Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is NORTHFORCE?

A: NORTHFORCE is a regional initiative aimed at attracting and retaining a skilled workforce in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. We connect talented individuals with employers and vice versa.


Q: How do I use NORTHFORCE?

A: As an individual: Register to create a profile and we will match you with jobs based on your skills and interests.

As an employer: Register to post jobs on our site and connect with talent that is interested in living and working in this region.


Q: Is there a fee?

A: No! It is completely free for individuals and employers to sign up for NORTHFORCE, search jobs, and post jobs.

There are additional services we can perform both for individuals and employers. Examples include resume reviews, career consultations, and marketing opportunities for employers. These do have a cost associated with them to help us keep the lights on. We also welcome donations. If you’d like to contribute to NORTHFORCE click here.


Q: What area do you cover?

A: NORTHFORCE covers all or part of 10 counties in the Arrowhead region & northwestern Wisconsin. We network from Ashland to International Falls and from Grand Rapids to Grand Portage.


Q: Can employers see my profile?

A: Yes — and no. Only if you want them to! The ability for employers to be able to search candidates and resumes is one of the major advantages of our site. If you choose to have a public profile then yes, registered employers will be able to find you when you match one of their openings. If you do not want your information shared, it is not public and only NORTHFORCE staff can see the information you provide.


Q: How are you funded?

A: NORTHFORCE is a collaborative initiative overseen by The Northspan Group and APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion). Additional funding comes from many community partners including: the Cities of Duluth and Superior; IRRRB; The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation; The Development Association; Allete; and more. To learn more about our partners and how you can support our efforts click here.


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