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, […]

What’s Your Area of Interest?

Posted by Josie Strom on September 3, 2018

From aviation and manufacturing to finance and fashion, there is so much going on in this neck of the woods. Unsurprisingly, the main interests shared by NORTHFORCE users align closely with the types of jobs that are readily available in this region. Major Northland industries include: Business Management & Operations Marketing & Communications Health & […]

The Benefits & Basics of Starting An Internship Program

Posted by Josie Strom on August 6, 2018

What could you get done with an extra eight hours a week at your disposal? Hire an intern and find out! An internship program can be a great, low-pressure way to fast-track worthy candidates into positions that you need filled. Best of all, chances are good that a well-planned internship will naturally grow into a […]

Job Fair Preparation 101

Posted by Josie Strom on July 24, 2018

“Eighty percent of success is showing up,” as Woody Allen quipped, but that other twenty percent can make or break the deal — especially when it comes to job fairs. If you just show up at a career or internship fair, chances are you’ll get nothing out of it. Preparation is critical. Here are the basic […]

Can An Elevator Interrogator Redirect Your Career?

Posted by Josie Strom on July 24, 2018

Elevator pitches are as simple as they are effective… or are they? What is an elevator pitch? Just what it sounds like! Picture this: You get into an elevator. Someone else gets into the elevator too. The two of you strike up a bit of elevator banter. The other person asks what you do. Even […]

Mentor Connection Spotlight: Jake Erickson

Posted by Josie Strom on July 21, 2018

Three Questions for Jake Erickson, Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual and returning mentor for the 2018-19 Mentor Connection program year: Why did you initially join Mentor Connection? I joined mentor connection because of the impact my mentors had on me both personally and professionally. I wanted to “pay it forward” and be able to attempt to […]

Mentor Connection Spotlight: Ashley Beecroft

Posted by Josie Strom on June 30, 2018

Three Questions for Ashley Beecroft, Occupational Therapist at Essentia Health and returning mentor for the 2018-19 Mentor Connection program year: Why did you initially join Mentor Connection? I enjoy working with and learning from students and getting the chance to share my passion for my career field with others. It’s rewarding to get to work […]

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