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MN Headhunter Updated

Today you will see 13 more Recruiting Blogs, 3 more Business and Technology Blogs, and many more possibilities for feeds and bookmarks.


For those getting the RSS feed here are the added Recruiting Blogs:


Cheezhead Blog 


Jim Stroud 2.0 


George's Employment Blawg 


John Sumser 




Being Bold Blog 


Recruiting Animal 


New Workforce - The Weblog of New Equities 


The Asia Pacific Headhunter 


Jobster: The Lefkow Zone 


Career Builders Blog 


Secrets of the Job Hunt


And the added Business and Technology Blogs (with more to add the next few days):


Venture Blog 




Brand Storming

Twin Cities Rankings

Spring must be the season when rankings of different things come out. I guess that makes sense now that they have had last year’s data to play with.


Instead of posting each one as it comes out I have been holding on to them:


Kiplinger Personal Finance, 50 Smart Places to Live

#2 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
We get a high grade for the economy, culture, sports, universities and colleges. Here is the best line I have seen in a while:


Yes, the winter weather isn't for wusses. But locals embrace the cold with winter festivals, and they make the most of every pleasant day with trails, parks and outdoor restaurants.


That’s right, no wusses allowed…


Business Ethics, Top 100 Ethical Companies

7 Minnesota companies make the list:

#14 General Mills

#19 St. Paul Travelers

#20 Ecolab

#43 3M

#54 Tennant

#85 Graco

#98 Apogee Enterprises


Fortune, America’s Most Admired Companies

13 Minnesota companies make the list:


UnitedHealth Group

Wells Fargo


St. Jude Medical


Best Buy

C.H. Robinson

General Mills

Patterson Companies




Enron Verdict

***Updated*** Ken Lay was also found guilty on the 4 counts of bank fraud in the bench trial by Judge Sim Lake.


***Updated*** A jury of eight women and four men returned verdicts again Kenneth Lay, 64, and Jeffrey Skilling, 52, former executives of Enron.


Ken Lay was charged with a total of 6 counts and faced 45 years. He was found guilty on all 6:


1 Count of Conspiracy

2 Counts of Wire Fraud

3 Counts of Securities Fraud


Lay’s maximum sentence is 45 years.


Jeff Skilling was charged with 28 counts and faced 275 years. Skilling was found guilty on 19 of the 28:


1 Count of Conspiracy

12 Counts of Securities Fraud

5 Counts of False Statements to Auditors

1 Count of Insider Trading


Not Guilty on 9 Counts of Insider Trading.


175 years is the maximum for Skilling.


Sentencing will be September 11, 2006. 5 years and 10 days after the scandal broke.


On Wednesday, another U.S. judge in Houston approved a $6.6 billion civil settlement by three banks accused by Enron shareholders of helping the company hide financial misdeeds that led to its collapse.


The settlements to be paid to former Enron shareholders include $2.4 billion from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, $2.2 billion from JP Morgan Chase and $2 billion from Citigroup. This combined with a previous settlement with Lehman Brothers and Bank of America totals $7.2 billion of the $40 billion lost by shareholders.


***Original Post*** The jury in the fraud and conspiracy trial of former Enron chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling has reached a verdict. It will be read at noon eastern time, 11 am central time.


I will post an update after the verdicts are read.

Starting A Blog

At least once a week I get an email asking about this blog, how I got started and why. The next question inevitably is what software and hosting is needed.


I originally put together a blog on It was easy to set up but too basic for what I wanted to do.


I went with TypePad. It gives enough flexibility on changing the look and feel of the site without requiring any coding knowledge. I may recruit the techie folk but that odes not mean I can do the techie work.


That may change this summer. I am looking to take the next step with the blog. I see sites that are more pleasing to the eye, that look less like a template and more like a custom built site.


So I have been searching for a comparison of the different services available. I think I am going with my original idea and will use Moveable Type.


I have been using this site to do comparisons, Blog software comparison chart.

Happy 1st Anniversary, MN Headhunter

MN Headhunter is celebrating its first year this week. The actual first posting(s) was May 21st, 2005 so really I am 3 days behind but who’s counting.


A blog turning a year old seems anti-climactic. How do you celebrate? Punch and cake, fireworks, how do you invite friends over?


Hopefully before I get out of here tomorrow afternoon (checking out early for the holiday weekend) I can get my press release put together and announce a couple of new things.


As of the 21st I had 240 entries, which could have been more if not for last fall when I did not post for almost two months and instead did many postings in one. I have learned that it is easier to add content every day versus trying to catch up with many in one day. I said I learned it that does not mean I will practice it.


I also have learned that I have more to say and talk about than I thought. Which my friends will find crazy that I could talk, think or analyze more than I already do.


There is still a lot of ground to cover, topics to bring up, and things to add. I think I am finally figuring out what I want to do with this.


Minneapolis And Google Trends

The Star Tribune has this article today Google shows what we want to know. From the article:


Here are some randomly chosen topics for which Minnesotans are among the top 10 searchers worldwide.


1 Seasonal affective disorder (Minneapolis): This explains our No. 1 rank for coffee.

1 Light rail (Minneapolis): We've only got 12 miles, but we ride it back and forth.

1 Prairie Home Companion (St. Paul): Hometown pride.

2 Fishing (Minneapolis): Tampa's No. 1. They don't crack the list for ice fishing. St. Cloud is No. 1.

2 Gas prices (Minneapolis): Ottawa is No. 1, but they pay in loonies.

3 Snow (Minneapolis): Behind Salt Lake City and Denver. San Diego is No. 5!

7 Bars (Minneapolis): Coincidentally (or not), we're also No. 7 for Alcoholics Anonymous.


Weather, the outdoors, light rail and gas prices. Pass me a beer. Yeah, that pretty much covers what we talk about…

Weekend Talk

Since my post the other day regarding Aaron Gleeman, the now famous Minnesota Twins blogger, I have had a few messages wondering why I am not adding more personal stuff on my blog. Well, because this is a “professional” blog and the RSS feed goes to many places so I thought against it.


The heck with that.


Not only is this a blog about being a recruiter in Minneapolis but also it is about my career and working/living in Minneapolis. So today I am starting what is going to be called “Weekend Talk”. Short postings, thoughts and links that grabbed me in the past week or have me thinking about what’s coming up.


So here’s the first post:


Happy Mother’s Day

Hey Mom, I love you…


Isabelle and Abbigail Carlsen

The now world famous formerly conjoined twins from North Dakota have had the most fabulous weekend. So far all news from the Mayo Clinic has been very positive. Here is a link to their CaringBridge site, Isabelle and Abbigail. Here is a news link from the Mayo Clinic.


Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure

The Minnesota event is now the third largest in the country. The weather this morning was lousy at best but 47,000+ were at the Mall of America this morning to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


Farewell to The West Wing

While sometimes annoyed with the constant left of center story lines, what’s a moderate to do, I have been a big fan of the show. Link to The West Wing.


Grand Old Day 2006

Just a few weeks until the summer festival season starts here in the Twin Cities. The first is Grand Old Day held on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. 250,000+ are expected once again for the one-day event.


A run and walk, a parade and then an afternoon of bands including GB Leighton and The Johnny Holm Band.

Be Careful What You Say And Do Online

Saturday evening, May 13th, the NBC Evening News had this story Employers digging up dirt online. I, and other bloggers, have been writing, better yet warning, people of all ages to be careful of what they are posting on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites for a year or more. (Nice to see that the mainstream media is catching up to us.)


I also include a topic on this in my job search and networking seminars. These are great tools to stay in touch with classmates, friends, co-workers and family. These are great foundations to build upon a personal and business network with.


Steven Rothberg of (who I seem to be quoting more and more lately) was in the story. He had a great analogy comparing profiles to tattoos. If you do not want someone to see your tattoo do not put it in a place where others can see it.


Same goes for these sites. If you do not want your parent, employer or friends (the ones who might not understand) to see what you are saying then make your profile “hidden”. Better yet, do not write it at all.


The story quotes a recent survey of recruiters:

-77% have used search engines to uncover information about candidates.

-35% have eliminated a candidate based on information found online.


Consider this another warning…

Highlights From The Recruiting Blogosphere


"Please do not respond to this e-mail." (Secrets of the Job Hunt) With a forward to Boston I am not 100% effective at reaching out to everyone that contacts me but I do the best I can. The good news is that I am one of the few who goes as far as I do.


10 Hot Jobs - from B2.0, May 2006 (Career Builders Blog) 5 out of 10 are in information technology


Managing Your Recruiter (Technical Careers @ Microsoft) I like the way the candidate handled the recruiter but did so in a professional and proactive manner. Be persistent, not pushy.


Social Engineering and Recruiting: What's the difference? (Jim Stroud 2.0) A must read…


Electronic Recruiting Exchange

Build a Candidate Pipeline Through Internships (Kevin Wheeler) I just don’t understand why more companies do mot create a formal system. I know it takes time up front but you save more of it 1-3 years later.


The Best Article Ever Written on Passive Candidate Recruiting (Lou Adler) This is not exactly rocket science but a good reminder and definitely need to know for those getting into recruiting.