Underemployment in Minnesota


by Teri Fritsma There's unemployment, and then there's underemployment.  Unemployment includes people who are out of work and are looking for work.  Underemployment includes a much larger group of people--those who don't necessarily fit the strict definition of being unemployed but are also not in the best of economic circumstances.     Underemployment includes:   Marginally attached workers--people who aren't working and … Continue reading Underemployment in Minnesota

Looking to Quickly Upgrade Your Skills?


by Teri Fritsma With what's going on in the economy today, more people are seeing the importance of keeping their skills updated.  Staying on top of new trends or technological advances can mean the difference between advancing in your career or stagnating.  And if you do happen to lose your job, refreshing your skill set can make you more marketable, help you transfer … Continue reading Looking to Quickly Upgrade Your Skills?

Why Do Students of Color Drop Out More Often in Minnesota?


by Denise Felder White high school students in Minnesota graduate at a 42 percent higher rate than Hispanics.  That's according to the Alliance for Excellent Education's annual study of U.S. high school graduation rates.   Overall, Minnesota has a 79 percent high school graduation rate, 10 points above the national average. White students have the … Continue reading Why Do Students of Color Drop Out More Often in Minnesota?

Learn about the Skills Needed in Green Jobs


by Teri Fritsma O*NET, the authoritative national source of occupation information, has a new website devoted to green occupations.  O*NET collects skill data on 800+ occupations, so the new website is a great place  (in fact, the only place) to find comprehensive information on what skills are needed in green jobs.  To view skill information, to the green … Continue reading Learn about the Skills Needed in Green Jobs

Top 10 Reasons Why You (Yes You) Should Take a Self-Assessment


by Teri Fritsma Assessments let you rate yourself on different characteristics (your skills, abilities, values, or interests, for example) and then see a list of occupations that could be a good match for you.   But did you know that the process of taking an assessment might be just as valuable as the results you get?  … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons Why You (Yes You) Should Take a Self-Assessment

Are You an Unemployed Minnesotan? Don’t Miss this New Site!


by Teri Fritsma If you're out of work, underemployed, or just looking for ways to tighten the belt, be sure to check out this brand new site: MinnesotaUnemployed.com.  Here's what Peggy Byrne, the site's developer (and an unemployed Minnesotan), says about it:   "The purpose of this site is to provide easy user-friendly access with direct linkages to information and services … Continue reading Are You an Unemployed Minnesotan? Don’t Miss this New Site!

Employers Are Looking for Shiny, Happy People


by Denise Felder   At a recent job fair, I had a conversation with a few employers that sounded very similar to conversations that I've had with other employers over the years. All employers — whether hiring for part-time, entry-level, high level or specialized positions — say the same thing; The Number One thing employers … Continue reading Employers Are Looking for Shiny, Happy People