Vets and Networking – It’s a Natural


by David Wold

People use many methods to find jobs. Some apply for job postings on the Internet or use  social media sites. Some will try cold calls to potential employers with resume in hand. Some job seekers will simply mail out dozens or hundreds of resumes to businesses hoping to land a job. Although sometimes these methods work, studies have shown that the most successful strategy for job seeking is networking. But where do you start?

 

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Mind Your Own Business


by Rachel Vilsack

Whether it’s an employer with a handful of workers or a solo entrepreneur, small businesses make a significant contribution to the economy. They’re also a great opportunity for individuals seeking a new or better career. In fact, people with disabilities are more likely to be self-employed than people without disabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, among employed people with disabilities, nearly 12 percent were self-employed in 2011, compared to just 6.6 percent of people without disabilities.

 

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Interview with Confidence


by Rachel Vilsack

You’ve made it to the job interview! You are probably confident about your skills and how they relate to the employer’s job description. You’ve clearly presented your abilities well on a resume or job application because you got the interview. Now comes the most nerve-wracking part of the job search process –at least for me – the interview. Are you ready to answer the easy questions? What about the tough questions about your work history?

 

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Let Your Abilities Shine


by Rachel Vilsack

If you are a job seeker with a disability, there are many state resources to help you succeed in your job search. When it comes down to applying for jobs, knowing how your skills match the needs of the employer – and displaying those skills on a job application or resume – is key. Wherever you are in your lifelong career journey, here are some important tips to let your abilities shine.

 

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Good Work Habits Help Teens Win Future Jobs


by Ron Adams

Teenagers with part-time or summer jobs are laying the foundation for future employment. How they perform in their current jobs can influence how marketable they’ll be to employers in the future. Leaning basic skills – like punctuality, reliability, and a positive attitude – also apply to school performance, as well as job success.

 

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Don’t Let a Disability Stop Your Job Search


by Rachel Vilsack

The road for job seekers with disabilities often can be difficult in a competitive labor market. In Minnesota about 1 in 10 people has a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Minnesota ranks fourth among states in the employment rate for working-age adults (ages 21 to 62) with disabilities in 2010. At 44 percent, the employment rate of adults with disabilities is still much lower than the 82 percent employment rate for people without disabilities.

 

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Set Your References Up for Success – Part 2


by Claire Nelligan

I once served as a reference for a woman I had worked with closely at my job. I cannot possibly say enough good things about her! She was at the top of her field! Serving as a reference, I failed her miserably. Or did she fail me? I had no idea she planned to use me as a reference. And I did not know she was applying for a job to manage people. As I had never seen her managing subordinates, I couldn’t speak to that skill. No wonder she didn’t get the job. She was a perfect fit, but that wasn’t apparent from the reference I gave!

 

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Are Your References Failing You? Or Are You Failing Your References? – Part 1


by Claire Nelligan

Good references are essential to landing a new job, yet according to author Martin Yate, few candidates realize that a primary reason they don’t get a job offer is because their references failed them. Ask yourself: are your references failing you, or are you failing your references?  Your journey as a job seeker can be riddled with obstacles, detours and surprises. References are the only part of the journey over which you have a good deal of control. Get your references in order now. Don’t wait until your next interview!

 

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