Minneapolis WorkForce Job Seeker Bulletin: December 22


December 22, 2015



Don't Fall for These Job Scams
The ability to perform an online job search is a huge benefit to job seekers, saving them time and effort, but the Internet is also a breeding ground for job scams. When you're on the job hunt, beware of these common online job scams.

  1. Copycat Companies
  2. Vague Job Descriptions
  3. Trial Employment Period
  4. Employment Agencies
  5. Unknown Recruiter
  6. Secret Job Lists
  7. Work from Home
  8. Background Checks

Interested in learning about these scams in depth?
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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Student Resources
The Unites States BLS has online videos, charts and tables, maps, and interactive activities to help students become informed about their interested career field.
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Are you a transitioning veteran?
Being a transitioning veteran can be tough. Therefore, CareerOneStop has online resources that may answer some of your questions.
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MN WorkForce Centers Closed for Holidays
Due to the upcoming holidays, all Minnesota WorkForce Centers will be closed on December 25, 2015 and will resume services again December 28. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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Now Hiring

City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016
STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 who face some of the greatest barriers to employment, including youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youth of color, youth from recent immigrant families, and youth with disabilities.

STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2016 summer internship placements. The application closes on February 5th, 2016. Interested eligible Minneapolis youth can view and complete the application online.

To be eligible, youth must:

  • live in Minneapolis
  • be 14-21 years old on June 1, 2016
  • not be currently enrolled in college (PSEO is okay). Current college students may consider the Urban Scholars Program.
  • meet income guidelines or have a substantial barrier to employment including students with disabilities, IEPs, English language learners, or pregnant and parenting teens. If you are unsure if you qualify, please apply.
  • applicants must be eligible to work in the US (by June 1, 2016) and have proper documentation

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2016 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website.

For more information, email Anna Peterson, or call 612-673-5234.

Veterans Hiring Initiative
Hennepin County is committed to fill positions with veterans. The goal is to assist individuals into trainee positions that will lead to permanent employment with Hennepin County.
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City of Minneapolis: TeamMinneapolis
View all jobs and apply online here.

Upcoming Job Search Events

On-site Hiring Event
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10am-Noon
Minnesota WorkForce Center – Bloomington
4220 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55437
Featured Employers: Cambria, Bridgestone, Edward Jones, Sears, Schneider, UPS, and Prairie River Home Care, Inc.
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Employer of the Day - Walgreens
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street, Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This walk-in event, hosted by Hennepin County, requires no pre-registration. Computers and printers are available for job seekers to use in the Hennepin County Community Resource Room Monday through Friday, 9:30am-Noon and 1pm-3pm.
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Aeon Property Management & Maintenance Job Fair
Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Aeon Central Offices
901 North 3rd Street, Suite 150, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Opportunity for a first round interview on the spot. Event is free and open to the public. Please email Alycia Klatt or call 612-746-4867 with questions.
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MLK Jr. Holiday Diversity Career Fair
Monday, January 18, 2016, 9am-Noon
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Event is free and open to the public. Employers are seeking candidates with experience and interest in sales, engineering, government, security, education, military, medical, banking, financial services, etc.
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Banking & Finance On-site Hiring Event
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 10am-Noon
Minnesota WorkForce Center – Bloomington
4220 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55437

A panel of employers will be present before the hiring event to present information about careers in the banking and finance field.
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Job Fair of Minneapolis with Catalyst Career Group
Monday, January 25, 2016, 10am-1pm
Embassy Suites Minneapolis – Airport
7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425
Event is free and open to the public.
Email Catalyst Career Group or call 815-308-5426 with questions.
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Training Opportunities

Trading Up at St. Paul College
Trading Up is a free construction prep program for low-income individuals that will provide participants with career counseling, classroom instruction, and hands-on learning opportunities to help them find their path to a career in the building trade.

Attend an Orientation Session:
Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 5:30pm-9pm
St. Paul College
235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
Register for an Information Session

Email Sarah Lechowich or call 651-403-4124 with questions.
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New Leaf Workshops for Former Offenders
Is your record affecting your job search? The New Leaf Extended Workshops for Former Offenders is a free series of classes offered at the South or North Minneapolis Workforce Center through March 2016.

You will learn:

  • How to respond to questions related to your offense.
  • How to discover your unique job skills and talents.
  • How to write resumes and cover letters.
  • What to expect from a background check.

Check the second page of this flyer for more information and a schedule for the Minneapolis classes.

Introduction to Construction and Building Trades and Construction Vehicle Training
American Workshop offers a “fast-start” training program for people to gain an understanding of the construction trades and the skills they need to get their first job in the construction industry.

Introduction to Construction and Building Trades Program
16 days, 120 hours
Burnsville and Northeast Minneapolis locations
1085 10th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis 55414
1170 East Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN 55337

Certifications: CPR, AED, First Aid, OSHA-10
Start dates:

  • January 4 & 18, 2016
  • February 1, 15 & 29, 2016
  • March 14 & 29, 2016

Construction Vehicle Training Program
3 days, 24 hours
Burnsville Location
1170 East Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN

Certifications: Construction Vehicle Operator Certification
Start dates:

  • January 11 & 25, 2016
  • February 8 & 22, 2016
  • March 7 & 21, 2016

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. To enroll, call David Luick at 952-500-8812 at least two business days prior to class start.
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Introduction to Construction and Building Trades and Construction Vehicle Training
American Workshop offers a “fast-start” training program for people to gain an understanding of the construction trades and the skills they need to get their first job in the construction industry. These courses give students, ages 17 and older, a solid, hands-on overview of today’s construction careers and in-demand skill sets.

IT-Ready in the Twin Cities
This free program helps people living in or who are at-risk for poverty; displaced workers; women and minorities; and military veterans. Nearly 95 percent of graduates earn their CompTIA A+ certification and 80 percent move into paid IT roles with area companies.

Next Class Starts: February 8, 2016
Application Deadline: January 18, 2016
Learn more and apply.

Software Guild Concordia University
In this full-time, 12-week course, you will learn .NET/C# or Java, and acquire the skills needed for entry-level developer positions.

Next Class Starts: February 15, 2016
Learn more and apply.

Mechatronics and Maintenance & Custodial Skills (PPL)
St. Paul is offering two new career training programs – Mechatronics and Maintenance & Custodial Skills. The programs are free to eligible individuals. Training programs equip graduates for careers, with industry certifications, in industrial production, building facilities, maintenance, and environmental services industries.
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Employment and Training Programs

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training administers a variety of employment and training programs under the direction of the Mayor, City Council, and Minneapolis Workforce Council. To learn more about specific programs click on the following links:

  • 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.
  • Dislocated Worker Program
    Comprehensive services for those who have lost their job through no fault of their own for adult ages 18 and older.
  • Train to Career
    Job-skills training in a select occupation in demand for low-income, Minneapolis residents.

Minneapolis Workforce Centers

There are two WorkForce Centers located in Minneapolis. Each offers a knowledge staff to guide you, essential tools for job search success, and free services including: 

  • 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, MN 55411
612-520-3500 or email us. 

South Minneapolis
777 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-821-4000 or email us.