Minneapolis WorkForce Job Seeker Bulletin: April 26


April 26, 2016



How to Spin Negatives Into Positives During Your Interview: The Do's and Don'ts
Chances are you may run into a few tricky interview questions when someone asks you about potentially negative things regarding your past experiences or personality traits. A common interview question is "What is your greatest weakness?" How you approach unfavorable traits, such as a personality flaw, shows a lot about your character and attitude. 

Learn how to turn negatives into positives to win the day and earn that coveted position.


Make It Count for Adult Learners
The ‘Make it Count Program for Adult Learners’ is created for students ages 24 and up who will be attending college for the first time in the fall of 2016. The program covers the cost of tuition and fees at Saint Paul College for up to 60 credits, completed in no more than three years, through state and federal grants and private scholarships.

Students must register for at least six credits per semester to be eligible.

Apply by July 1, 2016.
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Minnesota Pays GED Test Costs
Eligible Minnesotans who do not graduate from high school are no longer required to pay for GED tests to receive the equivalent of a diploma. The GED tests usually cost $120 but through the end of June 2016, GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Governor Dayton has asked the Legislature to approve another $120,000 to keep the program funded next year.
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Scam Alert

Scam Alert!
MinnesotaWorks.net has recently received several reports of a scam that involves individuals posing as potential employers in order to collect money in exchange for non-existent jobs. Legitimate employers will never ask for money as a condition of being offered an interview or new job.

Do not respond to suspicious emails or provide personal information, including the name of your bank, credit card, bank account or social security numbers.

MinnesotaWorks.net has NOT been "hacked!" Scammers have simply been using the name in order to get a response.

If you receive a suspicious email, please contact the MinnesotaWorks.net Help Desk at 651-259-7500 or 1-800-345-2537 (outstate).
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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.

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Now Hiring

WBC Hiring for Executive Director/CEO
The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) is hiring for an Executive Director to oversee the WBC’s core programs and initiatives. To apply, email cover letters and resumes to WBC Board Chair Dr. Tara Watson by May 15, 2016.
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City of Minneapolis: TeamMinneapolis
View all jobs and apply online here.

Training Opportunities

North@Work is a comprehensive set of innovative interventions designed to tip the scales of economic mobility and regional prosperity by connecting 2,000 African American men to meaningful, sustainable, living-wage employment over five years and catalyzing systems changes that will eliminate racial employment disparities.

Opportunities of this scale can only be realized through strategic intervention. North@Work focuses on all facets of the workforce system – training, placement, funding, retention and more – to create real change for African American men living on the Northside.

To get an application form or learn more, email Darcus Mitchell or call 612-302-3123.
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Free CNA Training at Sholom Home with CAPI USA
In partnership with Sholom Home, CAPI USA  is offering a FREE 9-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field.


  • Minimum 6th grade English skills
  • Available to attend training Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3pm
  • Ability to pass DHS background check
  • Strong desire to help others; caring and patient

To learn more, attend an open house!
Thursday, April 28, 2pm-4pm
Monday, May 2, 11:30am-1:30pm
Sholom Home
3620 Phillips Parkway, Minneapolis, MN, 55426

For more information call Kayla at 612-767-3676 or
Sarah at 612-767-3667.
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Project for Pride in Living Career Pathways FREE Training Programs
Project for Pride in Living (PPL) offers job and skills training programs designed to help you improve your employment opportunities.

Free trainings offered by PPL:

To learn more or apply, attend an Information Session:
Every Monday, 9am-10am
PPL Learning Center
1925 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Call 612-455-5300 with questions.
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Green Construction Training
HIRED’s four week Green Construction Trades Course covers a variety of topics designed to give students in-demand green construction skills that will make them excellent candidates for career pathways in the building trades. Students will earn First aid, AED, CPR, OSHA 10 certification, and the NCCER green construction certificate.


  • At least 18 years old (diploma and GED not needed)
  • Underemployed or unemployed

The training costs $2150 but full scholarships are available for eligible individuals. Training will consist of 16 sessions (classes starting May 9th, May 24th and June 20th), Monday-Wednesday, 8:30am- 4pm.

Please email Tony Basch or call 612-821-1708 with questions.
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Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Training and Job Placement Assistance

How to Apply for Training:
Interested individuals must attend an information session held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 1:45 p.m. Information Sessions are held at the following locations:

Goodwill-Easter Seals St. Paul Campus
553 Fairview Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Attend this location for interest in Medical Office, Banking & Finance, and Contact Center trainings only.

Goodwill-Easter Seals MN Training Facility
635 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55104
Attend this location for interest in Automotive Service Technician and Construction trainings only.

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Prime Digital Academy
Join the IT industry as an entry-level software engineer through a program centered on a 12 week immersive classroom experience.

Application Deadline: June 13, 2016
Class Starts: July 25, 2016

Upcoming Job Search Events

U.S. Bank Stadium Hiring Fair
April 26 to April 28, 9am-8pm
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

U.S. Bank Stadium has over 2,500 jobs available in the areas of guest experience, event security, housekeeping, point-of-sale, retail, catering and food service.
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Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair
Saturday, April 30, 11am-3pm
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair is an opportunity for teens ages 14 to 19 to connect with businesses and organizations for information about jobs, employment training, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Some employers will be accepting applications and interviewing at the job fair.

The Teen Job Fair is free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required. Parents, guardians, counselors, and teachers are welcome to attend the event.
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Employer of the Day – CSM Corporation
Tuesday, May 3rd, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street, Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Hosted by Hennepin County, CSM Corporation will be hiring for several openings in the Twin Cities area. Bring your resume and prepare for an interview. Event is free and open to the public. Registration not required.
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Power of Work Career Fair
Wednesday, May 4, 10am-2pm
Goodwill-Easter Seals St. Paul Campus
553 Fairview Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Event is free and open to the public.
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Social Services Employment Open House – Integrity Living Options, Inc.
Thursday, May 5, 10am-2pm
Specialized Treatment Services
1121 Northeast Jackson Street, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Event is free and open to the public.
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Employer of the Day – InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel
Tuesday, May 10, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street, Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Event is free and open to the public.
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Accessible Space Hiring Event
Wednesday, May 11, 1pm-4pm
Accessible Space Incorporate
2550 University Avenue West, Suite 330N, St. Paul, MN 55114

Event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Lisa Cain at 612-596-1990. Event is sponsored by Hennepin County Job Development.
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Minneapolis National Career Fair
Thursday, May 12, 11am-2pm
Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport
7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Registration Link

Employer of the Day – TreeHouse Foods
Tuesday, May 17, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street, Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Event is free and open to the public.
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Hennepin County Downtown Minneapolis Job Fair
Wednesday, May 18, 10am-3pm
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 200
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This event is free and open to the public. Up to 60 participating metro area employers hiring in careers in accounting, assembly, customer service, health care, clerical, construction, IT, management, security, retail, transportation, and more.
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Founder’s Day Career & Resource Fair at AIOIC
Thursday, May 19, Noon-3pm
American Indian OIC
1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The fair will feature:

  • Accredited Career Training Programs
  • ABE/GED Program
  • Employment Services
  • TAKODA Prep High School
  • Career Fair with local employers and career training
  • Resource Fair; representatives from a variety of helpful agencies

Event is free and open to the public. There will be free lunch and prizes. Please call 612-341-3358 with questions.
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The Professional & Diversity Job Fair of Minneapolis
Monday, May 23, 10am-1pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton – Minneapolis Airport
7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425

Hosted by Catalyst Group, a number of hirings in the fields of sales, customer service, call center, general business, marketing, healthcare, military, engineering, banking, and more! Registration is required. Event is free and open to the public.
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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.