Innovations Changing the “Maintenance Crisis”


by Ashley Halligan

Last month I wrote an article outlining five of the most in-demand positions in the facility management world. While researching the article, I interviewed Joel Leonard, President of SkillTV; who talked about the “maintenance crisis.” Leonard defines the maintenance crisis as the collapse of the skilled workforce as baby boomers not only retire, but less younger folks are seeking these positions out.

 

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83 Cents


by Teri Fritsma

In Minnesota, women earn 83 cents for every dollar that men earn, on average. That’s called the pay gap. To look at this a different way, the average woman would have to work almost ten years longer than the average man to equal his salary over the course of a career. Research has identified many reasons for the gap that go well beyond simple discrimination, but even after all  legitimate sources of male/female pay differences (like education level, experience, work hours, skill differences, etc.) are accounted for, there is still a gap.

 

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Planning a Career


by Rachel Vilsack

A recent news story highlighted the low ratio of counselors to students in Minnesota schools. In fact, among states, Minnesota ranks near the bottom in the number of school guidance counselors. There are 771 students for every professional, according to the data. There are many reasons why this might be, including reduced budgets and program cuts.

 

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What Women Really Want: Better Work Opportunities


by Kathy Kirchoff

Are you looking for a job that fits your life and work needs, offers advancement opportunities and better pay? Then you need to match your interests and goals to Minnesota’s high-paying and in demand jobs, many of which offer the career advancement you desire when making a career choice or re-focusing your career goals.

 

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Looking Global – Take Your Job Search International


by Rachel Vilsack

If your search for a job includes the possibility of moving to or working in another country, there are some important factors to consider.  You may need to assess your options and develop a strategy before actively beginning your job search.  This could include defining your job search goals (what kind of job or career are you looking for), identifying the skills and experience that would make you a good candidate, and understanding the market conditions of the country or region where you are going to target your search. Ultimately, you want to find an international employer that is a good fit for your skills and experience.

 

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The Start of Something New


by Cameron Macht

As the economy has started to recover, opportunities for job seekers are increasing.  So, too, are opportunities for people to strike out on their own and start their own businesses. Self-employment is a very important – but often overlooked – component of local economic health, especially in rural areas. In Southwest Minnesota, self-employment accounts for nearly 70 percent of the businesses and as much as 15 percent of the jobs in the region!

 

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Looking Global – Target the International Business Market


by Rachel Vilsack

Many of Minnesota’s largest companies – and employers – are multinational, which means they manage production or deliver services in more than one country. Many more businesses export their products or services. In fact, Minnesota-based companies exported $20.3 billion worth of goods in 2011, and there are plans to double exports in the next five years. Exporters have an impact on our economy, and their success on a global scale can become a source of new jobs in Minnesota.

 

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