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So everybody knows the job market in Duluth sucks right? Well that's tough because I'm coming back from my sophomore year pretty soon and I was rather hoping to have some kind of money making thing to do. Preferably something interesting that might provide a certain amount of job experience toward employment in the future.

Does this kind of thing exist? I'm going to Tokyo next semester and the word is that its kinda pricey over there.


Well, what sort of job do you want in the future?

My sister is moving to Duluth from Minneapolis on Tuesday, and she's going to be looking for work as well, so I'm interested to see the replies you get.

Personally, neither my husband nor I have ever had trouble finding gainful employment in Duluth, so while the job market here isn't fantastic, I don't think it's as glum as some make it out to be. Your experiences may vary.

Going to Tokyo sounds awesome, but yeah, expensive. I lived in London as an undergrad, and it took me years to pay it off. That being said, if I were to do it over again, I would have done more and spent more.

Good luck!

Mandie is right. I've had countless conversations about this topic with many, many people over the years and I always sound like a broken record.
I've never had a problem getting a decent job in Duluth or the surrounding area. And I'm nothing special. I've had some cool experiences in the past and I have a bachelors degree, but that's about it. My past two jobs (and the highest paying ones) haven't been the product of nepotism; I didn't know anyone "on the inside". I don't know if what I'm about to write is the reason why I've never had a problem, but it definitely doesn't hurt...
1. Keep an eye on careerbuilder.com It's the same, and better, than looking in the paper. Some employers only use carrerbuilder.com and no other resource.
2. Look for and go for a job that suits you. Don't go for a job because of the money. Go for a job that you want and know you won't mind going to when you wake up every morning.
3. Go to the interview with a positive attitude and a smile. You're selling yourself, here. Make them understand that not only do you want the job badly, but that you're the only person for the job and why.

There are more, but those are my main three. Getting a job here isn't impossible, it just takes a little elbow grease. I've heard that it's actually easier to get a decent job in Duluth than Minneapolis. Good luck!

It's nice to see someone else who actually agrees with me. Sometimes the negative attitudes in this town almost make me feel guilty for even having a job.

Anyway, for your job search, I would also recommend using www.mnworks.org

The DNT has an article today that might be of some relevance to you as well:

Filling the gaps
BUSINESS: About one-third of the Northland’s work force is expected to turn over in the next 10 years, and local businesses are working to avoid a labor shortage.

Looks like there's quite a bit of positive feeling here. Anyway I've looked around on careerbuilder a bit, but I'm not sure I'll actually be hired for anything there, but its a start.

i'm hiring right now.

it's adult foster care work. starts at $9. not bad for a 'no experience' needed thing.

God I love the information age. I'll send you an email right now.

The Duluth News Tribune is always hiring. Sometimes it's not the best place to work, but for a few months it can look pleasing on a resume.

I forgot that where I work is always looking for order processors. Not the best pay. I think it starts at $7.20. Anyway, let me know if you're interested.

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