Rethinking Northland Career Readiness

Posted by Josie Strom on August 1, 2017

In Minnesota, 79% of highschoolers plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college. 16% of full-time positions require postsecondary education. Of all open positions, only 33% require any type of postsecondary education. These are the latest eye-opening statistics from the Economic Development Association of Minnesota. While the tangible and intangible values of higher education cannot be overestimated, the fields […]

SciTech Spotlight: GPM, Duluth

Posted by Josie Strom on July 31, 2017

SciTechsperience is a Minnesota-based internship program that connects college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to paid internships in small to mid-sized Minnesota companies. One of this year’s participating organizations is GPM in Duluth, Minnesota. About GPM: GPM manufactures and distributes submersible and horizontal slurry pumps. They also represent manufacturers providing solutions in air […]

What A Professional Summary Should Look Like

Posted by Josie Strom on July 25, 2017

Among improved features on NORTHFORCE this month is the professional summary portion of your profile! Though this box might not look very special as you register, it can actually be one of the most important parts of your profile to fill out properly. This component aids the NORTHFORCE job matching process. If you choose to make your profile public, it can also […]

War for Talent: Latest Notes from the Frontlines

Posted by Josie Strom on July 11, 2017

Henry Jackson, CEO and President of the Society for Human Resource Management, starts his recent article off by stating wryly, “There’s a popular saying in some HR circles today: ‘The “war for talent” is over—and talent won.’” From the employer perspective, Jackson writes, talent is hard to find, especially for difficult-to-fill positions with complicated qualifications. This is the case […]

Why Mentor?

Posted by Josie Strom on June 28, 2017

If you’ve been fortunate enough to have had a great mentor in your life, you already know the answer. Mentors can make all the difference in the world to their mentees. They provide guidance and insights that give mentees perspective both personally and professionally. Most importantly, mentors can help mentees realize where they want to […]

NORTHFORCE Gears Up for Year Two of Mentor Connection

Posted by Josie Strom on June 21, 2017

Preparations for the 2017-2018 program year of Mentor Connection are underway! Organized by NORTHFORCE, the program will once again pair college students from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and The College of St. Scholastica with established local professionals. Overseen by APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion) and The Northspan Group, NORTHFORCE is a local initiative aimed […]

Forbes: Talent Retention The #1 Challenge Facing Employers in 2017

Posted by Josie Strom on June 17, 2017

As the economy improves, retention of talented employees is the number one challenge facing employers this year, according to Forbes. “An over emphasis on talent attraction and hiring without equal emphasis on development and retention will create problems for companies in the new year,” predicts Forbes contributor and co-founder of HR Open Source Lars Schmidt. “As […]

Top 5 Soft Skills You Need

Posted by Kayla Dietzmann on June 6, 2017

Skills gap. It’s a phrase that has been around for quite some time now and we hear it constantly. There are two main types of skills: hard and soft. Hard skills are your technical knowledge of a subject area – like a BA in Accounting or 10 years of experience in Welding. Those are pretty […]

Release the Hounds: Take Your Dog to Work Day

Posted by Emily Alworth on June 6, 2017

Dogs are wonderful additions to a home, but how about an office? June 23 is your chance to find out as workplaces around the county will be celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day! Originally created by Pet Sitters International to promote adoptions and celebrate the benefits of having a dog, the event reaches its […]

Apprenticeship Grants Available to Northland Employers

Posted by Josie Strom on May 22, 2017

Grants aimed at supporting apprenticeship programs throughout the Northland are now available through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI). Applications will be accepted through June 14. Accepted applicants can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprenticeship. Funds can be used to offset costs related to program development, instruction, and supplies. MAI’s focus is on five industries […]

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