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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | July 24, 2008 - July 23, 2008 (last one first, links added):

July 24, 2008

  • Hoping @marenhogan and @recruitingblogs are having a beer for me. I am out.
  • Many thanks to John Sumser for inviting everyone to dinner this evening. Much appreciated.
  • My mind and body have given out. 5.5 hours to wake up. 8 hours 20 minutes to event. All systems go.
  • Minnesota Recruiters: For Twitter tomorrow, #mnrecruiters
  • Mom is town for a few days and attending our event tomorrow. Recruiter friends can blame her for anything I have done.
  • 22 hours and 55 minutes to Minneapolis Recruiting Roadshow. Yes I am counting down. More updates will be found @mnrecruiters

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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | July 22, 2008 - July 21, 2008 (last one first, links added):

July 22, 2008

  • Checking out for the night and praying, "please mind shut up. turn off" I need some sleep.
  • Had a great breakfast this morning (that turned into a great 3 hour chat) with Claudia Faust and Alise Cortez of www.improvedexperience.com
  • @NicoleBodem Wake up, yeah your funny. 7 am I was up.
  • 72 hours (and 17 minutes) to the Minneapolis Recruiting Roadshow

July 21, 2008


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | July 20, 2008 - July 18, 2008 (last one first, links added):

July 20, 2008

  • @myklroventine A&W, you saying that brings back the kid in me. Fond memories.
  • MN Headhunter blog: June 2008 Minnesota Jobs Report

July 19, 2008

  • Minnesota Twins: Umm, last I saw Texas 2, Twins 1 early in the game. Now top 8th, 14-2 Minnesota. I missed a TD and 2 FG's. (crap)

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June 2008 Minnesota Jobs Report

No doubt the Minnesota jobs reports have not been outstanding but since the -10,000 in April '08 that was all over the print and TV news I have not seen much written about the +5,000 gained since then.

Frequent visitors are not surprised to see me say something like this, bad news is news and good news is not news. Some balance would be nice.

What I mean is, when the April report came out one might have thought the sky was falling. They did not mention with the late winter and spring employers had not yet started to hire for the season. They (most) did not mention that the biggest loss of jobs was for those under 25.

Does it suck to be under 25 and without a job? Of course. But looking at things in a macro view it needs to be taken in context.

Also, only a couple of national stories mentioned the higher minimum wage. I do wonder how much that plays a part in this. Surely some small employers are doing more with fewer workers. (This is not a political statement for against but it in some small part it has to be cause/effect)

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Backup Your LinkedIn Profile NOW

This may be my shortest post ever. Rather than repeat what Jason Alba posted at JibberJobber just go over there, LinkedIn Maintenance: Do This Right Now (or else?)

It has been 2 years or so since the last time I downloaded my contacts and back then I do not remember being able to do the same for my profile.

While there, be sure to check out his two books and related sites (Disclaimer: I get nothing for the referral):

I’m On LinkedIn – Now What???

I’m On Facebook – Now What???


Illegal Job Interview Questions and How to Handle Them

Guest post from Communicating Your Way to Success

Interviewers and interviewees alike are often unaware that certain questions asked during a job interview are considered illegal questions. Now by "illegal", it doesn't mean that someone will get arrested for asking such a question, but it does mean that the interviewee is not required to answer it to be considered for the job. The reason why these questions are considered illegal is to protect candidates from being discriminated against when applying for a job. These questions were made illegal as part of the Americans with Disability Act. In this article, we'll cover what the illegal questions are, why they're asked and how to respond.

Illegal questions can be worded hundreds of ways but here are some general guidelines for determining whether a question is considered illegal. Questions about age, race, religion and sexual orientation are considered illegal. Questions about your family life such as whether you're married, have kids or are in a relationship are also considered illegal. Additionally, questions about political beliefs and affiliations, country of origin and US citizenship are considered illegal. A good rule of thumb is that any question of a personal nature which is unrelated to the position you're interviewing for could be illegal.

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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | July 17, 2008 - July 16, 2008 (last one first, links added):

July 17, 2008

  • Preparing to work through the weekend. Final touches on event next week. Friends for the Aquatennial fireworks. Then one big exhale. 8 days
  • @marenhogan I have never had someone make a video in relation to something I have done. Cool.
  • Missed the MIMA event last night and watching the Twitter conversations since shows me that I missed out on a good evening

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Carlson Companies, UnitedHealth Group And Northwest Airlines Layoffs | Why I Did Not Break The News

I would never consider writing this post but a local business reporter sent me an email this morning and it caused the following reaction, “are you kidding me?”

There are a few things in the email I take issue with but here is the quote that has me a little bent out of shape:

“Paul, I hear you had information prior to official announcements about the layoffs. You blew your chance to break news. What kind of a blogger are you?”

If you are thinking to yourself that maybe this person is joking they are not. There are lots of juicy quotes in the email.

So let me answer the question, yes in all three cases I was aware well in advance of official announcements.

A disclaimer, in not one instance did a recruiter or HR professional confirm what I was asking but their “I don’t know” or “I can’t say” replies were some form of confirmation by tone of voice or a short but odd silence.

There were other signs too. More frequent resumes posted on job boards from the companies. My blog statistics were showing more frequent referrals from those domains.

So when I started asking questions I only needed some indirect confirmation. Then I was getting employees who were doing active job searches saying they heard what was about to happen.

My first message on Twitter (and messages are reposted on this blog) was:

Daily Twitter Notes June 16, 2008

  • MN layoffs: Receiving inquiries, seeing trends on Monster, hearing rumors. Might see multiple stories before end of the month/2nd quarter

The second:

Daily Twitter Notes June 18, 2008

  • Carlson Companies: I have been sitting on this for 2 weeks. Hear that major force reduction has been announced. Anyone know anything?

And the third:

Daily Twitter Notes June 24, 2008

  • Carlson Companies to layoff 200. Thank you to my Twitter friend for confirming the rumor I had been hearing for almost 3 weeks now.

During this time I had passed on the Carlson Companies information to a business reporter who also was not able to get confirmation.

So why did I not run with it?

I was not sure I had the numbers correct. For Carlson Companies, it was correct. For UnitedHealth Group I incorrectly had more and Northwest Airlines I incorrectly had less.

I have friends that work at all three companies and family at one. It did not feel right to me that I would be posting information that would impact them before hearing about it from their employer. I had been asking them though if they knew and they had not.

I do little “breaking news” because that is not my day job, being a reporter. I do not do investigative journalism. Surely I check facts, source, etc but again I am an IT Recruiter and a blogger not a journalist.

So back to the business reporter. Rather than hack on me for not “breaking news” maybe you should look at yourself and your own newsroom.

How did some blogger dude know this stuff and you professional types did not?

Oh, and the next time I write about something and you or one of your colleagues see it here, write about it there, and do not cite the source (being me) maybe I will do a nice article on your “research” skills.


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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | July 15, 2008 - July 14, 2008 (last one first, links added):

July 15, 2008

July 14, 2008

  • Justin Morneau sort of gets lucky to win Home Run Derby. Best part had to be being interviewed by Erin Andrews.
  • Jesse Ventura not running. Thank goodness. There is enough drama in the world.
  • Minnesota Recruiters newsletter and July 25th event info posted. 1st round of invites sent out. 71/250 registered. More follow @mnrecruiters
  • @bcollinsmn State of Minnesota not knowing. Comforting. Not. Maybe you should try and get a paycheck and if you do, write a story about it.
  • Baggy shorts, another stupid fashion trend much like @erich_hanson frustration with men in capris
  • Dudes jump out of car. Chopper following one guy whose shorts keep falling down. Little dog starts chasing him. This dude is not in shape.
  • Car chase in L.A. I like a good high speed chase for my morning entertainment. I called my buddy and jokingly asked him to please pull over
  • @CamGross That is my concern. Jesse as a Governor and personality was tolerable. Jesse of late (for me) is not.
  • Billy Packer: Long time CBS college hoops announcer to be replaced. 34 straight Final Four's. He must have angered someone.
  • Miss Universe Pageant: 2 years in a row the Miss USA candidate takes a tumble. Jerry Springer was the host. Seriously, I would not lie.