Cost of Living and Hourly Wages by region

Will I Make Enough Money?

~by Joy Brown

Whether you’re exploring career options for the first time or interested in a career tune-up, there is one rubber-meets-the-road issue that most of us have to face:  Will I make enough money?

While deciding what is “enough”  can be a very complex and personal question, the Cost of Living Tool from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)  provides information to help you make decisions. Continue reading

Source: DEED Job Vacancy Survey (JVS)

My Resume is Ready. Now What?

by Joy Brown ~

You have the perfect resume. It highlights your achievements and shows why they matter. It doesn’t have any typos or grammatical errors. You may have even brought it to a resume workshop at your local WorkForce center or library to make sure that it follows the do’s and don’ts and takes advantage of advice from an expert.

Your next step – you need to make the most of it by getting it in front of employers. Continue reading


2 Years, 1 Occupation, and a Good Wage in the Northeast

by Eric White~


Community colleges have been making headlines recently with President Obama proposing free tuition for responsible students.

Even if that doesn’t happen, students will find that community colleges cost less than 4-year universities. Less credits will be required to graduate with a degree, and still lead to rewarding and well-paying jobs.

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