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Gopher Football Updates Coming Soon

In the next day I will be adding a bunch of posts covering the Gopher football games of recent weeks and the comments made by Coach Glen Mason. I have been seeking therapy and I think it is safe more for me to finally get these out of my mind.


So for those who have little interest in the topic I apologize for jamming up your RSS readers but at least I am doing it on a weekend.

Minnesota Recruiter And HR Blogs

Updated July 5, 2011

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The following Recruiter and HR related blogs are only a drop in the bucket of what has become the recruiter blogopshere but it does represent those of us who have been at it for a while and a diverse group of opinions and experiences.

The blogs are not ranked in any particular order other than the Minnesota blogs listed first.

Minnesota Recruiter, HR and Career blogs:

National Recruiter, HR and Career blogs:


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IT Jobs With NonProfits

The following new technology jobs with Twin Cities nonprofits have been added on the Volunteer Page:


Workstation Support Analyst I , Full Time Job


Desktop Support Analyst , Full Time Job


IT Development Team Supervisor , Full Time Job


IT Operations Team Supervisor , Full Time Job



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Minnesota Morning

Good morning and welcome to the first Minnesota Morning. Tomorrow my focus will be on Minnesota political races and some commentary on the ads that are being forced upon us.


Local Stuff:

-Dennis Smith at with Who’s Ditching Landline for Wireless?. Looks like Minneapolis is one of the leaders in going completely wireless.


The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has a 6-year student position coming up for grabs. The Minnesota Daily with a story on the job and how to get it, So you want to be a regent?


Recruiting Blogosphere:

-The Why of Local Recruiting 

I know that Jim’s post is about the market in St. Louis but many of the things he has been doing are things I want to do here in Minneapolis, just not enough hours in a day. Maybe one of my local blogging friends would like to get into this with me?


-how to survive searching for the technical job of your dreams

There are plenty of good companies to work for. So often I see candidates focus on one or two with the big name. They do not think about the dozens of good companies they would pass on the commute every day that could make them just as happy and offer better opportunities.


-Is Your Staffing Brand Stale?

Mine was and that is why I made the major change(s) I did.


-Corporate America embraces social networking

That’s too bad. I was enjoying their lack of participation.



-Big news from Senator Barak Obama on a potential run for the White House in 2008. As an independent (note that with the little i and not the big I) I can be excited about him as a leader.


-Tuesday I will have some links to recent local poll results, maybe they are biased and maybe not. All I know is my Democrat friends are cautiously optimistic (borderline giddy) and my Republican friends are scared (bordering on suicidal).



-Minnesota Wild

Damn, there went the idea of an undefeated season. 6-1 is a great way to start the season and the national sports folks are already talking about hockey in June in St. Paul. Now we need to see the results of Marian Gaborik’s groin injury. If memory serves me right he missed 17 some games last year with it.


-Minnesota Vikings

Whew, a week off and unlike last year no Love Boat Scandal. In fact, it was 100% quiet, maybe because it was too chilly to be on Lake Minnetonka. As for the Seattle game I actually watched most of it while I was in the office. The defense looked good, Brad Johnson looked good, and Chester Taylor continues to make me look good to my friends who I told to pick up in their fantasy football league.


-Gopher Hockey, Men

#7 Minnesota sweeps Ohio State to go 4-1 on the season. Friday night saw scoring from 13 players including nine freshmen who helped with 6 goals and 9 assists. Saturday the power play went 4-7.


-World Series

For the most part I am not paying attention. I do find it ironic that all of the big time sports guys from New York are sitting in cold Detroit instead of Yankee stadium. Serves them right for thinking they could buy a trophy.


But did Kenny Rogers cheat? I have been asking for two weeks if he was on performance enhancing drugs be cause he has been awesome. Maybe I should have asked if he using substance(s) on his hand, from ESPN Rogers was masterful, but did he cheat?

Attractive Nuisance Tour Tonight At The Fine Line

There are less than 35 general admission tickets left for this evenings 2006 Attractive Nuisance Tour. Tickets can now be purchased at the door.


This event raises money for two local charities, which help people who otherwise could not afford an attorney.


Doors open at the Fine Line Music Café at 5:00 pm. First band starts at 5:30 pm. All bands have at least one attorney in them.


This is the 4th annual event put on by Craig Sandok. Craig is a close friend dating back to our days at the University of Minnesota. He is a Search Consultant with the Esquire Group, a national legal search and consulting firm headquartered in Minneapolis.


This is the fourth year of ANT but my first time being able to attend. After a few very long weeks I am looking forward to an evening out, even if it is with a bunch of legal folks.

Updates To MN Headhunter

Geez, I just had the post announcing Minnesota Morning and I already have a couple of email wondering what else was coming.


Other changes that have or will be made are:


-“Jobs” category has been changed to IT Jobs, Minnesota And US


-3 TypeLists will be removed from the main page:

Recruiting Blogs

Business And Technology Blogs

Twin Cities Blogs


They will be replaced with categories:

Blogs, Business

Blogs, Minneapolis and St. Paul

Blogs, Recruiting

Blogs, Technology


The reason for this is the lists on the column on the right are already long and there are more to add. Also, it is quicker to add/delete them in a post within a category than a TypePad list.


While this does add one more click for a reader to do in order see the listed blogs I do not see this as a barrier or less click throughs will happen.


I will be listing the blogs focusing on Minnesota at the top of each list. The Minneapolis and St. Paul category will be those not of business, recruiting, or technology focus.


-I have already moved the November 2006 category, sort of a journal on how I went through the process of starting what has become Nerd Search, into MN Headhunter Info.


-Next week I will kick off “Ten Minutes With”


-Adding more links of networking and IT user groups. Not sure if that will be a category or list.


All of that should be finished by November 1st. I already have a couple of things to add in November including an events calendar.

Introducing Minnesota Morning

Over the coming days and into next week I am making some minor content changes to the blog. For starters, a new regular post called Minnesota Morning.


Minnesota Morning (which may not actually be posted before noon some days, I am a night owl) will be a combination of smaller posts. It will include links from the recruiting blogosphere, local news links I have come across that may not be business related but interesting to readers, links to articles I will write about in coming days but wanted to get the original content out right away, and whatever else is on my mind.


This may include short thoughts on sports, politics, and the weather.


You will note that I have taken out the categories on the right called “political rant”, “sports”,

“weekend talk”, and “recruiting blogosphere”. Those entries have already been merged into Minnesota Morning. The removed categories are things I occasionally would like to talk about as they relate to Minnesota or my personal interests but the time it takes to do a post made doing them inconsistent.


As I start writing this next week your feedback on what you would like to see more or less of is welcome.

Oops, Took Down My Own Site

This has not been one of my brightest moments. On Tuesday I closed my e-Strategies Group account with VISI. Not knowing that when I created the MN Headhunter account I did not create it as a personal account but as part of e-strategies.


So in the process I deleted the MN Headhunter blog and email accounts.


I appreciate the many, many people who have been urgently trying to reach me to let me know that the blog was down or that their email had bounced.


Many thanks to the folks at VISI for helping me get back online. Once again they validated all the good things I have been saying about them.


Tracking Your Job Search

When I am speaking with someone about their job search the question I love to ask is this, “Who have you sent your resume to and when?”


90%+ of the time I get a blank stare or if a phone conversation, that long awkward pause.


In my head I am thinking, “What do you mean you don’t know?” but I try not to let it out.


To do en effective job search you need to be able to track some basic things like:

-Company you sent the resume to, to whom, date and time

-Contact information of the person sent to including name, phone number, and email address

-Logging email and phone calls.

-Scheduling follow-up actions.


There are four options that I like best:

-Create a hard copy form to fill out

-Create an Excel spreadsheet with specific fields to enter information

-Create an actual database of some sort, Access for example

-Use software that specializes in this. The Job Tracker and Jibber Jobber are the best I have found so far.


For ideas on fields to create you can see this Sample Job Lead Follow-Up Log.


Next week I will profile The Job Tracker and Jibber Jobber.


I highly recommend both of the products not only for a current job search but to save and store information for future searches. To recreate the wheel before each search is time consuming.


It does not matter how many jobs you apply for, networking connections made, or people you speak with if you are not keeping track of when to do what activities.