Employment services

Hennepin County helps people find jobs by providing career counseling, training and job placement, as well as information about the labor market.

We partner with businesses, community organizations and other government entities.

Suburban Hennepin County job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Hennepin County Human Resources department and its service partners - Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin South and Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin North.

Minneapolis job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, except for residents participating in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). Those residents get employment and training services through Hennepin County Human Services Department.

We are a proud partner of the American Job Center network.

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Job fairs and announcements


Explore careers in health care

Job seekers can learn more about occupations and employment trends in health care, and get information from an industry expert.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • 9 a.m. – noon
  • Minnesota WorkForce Center - Bloomington
    4220 West Old Shakopee Roard
    Bloomington, MN 55437-2949

New Leaf offers workshop January 19

The New Leaf Workshop is for offenders and former offenders and who are seeking work and need help addressing their criminal records and other barriers.

Interested participants must pre-register for this workshop on-line or by calling the North Minneapolis WorkForce Center at 612-299-7200.

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • North Minneapolis WorkForce Center
    800 West Broadway Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • New Leaf Workshop flyer (PDF)

Free warehouse training January 22–February 2

Gain skills and certifications in logistics, bobcat and forklift operations. Read more about the warehouse training (PDF).

José Santos Jr.
612-341-3358 ext. 119

Takoda Institute
1845 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Educational opportunities through the SOAR Program

The SOAR Program works with youth between the ages of 18 to 24, who have had run-ins with the law and are seeking educational opportunities.  SOAR offers grant and scholarship opportunities to youth to help them get their GEDs and additional training. Must live in zip codes listed in the attached flyer.

SOAR is a program of OIC of America. Learn more about SOAR (PDF).

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program can help low-income people pay energy costs – such as a heating bill – between October 1 and May 30 each year. There is also assistance available to help people save energy and keep their apartments and homes warmer.

Read more about the energy program (PDF).

Transit Assistance Program (TAP) from Metro Transit to help low-income riders

Metro Transit has developed a new program called the Transit Assistance Program (TAP) to help low-income riders. Qualified commuters will be able to ride the bus or train any time for $1. To enroll, applicants must verify that they are low-income, and an ID. Read more information on Transit Assistance Program.

Job fairs and hiring events

Job opportunities at the Super Bowl

Work at the tailgate festivities for Super Bowl LII. Various event positions are open.

Minneapolis Manufacturing Career and Training Expo 

Everyone is welcome to attend a unique Minneapolis Manufacturing Career and Training Expo.  In addition to employers, there is a Wunderkammer -- a Cabinet of Curiosity! Attendees can learn by experiencing manufacturing work hands-on,  learn about real jobs from real people, and find out what skills are needed to work in manufacturing.  The Wunderkammer is recommended for teens aged 14-18.

Job development career fair


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training (SNAP E&T)

The program's purpose is to provide employment training to able-bodied people, ages 18-50, who receive food support, but no other cash assistance. As of October 1, 2013, participation in work or job search activities is required each month that the participant receives food support.

Services include an individual assessment of work-related strengths and barriers, and an Employability Development Plan (EDP) designed to help participants get a job. Training may include General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), high school diploma or short-term vocational training.

SNAP E&T services are administered at the Work and Employment Resource Center (WERC) located at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

The program is jointly administered by the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Human Services (DHS).

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Minnesota Family Investment Program - employment services

This program supports families as they move from public assistance to employment. Participation in employment programs is required for most adults who receive public assistance. All participants receive an assessment and an employment plan toward self-sufficiency.

Participants must meet program requirements or their benefits will be reduced; lifetime benefits are limited to 60 months. Child care and medical services are also available to help participants transition from public assistance and into work.

Employment services providers include the Minnesota WorkForce Center Partners, community action agencies, educational agencies, county agencies, and other non-profit groups, as shown in the MFIP & DWP Employment Service Providers list.

The program is a partnership between Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis.

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Resources for job seekers

Job-seeking resources in the Work and Economic Resource Center (WERC) are available to people receiving public assistance and to other members of the general public. The center provides trained staff to assist and direct customers in their job and housing searches.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis


Services available

Computer access

  • Type resumes, cover letters and business letters using WinWay Resume.
  • Use Deluxe and/or Microsoft Word software programs.
  • Practice and test typing, and 10-key skills using Mavis Beacon Typing Tutorial software program.

High-speed internet access

  • Search for and research jobs online.
  • Write and post resumes and cover letters online.
  • E-mail prospective employers.
  • Research companies and the employment market.
  • Search for affordable housing.
  • E-mail prospective landlords.
  • File for unemployment benefits.
  • Complete and file federal and state taxes.

Fax services

  • Send resumes, cover letters, job applications, W-4 forms, etc. to prospective employers.
  • Apply for housing.

Copy machine

  • Make copies of resumes, cover letters, job and housing applications, W-4 forms, and other job-related information.

Information and job search assistance

The center has a vast selection of informational resources available for customers. Our expert staff can provide training and individual assistance in:

  • Online job search
  • Writing resumes
  • Writing cover letters
  • Networking
  • Job Networking and Support Groups
  • Cold-calling and telephone interviews with employers
  • Interviewing with prospective employers
  • Finding work after prison
  • Finding work regardless of possible barriers, such as criminal backgrounds, age discrimination, etc.
  • Creating portfolios
  • "Elevator" speeches

Additional resources for job training and education:

  • Minnesota Workforce Center classes
  • Lists of local non-profit job-training programs

Other resources

We offer connections to community resources to help you find what you need, including:

  • Food shelves
  • Free meals
  • Utility assistance
  • Domestic abuse
  • Adult education
  • Community service sites
  • Legal assistance
  • Housing/Shelters
  • Community health
  • Veterans’ services
  • Transportation

Please note: The center's computers are made available for the sole purpose of job and housing searches. Anyone who uses them for other purposes will be asked to leave.

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