My Resume is Ready. Now What?

by Joy Brown ~

You have the perfect resume. It highlights your achievements and shows why they matter. It doesn’t have any typos or grammatical errors. You may have even brought it to a resume workshop at your local WorkForce center or library to make sure that it follows the do’s and don’ts and takes advantage of advice from an expert.

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How to Describe Gaps in Employment

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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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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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Getting Back to Work

by Amanda Rohrer

The economy’s getting better – the unemployment rate in Minnesota is down below six percent and the monthly employment numbers show more jobs this year than last year. But while there are more jobs and more people employed, the number of people out of work for a year or more (pdf) is still historically high: 44,000 Minnesotans were unemployed a year or more in 2010.


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Fine Tune Your Resume with Accomplishments

by Kari Rosand Scanlon

With the unemployment rate in Minnesota still hovering around six percent, hiring managers are inundated with resumes and only have time to glance at an applicant’s resume before deciding if the applicant might be a match to the position. One of the best ways to catch a hiring manager’s attention is to focus on your accomplishments rather than your responsibilities.

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Job Vacancies Increase & Some Industries Show Strong Growth

by Cameron Macht

As job growth spread across the state (see “Job Growth Returned for Many Regions, Counties Over the Last Year”), the number of job vacancies also increased in every region over the last year. In fact, four of the six state planning regions saw at least a 50 percent growth in the number of job vacancies reported by businesses from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011. (See Table 1.)

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