Find a Job

Computers

With more and more jobs being posted online, you should make sure to have regular (preferably daily), working access to internet in order access online job hunting resources.

  • Free computer and Internet use is provided at Workforce Centers and most local libraries.

The reality is that the world has already shifted to computers for the majority of business. Competency in basic computer skills and computer programs will be required for nearly all jobs.

  • Computer Skills: Basic computer competency is becoming expected for more and more positions. For step by step tutorials for all aspects of computers, try using the GCF Learn Free videos and tutorials. To make sure you have enough skills for the workplace, test yourself using Minnesota’s Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. Also, see Adult ABE below.
    • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.: Use Microsoft’s online tutorials to become practiced in these essential programs.
    • Advanced: If you want to learn more about advanced computer programs or concepts such as cloud computing, Adobe Photoshop, etc., use GCF Learn Free (tambien en Español) and Alison.
    • Excel: Excel Easy offers free tutorials (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) on how to use Excel.
  • Southwest Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers free basic education classes including Workforce Education Services, Career and College Preparation, GED Preparation, Computer Training, U.S. Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), etc. Contact one of the four regional ABE centers in Granite FallsJacksonMarshall, and Worthington.
  • Used Computers: PC’s 4 People is a business where $0-49 can get you a 8-10 year old desktop computer, and $50 can get you 3-7 year old computer. Nearest locations are Willmar and St. Cloud. For laptops, contact them directly for more info. NewEgg is a well-established site for buying refurbished, high-quality desktop computers as well as brand new laptops, iPads, and a host of other top-end electronics. We highly recommend getting a professional recommendation for an anti-virus before using your computer. Many free anti-viruses are available online.

E-mail

This is simply an essential communication tool in today’s market. Make sure have at least one e-mail address that looks professional — i.e. “john.doe@email.com” and not “sk8tr_grl@email.com.”

Having an e-mail address is a responsibility, and must be checked daily in order to be useful. Remember: only the job seeker that the employer can get a hold of will get the job.

  • Gmail (run by Google) is free, nearly always spam-free, and is the most intuitive e-mail account.
  • Yahoo is another e-mail option.
  • Hotmail is another e-mail option.

Social Media

With 55% of employers increasing their budgets for social recruiting, and only 16% spending more and a third actually spending less on job boards, third party recruiters and search firms, a serious job seeker can’t afford not to explore social media.

  • Facebook is the largest social media platform available. It allows you to share personal information with almost anyone on the planet. For a tutorial on how to use Facebook, use GCF Learn Free’s guide to Facebook (tambien en Español).
  • Twitter allows you to share short blurbs of information, or “tweets,” with others, and allows you to follow other people’s tweets. Its use for job seekers is limited, but its real strength is the easy access it gives you to potential employers (far easier than Facebook and LinkedIn). For a tutorial on how to use Twitter, use GCF Learn Free’s guide to Twitter (tambien en Español).
  • LinkedIn is the business person’s Facebook. It has the same information sharing capabilities, but streamlined for professionals. For a tutorial on how to use LinkedIn, use GCF Learn Free’s guide to LinkedIn.

Please watch our Social Media online workshop under the Tutorials menu tab above for detailed information on how to use these sites in your job search.

Be Smart

It’s no use passing out resumes if you don’t know the correct way to write one. And that’s where we come in! The SW MN PIC offers free online and in-person workshops, as well as one-on-one career counseling.

Check out our Tutorials page, or visit our Calendar page to find our next career workshop.

The Hunt

Now it’s time for the exciting part — exploring the thousands of job possibilities! The web has incredible tools to help you tap into the job markets of Southwestern Minnesota, Minnesota statewide, and beyond. One important rule on the web is to leave no stone unturned. There is so much information on the web that it’s inevitable that some websites will find jobs that others miss. Check out all of our listed websites — or find your own! — to make sure you are finding the job that is right for you.

Research

Learn what region would provide the most competitive wages for you skillset with this national wage and employment trends comparisons.

Regional Jobs

State job banks are the best bet for regional positions, though Oodle is an excellent independent addition.

  • Minnesota Works is the Minnesota state job bank. This should be your first stop.
  • South Dakota’s state job bank is also worth a look for those near the South Dakota border.
  • Work in Iowa and Iowa Jobs both offer job opportunities for those close to the Iowa border.
  • Oodle is a great job search site with detailed search options so you can be very specific in your search. It’s also integrated with Facebook to make job searching and networking even more comprehensive.
  • Indeed is another large job search site.
  • Link Up trolls company websites to find job postings that are not on regular online job boards.

Nationwide Jobs

  • Career One Stop is the national job hunting site. In the upper right of the home page is a dropdown menu linking to every state’s job bank.
  • Oodle is a great job search site with detailed search options so you can be very specific in your search. It’s also integrated with Facebook to make job searching and networking even more comprehensive.
  • Indeed is another large job search site.
  • Link Up trolls company websites to find job postings that are not on regular online job boards.
  • Job-Applications.com  provides printable job applications that allow users to apply directly to employers. It includes hundreds of printable and online applications for financial institutions, airlines, retail and department stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, and companies in many different industries. The site also includes interview tips and employee videos for the companies on their site.

Government Jobs

Executive Jobs

  • The Ladders helps you find $100K+ salary jobs only. 
  • 6 Figure Jobs works similar to The Ladders, and has major corporations posting on the site.

FOR PERSONALIZED HELP OR ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER, PLEASE STOP IN TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE AT YOUR LOCAL WORKFORCE CENTER.

SEE THE CONTACT US TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION.