Green Career Spotlight: Nursery Owner


by Lisa Thompson

Have a fondness for trees? So do nursery owners. They grow trees from seedlings to sell to customers. Owners oversee many aspects of the business, from managing staff to ordering supplies to responding to orders to hand-on work in the nursery. This work involves learning about plants and trees through science, horticulture, and forestry. It also requires people skills to interact with both employees and customers as well as business skills.

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Manufacturing Employment Opportunities in Minnesota


by Cameron Macht

With more than 292,000 jobs in 8,500 businesses, manufacturing remains one of the largest employing industries in the state of Minnesota. In fact, it still accounts for about one in every nine jobs in the state, many of which tend to be higher-paying jobs. However, many jobseekers avoid looking at manufacturing jobs because of outdated perceptions of the industry, fear based on negative news and headlines, or a lack of awareness of the jobs in demand.

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Minnesota Women in the Labor Force – Part 2: What Do They Do?


by Rachel Vilsack

A previous post highlighted the important role that women play in Minnesota’s labor market—from their record participation in the labor force to how the recession impacted women’s employment. One key piece in this discussion is the differences between the industries and occupations in which Minnesota women and men work.

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Resume Booster: Volunteering for Leadership Roles


by Lisa Leisenheimer

In today’s economy, finding a job can be difficult. With many skilled people looking for work, employers can afford to be choosy. You need to provide a resume that will stand out from all the others even if the jobs you’re applying for aren’t a perfect match for your skill set. Employers want employees with experience and essential job skills, such as management, communication, or organizational skills. How do you learn these skills if you can't get hired to learn and gain experience? Try volunteering!

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Green Career Spotlight: Green Manufacturing Engineer


by Lisa Thompson

Use your problem-solving skills to find common sense solutions as a green manufacturing engineer. People in this career are motivated to find innovative solutions that continuously improve products and reduce costs while adhering to green standards. They use statistics to trouble-shoot problems and must be able to communicate with employees at all levels.

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