The TIGHT Job Market Just Got Even Tighter

Posted by Josie Strom on February 12, 2018

According to CNN,  the U.S. economy added about 200,000 jobs in January 2018. 36,000 workers joined the Construction Industry. Health Care grew by 21,000 new hires. Restaurants & Bars gained 31,000 more bartenders, waiters, and cooks. Manufacturing added 15,000 jobs. Meanwhile, wages grew at the fastest pace in eight years, and unemployment rested at 4.1% […]

Why To Treat Job Hunting Like Dating

Posted by Josie Strom on February 3, 2018

Crazy as it sounds, it actually might not be a half bad idea. The new wave of technology has made the process of looking for a job remarkably similar to the process of looking for the love of your life. These days, you set up a profile and start networking. And ideally, you should be just […]

The “BoomTown” Food Scene

Posted by Josie Strom on February 3, 2018

“A Taste of the Caribbean on the Iron Range.” That phrase really says it all. It’s the first thing you’ll see on the official website of The Whistling Bird, and you’ll really believe it when you taste your first mouth-watering bite at the Gilbert, Minnesota restaurant. Of course, eat-out options on the Iron Range include a variety of traditional […]

The Global Impact of Northland Grub

Posted by Josie Strom on February 3, 2018

North By Choicers take their food and drink seriously. Unique venues dot the terrain of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. You’re probably familiar with the atmospheric Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, with its sizzling burgers — both of the regular and veggie variety — capped off by a rotation of flavorful tap beers. On the Iron Range, there’s BoomTown in Eveleth […]

Unconventional Ways To Land Your Dream Job

Posted by Josie Strom on December 21, 2017

When looking for a new position, jobseekers tend to think in terms of applying and interviewing, simple as that. But say you approach your dream workplace and are told they can’t hire anyone right now and can’t even bring on a part-time intern. Don’t let that stop you! There are more ways to engage an organization and push your career in the […]

Three Strategies to Retain Employees

Posted by Josie Strom on December 19, 2017

The economy is growing and that means talent turnover is increasing. As a result, strategies to retain employees are more important than ever. “In today’s heating economy and rapid shift in demographics, you’ll be competing for talent regardless of your industry,” HR Researcher and founder of Deloitte Consulting Josh Bersin explains in his article Employee Retention Now a Big […]

Spotlight on Success: Allison Ohms, Mentor

Posted by Josie Strom on December 3, 2017

Sales Consultant with Compudyne Allison Ohms has volunteered her time and professional expertise as a mentor both in 2016 and for this program year of Mentor Connection. “This program was a HUGE success for me last year and I would be honored to be a mentor again this year,” said Allison at the end of last […]

Inside The Northland’s IT Industry

Posted by Josie Strom on November 26, 2017

Yes, the “It” industry in the Northland right now happens to actually be IT. A quick glance around northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin reveals a plethora of IT businesses and think tanks, all of them with respected reputations that span far beyond this region. They each have their own niche, but they all share one thing in common: a […]

UMD CED: Student to Business Initiative

Posted by Josie Strom on November 15, 2017

Each semester the UMD Center for Economic Development collaborates with local faculty members on the Student to Business Initiative (SBI). This initiative partners student teams with businesses to work on business issues relevant to the student’s coursework. The goal of this program is to enhance the relationship between the colleges and businesses in our community […]

Career Pathways in Manufacturing

Posted by Josie Strom on November 12, 2017

Educational and employment opportunities abound in the bustling industrial community of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Welders, A&P Mechanics, and Machinists are in extremely high demand with no signs of slowing down. Visit our Manufacturing Career Pathways page for a comprehensive guide to training and academic institutions for skilled and technical positions in the area, along with the […]

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