Minneapolis WorkForce Job Seeker Bulletin: June 14


June 14, 2016



Responses to Practice When Asked "Aren't You Overqualified?"
Even when you are practicing your answers to common interview questions, employers sometime ask “strange” questions like “Aren’t you overqualified for the job?” How you respond to this tricky question can make or break your interview.

When answering, try these few tips.

  • Take salary off the table
  • Commit to a contract
  • Demonstrate your loyalty
  • Speak on past experiences
  • Be honest about your situation

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Still Deciding on College? DEED’s Updated Employment Tool Can Help
The state’s Graduate Employment Outcomes online tool has been enhanced to display job and earnings of graduates by program at 141 higher education institutions in Minnesota. The main goal of the tool is to help students make informed choices about which fields of study in Minnesota offer the best opportunities for jobs and good wages. 


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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.

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Upcoming Job Search Events

US Bank Stadium Job Fair
Tuesday, June 14, 10am-2pm
The 1010 Building, Lower Level Conference Room
1010 Metrodome Square Minneapolis, MN 55415
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All Team Staff Job Fair
June 14 to June 16, 10am-2pm
June 21 to June 23, 10am-2pm
June 28 to June 30, 10am-2pm
All Team Staff Minneapolis Building
10 South 5th Street, Suite 105, Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Employer of the Day – Atlas Staffing
Tuesday, June 14, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center, Room 120
310 East 38th Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Thomas Allen Job Fair
Tuesday, June 14, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Bachman’s Heritage Room
6010 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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South Metro Job Fair
Wednesday, June 15, 10am-3pm
Mall of American, Rotunda
60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
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Employer of the Day – Blue Plate Restaurant Company
Wednesday, June 15, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center, Room 120
310 East 38th Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55409
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On-site Hiring Event
Thursday, June 16, 1pm-4pm
North Minneapolis WorkForce Center
1200 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
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Explore Careers in Manufacturing
Tuesday, June 21, 10am-Noon
Bloomington WorkForce Center
4220 West Old Shakopee Road, #100, Bloomington, MN 55437
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Employer of the Day – InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel
Tuesday, June 21, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center, Room 120
310 East 38th Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Comcast Hiring Fair
Thursday, June 23, 1pm-3pm
Sons of Norway Building, 3rd floor
1455 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Employer of the Day – Macy’s
Tuesday, June 28, 11am-1pm
Sabathani Community Center, Room 120
310 East 38th Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Veterans Career Fair
Wednesday, July 13, 10am-3pm
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
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Now Hiring

Americorps VISTA Hiring for the Promise Zone
The City of Minneapolis is recruiting individuals to work for the next year on the Promise Zone efforts.  These are opportunities through Americorps VISTA which serves as the domestic Peace Corps.

It is an opportunity for people to serve their community while receiving a small stipend each month.  Upon completion of the year, people receive an educational award which can be applied to future tuition, or to pay back student loans.

A total of ten positions are available.
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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City of Minneapolis: TeamMinneapolis
View all jobs and apply online here.

Training Opportunities

Communication, Design, and Developer Training
Supported by the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Asian Media Access is planning for a 13-week "Let's Get IT" Training for 30 individuals that will prepare them for jobs in the communication, design, and developer fields, along with possible certifications in Multimedia, Graphics Design, and Web Development Career Pathways. A preliminary assessment is needed to determine the level of readiness of individuals.

For more information, please email William Harrison.

OfficePRO Trainings
OfficePRO, a four-week long training, prepares students for jobs in entry-level office positions such as an Administrative Assistant or Call Center Representative with starting wages at $15 an hour.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Interest in office positions
  • Has a barrier to employment such as a person of color, experiencing housing insecurity, veterans, transitioning from public assistance, or been unemployed for 26 or more consecutive weeks
  • Has a high school diploma or GED
  • Speaks proficient English
  • Has basic knowledge of computers such as sending emails and navigating Windows

For more information, please email Annaka Sikkink or
call 651-328-2799.
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Career Training 101
Minneapolis WorkForce Centers are offering FREE programs to introduce individuals to new careers. Registration is preferred, but no required. All sessions will be held at the South Minneapolis WorkForce Center (room 207) located on 777 East Lake Street in Minneapolis.

  • Health Care Occupations
    Tuesday, June 14, 9am-Noo
  • Customer Service Occupations
    Friday, June 17, 8:30am-10:30am
  • Construction Occupations
    Wednesday, June 22, 10am-Noon

To learn more, please email Paul Sears or call 612-821-4008.
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Free Culinary Arts Training
Trainings held every four weeks at Pillsbury United Communities Waite House located on 2323 11th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The next training start dates are June 20, June 27, and July 25.

The program offers training, paid internships, resume building, as well as continuing career and college counseling support. Open to young adults ages 16-24 not currently enrolled in school. For more information or to apply, email David Maldonadod or
call 612-455-0367.
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Train with East Side Neighborhood Services
East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS) is offering a number of training courses this summer.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant Training
    Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 22
    Class begins: Friday, July 8
    Cost: FREE
  • ServSafe Food Safety Manager Training
    Upcoming Classes: June 23 8:30am-4pm
    Cost: $119
    Education in basic food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination & allergens, cooking time & temperature, and cleaning & sanitation.

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Trainings by HIRED
HIRED is providing a variety of job trainings to help you earn the credentials needed to get into your dream career.

To learn more, please email Andrea Peterson or
call 952-697-1366.
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Is North@Work for you?
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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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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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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Free Hotel Housekeeping Training
The International Institute of Minnesota (IIM) is offering free Hotel Housekeeping training for new American women. This training is a combination of basic housekeeping skills, personal/professional development classes, and English language learning.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 22, 2016
Classes begin: Monday, July 25, 2016

Classes will be held Monday through Friday, noon to 3pm, at IIM’s campus located on 1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Please email Pam Seiler or call 651-647-0191 x325 with questions.
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