Office Specialist

PPL's seven-week Office Specialist Pathway with Hennepin County will prepare you for this next step in your clerical career! Polish your resume, interviewing, and clerical skills in a small classroom setting while learning PPL's unique curriculum customized to fit the requirements for Hennepin County careers. Starting pay at Hennepin County is $21.50 and comes with benefits and access to mid level to upper level positions.
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Testimonial from former Career Specialist Kelsey Shelton

Kelsey helps people identify how to leverage their strengths to launch successful careers with Hennepin County.

What jobs will I be prepared for?

You will be prepared for a mid- to upper-level administrative position with Hennepin County, an employer offering competitive pay and benefits, a variety of work settings, and numerous internal career paths. Recent graduates have accepted positions in the county's medical examiner's office, behavior health clinic, human resources department, corrections department, information technology (IT), and more.

What skills and certifications will I obtain?

This program includes training in MS Office skills, the StrengthsFinder personal assessment, financial coaching, customer service, empowerment and workplace influence, business writing, and more. Many of these trainings are delivered by Hennepin County trainers and are part of the training curriculum for all new county employees. You will also receive support and feedback on resume and interviewing skills from Hennepin County hiring specialists.

What other opportunities are included?

This program includes a tour of the government center, meeting county leadership, and up to ten small-group coffee conversations with individual Hennepin County supervisors. This in-depth learning and relationship-building will help you identify which areas in the county interest you most. With nearly 100% successful job placement within six months of graduation, this program is ideal for jobseekers seriously interested in applying their existing skills to a career with Hennepin County.

Qualifications for Participation

  • 18 months clerical experience
  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Legal to work in the U.S.
  • Meet income based requirements
  • Basic skills in Microsoft, Word and Excel
  • Proficient math and reading skills
  • Cannot be currently or previously employed at Hennepin County

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