by Denise Felder Career advisers and business leaders agree: Having a mentor is an important and effective way to increase your career success. Students and new professionals in all fields are encouraged to find an experienced manager or employee to give them advice and guide them in their professional journeys. “Mentors have not only taught … Continue reading Are Mentors Still Needed In Today’s Workplace?
My job is simply to research, create and present information. Only now, that information is being delivered in formats that didn’t exist a few short years ago.
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. … Continue reading First Week on the Job
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 … Continue reading How to Describe Gaps in Employment
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. Hiring difficulties impacted 37 percent of vacancies in IT occupations. The reasons for the difficulties … Continue reading Hiring Difficulties for Information Technology Occupations
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 … Continue reading Are Skills Scarce?
by Rachel Vilsack According to a new report (pdf) from the MN State Demographic Center, workers with higher-order skills and education – or “talent” – are an important part of our state’s workforce. The ability to train, retain, and recruit talented workers will impact our current and long-term economic growth. So, how does Minnesota’s talent … Continue reading Measuring Talent
by Rachel Vilsack Some job seekers face barriers to employment. This is especially true for job seekers who must address a felony or former offense in their job search. Don’t let your criminal background hold you back from meaningful employment! The New Leaf Workshop – held at WorkForce Center locations around Minnesota – is … Continue reading Turn Over a New Leaf
by Rachel Vilsack I just read a new study on the employment traits for various generations of workers (Gen-Y, Gen-X and Baby Boomers) which mentioned each generation’s ability to have resources, support, and freedom to become an intrapreneur. Wait a minute. Not entrepreneur? What’s an intrapreneur? According to an infographic associated with the study, … Continue reading Be an Intrapreneur
by Rachel Vilsack Most of us define ourselves by what we do for a living. The Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, says that that the way you support yourself can be an expression of your deepest self and promote compassion for others. This concept is called right livelihood. The search for meaningful work is important; how … Continue reading Work as a Way of Being