Life on the “Mid Coast”

Posted by Administrator on November 17, 2018

A new study on Midwest employment trends puts some serious cracks in “flyover country” rhetoric. Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the Walton Family Foundation have released their State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018 exploring economic trends within a 19-state region stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana, and from the Dakotas to Tennessee. The study finds that in […]

November 2018 Candidate Corner

Posted by Administrator on November 17, 2018

NORTHFORCE has tons of top talent seeking a new position — just looking for that right fit. Whether you’re an employer or hiring manager seeking to fill a current or future role, or a local professional willing to expand your #NorthByChoice network, we encourage making connections. Below is a quick snapshot of this month’s featured NORTHFORCE […]

5 Tips for More Effective Networking

Posted by Kayla Dietzmann on November 6, 2018

Networking doesn’t come easily for everyone. Here are a few tips to get you started. 1. Prepare & Practice. You won’t be great at networking if you never do it. Set a goal. Do you want to meet one new person or 50? Your approach will depend on your goal — but be sure you […]

Year Three of Mentor Connection Is Underway!

Posted by Josie Strom on October 24, 2018

Over one hundred mentors and mentees filled the Great Lakes Aquarium on October 9 at the official kickoff event for a third year of networking through NORTHFORCE’s Mentor Connection program. For 2018-2019, NORTHFORCE has paired 55 students with established local professionals based in the Twin Ports for seven months of one-on-one career guidance. The aquatic museum […]

Live Like A Local: A Virtual Reality Exploration of Grand Rapids

Posted by Josie Strom on October 24, 2018

A new series of videos and 360-degree online tours takes you to the heart of this gem of a Minnesota city. Many visitors are drawn to the hometown of Judy Garland by the city’s pristine lakes, dense forests, and bountiful recreation opportunities. Often, it’s the community-centered culture and thriving arts scene that work together to […]

October 2018 Candidate Corner

Posted by Kayla Dietzmann on October 16, 2018

NORTHFORCE has tons of top talent seeking a new position — just looking for that right fit. Whether you’re an employer or hiring manager seeking to fill a current or future role, or a local professional willing to expand your #NorthByChoice network, we encourage making connections. Below is a quick snapshot of this month’s two featured NORTHFORCE […]

Talent Forecast: Assessing the Regional Workforce Shortage

Posted by Josie Strom on October 9, 2018

A new initiative seeks to gauge the workforce shortage and help close the gap between in-demand jobs and qualified candidates. Talent Forecast is an eight-month study that began in July 2018 as a coordinated effort to better understand and measure the labor crunch. The study comes in response to over two decades of conclusions from […]

Manufacturing Month 2018

Posted by Josie Strom on September 29, 2018

October is the optimal time to explore this powerhouse of a local industry. The names of the largest local manufacturers are probably already familiar to you. AAR, Altec, Bendtec, Cirrus, IKONICS, IPS Cranes, Sappi, SCS Interiors, USG — the list goes on. Though manufacturing has been scaled back in many parts of the country, the sector is alive and well in northeastern Minnesota and northwest […]

Technical & Skilled Career Pathways

Posted by Josie Strom on September 29, 2018

Educational and working opportunities abound in the booming manufacturing sector of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Welders, A&P Mechanics, and Machinists are in extremely high demand with no signs of slowing down. Here you will find programs and employers ready to put your technical skill set to good use. Training & Academic Institutions Lake Superior […]

Get A Preview of the Iron Range’s TechTank

Posted by Josie Strom on September 8, 2018

Have you ever wished there was a dedicated place where you could meet with colleagues and other local professionals in an engaging and high-tech environment? There’s an exciting new development on the Iron Range: TechTank, a co-working space offering shared workspace, use of conference rooms, and private offices to rent. Much like Iron Range Makerspace, […]

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