GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Minnesota is a bright spot in a nation that is trying to come out form a dark economic cloud.
Minnesota's unemployment rate of 5.7% is in the 90th percentile of metro areas for low unemployment.
On top of that, the Twin Cities remains one of the best metro areas to find a job, seeing a 29% growth in job listings last year and it's expected that trend will continue.
Greg Avallone, with Careerbuilder.com, spoke on KARE 11 Sunrise about career tips.
Top job sectors for 2012:
Engineering: More than 50% growth in 2011. High paying, skilled jobs that typically take employers longer to fill.
Retail: Retail job listings also grew more than 50% in the Twin Cities last year. With more people back to work, retailers are seeing more traffic - leading to the increase in workers.
Customer Service: With consumer traffic up, more companies are adding employees to their front-lines. Great opportunities for entry-level workers.
Other Areas in Hot Demand: Healthcare, Business Development, IT, Accounting
Recruiters to focus more on recent college grads:
A college degree generally gives you an advantage in the job market, but in this recovery many recent grads are struggling to get their feet in the door. Things appear to be turning around: 40% of hiring managers and human resource managers in the Midwest are planning to recruit recent college grads this year - up from 34% a year ago.
Number one job search tip for 2012:
Create a job-search strategy. Employers hate receiving applications from candidates who are not qualified for positions. Carefully read job postings and determine whether you could do most of the tasks required if you started tomorrow. A recent CareerBuilder job forecast reported that employers are not finding qualified candidates for their open positions, so learn how to tailor your existing skills to a job's requirements and spend time preparing better résumés and cover letters instead of just blasting a generic one to every posting.
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