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Minnesota Morning | Atique, Hack The Gap And 10 Hard To Find Tech Skills


Earlier this week I took a drive to St Paul to check out the Christmas lights at Rice Park. A few days prior we had snow on the ground but after some rain it was all gone. I’ll make another trip over there when it snows again. A couple of photos:


 Rice Park, St Paul, Christmas lights Rice Park, St Paul, Christmas lights


Atique

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Minnesota Morning | Countdown To 2017 And F*** Yes Or No

After spending 1/3 of the 2016 summer in the Alexandria, MN area until the holiday weekend I had not been up there in 2 months. Obviously gone are the warm summer days and the fall colors but the area lakes are still ice free. So first thing I did before seeing family was find a lake and sit on some rocks:

Lake L'Homme Dieu, #LakeLife 


The next day before Thanksgiving dinner I took a country road drive and while doing some thinking pulled over a few times to take a couple of photos:


Garfield Minnesota Oscar Lake, #LakeLife


Like most people 2017 was (is) on my mind and I have been thinking the past couple of weeks about what to add to my personal and professional life and what to take out. Things like volunteering, clients and types of work, friendships, writing, speaking and new projects (should I do them or not).

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Minnesota Tech Podcast v7

 

Tech MN, Minnesota Tech 
  
This past summer Jeff Pesek from Tech.MN invited me to join in on a 2X a month podcast about the Minneapolis and St Paul tech scene with:

Last week we had our 7th podcast where we talk about the headlines Tech.MN has covered, what is going in the Minnesota tech scene and usually some tangents and rants mixed in.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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Minnesota Morning | Thomson Reuters Layoffs, UnitedHealth Group Hiring And CoCo Expands

 

It’s been a week since Election Day… leading up to it I was ready for it to be over and on to whatever was going to be next. I’ve been having a “be careful watch you wish for” moment. I was guessing it would be a new version of what we have endured the past months and years. So far that seems to be the case.

On Facebook I noticed I had posted this 4 years ago in the early hours after the 2012 election:
 

Election Day 2012


While completely jaded about our entire political system and hoping someone steps up in the next weeks and months that can be a more centrist politician and start uniting the country, or at least represent the middle 40% of us, I am still grateful that we can have “peaceful” elections no matter how messy they are on TV and online.

On my way to the voting booth I took this photo:


God Bless America, Election Day 2016


I’ve been finding myself “looking up” a lot the past week.

 

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Conversation With A Java Developer… My Recruiter Contacted Me On Match, What Do I Do

 
What

Last week I posted on Facebook and LinkedIn the following beginning of a conversation and received many funny comments:

Awkward...

  • Developer: So last week I submitted my resume to XYZ, Inc
  • Me: Uh huh
  • Dev: I have an interview next week
  • Me: Cool
  • Dev: Last night I get a message on Match, it's the Recruiter.
  • Me: Oh shit

(Recruiter has no idea this is the same guy)

Just when I think I have seen and heard it all in recruiting… at least this is a fun story.

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Minnesota Morning | MN IT Layoffs And Top 10 LinkedIn Skills

 
We’ve had an amazing fall in Minneapolis (some photos below from this weekend) and the forecast for this week is in the 60’s. Why I am talking about the weather to start this… anyone who was in Minneapolis 25 years ago today will remember the Halloween Blizzard of 1991. An epic storm that dropped 28.4 inches of snow over three days.

I was in college then and my fraternity had a Halloween party that I was not able to get to… I was not living near campus and by the time I started to make the drive it was too late. Roads were not drivable. I missed a 3 day party #BLEEP


MN IT Layoffs

There have been a number of IT layoffs in Minneapolis in 2016. While sensitive to those impacted, in a macro view I would call most of them “normal”. Most people found jobs within weeks and life continued on.

In the next days there is going to be a BIG announcement from a company that will impact 100’s of local tech pros. Most will be OK either landing in the new structure, applying for jobs already posted at the company or finding a new job at other companies. But this is going to get some headlines.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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Conversation With An Android Developer… Let Your Recruiter Friends Know You Are Looking

I was at a Minneapolis tech user group a couple of weeks ago and was talking to a couple of developers about a particularly cool set of roles that were going to be opening up at a local tech company. A 3rd developer, someone I have had a couple of conversations with at tech events this year, was listening in and asking some questions about these and other jobs.

I asked them if they were looking. They said and this:
 

Why did it take so long for you to recruit me?

 
And I kind of froze.

I am not nearly as aggressive as most of my tech recruiter colleagues who assume that everyone is looking for a new job and everyone should be recruited. I rely on my reputation of being open, approachable and not the “annoying, creepy recruiter”. when they are curious and want to talk I am ready for them.

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Recruiting Tips: Why Recruiters Should Stop Posting Recruiting Content


Stop being boring

I have an observation to make and first a disclaimer… I am not suggesting you completely stop posting content from SourceCon, ERE, Recruiting Daily and the blogs you read. Are we clear on that? Good.

Here is what I am suggesting: let’s say you recruit Tech, Product, Digital and Data professionals in Minneapolis and St Paul and you only post content on the latest LinkedIn Boolean search thing, how to create a better employee referral program or how to create personas… do you think your candidates care about that stuff?

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Job Search Tips: Finding A 2016 Seasonal Retail Job

 
A quick post with some information following the announcement that Amazon is hiring 1,000 local seasonal workers:

And last months announcement that Target is hiring 70,000 across the U.S.:

Below is an interview I did with WCCO TV (Minneapolis CBS affiliate) and here are the talking notes I sent them ahead of time:

Kylie Bearse, Jason DeRusha, Paul DeBettignies, Findind A Seasonal Retail Job

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Recruiting Tips: Show Your “Under Construction” Photos

 
I just had a long conversation with a Minneapolis startup CTO and we were talking about their upcoming expansion including an office move and build out. He was wondering if they should show off the move, new space and if so how often and in what form.

Of course my answer to him was yes they should. It shows momentum, growth and keeps friends and followers of the company engaged during what is usually a chaotic time.

He noted that a number of groups in Minneapolis have recently or are currently going through this and for the most part have been very quiet about it.

This is true and I did not surprise him when I said that being quiet about it has been a HUGE mistake for these groups. One group told me they have been “too busy” and another that they would “never show the messy part to it”.

My opinion… that’s just being lazy.

One of the easiest ways to show the success and growth of a company is to post “under construction” updates. I recommend taking a weekly photo and posting on company, senior leadership and if they want to… employee accounts. This can be on any/all of: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Minnesota Morning… Exhale

Downtown Minneapolis, Capella Tower

I am on day five of doing nothing and it feels really weird. One part freeing and one part W T H… I should be working my (bleep) off. One good thing is I don’t wake up exhausted any more. And I seem to be doing some big picture thinking which I guess makes sense when you are not running off to the next meeting, conference call or candidate interview.

Since I wrote Taking A Step Back, Skate Where The Puck Will Be And What’s Next For Me almost a month ago to the day a bunch of things have gone including (not in order):

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