Welcome to our July Newlsetter!

Although summer brings to mind festivals and cook-outs, I know many of you are trying to fire up your job searches. One suggestion: find a job search group.

Whenever I see job seekers come together in a group, I notice three things:

1) People are genuinely relieved and enthusiastic to talk to and commiserate with others who are also looking for work; 2) People are always eager to help others in a similar situation; and

3) We are all interconnected in some way and those social connections are extremely valuable – not only will they eventually lead to that golden job lead, but they just plain help us feel better.

One of the most important elements of a successful job search is an intangible one – avoiding isolation: getting out of the house and interacting with others.

Since it is Tour de France time, I’ll use a cycling analogy. When a bunch of riders stay together and travel in a big pack (the peloton), life is easier since they break the wind for each other and use a fraction of the energy than the poor stragglers who fell back and are on their own. Plus, there is information exchanged, water shared and a spirit of camaraderie that make the miles go by more quickly.

Bike racers know that they’re better off working together. So are job seekers. Finding a job is a huge — and often overwhelming – project. Find a pack to “ride with” and you will manage the job search easier and maybe even find it enjoyable! Here are some resources to connect with other job seekers:

Local job search clubs, networking and support groups:



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Handshake Update

HS LogoEarlier this summer we announced that we are transitioning from our old job search tool, Career Link, to a new platform called Handshake. So far we’ve successfully transitioned over 300 employers into the new system. These employers are busy posting jobs and internships – we’re currently at over 100 postings.

I’m sure you’re wondering when and how you can login to see all the cool things Handshake has to offer. We’re excited too! Our talented IT staff and the great people at Handshake are currently working on the student and alumni logins. They’re getting close and everything will be ready soon.

What you need to do…just hang in there. As soon as students and alumni are able to login we’ll let you know. Instructions will be emailed, published in the newsletter, and posted on our website. Thanks again for being patient as we finalize the transition.

Train to Work in Banking!

In just three weeks, you can learn the professional and customer service skills you need for success in bank teller positions with PPL’s Train to Work – Banking program. You’ll also receive a first interview with local bank managers and recruiters looking for talented individuals ready to start their banking careers.

PPL.letterheadThis is for you because you have:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • At least 6 months of customer services/cash handling experience in the last 3 years
  • A desire to enter the banking field as a teller

Interested? Join us for a one-hour Information Session held every Monday at 9:00 AM at the PPL Learning Center, 1925 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. There you’ll fill out an application and meet with staff to discuss next steps.

Class starts on August 3, 2015. $200 given upon graduation.

For more information: http://www.ppl-inc.org/learningcenter

Hiring Fair & Recruitment Event

Join job seekers on July 24th! Mississippi Market is now accepting applications for all positions at their East 7th Store in all departments, including deli, produce, front end, grocery and meat. Typical retail grocery positions include, cashiers, stockers, baggers, customer service, deli workers and more!


When: Friday July 24th, 2015

Morning session: 10:30am-2:00pm

Afternoon session: 2:00pm-4:30pm

Evening session: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Where: East Side Enterprise Center (ESEC), 804 Margaret Street, St. Paul, MN 55106

Questions: Please contact hr@msmarket.coop or Je Vang at jvang@msmarket.coop

Apply online: All positions are posted online at http://www.msmarket.coop/careers (scroll down to the “Current Job Postings” button below to apply!)

For website and/or details: CLICK HERE

Minnesota’s Largest Veterans Career Fair

If you are a veteran and looking for a job or are interested in exploring new careers or educational opportunities, come to the largest veterans career fair in Minnesota with 125 of Minnesota’s best employers with current job openings.


Veterans Career Fair
Wed. July 15th, 2015 from 10 AM – 3 PM
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN

This no-cost event for job seekers brings together:

  • Employers, who can provide company information, speak with you about current job openings and interview you for open positions on site.
  • College representatives who can speak about educational and training options.
  • Service providers who can assist with your employment-related needs, as well as provide information and referrals to non-work related services for veterans.
  • Resource area staffed by HR professionals to assist with resume critique and job search advice.
  • Workshops about job search techniques and starting your own business.

All former and current members of the U.S. military are welcome.

CLICK HERE for more details.

Office Culture: The Best ‘Fit,’ or The Best Person For The Job?

Workplaces can be like high school all over again: There are the cool kids, the jocks, and the geeks. At times, it appears that “fitting in” is the most important aspect of a job.

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Companies want to hire employees that fit with their mission and culture. But when does a “good fit” cloud an employer’s judgement about who is the best candidate for the job? Is this cultural trend something that works against both efficiency and diversity?

Lauren Rivera, associate professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, worries it has. She’s recently wrote about the “fitting in” culture for our partner The New York Times. Michael Melcher, an executive coach and a partner in the firm Next Step Partners, discusses the risks firms take making hiring decisions.

Listen to the audio here!

(Extracted from http://www.thetakeaway.org)