Multiple Generations in the Workplace


by Kathy Kirchoff

Are you a Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Generation X, or a Millennial? Your generation is defined by your age, shared life experiences, world events, and technology. Your background has shaped your values, communication, and leadership style. Understanding your own generation, and the work characteristics and values of other generations, can make you a better worker and a more tolerant team player.

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Minnesota's Occupational Job Outlook in 2012


by Dave Senf

Employment in Minnesota is projected to increase by 22,500 new jobs, a 0.8 percent growth rate, between the third quarters of 2011 and 2012. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Job openings due to new job creation, while an important component of the job market, are only a small slice of all job openings available to job seekers.

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Minnesota’s Occupational Job Outlook in 2012


by Dave Senf

Employment in Minnesota is projected to increase by 22,500 new jobs, a 0.8 percent growth rate, between the third quarters of 2011 and 2012. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Job openings due to new job creation, while an important component of the job market, are only a small slice of all job openings available to job seekers.

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Green Career Spotlight: HVAC Engineer


by Lisa Thompson

A large amount of the energy consumed in the United States goes to heating and cooling buildings. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that runs well reduces energy consumption and saves money. HVAC engineers design and build these systems. To figure out what is needed, they meet building owners, run simulations, and review construction plans. But it’s not just about working with numbers. Interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills are vital to succeed in this career.

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Explore Health Careers Through Volunteering


by Scott Simpson

Volunteering in a health care setting has many benefits. Stepping into a volunteer role inside a hospital, nursing home, pharmacy, dental office, or veterinary clinic can help clarify your career choice. It also has the potential to help you develop essential skills for your future profession. It will give you your own personal stories to complement your application into a health professional program.

A health-related volunteer experience can be valuable whether you are a high school student, college student, or mid-career person seeking a career change.

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Fine Tune Your Resume with Accomplishments


by Kari Rosand Scanlon

With the unemployment rate in Minnesota still hovering around six percent, hiring managers are inundated with resumes and only have time to glance at an applicant’s resume before deciding if the applicant might be a match to the position. One of the best ways to catch a hiring manager’s attention is to focus on your accomplishments rather than your responsibilities.

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