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Minnesota Career Development Association

News

The MCDA bimonthly newsletter for members is filled with information about MCDA happenings and:

  • Best practices in career development
  • Innovative tools and techniques
  • Member profiles
  • Board Highlights

Below are recent articles from the MCDA newsletter, events, and other news items of interest.

What Do LinkedIn, Twitter & Hiring Managers Add Up To?

September 26th, 2018 No comments

MCDA’s Fall Event, Monday October 22 at Surly Brewing in Minneapolis will feature a hands-on workshop for career professionals to help job seekers to best use social media to connect with hiring managers. The Social CEO, Jennifer Radke, will lead participants in building skills that will translate into your own professional life as well as […]

Skill Identification: How to Do a Thorough Skills Inventory

September 25th, 2018 No comments

by Paul Sears, WorkForce Center Staff   “There is a rich reward awaiting the job seeker who will spend the time to figure out his or her skills.” ~ Richard Nelson Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? Anything that you know or anything that you can do is a skill. Musings on Skills and Careers, […]

Musings on Skills and Careers, Part 2: Skills Checklist

September 25th, 2018 No comments

By Paul Sears, WorkForce Center Staff   Many systems have been designed to guide career choices. A skill identification tool in the Minnesota WorkForce Centers’ Employment Ready U program has a SKILL CHECKLIST to help workshop participants reflect upon career choices. Ideally, we want job seekers to be in the good place at the center […]

Musings on Skills and Careers, Part 1: Find The Good Place

September 25th, 2018 No comments

By Paul Sears, WorkForce Center Staff   Once I worked for a manager who had what I thought an extremely enlightened approach to assigning tasks. My boss’s philosophy was: to the greatest degree possible, assign work to people that allows them to use their best and favorite skills. No wonder my boss was overwhelmingly popular. […]

You Are Invited to Write for MCDA’s Blog and Newsletter

September 24th, 2018 No comments

“Everyone has at least one blog post in them.” ~ Christopher Hitchens (paraphrase)   Do you have tips, resources or commentary about a career development topic you’d like to share with other career practitioners? Have you read a book or research paper you think your colleagues might enjoy? Would you like to share your experiences […]

President’s Corner — Spring Forward

May 25th, 2018 No comments

This has been a crazy spring following an unpredictable winter. We were just shoveling ourselves out of a record-breaking snowstorm, and now, a few weeks later, we in the Twin Cities are enjoying 90-degree weather. I don’t know what this spring and summer will bring, but I know the warm weather has revitalized many of […]

MCDA Honors New & Experienced Career Professionals

May 8th, 2018 1 comment

by Gordon Helle, MCDA President Elect Each year, MCDA honors select members whose contributions to some aspect of career development are worthy of recognition. Congratulations to the four honorees listed below. The MCDA Awards ceremony was part of the 2018 Careers Conference on April 27. The Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s lifetime […]

Navigating Transitions by Turning to One Another

May 7th, 2018 No comments

A Summary of April’s RoundTable By Elizabeth Stangeland The MCDA Roundtable on April 11, 2018 examined concepts from Margaret Wheatley’s book, “Turning to One Another.” The evening, facilitated by Elizabeth Stangeland and Vic Massaglia, included an overview of the book, breakout sessions to practice initiating meaningful conversations, and discussing what that process was like. “Turning […]

2018 MCDA Winter Event Recap!

April 12th, 2018 No comments

Personal Branding and essential Networking tips were featured in another highly successful Winter Event hosted by Metro State University in collaboration with MCDA. Metro State students, faculty and staff gathered with Career Counselors from around the metro to hear Marcia Ballinger enthusiastically share her successful techniques for getting best results from networking, and to learn […]

MCDA Bylaw changes approved!

March 21st, 2018 No comments

Thank you to all of those who voted in this previous ballot to amend some of MCDA’s bylaws! After reflecting on our current processes and guidelines, the MCDA Board felt we could better serve and honor the great work we do as an organization and in our careers by amending a few sections of our […]