Mankato Employment Opportunities
One of the first concerns for anyone moving to Mankato is likely going to be finding a job. There will be lots of considerations, including what kind of jobs are available, where to look, and what jobs in Mankato are paying. Each of these is important, and you'll find that Mankato has pleasant surprises in each of these areas.
Mankato has earned a number of distinctions in the area of business and jobs in recent years. In 2008 the city was named in the top 10% of Micropolitans nationally, by the Policom Economic Strength Rankings. Just recently Mankato's economy has grown enough to qualify as a new Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Jobs are plentiful in Mankato, and this is evidenced by the fact that Mankato has a lower rate of unemployment than the rest of Minnesota. The most popular job sector in the city is education, which isn't a surprise when Mankato has world class education institutions like Minnesota State University at Mankato and Bethany Lutheran College. The hospitality and food service sectors are also large, which is no surprise in a college town. Following closely is healthcare, a growing sector in all US cities, and particularly in Mankato. Most Mankato residents live quite close to their work, and long commutes are the exception, not the norm.
Mankato’s economy is, not surprisingly as a college town, focused on education and healthcare. Here are Mankato’s largest employers, beginning with the largest.
- The Taylor Corporation Companies
- Immanuel-St. Joseph's Mayo Health System
- Minnesota State University-Mankato
- The Mankato Rehabilitation Center Inc.
- The Mankato Public School System
- The Mankato Clinic
- Alltel Wireless
- MTU Onsite Energy Corporation
- The Thro Company
Where to Look
Knowing where to look is always the first step in guaranteeing a new position, and Mankato has no shortage of places to look for a new job. One of the first places to look is the Mankato WorkForce Center. The WorkForce center offers local job listings, labor market information, and a host of online resources to make your job source easier. They can also offer help with resumes, educational and training opportunities, as well as resources specifically for helping veterans find employment.
Local employment agencies can be helpful in your search as well, since they usually have a pulse on who’s hiring and where the positions are. The most well known agencies in Mankato include Manpower, Spherion, Dougherty Staffing Solutions and for day labor - Labor Ready.
Of course, if you know people in the Mankato area, networking is still the best way to find out about positions and get your foot in the door. Don’t feel shy about letting people know that you’re looking, and be specific about the types of positions you’re interested in.
Also, don’t forget about online networking, and reaching out to your contacts on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. These sites are becoming increasingly important to people during the job search, and because of the social networks you’ve built, one message about your search can turn into hundreds of people seeing it.