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Finding Job Openings

Job openings can be found in a variety of places.

Not all jobs are listed in a newspaper or located just down the street. Here are five common places to find openings:

  1. Employer Websites
    Most employers post their jobs online. You can look at company websites and learn about them before you apply.
  2. Job Boards or Job Banks
    These are websites that post job openings. Some are job banks run by the state workforce system. Others are commercial job banks run by private companies. You can find links to job banks at the bottom of this page.
  3. Job Fairs
    Attend a job fair to meet employers in person. Make sure to bring copies of your resume and dress professionally.
  4. Temporary or Placement Agencies
    Employment agencies find short-term and contract positions. Be careful using employment services. Make sure you are clear on the terms of your agreement.
  5. Networking
    Many jobs are never advertised. They are filled because someone knew a job seeker who would be a good fit. Use your network to hear about these "hidden" jobs.

Employers like job seekers who know about them. They also like job seekers who know why they are a good fit. Before you apply for a job, do some research. Visit the employer's website. See if anyone in your network knows about this employer. Gather information that will help you stand out in an interview.

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Other Resources

  • CareerForce Events
    Find job fairs near you.
  • CAREERwise Job Search
    This job search tool has listings from a number of popular job banks including US.jobs, Monster, Careerbuilder, and more.  You can also find more job search websites on CAREERwise.
  • MinnesotaWorks
    Minnesota's state job bank. It lists thousands of job openings in Minnesota. It also lists internship, apprenticeship, and volunteer opportunities. You can build or upload your resume, and then search for jobs that match your resume.
  • State Job Bank (CareerOneStop)
    Find links to every state job bank in the country.