Job Advice for New College Graduates

by Rachel Vilsack

Recent reports on college graduates’ prospects in the job market are grim. Unemployment and underemployment of graduates rose during the Great Recession and continue to remain high. In 2012, Minnesota teens and young adults had the highest unemployment rates at 18.6 percent for teens (age 16 to 19) and 7.7 percent for young adults (age 20 to 24) according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis (pdf).


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Be a Smarter, More Effective Job Seeker

by Heather Isaacs

Often when I facilitate workshops at the St. Paul WorkForce Center, I’ll introduce myself as a “professional job seeker,” because I’ve changed jobs many times over the years between layoffs and planned moves. All of this practical experience keeps me current in sharing with job seekers what works in getting a job. In this post I want to discuss the two most important concepts I’ve learned: how to network and how to target a job search.


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Job Outlook for Minnesota Teens

by Nicholas Dobbins

In recent years, young Minnesotans looking for summer jobs have faced significant challenges. Today, the economies of both Minnesota and the United States are slowly recovering, and labor markets are improving along with them. Minnesota’s overall unemployment rate has been declining, and we have nearly matched our pre-recession job total. Some of these improvements will benefit teen job seekers.


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