Minneapolis WorkForce Center Job Seeker Bulletin

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                                                 July 22, 2014

Insider Tips:

How to Ace an Interview

Congratulations, you have landed the interview! Now...how do you prepare?

Interviewers routinely include questions on leadership skills, not only to evaluate a candidate’s ability to navigate difficult circumstances, but also to gauge character.
Well-prepared candidates prepare in advance: come to the interview equipped with at least two examples of your leadership and character. Include a description of the situation, the actions you took to identify and implement solutions, the results, and what you learned from the experience.

Want to be sure you are ready for your interview? 

Read how to ace the top 50 most common interview questions from Forbes magazine.

Now Hiring:

DC Group

DC Group

DC Group, a 2013 “Best in Business” award recipient from the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce is now hiring. Founded in Minneapolis in 1969, DC Group is one of the nation’s largest providers of maintenance and repair service to users of uninterruptible power systems, such as government, hospitals, critical data centers, and similar users.

DC Group is currently expanding at its West River Road location in North Minneapolis.  The renovation will include approximately 15,000 sq. ft of the existing facility and the construction of an additional 23,500 square feet of new space including an 86-stall parking structure (and a new gym!)

DC Group is currently hiring for numerous positions.  As a recipient of City of Minneapolis Grow North funding, this company has a strategic focus on North Minneapolis hiring. Current openings include Account Representatives, Office Coordinator, and Regional Inventory Specialist in the warehousing division. DC Group offers 15 paid vacation days per year, 401K and medical plan, health savings account,  free parking on-premises, on-site workout facilities (opening soon), and day-time weekday hours. Submit resumes to Marie Larson, phone 612-673-5292.


Computers for $100

In partnership with PCs for People, CLUES will host Connecting Communities to Computers (Computadoras para la Comunidad), an opportunity for individuals and families to purchase a home computer and internet for only $100In order to be eligible to receive a computer, participants must show proof that they are below the 150% poverty level or that they currently enrolled in a government assistance program (details here).

Saturday, July 26
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
720 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Call Paul at (612) 746-3568
to register.

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Job Search Tool Spotlight: eFolio

eFolio Example

Searching for a job in today’s highly technical world might feel intimidating for  jobseekers with limited computer experience, but it doesn't have to be! Free resources are available to help learn and access online tools.  Visit the North or South Workforce Center to take a computer class or use the computer lab.  Once you are comfortable with your skills, you can get your resume and portfolio online like Joseph Schufman did and get noticed by employers looking to hire!

After 23 years with a national telecommunications company, Joseph Schufman took a generous buyout package and signed a non-compete contract that prohibited him from working for another telecom for a year. While waiting for the year to end, Schufman, 64, created two web-based tools — an eFolio Minnesota site and a LinkedIn account — to showcase his career accomplishments. 

"It took four hours for me to create an eFolio site, and that became my website," says Schufman. "By having it on LinkedIn, I could tell that many people who viewed my profile also went to my website. It's a great tool."

Efolio is a free Minnesota resource that allows you to create a showcase of your education, skills, career achievements, and personal experience.  It’s an online portfolio that employers can browse to learn more about you once you have applied for a job to decide if they want to interview you!

Learn how to integrate an efolio into you’re your job search.

Upcoming Job Fairs and Training Events

Minnesota Coaches School Bus Companies - Job Fair

Wednesday, July 23
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more information, please call (651) 251-8080.

Job Fair of Minneapolis: Sponsored by Catalyst Career Group

Monday, July 28
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Minneapolis - Airport, 7901 34th Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55425

Septran Open House

Thursday, July 24 & Friday, July 25, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. 
Saturday, July 26, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2000 West 96th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431
More Information.

DEED Diversity Career Fair - A World of Opportunities

Thursday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Hennepin Technical College - 9000 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
More Information.

Networking Opportunities: Minneapolis Urban League Young Professionals

The Minneapolis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) is a chapter of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), a network of young professionals across the country who provide leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities for other young professionals. MULYP strives to develop programs that encourage individual members' personal and professional development. 

To receive information on upcoming events, sign up here.

Minneapolis Employment and Training Programs

Minneapolis Employment and Training administers a variety of employment and training programs under the direction of the Mayor, City Council, and Minneapolis Workforce Council

  • Minneapolis Works 
    Assistance finding a job for low-income, Minneapolis residents ages 18 and older.
  • Minneapolis Youth Works
    Assistance with high school completion, work preparation or employment goals for Minneapolis Youth ages 14-21.
  • RENEW Minneapolis
    Short-term job training in sustainable jobs for Minneapolis residents ages 18 and older.
  • Dislocated Worker Program
    Comprehensive services for those who have lost their job through no fault of their own for adult ages 18 and older.

Visit a Minneapolis WorkForce Center

Each offers a knowledgeable staff to guide you. Each provides essential tools to make your job search a success. Best of all, most services are free of charge. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Free Computer Labs
  • Skills Assessment
  • Information on Career Transition
  • Career Counseling and Planning
  • Access to Free Training and Certifications
  • Resume Writing and Interview Assistance
  • Veterans Programs

North Minneapolis
1200 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
612-520-3500 or email us.

South Minneapolis
777 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
612-821-4000 or email us.