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“There must be something wrong with my resume. I have been applying and applying, but don’t hear back.” This is a common statement from frustrated job seekers. Although there may indeed be something wrong with their resume, it is probably only part of the problem. The problem is usually their entire approach to the job search process. Looking for a job (especially in a tough economy) takes more than the conventional approach of finding an opening, applying, and waiting to be invited for an interview. A successful search requires a great deal of creativity, energy and some strategic thinking. Since it is not easy to generate these things on your own, we have done it for you!

If you are struggling in your search for work, we invite you to take advantage of the free Career Steps workshop. Students have found this an excellent way to jump-start a stalled search or kick off a brand new one – details below.

New Career Development Course

Career Steps: Top 12 Things to do Before Graduation

Entering the job market or making a career transition is much easier if the wheels are set in motion while still in school. Career Steps is a no fee, no credit online workshop that provides you with a career development to-do list of specific, action-oriented steps to point you in the right direction and help you move efficiently down your post-college career path.

Career Steps takes a rather daunting process (finding a career niche or a better job) and breaks it down into manageable pieces. Content is also designed to be incorporated into existing courses by faculty and includes 12 modules with classroom activities and assessments covering everything from LinkedIn to networking. Getting registered is easy: Simply log in to D2L and click on Self-Registration. From there, find Career Steps: Top 12 Things to do Before Graduation in the class menu and click on Register. Enter your ­first and last name, then click submit. Once your registration is confirmed, click ­ finish and that is it!


For more information about Career Steps, contact Bill Baldus, career counselor, at or 651-793-1528

DEED in partnership with Hennepin Technical College — the Summer Diversity Career Fair on August 7

DEED always puts on great events, so here is your event if you are looking to meet employers this summer!

When: Thursday, August 7, 2014


  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for military veterans
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the general public

Where: Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Campus 9000 Brooklyn Boulevard Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

For more information and to REGISTER : CLICK HERE!


New Career Pathways Grants Expand Opportunities for Hundreds of Minnesotans

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded $1,450,000 to 18 adult career pathways projects in the state under the Minnesota FastTRAC initiative to help train and place 707 workers statewide.  See full press release:


5 Years After Recession’s End, State’s Scars Still Show Star Tribune- 06/22/14 Five years after the official end of the recession, the Minnesota economy has recovered all the jobs it lost and is growing again. But it’s changed.


DEED Receives National Emergency Funding to Retrain Unemployed Minnesotans The USDOL-awarded National Emergency Grant will serve 132 unemployed Minnesotans, 90 from central Minnesota and 42 in Washington County through the Dislocated Worker Program.The program is designed to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible after losing a job. 



It’s never too late! Here are four great resources for Career Changers! Visit CareerOneStop’s blog post on CAREEREALISM below:!4MmOA

If you’re a veteran seeking a new job or career in Minnesota, you can benefit from specialized employment and training services offered through Minnesota WorkForce Centers. Here are a few benefits you’ll recieve as a former or current member of the U.S.:

  • Opportunities to connect with employers and college reps at career and hiring events.
  • Individual employment counseling
  • Assistance at any stage of your job search
  • Direct referrals for job openings
  • Support from veterans networking groups

Click HERE for details! And best of luck to all you job seekers!


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