Disability Employment in Minnesota


by Mohamed Mourssi

Finding and retaining talented, diverse employees is important for businesses to stay competitive. Highly qualified job seekers with disabilities are frequently overlooked and underestimated. Recent reports show that about nine million unemployed Americans with significant disabilities are seeking jobs. Federal, state, and local governments, along with chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations, are working with people with disabilities to improve their job opportunities and workplace support.

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Mind Your Own Business


by Rachel Vilsack

Whether it’s an employer with a handful of workers or a solo entrepreneur, small businesses make a significant contribution to the economy. They’re also a great opportunity for individuals seeking a new or better career. In fact, people with disabilities are more likely to be self-employed than people without disabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, among employed people with disabilities, nearly 12 percent were self-employed in 2011, compared to just 6.6 percent of people without disabilities.

 

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Interview with Confidence


by Rachel Vilsack

You’ve made it to the job interview! You are probably confident about your skills and how they relate to the employer’s job description. You’ve clearly presented your abilities well on a resume or job application because you got the interview. Now comes the most nerve-wracking part of the job search process –at least for me – the interview. Are you ready to answer the easy questions? What about the tough questions about your work history?

 

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Let Your Abilities Shine


by Rachel Vilsack

If you are a job seeker with a disability, there are many state resources to help you succeed in your job search. When it comes down to applying for jobs, knowing how your skills match the needs of the employer – and displaying those skills on a job application or resume – is key. Wherever you are in your lifelong career journey, here are some important tips to let your abilities shine.

 

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Good Work Habits Help Teens Win Future Jobs


by Ron Adams

Teenagers with part-time or summer jobs are laying the foundation for future employment. How they perform in their current jobs can influence how marketable they’ll be to employers in the future. Leaning basic skills – like punctuality, reliability, and a positive attitude – also apply to school performance, as well as job success.

 

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Don’t Let a Disability Stop Your Job Search


by Rachel Vilsack

The road for job seekers with disabilities often can be difficult in a competitive labor market. In Minnesota about 1 in 10 people has a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Minnesota ranks fourth among states in the employment rate for working-age adults (ages 21 to 62) with disabilities in 2010. At 44 percent, the employment rate of adults with disabilities is still much lower than the 82 percent employment rate for people without disabilities.

 

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Knowing Employment Law


by Rachel Vilsack

Questions about “is it legal for my employer to…” come in frequently to the Labor Market Information Office. While we are experts on helping people find career and job information, legal advice is best left to lawyers and experts in employment law. If you work in Minnesota, do you know your rights?

 

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Master these Six Skills


by Rachel Vilsack

Workers just starting out in the job market know – or will quickly learn – that there are key skills employers expect of their workforce. Often called “soft skills,” these qualities are not always learned in a classroom or on the job. But workers will take these skills to every job they have during their lifetime. A new report highlights the six key workplace skills and how they relate to work.

 

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Those with High-functioning Autism Can Succeed in the Workplace


by Kathy Kirchoff

There are varying degrees of autism. If you have high-functioning autism or an autism spectrum disorder like Asperger's syndrome, you can use your unique talents to have a successful and satisfying career. More companies are seeing the value those with autism can bring to their companies.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at Work


by Lisa Thompson

Navigating the workplace is never easy. But it’s definitely harder when you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If you have difficulty focusing or managing your time, you may get passed over for promotions or receive poor performance reviews. Your employer may even fire you. Don’t be discouraged. Find out what you can do to succeed in your career even with ADHD.

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