elevator holding your breath because someone went a little crazy with a hair product?

Do you have a co-worker that uses plug-in or standalone air fresheners or scented candles in the workplace?

Does your employer take the time to research and purchase fragrance-free and/or environment-friendly cleaning products for staff or vendors who maintain the workplace? 

Pathways to Prosperity Grants and Manufacturing Training Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-173024

GearsThis week is Manufacturing Week in Minnesota and it gives us the chance to brag a little about Minnesota’s trained workforce  and world-leading manufacturing businesses.

How does the state help fill the talent pipeline for manufacturing jobs?

Aspen Equipment Adds Job Fairs in Effort to Recruit Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:14:13 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-172562

Logo for Aspen Equipment

From jobs fairs to MinnesotaWorks.net, Aspen Equipment casts a wide net to recruit skilled employees, says Danette Smith, HR.

Networking Expert to Speak at Bloomington WorkForce Center Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:04:20 -0500 Workforce Development Representative Irene Connors http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-171986

Job search recruiters and experts typically urge job seekers to spend much of their time networking because that’s the best way to find a job. While you probably know that it’s about making new contacts, you might not know how to network effectively.

High Tech, High Touch: Technology Puts Emphasis on Social Skills Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-171535

Paper notebook next to a digital notebook

What jobs will be left for people, as machines increasingly perform tasks once thought to be reserved for humans?

A National Bureau of Economic Research paper by David Deming, Harvard Graduate School of Education, suggests it’ll be those that require strong social skills — something that is much more difficult to automate.

Minnesota’s STEM Talent Pool Gets Boost with Matching Grants from SciTechsperience Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-171193

SciTechsperience logoA DEED grant doubles matching grants to businesses providing hands-on work experience for college students through the SciTechsperience Internship Program.

‘On the Grow’ in St. Cloud Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-171006

St. Cloud WorkForce CenterIf you’re a job seeker in St. Cloud – or a job seeker interested in moving to Central Minnesota, the St. Cloud Area Job Fair is a great way to connect with regional employers. The DEED-sponsored fair will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tues., Sept. 22 at St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center.

It's All Negotiable Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-170352

Nervous employeeIf you’re queasy just thinking about negotiating your salary, you aren't the only one.

A poll by the Society of Human Resource Management found that nearly 80 percent of those surveyed expressed that they didn't like to discuss money or negotiate employment terms. There’s a gender divide, too.

By not pushing for more, you might be leaving a lot of money on the table. Here are four strategies for successful salary negotiations.

Metro WorkForce Center Hosts Health Care Hiring Event Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-170076

StethoscopeAre you interested in working in the health care industry? Maybe you’re already working in the field and looking for a different position.

Boost your job search by meeting with employers at a health care career exploration session and a Healthcare On-Site Hiring Event at the Minnesota WorkForce Center – Hennepin South, 4220 W. Old Shakopee Road (France Avenue and Old Shakopee Road), Suite 100, Bloomington.

The events will be held on Tuesday, August 18. Tim O’Neill, a regional analyst at DEED; Keisha Powell, Fairview Health Services; Erin Buie, Care Providers; and Deb Smith, Mayo Clinic will discuss health care employment opportunities and career paths.

MinnesotaWorks.net and Accessibility Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:14:21 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-169798

Magnifying glassThe Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development requires its websites, including MinnesotaWorks.net, the state’s largest job bank, to be accessible. Websites are tested for JAWS (a program that reads back to the user) and other screen readers used by customers who have visual impairments.

Career Fair Preparedness Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-169333

Checking off items on a list

Here are nine things you can do to prepare for the Diversity Career Fair on Thurs., Aug. 6:

1. Read Things to Do to Get Ready for Career Fairs.

2. Search for tips about job fairs on the archive for MinnesotaWorks.net blog by selecting the job fair tag (right side of the webpage).

Diversity Career Fair Set for August 6 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-169059

St. Paul-Ramsey County WorkForce CenterThe Ramsey County St. Paul WorkForce Center and about 100 employers will welcome job seekers to the WorkForce Center, located in the Hamline Midway neighborhood at 540 N. Fairview Ave. The event is free to job seekers.

25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-168204

Sign that reads rehabilitationThe Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark legislation that extended civil rights protections and promoted greater opportunity, access and equality to millions of Americans with disabilities, was signed into law 25 years ago on July 26. Join State Services for the Blind and other groups in celebrating this milestone event at the Minnesota History Center on Sunday, July 26.

The Benefits of Hiring Bilingual Employees Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-167317 Multilingual work team

Bilingual employees offer employers many advantages.

Studies have found that people who can speak more than one language enhance the workplace; these individuals are often skilled multitaskers with impressive communication skills. Bilingual employees can also make the workplace more productive for others.

Job search workshops at the Veterans Career Fair Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-166936

Image of American flagIn between visits to a record number of 170 employer exhibits at the Veterans Career Fair, here’s how to make your job search even more effective. 

Try a workshop. Three are scheduled. Take them all in before the Career Fair is over.

The magic behind the scenes: Event planners pull the levers Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-166503

Woman working at a deskIt’s the season of job fairs, art fairs, weddings, graduations and reunions of all kinds. 

Ever think about what it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude and potential impact? 

Organizing an event of any size takes nearly superhuman powers.

Finding great employees through MinnesotaWorks.net Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-166205

Have you ever wondered if Minnesota employers use MinnesotaWorks.net, the state’s largest job bank, to recruit new employees – and not just browse resumes?

For former offenders there's New Leaf Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-165744

Job interviews can make many job seekers nervous. For people with less than perfect job histories or former offenders the prospect of a job interview can be even more daunting. How should you answer questions about your spotty work record? How do you handle questions that home in on your past criminal activity?

Construction industry booming – Attend industry hiring events Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-165515

If you’re interested in a job in the construction industry or considering industries to target your job search, we urge you to attend the upcoming construction industry onsite hiring events in Bloomington and Rochester. This industry offers a range of career opportunities, everything from field to professional, that pay high wages. And you don’t need an expensive four-year college degree to land a job.

Get ready for MN Vets Career Fair – July 15 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-163548

The Minnesota Veterans Career Fair, the largest event of its kind in the state, is on deck for Wed., July 15. 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 and educational institutions and attend job search workshops.

But it’s not enough to just show up if you’re seriously looking for a new position.

A word to teens entering the job market: Engage your support system Wed, 27 May 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-163041

The summer labor market for teens has changed dramatically in recent years.

What every employer wants Wed, 20 May 2015 07:30:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-162436

Preparing for a job interview can be time-consuming and nerve-wracking. Instead of spending all that energy preparing answers for every imaginable interview question, use a larger lens. Ask yourself: "If I were the hiring manager, what are the qualities I'd need to see in a person before I’d be willing to say, 'You're hired'?"

9 Tips for College Seniors Looking for That First Job Wed, 13 May 2015 11:37:25 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-162232

Sure, it's tough to get a job today, especially as a new college graduate. You invested a lot of money and incurred a bunch of debt to become more employable.

Although the odds may seem stacked against you without any real work experience, you do have assets employers are seeking: a fresh perspective, willingness to learn and loads of energy. Your strong technology skills are also a plus.

Health Care Hiring Event Set for May 12 Wed, 06 May 2015 14:35:25 -0500 Workforce Development Representative Irene Connors http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-161858

If you’re a job seeker interested in learning more about the health care field, mark your calendar for a health care on-site hiring event in Bloomington on Tuesday.

The event features a panel of experts who will discuss health care careers and a job fair featuring more than 20 employers.

Finding veteran-friendly jobs using MinnesotaWorks.net Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-161320

MinnesotaWorks.net, the state’s largest job bank, uniquely helps military service members connect with good-fit employers:  The veteran-friendly job posting.

Millennials in the workplace Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-161183

By 2025, it’s expected that millennials (1980-2000) will make up the majority of the workforce. Already, workers between the ages of 14-34 years hold about 35 percent of the total jobs in the state of Minnesota, according to data from DEED’s Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) program. 

Looking for an internship? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:51:41 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-160685

Did you know: Nearly half (48.5 percent) of teens in Minnesota are employed or actively seeking work. Minnesota has the seventh highest teen labor force participation rate in the United States, led by other Midwestern states. 

But absent a job, there are other ways to get that all-important work experience.

Mature workers: How to get the most out of your network when looking for work Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:18:38 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-160304

Fact: More U.S. workers ages 55 and over are employed than ever before.

Business Cards: Hello, It's Me Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:31:51 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-159977

The business card is a necessity of networking – even in the digital age.

Could broadband open the door in Mille Lacs County? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:07:07 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-159448

Last week in this blog we looked at Mille Lacs County – and asked whether broadband could lift up the community. Broadband could help with education and open the door to new employment opportunities.

Lake Mille Lacs Area Job Fair Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:23:17 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-158433

If you live in the Lake Mille Lacs area -- and are looking for a job or a better job -- be sure to schedule in Tues., April 7 for the Lake Mille Lacs Area Job Fair.

What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:44:20 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-158150 It’s a truism but clearly on the glide path: Technology has pulled well ahead of the workplace skills of even the most proactive employee or manager. High tech is proliferating so rapidly in terms of new products and services that it is very difficult to keep up.
What is a Candidate-Driven Job Market? Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:44:49 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-157933

What’s a candidate-driven job market? Matt Krumrie, jobs columnist for the Star Tribune, tackles this interesting question.

6 Lessons Job Seekers Can learn From the Great Recession Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:13:29 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-157394

Whether you’ve been recently let go from a job or you’re thinking of changing career paths, a lot has changed in the job market in the last decade.

Ways to Ace Your Phone Interview Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:32:23 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-156680 Some job seekers rarely have phone interviews. But it’s important to be prepared for one, since you could get a call from an employer at a moment’s notice.

Body Language Mistakes at Job Interviews Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:59:15 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-156177 Having a great job interview is important for landing a job. Some job seekers spend a lot of time practicing answers to questions they anticipate and preparing questions for the hiring manager. Yet they fail to fully prepare for the interview, making body language mistakes they could have avoided.

Tips to Land a Work-from-Home Job Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:43:52 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-155355 Having a flexible and work-from-home job can be a great option for some people. There’s no need to drive in bad weather to the office. And working hours when you want to be is another reason why. For some people working from home is essential. For example, it can make it possible for workers to continue earning a paycheck while caring for a family member at home.

Things to Do to Get Ready for Career Fairs Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:16:54 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-153742

Participating in career fairs may have been one of your resolutions for your job search in 2015. And if not, it probably should be. While meeting with employers at a career fair might not lead to an interview and job offer on the spot, it could get you into a company for further networking or interviewing. That could lead to your next good job.

Career fairs might serve different groups or industries or be for specific occupations. For example, Mining Industry Day in Chisholm on Friday will connect businesses and job seekers looking for positions within that industry. To help you choose which job fairs to attend, we offer a calendar of events for job seekers.

What to Do If You Don’t Get Hired Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:57:37 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-153312

It can be disappointing to hear that you weren’t selected for a job you were excited about, especially if this has happened repeatedly. But there are ways to address this situation, so that your job hunt can progress and you’ll ultimately be hired for that great position you’ve been seeking.

Rules for a Successful Informational Interview Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:00:22 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-152791

An informational interview differs from a job interview. In a job interview the goal is to persuade the employer that you are the best candidate to be hired for the opening. That means promoting your skills, knowledge and overall fit for the job.

In an informational interview, a goal is to learn about the field and occupation you’re interested in. The person you interview with may be very knowledgeable and have good connections in the field or industry. Or the person may work at a company you’re particularly interested in.

Job Search Tips for 2015 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:45:06 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-152301

If finding a job is at the top of your wish list for 2015, learn about more techniques to land that dream job.

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: