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      MinnesotaWorks.net Career Fair Gives Job Seekers Online Toolkit for Success

      Posted on December 06, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      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.

      Eager job searchers began arriving at 6:30 a.m. and the flow of people remained steady the entire day. One job seeker said she felt hopeful that she would find a job at the fair. Employers we spoke to said they found lots of qualified candidates for their open positions.

      The resume critique center was busy throughout the day. Within minutes of opening, a 40 minute wait developed for meeting with a resume expert.  A convenient ticket system allowed job searchers to grab a number and continue meeting with employers while they waited for their resume critique.   According to one resume expert, one common tip they gave to job seekers throughout the day was to make sure all work experience and skills are listed on your resume.

      Fair attendees were very excited to learn and share their own experiences at the LinkedIn workshop. Job Service Field Operations Specialist Jackie Buck explained how to make an effective LinkedIn profile for attracting employers. She recommended writing and modifying your profile for the audience you hope to attract. She also suggested connecting with others via LinkedIn groups.  Doing so keeps you up-to-date on what’s happening in your industry and shows potential employers your interests and career goals.

      In the last workshop of the day, Special Projects Coordinator Rachel Vilsack presented on hot careers in Minnesota, based on current and projected data for future job growth. Medical equipment, insurance carriers and computer systems design services are some of the many growing sectors for Minnesota. One useful online job tool to use in your job search is Occupations in Demand (OID), found on PositivelyMinnesota.com. With this tool you can research available jobs in your area. Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) is another great tool used to find the typical wages for careers in a specific county or region in Minnesota. This tool is updated quarterly with statistics from employers.

      For more information on future job fairs, click here to find one in your area.