by Rachel Vilsack Many employers find workers without posting a job online. In fact, it’s often estimated that 80 percent (or more) or jobs are never advertised. This is called the hidden job market. The term “hidden” doesn’t mean the jobs are necessarily a secret or that the employer doesn’t want you to know they … Continue reading Uncover the Hidden Job Market
by Allison Lewis If you are anything like me, when you think about networking, you want to possibly run and hide. At first, it sounds like so much work—and what if you say something awkward or someone doesn’t want to talk to you or help you? But I’ve learned that networking is definitely not a … Continue reading Effective Networking Top 5 Tips
by Rachel Vilsack As we approach the New Year, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s working in your job search and what isn’t. How can you maintain momentum in 2014? Try setting some intentions now. What’s an Intention? I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, which never seen to make their way past … Continue reading Job Search Intentions for the New Year
by Joe McKenzie A few months back I wrote an article asking the question, “Do you value your network?” I received a lot of feedback and had numerous discussions with my own network connections as a result of the article. The discussions made me wonder: does the current professional networking environment - and the ease with which … Continue reading Do You Think Critically When Building Your Network?
by Joe McKenzie My ever-growing professional network contains unique individuals. Some of my relationships are those I’m currently working on strengthening; others I’m simply maintaining. Regardless of the status of relationships, the overall value of the network I’ve been growing for over 20 years is comparable to a bar of gold. Fortunately, the value … Continue reading Do You Value the People in Your Network?
by Rachel Vilsack This Memorial Day week, it’s important to remember the many Minnesota veterans who have bravely and proudly served this county. Networking and career events can help veterans in career transition get back to work. While people use many methods for find jobs, studies have shown that the most successful strategy is … Continue reading Just for Veterans – Networking and Career Events
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 … Continue reading Job Advice for New College Graduates
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 … Continue reading Be a Smarter, More Effective Job Seeker