by Brent Pearson Employers, particularly in southern Minnesota, have been voicing concern about the supply of welders for several years. Whether that is because of a skills gap in the occupation or due to other factors is uncertain. One thing is clear: with above-average wages and wage offers, strong job demand statewide, and low education … Continue reading Welding Together a Career
by Rachel Vilsack The road to economic recovery in Minnesota is nearly complete. Total non-farm employment is just 1,000 jobs off of our pre-recessionary job peak, which was in February 2008. Estimates of job vacancies show an 18 percent growth at the end of 2012 compared to one year prior and are also back to … Continue reading Minnesota Economic Update
by Rachel Vilsack Spring may not mean the return of warm weather (at least not yet) but it does mean the return of job fairs – including two you won’t want to miss! March 28 will be the date of the annual Get Jobs Job Fair at the Eagan Civic Arena. Employers will be … Continue reading Get Ready to Get a Job
by Rachel Vilsack I just read a new study on the employment traits for various generations of workers (Gen-Y, Gen-X and Baby Boomers) which mentioned each generation’s ability to have resources, support, and freedom to become an intrapreneur. Wait a minute. Not entrepreneur? What’s an intrapreneur? According to an infographic associated with the study, … Continue reading Be an Intrapreneur
by Rachel Vilsack It’s frequently reported that the majority (70 to 80 percent) of job openings are never advertised by employers. This is referred to as the hidden job market, suggesting that these jobs would be “hidden” from a job seeker who is only looking for opportunities posted online or in printed help-wanted ads. These … Continue reading Raising the Curtain on the Hidden Job Market
by Alessia Leibert Just over one in four RN vacancies were reported as “hard-to-fill,” based on a new employer survey on hiring difficulties in Minnesota. Of these, a minority (18 percent) were hard-to-fill exclusively because candidates did not have the qualifications required. In this subset of vacancies, employers were generally lacking work experience in a … Continue reading Are Nursing Positions Hard to Fill?
by Teri Fritsma When employers have difficulty filling positions, does it mean that there aren’t enough qualified people to take the position? Not always, says a new study on skills mismatches released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Sometimes there are skills mismatches, but sometimes the difficulties are the result of demand-side … Continue reading Hiring Difficulties and Skills Mismatches in Minnesota
by Rachel Vilsack News stories this week and last show some companies stepping back from their telecommuting policies, which allowed workers some flexibility on where they work. Telecommuting is often viewed as beneficial to the employer, employee, and even community (think less traffic congestion), and while the number of telecommuters in Minnesota may be small, … Continue reading Working from Home