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A Minnesota Recruiter’s View On Rebranding Minnesota, The Startup Community

Luke asked what is the difference between Silicon Valley and Minnesota startups. I tweeted something like, “In Silicon Valley, they stand up on their chairs and scream. In Minnesota, they whisper.”

Minnesota Startup Community: The Time Has Come For Less Talk and More Walk

That is part of an article I wrote on Minnov8 in 2010.

And this from 2012:

Most, however, are doing nothing more than they did two years ago, and it will not surprise you that I think that is a losing strategy.

So take a step back… think about how your company is doing in recruiting new team members and ask yourself this question… how are you doing?

Are you competing and being aggressive?  Or are you sitting back, waiting for folks to come to you?

If the former, congratulations and keep it up.

If the latter, good luck. You will need it.

The War for Talent: Are Minnesota Tech Companies and Startups Ready?

Why am I going down memory lane?

This weekend at MinneBar 10 there will be a couple of conversations I am looking forward to:

Twin Cities: The startup capital of the “North" | 9:15 – 10:05 Theater

The State of Startups | 11:15 - 12:05 Minnetonka

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Recruiting For Startups: The Basics

The most frequent question I get (not surprising) from startup and tech company CEO’s is:

“Hey, can I pick your brain about recruiting?”

And I always answer yes but I have learned something… it’s never a simple answer.

Or it is the one big question:

“How do I get started recruiting a startup or small tech team?”

That answer can be anywhere from an hour to a day depending on much of a deep dive we need to do.

In order to get startups CEO’s thinking about this I put together a short video:

Recruiting for Startups: The Basics

I was thinking it would be 5 minutes long. Anyone who knows me well knows that no conversation is that short. Even one with myself (c’mon that’s funny).

This ended up being <15 minutes. That’s still a really short amount of time to say, “this is how to recruit”.

Basically what I have done is taken the highlights of recent “Recruit Like A Startup” presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Google for Entrepreneurs and Michigan Recruiters Conference along with previous MinneBar sessions put them here and briefly covered them.

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Observation… What Happens To The “Too Junior” Candidates

Not Enough Experience, Too Junior

I could have titled this, “Why there is an IT talent shortage”.

The past 9 months or so the number of “this developer is too junior” comments has increased. And it’s not just me… a number of my Recruiter and HR friends are hearing this in all sizes (# of employees and revenue) of companies.

I get that depending on size of company, division or group a too junior developer may not fit in. Whether they need mentoring that there is not time for (or someone not capable of doing it) or there would be so much “dead” time for them that they may get frustrated and leave… I get there are barriers.

But let me say this, if we don’t hire junior developers now they will never be the 3 year Ruby Developer or the 5 year .Net Developer everyone is looking for.

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Conversation With An Android Developer… Should I Stay Away From Search Firms

“You were right. I updated my LinkedIn profile and a bunch of recruiting firms are contacting me non stop. I saw an article on CIO.com and I think I should stay away from search firm recruiters. But you’re cool. What do you think?”

So I read 10 rules for working with recruiters and search firms on CIO.com and had some immediate reaction.

I agree with many of the points and no much with others. Maybe I am being sensitive but there is a “tone” to this advice. It may be the same tone if I wrote “10 rules for working with career coaches” so I will give him a break.

Let’s get into the advice:

Opening

I agree with never pay a fee to someone for them to find you a job. That’s a recipe for disaster.

I disagree with:

“so proceed with extreme caution if using a contingency recruiter -- they're out to make a placement, any placement, regardless of fit.”

That’s absurd. Yes some contingent recruiters think/act this way. And they don’t last long in the industry. To make it sound as if contingent recruiters don’t care about candidates is silly. I call “BS” on this one.

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    Presentation At MinneBar: Managing Your IT Career v7 - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?)

    Minnesota Tech Conference 

    MinneBar 10 is in two weeks, April 11th at Best Buy, and I will be doing my annual career maintenance presentation conversation.

    You may be wondering about the title:

    “Why do recruiters suck so bad?”

    Two years ago we had a video malfunction and while that was being fixed and before I started talking about what was on my mind I asked:

    “So whaddya want to know?”

    First question:

    “Why do recruiters suck so bad?”

    And the room broke out in laughter. No really, everyone laughed.

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    Presentation At MinneWebCon: Proactively Managing Your Career

    MinneWebCon, Minnesota Web Conference

     

    MinneWebCon (@MinneWebCon) is around the corner, April 13-14 at the University of Minnesota. I will be speaking and attending for the first time.

    This event attracts 300+ attendees, good speakers and great content.

    This year’s keynote speakers are Karen McGrane (@karenmcgrane) and Steve Krug (@skrug).

    Sessions include content on coding, code reviews, online behavior, Google Analytics, design and what may be the best title of a session I have seen in a couple of years, “All I Ever Needed to Know About Social Media I Learned from the Muppets”.

    For more event, speaker, sessions info and history of the conference click MinneWebCon 

    To register click MinneWebCon 2015

    I have been asked by a couple of developers if I think they should attend and my answer to them was simple… heck yeah.

    My presentation is career related and given the news in Minneapolis the past months this is good timing:

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    Minnesota Morning… Nerdery Layoff, Minneapolis Public School Layoff And March Madness

    Depending on the weather person you listen to we are going to get “a little” to “a lot” of snow today. Good, we need the water. Hearing of “flash drought” potential and thinking about low lake levels has me quite OK with whatever happens today.

    Last weekend it was 70F with ice melting on area lakes. The forecast has us above freezing… let it snow, it will melt in a couple of days. Spring is here. There I said it.


    Nerdery Layoff

    Friday afternoon The Nerdery announced it laid off 23 staff members including 15 in Minneapolis. The MSP Business Journal reports in Layoffs at The Nerdery cut workforce by 4 percent that those impacted were in accounting, development, facilities, quality assurance and project management.

    While I have been critical of layoffs involving Minnesota companies the past year this one, while unfortunate, I can understand. The Nerdery is working in a fast pace, always changing world. It will not shock me that we see more of these micro staff reductions at companies.

    Hopefully they and other groups will do what they can to retrain and keep the folks internally or help them have a soft landing with other groups in town.

    NOTE: MinneBar 10 is on April 11th and I will once again be doing a career maintenance Q&A. Click Managing Your IT Career v7 - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?) for details.

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