Kickoff 2018: Plan for Success


Planning to overhaul your life at the New Year is a cliche, I know. But it is also real.

goal without plan quoteOne reason New Year’s Resolutions are so popular is because January 1 feels like a clean slate — a time to let go of old habits and start something positive and new.

New Years Resolutions usually don’t stick. Often, the plans we make for the coming year fall apart within weeks.

Nevertheless, you can persist.

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10 Reasons To Do Grunt Work With a Smile


“Grunt work” is a term often used to describe the boring, meaningless tasks assigned to interns or entry-level employees. These tasks usually have nothing to do with the projects you were hired for, and can seem like they are a waste of your time and talents.

Common examples of office grunt work include alphabetizing and filing documents, unpacking or sorting supplies, getting coffee, data entry, and answering phones or covering the front desk while someone is on a break.

These tasks aren’t exciting, but they are not meaningless.

The next time a supervisor give you grunt work, say a silent “thank you.” You were just handed the opportunity to boost your career.

Here are 10 reasons to be happy about grunt work. Continue reading

Get Your GED For Free in Minnesota


Graduation cap and diplomaThe General Educational Development (GED) is a high school diploma equivalent that has lifelong benefits that include helping Minnesota WorkForce Center customers and other job seekers to be eligible for better, higher-paying jobs or start a pathway to a new career.

The GED tests usually cost $120. Now through the end of June 2016, GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Check out the links below for more information:

MN Department of Education link with information about the free GED

Minnesota Public Radio news blog

Job Seekers: You’re Not The Only One To Face Rejection


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

success-fail-signLooking for work often seems like a (long) series of rejections.

Every time you send a resume and don’t get called for an interview it can feel like a personal attack.

The truth is, job searching and hiring is a process. And getting critiqued, ignored and rejected are (unfortunately) part of that process. Continue reading

What Song Describes Your 2013?


2013 clockThink about the past 12 months. Which song title best describes how you feel about this past year?

Why? Write the title in the comments below.

If you could choose a theme song for 2014, what would it be?