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Aspen Equipment Adds Job Fairs in Effort to Recruit

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 12:14 PM
Tags: job fair, manufacturing

From jobs fairs to MinnesotaWorks.net, Aspen Equipment is casting a wider net to recruit skilled employees, according to Danette Smith, Human Resources.

Located in Bloomington, Aspen Equipment builds custom trucks for the forestry, railroad, government, electric utility, energy and construction trades. Their history goes back to 1926 when the business was known as Road Machinery and Supplies. Today they have thousands of customers, including Xcel Energy.


Networking Expert to Speak at Bloomington WorkForce Center

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 12:04 PM
Author: Workforce Development Representative Irene Connors Tags: networking

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

Posted on September 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search

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

Posted on September 09, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: internships, workforce

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

Posted on September 02, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Tags: job fair

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

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: job search, interviewing

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

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: job fair, job search

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

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 9:14 AM
Tags: job search, workforce

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

Posted on August 04, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: job fair

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

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: job fair, job search

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.


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