Employer Spotlight | Target

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Describe your organization.
From our Minneapolis-based headquarters to over 1,800 stores and more than 35 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, Target offers a world of possibilities in an environment that will encourage you to innovate and contribute ideas. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.
What do your employees enjoy most about Target? What are some of the challenges your employees face?
Many of our team members enjoy the people they’re able to work with and the overall culture of Target. Target focuses on hiring great leaders with diverse backgrounds, which allows you to gain many different perspectives while having fun at work. Target’s culture is focused on team, development and results. You are able to continuously look at your development and work with leaders to grow personally and professionally.
At Target, we realize there are different ways to lead teams, and we value diverse perspectives and leadership styles. Target leverages each individual team member’s strengths and opportunities to help our team become the best they can be.
When looking for employees, what do you search for?
Our ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working within a team, can motivate and inspire others, and has the ability to lead and engage teams to provide a great guest experience. Target focuses on continuous improvement, and great teams allow us to become better.
What tips do you have to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
We certainly recommend you do your research before applying for a position. Determine what is important to you and where you want to be long-term. Don’t focus on using positions as stepping stones; rather, start with a role you will truly enjoy. This will make the journey a lot more enjoyable!

Teaching Temps Employment Open House

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 12.28.17 PM.pngTeaching Temps, Inc. is hosting an Employment Open House on Monday, December 9th from 3:00pm-6:00pm. This open house is located at 5300 Glenwood Ave Ste 300 Minneapolis, MN 55422.
Teaching Temps, Inc. provides new teachers with teaching experience at a variety of levels, networking in area schools, and a competitive wage. Teaching Temps full time employees also receive benefits. Many teachers receive offers for full-time positions after working with Teaching Temps! Teaching Temps is actively seeking teachers with certification and teachers working on certification for full-time and part-time positions. Everyone is welcome and highly encouraged to come to the Teaching Temps Employment Open House!

Employer Spotlight | Coenen Bros.

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Answered by: Ken Coenen, Coenen Bros. Partner
Describe your organization.
For the past 8 years, Coenen Bros. has been exclusively targeting and working with the best candidates in town, The Pro-Active™ candidates that consist of the top 10% of Finance professionals in the area. Thomas and Ken Coenen firmly believe that by getting back to the basics of recruiting–actually getting in the trenches to speak with candidates and forming relationships–is the only way to find these top tier candidates. This exclusive focus is part of the reason why Pro-Active™ candidates from Coenen Brothers stay at a company 3X’s longer and produce 50% more than traditional candidates.
To date, Coenen Brothers have worked with 23 of the 25 largest firms in Minneapolis and continue to build a reputation for working with Top Tier financial talent and doing so with integrity. As of 2013, Coenen Bros. has expanded our services to the Chicago market.
What do your employees enjoy about Coenen Bros? What are some of the challenges your employees face?
I really enjoy the culture at Coenen Bros…it’s important to like the job you are doing but even more important to like the people you work with! Every day at the office is fun and different. A challenge I face as a financial recruiter is not having full control over the candidates I work with…ultimately it is their decision on what to do with their careers!
When you are looking for employees, what do you search for?
We look for individuals who are outgoing, determined, have a fun spirit and a competitive drive. This job is all about forming relationships with professionals so we need people who are able to comfortably interact with strangers and form a strong working bond.
Do you have any tips to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
Advice that we often give our candidates is “company first, job second” and I think that holds true to all professionals. The reasoning behind this is that your job title is no doubt going to change frequently over your first five to ten years at a company, but the company culture and the type of people who work there will remain the same. Find a place where you know you’ll be happy and you’ll enjoy going to every day and focus less on the title you’ll be putting on your resume.

Penske Truck Leasing Company Positions Available

Penske_logo_color.jpgPenske Trucking Leasing Company is hosting on-campus interviews on December 10th! They have an interview sign up for their PT Rental Agent position and their full-time Management Sales Trainee program. The Rental Agent position is a great part-time postition for a college student. While the full-time Management Sales Trainee program is a wonderful entry level sales position.
Sign Up Today on GoldPASS

Success Story | Amanda Rydberg, English Education ILP

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U of M program: English Education
Graduation Date: May 2013
Employer: Colegio Inglés, Torreón
Position: 6th Grade Teacher
1. How did you learn about your current position?
I attended the Minnesota Education Job Fair and met the director of my school there. There was an entire row of international schools at the fair, and I went there right away. I researched all the schools that I was interested in the night before and had a cover letters prepared for the fair addressed with the recruiters’ names and specifically addressing their mission.
2. Describe the application and interview process.
Since I met my supervisor at the job fair, I scheduled an interview with her for later that day. After the initial interview, she encouraged me to apply online. One important thing that she mentioned was to upload a picture with my resume and application materials to help her remember our interview and who I was. I also thought it was interesting in the interview and application that they were asking about things such as marital status and any health issues- those are generally things that U.S. employers are not allowed to ask or discriminate on. International schools might do things a little differently. [It is common practice for international schools to require a picture and personal information such as marital status.]
3. How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
I always researched the school ahead of time if possible, or used the interview to find out what they valued in teachers. In the case of Colegio Inglés, they are looking for teachers who really understand child development. I emphasized my experience with children, which goes back farther than my teaching experience, and I had no international experience to talk about. I included work with summer camps, volunteering, and tutoring. During the interview, I also had some stories that I had prepared which highlighted my understanding of and experience working with kids.
4. Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
I talked to people who I wanted as references early on. I asked right away if I could put them as references and let them know what kinds of jobs I would be applying for. I invited them to observe me in student teaching if they hadn’t already. Since they are all busy people, I was glad I scheduled that time sooner rather than later.
My cooperating teacher was especially helpful as a mentor during my job search. She gave me advice on what to talk about during interviews and shared the wisdom that she gained from her own experience landing a teaching job.
It also took me a long time to get psyched up for the job search process, so I’m glad I started back in January adding a little bit to my cover letters, resume, and searches every day. That way it wasn’t so overwhelming by April. One thing that really helped when writing cover letters was to read the teacher job description for schools that really inspired me and craft my teaching philosophy around those descriptions.
5. Did you utilize career services (on-campus interviews, career events, appointment(s), online resources)? If so, what was your experience like?
I registered for the job fair through CEHD career services/GoldPASS. I also used some of the campus interview events as both networking and practice interviewing. It was really helpful to interview with schools before I even started seriously searching. It helped me figure out what my teaching practice was about and what I should focus on in interviews.
6. What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a position in another country?
Be ready for anything because International schools run on a much different schedule and have different expectations. I was offered this job before most school districts had even started emailing candidates and it was a hard decision whether I wanted to accept a job before I had any other offers to compare it to. I also really had to manage my expectations of what the school would be like because the only information I had was from flyers/videos and other promotional materials. I couldn’t go see it for myself so I had to be comfortable with some things being unknown.

Work Effects Looking for HRD and Marketing Interns!

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Work Effects, an HR strategy consulting company, is looking for a Human Resource Development Intern and a Marketing Communications Intern.
Work Effects is currently looking for an energetic, organized, detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate student to serve as our HRD Intern. This person will assist in creating leadership development curricula, training materials, and administrative guidebooks to support our suite of Leadership and Organization Development products. Find out more information WE HRD Intern Job Description Spring 2014.docx
Work Effects is currently looking for a detail-oriented student with expertise in marketing and an interest in HR and consulting. This intern will be responsible for performing a variety of marketing communications, and sales-related activities in an HR consulting context. Find out more information WE MarCom Intern Job Description Spring 2014.docx

Minneapolis Kids is Hosting Job Fairs and Hiring!

The Minneapolis Public School District’s after school program called Minneapolis Kids is hiring both permanent and substitute positions! Minneapolis Kids are looking for energetic college students who could work afternoon hours. This experience provides a great hands-on experience for college students. Minneapolis Kids said, “Our students feed off the energy and passion that college students bring!”
Check out the flier with details on their upcoming Job Fair.Minneapolis Kids Hiring Fair (1).pdf
Apply anytime online!

Project Footsteps Job Openings!

Project Footsteps, Inc. is offering positions for Youth Leadership Retreat Coordinator, Human Resource Assistant, Business Administration Intern, Marketing & Development Coordinator, and Graphic Designer!
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About Project Footsteps:
Project Footsteps is a non-profit organization that serves to inspire, empower and prepare young people to be agents of change and become social leaders within their schools, communities and organizations. Since 2008 we have provided youth driven program experiences both long-term and introductory level that have inspired thousands of students to become leaders in action.
Check out the positions on GoldPASS: Youth Leadership Retreat Coordinator, Human Resource Assistant, Business Administration Intern, Marketing & Development Coordinator, and Graphic Designer

Special Education Screening Fair!

Minneapolis Public Schools are hosting a Special Education Screening Fair November 22nd from 8:00am-4:00pm!
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Minneapolis Public Schools are seeking individuals who are:
-Fully licensed in Special Ecuation (EBD, LD, DCD, ECSE, ABS, ASD)
-Special Education Teachers with Autism Certification
-December 2013 Special Education Graduates
To be considered for this opportunity, please contact: Cherse Williams, HR Consultant, at 612-668-0503

Employer Spotlight | Fraser

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Describe your organization.
Fraser serves children and adults with more than 60 types of mental and physical disabilities, and is Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism services. Fraser School provides childcare and early childhood education for young children with typical needs and special needs. Fraser offers an array of housing and in-home support options for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities area. Our programs are nationally recognized for their high quality, innovation, and individualized, family-centered approach.
What do your employees enjoy about Fraser? What are some of the challenges they face?
In our recently annual survey, Fraser employees stated that they love the work they do in working with the clients. Fraser employees across the organization derive satisfaction in contributing to the mission and vision of Fraser. In addition to the value they find in their work, Fraser employees enjoy flexibility in their jobs, opportunities for personal and career growth while enjoying a collaborative work environment with great co-workers!
Fraser is a rapidly expanding non-profit as we seek to provide quality services to clients. Our vision is to provide regional services so that clients never have to travel more than 35 miles or 35 minutes from their homes. As we expand to new locations, employees are continuously challenged to work collaboratively and strategically in order to contribute to best practices in Autism services while continuing to provide the quality of service that clients have come to expect from established locations.
When you are looking for employees, what do you search for?
-We seek employees who are passionate about the Fraser mission which is “to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of children, adults and families with special needs. We accomplish this by providing education, healthcare and housing services.”
-In addition to being passionate about the mission of Fraser, we all seek employees who would serve as an example of the Fraser Employee Credo “I am passionate for the client, I am committed to success and I value relationships”
-We look for employees who are positive, team oriented and promote/embrace change.
Do you have any tips to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
-Always submit an updated resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for the company
-Resumes – ensure your resume displays your skill sets accurately to show how your background aligns with the requirements of the position you applied for.
-Research the company to make sure the culture and job are the right fit for you!
Fraser has a variety of part time and full time opportunities available across all divisions, if you are interested in employment with Fraser, please go to our website to submit an application at www.fraser.org/employment