First Week on the Job


by Princess Fanning

The experience I’ve had while working with DEED has been a tremendous opportunity for me. I’ve met many new people and expanded my perspective on what’s out there in the world. I’d advise anyone who feels they want to strive for something more in life to go for it! Nothing is impossible. Undertaking this new journey in the business world will prepare me for the next step in my work and education.

 

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Trucking for Jobs in Northwest Minnesota


by Tim O’Neill

Trucks are an essential mode of transportation for moving valued goods throughout Minnesota and the United States. With 481 firms supplying 2,197 jobs, Truck Transportation is also a major and necessary part of the economy in Northwest Minnesota. The growing economy will increase the need for Truck Transportation, and the aging workforce will result in a need for new drivers as current drivers retire or leave the occupation.

 

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How to Describe Gaps in Employment


by Goodwill Easter Seals ReEntry Services

A gap in employment is a period of months or years in which one was not employed. An employment gap is caused by situations such as the inability to find work, going back to school, or serving a prison sentence. It will appear on your resume when you list your job experience. Employment gaps are red flags for employers. If they see one on your resume, they will most likely ask about it during your interview.

 

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Hiring Difficulties for Information Technology Occupations


by Alessia Leibert

The newest survey from Minnesota’s Labor Market Information Office explores hiring difficulties through in-depth interviews with employers about their experience filling (or not filling) recently open positions. The most recent findings track Information Technology (IT) occupations, including software developers and computer support specialists.

 

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Education Pays


by Rachel Vilsack

Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces a chart showing median weekly earnings and unemployment rates by level of education. The trend is always the same: as your educational level increases your wages are likely to grow and your chances of being unemployed declines. But for college bound students or recent college graduates, does it matter what you study?

 

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Are Skills Scarce?


by Alessia Leibert

If 2012 saw the biggest increase in Minnesota job openings since 2005, not all opportunities led to job creation. Some employers faced difficulties filling vacant positions, while others were still reluctant to commit to hiring and preferred waiting for the ideal job candidate to come along. The apparent contradiction between the availability of jobs and the inability of employers to fill them led some commentators to point to “skills gaps” as a major constraint to employment recovery after the Great Recession.

 

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