Networking: By The Seasons


by Rachel Vilsack

Networking is important part of the job search process.  It can help you learn inside information about jobs that are being created or not advertised.  Everybody networks — at school, church, social activities, work, and online. Remember that networking is not the same as asking for a job, so you can do it anywhere. Usually your networking contacts will not be potential employers, but the connections you make with others with shared interests just might lead to an opportunity tomorrow. Since it’s starting to feel like spring – and soon summer – it made me think: what are some examples of Spring and Summer networking opportunities?

 

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Measuring Talent


by Rachel Vilsack

According to a new report (pdf) from the MN State Demographic Center, workers with higher-order skills and education – or “talent” – are an important part of our state’s workforce. The ability to train, retain, and recruit talented workers will impact our current and long-term economic growth.  So, how does Minnesota’s talent stack up?

 

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Are There Skills Gaps in Manufacturing?


by Rachel Vilsack

Manufacturing in Minnesota is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. After the job losses of the Great Recession, employers are under pressure to meet pent-up demand by adding staff. Competition among firms is very high for experienced workers as older ones are retiring. Several commentators have argued that more manufacturing jobs could be created if more people had the skills, and perhaps educational credentials, that employers are looking for. What is the level of skills gaps, or mismatches between the skill requirements of a job and the skills of the available workforce, in Minnesota?

 

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