by Rachel Vilsack

A friend of mine recently received a telephone call from an employer, who wondered if my friend would be interested in interviewing for a job they had open. Ordinarily this would be a welcomed call. But in this case, my friend already has a job. After some discussion with the employer, my friend realized that he had applied for a job with the organization over a year ago, when he was unemployed. The employer kept his resume on file, and when they had a job they thought he would be interested in, they gave him a call. A week later, the same thing happened to my friend again.


Conversations I’ve had with employers seem to suggest that they’re starting to hire again, and recent employment figures show many industries are hiring.  In fact, Minnesota gained 44,800 jobs over-the-year in November, up 1.7 percent from one year ago.   There were seven sectors showing annual gains:

  • Educational and health services (13,400 jobs)
  • Manufacturing (12,900 jobs)
  • Professional and business services (12,200 jobs)
  • Leisure and hospitality  (10,300 jobs)
  • Trade, transportation and utilities (5,800 jobs)
  • Information (2,900  jobs)
  • Mining and logging (500 jobs)

While this good news implies that we are on the road to recovery, it may not mean that you’ll start to see a huge surge in the number of job openings.


Why? Well, consider the ways employers go about recruiting workers. Instead of posting their open jobs online or in a help-wanted ad, employers might instead network with their current workforce for prospective candidates, search publicly available resumes online (like on, or re-examine resumes they’ve previously received.


So while the job outlook is improving, it’s still important to keep networking. It might also be wise to revisit the websites where you’ve posted a resume or have a profile. Is it up to date? Is your telephone number and e-mail address correct? Likewise, check out your job search log or list of employers you’ve contacted for a job. If one of these businesses calls you back, would you be prepared for an interview?


Rachel Vilsack ( is a regional labor market analyst at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.