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Helping the Public Sector: Unions Take Charge of Recruitment



Last Updated on July 31, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes

Minnesota Experiences Surge in Job Openings, Prompts National Campaign for More Hires

Minnesota has seen a surge in public needs, leading to the creation of numerous job positions across various state agencies. With larger budgets and new laws passed, the state has been able to address these demands effectively. Additionally, the recently approved federal infrastructure bill has further increased the demand for construction project managers.

However, a recent survey conducted by Mission Square has revealed a concerning trend. More than half of local government human resource officers reported having to frequently reopen recruitment processes due to a lack of applications. This shortage of qualified candidates has resulted in a vacancy rate for state government jobs in Minnesota jumping from 7.5 percent in 2019 to 11.5 percent in the 2023 fiscal year.

Acknowledging the pressing need for more staff in public sector roles, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has launched a national campaign to generate awareness and interest in frontline positions. In an effort to attract potential candidates, AFSCME is reaching out to community organizations and families of union members, highlighting the benefits and opportunities available.

Lee Saunders, the president of AFSCME, emphasized the importance of these new hires. “Employers are increasingly recognizing the need for more staff to enhance the level of service provided,” he stated. “We need qualified individuals to step up and fill these crucial roles.”

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In an attempt to connect job seekers with potential employers, a hiring fair was recently organized in Minneapolis. This event attracted 75 individuals who were referred by friends or relatives in the union. These job seekers were looking for more stable or higher-paying positions, making the fair an excellent opportunity to explore new job prospects.

As Minnesota continues to experience growth and an increasing demand for skilled professionals, it is crucial for both the public and private sectors to address the shortage of applicants. The efforts of organizations like AFSCME in showcasing the advantages of these jobs and facilitating connections between job seekers and employers will play a vital role in meeting this staffing demand.

For more information on career opportunities in Minnesota and the initiatives being undertaken to bridge the recruitment gap, visit ‘My MBA Career’—your go-to resource for advice and insights on advancing your career in the ever-evolving business world.

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