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MSP On Deck Podcast #5: Scott Burns Of Structural And Osborne370


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Yesterday I mentioned that this summer I have been working on a Minnesota startup and tech podcast with Kathy Grayson and Casey Allen called MSP on Deck. Check out =>

The first 4 podcasts are really good with a lot of “inside baseball” on topics like:

  • #4: The State (of Minnesota’s) VC ecosystem, WeWork, Osborne370 and Minnesota corporate venture capital
  • #3: Bright Health, Minnesota Angel Tax Credit, debut of MinneInno and The Nerdery Layoff
  • #2: Interning at Minnesota startups, Arthur Ventures raising a new fund and Jump Technologies, Kidizen and PetChatz/Anser Innovation funding
  • #1: Startup community mood, ReTrace Health closing, and Sports Engine exit

The 5th podcast… we definitely hit our stride and good timing as we had our first guest, Scott Burns of Structural and Osborn370. Click @smburns and LinkedIn to connect with him.

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MSP On Deck Podcast Is Live And Focusing On The Minnesota Tech And Startup Scene

 

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I’ve been waiting for this day all summer.

While not quite Santa Claus arriving, a 7 lb walleye off the dock or the Gophers beating the Badgers for Paul Bunyan’s Axe… it might be next on the list.

The MSP On Deck podcast is live!!!

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Minnesota Headhunter Chats With Chris Russell On The Rec Tech Podcast



Just before Labor Day I spent almost an hour chatting with Chris Russell for his Rec Tech Podcast. Chris and I have been long time followers of each other professionally and also of our fishing escapades. Chris is very active in the HR tech, startup and recruiting app space and is someone to follow.

You can find him on RecTech Media, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

We covered a lot of ground ranging from #LakeLife to the Minnesota tech scene to recruiting and more:

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Recruiting Advice: Put Your “Careers” Button At The Top Of Your Page


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Let me nerd out for a couple of minutes… where is your “Careers” or “Jobs” button on your web page?

Is it above the fold/scroll like the screen shots above from Kipsu and General Mills? Well done and you can stop reading now.

Or is it at the bottom of your web page, buried in an “About Us” drop down menu or worse, non-existent and part of another page? Then you should keep reading.

If recruiting is truly important to a company then frankly it should be at the top of the home page. Why would you ask people to scroll all the way down to find your jobs? That’s just bad user experience.

Here are the two most frequent reasons I get for this and a short reply:

  • Our web site is optimized for sales and product info
    • Umm… if you don’t have a staff how are you going to convert sales and make a product?
  • Our marketing team does not want more “clutter” on the navigation bar
    • Make a deal with them… ask them to do an A/B test and see what Google Analytics shows. If it is actually a diversion, then yeah get rid of it.

As a recruiter I want access to every tool in my toolbox that will help me do my job better and this is an often overlooked one.

 
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50 Phrases Not To Use In Your Job Descriptions

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A little sarcasm, small rant and moment of reflection with this one… we always see the surveys about what words and phrases not to use in resumes. You know the one’s:

“Hey dummy stop using these words. They make you look silly.”

How judgmental. Particularly when I see the same words in resumes from my Recruiter and HR Friends all the time.

And every time I see one of those lists I think/reply/rant:

“What about job descriptions?”

I think they are the more offending piece of work.

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Recap: Managing Your Tech And Startup Career

 

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Last week I hosted my first online chat in all long time, maybe 3+ years, on Managing Your Tech And Startup Career. This is something I do every year at MinneBar and tech user groups throughout the year.

This one was a lot of fun for me as it was not only tech professionals in Minneapolis/St Paul but marketing, sales and CxO’s in our area along with a number of tech and data pros from the Bay Area.

The original agenda I proposed was:

  • What is the local job market like right now?
  • Is this a good time to look for a new job?
  • What's a reasonable salary increase year over year?
  • Should I stay a developer or move into management?
  • I'm thinking about moving to "FILL IN THE BLANK CITY", should I go?
  • Why is there so much recruiter spam?
  • How much personal info should I share with corporate/search firm recruiter?
  • I’m not a tech person but want to work with a tech company, how do I get in one?

And then attendees asked a number of questions including one I always seem to ramble on waffling back and forth on and paraphrasing… specialist or generalist?

In all it went for about 45 minutes and below is the session uploaded to YouTube.

This was my first time using Zoom and while it went OK it’s clear I need some more practice with which screen is showing.

To those who asked questions… thank you. It’s always way more enjoyable to have interaction particularly when I can’t see you.

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #3

 

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2 newsletters in 1 month… I’m on a roll.

This one was sent out last Friday, July 14th.

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Friends and Colleagues,

Good Morning and let's start with the obvious... no, I didn't create a new newsletter format and yes, I am still using this MVP (Minimum Viable Product). Good news is most of you seem to be OK with my "minimalist" approach for now.

In this issue I will be talking about:

- Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp

- MinneDemo

- Tech hiring in Minneapolis/St Paul and the Midwest

- Online Chat: Managing your tech and startup career

- Job search webinar

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Online Chat: Managing Your Tech And Startup Career


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Every year at MinneBar I do a presentation called, “Managing Your IT Career - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?). This past spring, 8th year doing this, I had an end of the day speaking time and still had a full room with people sitting on the floor and along the wall. I do wonder how many more people would attend a morning session… part of my group:

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The past weeks I have been getting a higher than usual number of inquiries from tech, data and product professionals, along with those interested in the Minnesota and Midwest startup scene, asking questions about salaries, Minneapolis and Midwest tech jobs, what code schools to choose, etc.

So I am going to do an online chat… a webinar to answer the current most asked questions and ask attendees to send theirs.

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Survey: Minneapolis And Midwest IT Hiring To Increase 2nd Half Of 2017


Hiring in Minneapolis / St Paul and around the Midwest will continue to heat up the 2nd half of 2017 according to the latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. The data mirrors the conversations across the region I have been having.

There may have been a plateau to small increase in the winter and early spring as people figured out what the November ’16 election was going to mean for business. In May and June there was a noticeable uptick and it seems to be carrying through the summer months.

I doubt we will see much of a traditional summer slow down.

Here are the numbers from the Robert Half Survey:

  • 24% of CIO’s say they will increase hiring. That’s up 4% from December.
  • 60% will maintain staff by filling vacant roles.
  • 63% say that it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals in today's market

I would have thought that last number to be a bit higher. Maybe the many employer branding initiatives going on are having a good impact.

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Survey: 57% Of Employers Less Likely To Interview A Candidate They Can't Find Online


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CareerBuilder released their annual survey, Number of Employers Using Social Media to Screen Candidates at All-Time High, about how companies are using social media to source and screen candidates. There are the usual “headline” stats:

  • 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates
  • 54% have decided not to hire a candidate based on their social media profiles

That last one is the one that usually gets the most attention. Here’s the thing… of course the number is that high. Look at the wording of it. Of course any/every “Fortune 500” company, as an example, has not hired someone because of their online stupidity profile. Think of how many people apply with them. So they didn’t hire one? That’s easy to understand.

And I think the 70% number is much higher. Surely some respondents didn’t want to tell the truth.

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #2

 

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Why is it so hard to hit “send”?

I sent an email newsletter out this morning and felt a knot in my stomach as I did it. It’s been a long time since I sent one… 3 years. And back then I only sent one. Yeah, my email newsletter game has sucked.

But I am on it now.

Good news is the open rate and click through’s are high. Labeled as Spam is 0. Unsubscribes are higher than average but given the length of time since some would have signed up… I’m OK enough with it.

You can view it by clicking Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #2 or below in a simple text format. Want to sign up for it? Of course you do… at the bottom of this post is a sign up box.

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Do We Have Too Many Recruiter And HR Events In Minneapolis And St Paul


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Since announcing the Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp (July 31 and August 1, 2017) online last night and through an email newsletter this morning I have received a large number of supportive messages from friends and colleagues. Those messages are similar with conversations I have had with recruiters, HR leaders, executives and civic leaders in Minneapolis/St Paul and the Midwest over the past months about the need to “amp up” the regions recruiting game.

There’s no doubt there is a need, and demand, for an event like this.

So let’s get to it…

Are there too many Recruiter and HR events in Minneapolis and St Paul?

Hell no.

Let me be more clear… HELL NO.

At a time when surveys say we are near an all time high point that workers are looking for a new job yet most employers are having a hard time hiring…

When a statistic says Minneapolis/St Paul may be 100,000 workers short by 2020 and other cities in the Midwest are struggling to get people to move in the area…

When there is a growing shift of people away from the West Coast…

Our region needs to a better job recruiting and that starts with doing a better job teaching Recruiters, HR pros, Hiring Managers how to source, recruit, market, hire, on board and retain workers.

So do I think adding a new event or group to the mix detracts from the others… hell no.

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