1st Draft to get conversations going - January 2018

I want to build teams like I have with When I Work, HomeSpotter, Zipnosis, SPS Commerce and TCF Bank

Well versed in:

  • Optimizing job posts including A/B testing
  • Google Analytics
  • Optimizing recruiting process
  • Onboarding
  • Pipeline building
  • Candidate generation
  • Candidate experience and engagement
  • Recruiting support when and how you need it
  • Company, team and cultural fit
  • Recruiting strategy
  • Recruiter training and mentoring
  • Track record of delivering results
  • Retention of staff


  • Twin Cities Startup Week
  • DocuMNtary
  • Minnebar & Minnedemo

Active in the MN tech scene:

  • Advisor to Prime Digital Academy
  • Advisor to Make It MSP
  • Contributor MSP On Deck podcast

Speaker (sample):

  • Minnebar
  • Minnesota Technical Recruiters Network
  • Fredrikson & Byron’s 32nd Annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar
  • SourceCon (national conference)
  • Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp

Why you want to work with me:

  • I am fiercely loyal of those around me
  • Recognized as a trusted recruiter and advisor
  • Committed to the Minnesota and Midwest tech scene
  • You’re looking for someone respected by the business and technology community

Partner not a vendor

Recruiting on demand, scale recruiting as you need it like you do your tech

90 day increments

Total Expert

You can’t build a team by paying contingent search fees

Search firms find your next hire. I find your next 25 for the same price. I want to help build your team.

Building your pipeline

Search firms find one person maybe two, I build your team

You want some you can trust to represent your employer brand in the community

Evangelist and advocate

You hire a growth hacker for customer acquisition

You hire a VP of Demand Generation but what about engineer generation

Contingent search vs talent acquisition

I’m not saying no to retained/contingent searches for senior level and critical roles… but it is difficult to build a team this way.

You’re looking for someone to be a partner with you, an extension of your company

You’re looking for someone to be an evangelist and advocate

You’re looking for someone who has strong relationships with local and national reporters


You are an early stage startup (<10 people) and need to start increasing your staff

You are a Fortune 500 company and are building a technology team

You are looking for teaching, training and mentoring of your recruiting team

You want someone to start an internal dialogue on talent acquisition

You have one strategic/key hire at a director level and above

You are looking for a half or full day recruiter training


Paul DeBettignies is better known online as Minnesota Headhunter. He is a Minnesota Recruiter, Evangelist and Advisor who builds teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients and is the author of Minnesota Headhunter, the longest running regional recruiter blog.

He is a frequent local and national speaker, trainer and subject matter expert on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics. Activities include presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp, Google for Entrepreneurs, SourceCon, Michigan Recruiters Conference, MN HR Tech Expo, Social Media Breakfast, University of Minnesota, Target, CHS, Minnebar, MNTRN and ERE Conference. Interviews include NPR, WCCO AM (CBS) Radio & TV, KARE TV (NBC), MSP Business Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune and Dice.com

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media communities as a supporter of Twin Cities Startup Week, MinneBar & MinneDemo, DocuMNtary, Make It MSP, Prime Digital Academy, mentor to recruiters and technologists and is the founder of Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp.