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Been Thinking About A MN Headhunter Job Board

When I started writing this blog in May of 2005 I have always asked people what they would like to see added to the site. Over time, it has morphed and some have called this more of a portal than a blog.

   

Whatever, some soda and I say pop.

All I know is I see more total visitors, a growing number of frequent visitors every month, and while comments are few the amount of email has been insane.

   

I am quite happy offer to offer for free the Volunteer, page to help nonprofits find volunteers and full time employees, and Recruiting Gigs for my recruiting friends to find their job pr contract.

   

There may be a new page, or web site, about to be born.

   

The past few months I have been contacted by quite a few startup and small companies looking for information technology professionals and not yet able or wanting to use a search firm guy like me.

   

They are not using the job boards either because of cost or because of poor results when they have used them. Some are looking for consultants, free agents, and others for full time employment.

   

I have been kicking around the idea of starting a job board. Something for the Twin Cities technology professionals and employers wanting to hire them.

   

Not so much as a “money maker” or revenue stream but as a way to help good companies find good people. If a new client or some candidates find their way to me great but if I can help the local tech companies and workers meet up, that would be good enough.

   

TechCrunch has this post The Job Board Bubble about the growing ease in starting a niche job board.

   

If the only way to use the service is to charge for ads I should be able to find a way to donate the money to local nonprofits that help train the un/underemployed or put computers in schools.

   

I have a few domain names I have acquired in the past year so setting up a site separate from this should be easy to do. I had thought about adding it on here but I think it makes more sense to have a separate site.

   

As you are reading and have an idea on how I could do something like this, or if it is needed in the Twin Cities tech market, send me an email paul@mnheadhunter.com.


Minnesota Morning

I have received a few messages this week wondering where I have been. Why there have been no blogs posts the past couple of weeks.

   

Over the past couple of years my father has been having some health issues and in recent weeks they had become quite serious. Two weeks ago a decision was made that the high risk of doing heart surgery was now outweighed by his long-term prognosis.

   

He made it through surgery but we are having some complications and his stay is being extended.

   

I have been able to keep a shortened business day but not any time for blogging or other activities. I will have a few updates today and again over the weekend but it may be a little quiet here for the next week or so.

   

For those who already knew what was going on I greatly appreciate the email and phone calls with your encouraging words.


IT Volunteer Opportunities And Jobs With NonProfits

The following new volunteer opportunities and technology jobs have been added on the MN Headhunter Volunteer Page:

   

Technical Volunteer – Volunteer

PC Geek – Volunteer

IT/Computer Support Technician – Volunteer

Applications Analyst – Full Time Job

Schedule/Security Analyst – Full Time Job

Database Developer – Part Time Contractor

Forms Administrator – Full Time Job

Applications Analyst I – Full Time Job

   

   

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Rocky Mountain News: Tim Brewster Expected To Be Announced Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Coach

I know I promised that I would refrain from posting any more Gopher football content here on the business blog but this may be the finale to a 16-day saga following the firing of Coach Glen Mason.

   

Go to my new blog Gopher The Roses, www.gopherfootballblog.com, for the link to the news story.

   

A reminder that all of the Gopher Football blog posts here on MN Headhunter have been moved over there with new content added frequently.

   

Go Gophers


Find Your Next Recruiting Job Here

The following new Recruiting Gigs have been added on the MN Headhunter Recruiting Gigs Page:

   

Staffing Manager – kp companies

Manager, Campus Recruiting – KPMG

Recruiter/Sr. Recruiter, Graco Inc

   

   

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If you are using a RSS Feed click Recruiting Gigs.


IT Volunteer Opportunities And Jobs With NonProfits

The following new volunteer opportunities and technology jobs have been added on the MN Headhunter Volunteer Page:

   

Web Development – Volunteer

Computer Tutor – Volunteer

Applications Analyst – Full Time Job

Applications Trainer – Full Time Job

Network Specialist – Full Time Job

Manager of Operations and Technical Support – Full Time Job   

   

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Announcing New Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Blog

The past week I have been working on Gopher The Roses, www.gopherfootballblog.com. All of the posts here have been migrated over there.

   

So for my friends who are reading MN Headhunter for business news, job search tips, ideas on recruiting, etc you will no longer have to scroll down past posts or read feeds that you have no interest in.

   

However, if you are interested in the Gopher football posts you find more in depth information than I did here. There is a RSS feed set up too.

   

Go Gophers


IT Jobs With NonProfits

The following new technology jobs have been added on the MN Headhunter Volunteer Page:

   

IT Manager

Report Writer (Business Intelligence)

IT Coordinator

Associate Director of Client Services

   

   

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Minnesota Morning

Happy New Year!!! In the Upper Midwest we had been dreaming of a White Christmas and instead received a New Year’s Eve snowstorm. Now with temps in the 30’s snowmen named Frosty all over the metro area are slowly dripping away.

   

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know by now my love (and the insanity) for Gopher football and college football in general. To my tech and recruiting friends here and around the country you saw quite a few posts since the Gopher debacle against Texas Tech last Friday and the firing of Glen Mason.

   

One would think that over the holiday weekend stats would go down but since Friday I have ahd 750+ visitors looking for Gopher football information.

   

You will see a couple of more posts on the program the next day or two but I did buy a new domain name last night and will be separating my passion for Gopher football from this blog. That will happen over the weekend.

   

I appreciate you hanging with me. For those on the RSS feed who are Gopher football fans I will have the new information for you on Friday.

   

For the most part I am back to regularly scheduled programming this afternoon.

   

Best wishes to you and yours in ’07.


Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Coach Search And Possible Candidates

On January 7, 2007 I created a blog specifically for Minnesota Golden Gopher football called Gopher The Roses, www.gopherfootballblog.com. There you will find all of the posts from this site and more in depth coverage on all things Gopher football than I was able to do here on the business blog.

   

Link for Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Coach Search And Possible Candidates

Link for Minnesota Golden Gophers 41 and Texas Red Raiders 44, Review

Link for Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Coach Glen Mason Has Been Fired

Link for my reaction after the game Fire Coach Glen Mason?

Link for Minnesota Golden Gophers And Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview

 

   

Original Post:

As I write this a little after midnight on January 2nd and around 31 hours since the official announcement by Athletic Director Joel Maturi of the firing, I think the politically correct term may be dismissal, there have already been a number of names tossed out as potential candidates to replace former head coach Glen Mason.

   

As this process moves along I will continue to update the list. Some of these names are in my opinion not at all possible for the university and/or the coach but here goes and in no particular order:

   

-Tony Dungy. A former Gopher player. Why on earth would he leave the Colts?

-Lou Holtz. Coached here for two years between Arkansas and Notre Dame. Has sworn he has retired.

-Mike Grant. Some of Bud Grant. A local high school coach with a top program in the state.

-Marc Trestman. I lost track of where he is now. A MN native. 17+ years in the NFL.

-Dan McCarney. Recent Iowa State head coach.

-Craig Bohl. North Dakota State Head Coach. Division I-AA. Great coach. Good recruiter.

-Frank Solich. Ohio University Head Coach. Former Nebraska coach.

-Skip Holtz. East Carolina Head Coach. Lou's son.

-Joe Glynn. Wyoming Head Coach.

-Mitch Browning. Was the recent Gopher Offensive Coordinator.

-DeWayne Walker. UCLA Defensive Coordinator. A former Gopher Cornerback in the early 80's.

-Paul Chryst. Wisconsin Offensive Coordinator. Would have connections to A.D. Joel Maturi.

-Mike Tice. Former Vikings Head Coach and current Assistant Coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

-Mike Price. UTEP Head Coach.

Updated January 2nd, 5:30 pm:

Take Tony Dungy off the list, Dungy passes on college job, assistant talking to Ariz..

   

Updated January 2nd, 4:00 pm:

I am not a listener of talk radio but this afternoon I tuned in to KFAN, a popular Minnesota sports talk radio station, and caught the last part of an interview with Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi.

   

From what I heard:

-Search firms have been spoken with but no group has been retained yet.

-This could be a quick search and plans to have a coach hired in 3-4 weeks. (That does not seem quick to me.)

-He has not met with Glen Mason, their conversation was over the phone.