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Waiting Room

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: Entervista Free Video Job Interviews

As I write this, I am waiting on my interviewer. It´s for a Junior Consultant position in an Atlanta-based management consultancy firm. It was last Wednesday when I got the call.  Was happy to know that I had made the firm´s callback list. After I hung up, I went over my most ingenious remarks of the first interview and congratulated myself. But back to reality. The appointment was at 12.00 and it is now 12.15.  Where the hell is Mr. Clarke?

I am sitting in a beautifully decorated meeting room.  By the window of the impressive modern building, overlooking the busiest part of town, I see the books that made the founders of the firm famous for their innovative approach to strategy execution.  I do not see the latest title by the authors, the one I tried to find at my local bookshop and had been ordered but not delivered yet.  No use worrying about it now.

Through half-open sliding doors I see a second meeting room, this one slightly more informal, with a writing board, hanging maps and several grey leather chairs. I imagine they use this one for internal meetings, while they meet with clients in this one.
On the glass table in front of me is a plate full of candy and sweets. They look great. Soft, would not be hard to chew and could be swallowed fast. Gosh I´m hungry. I overslept and had to skip breakfast. Had a mint though. A sophisticated telephone for conference calling is also at the table. It is aerodynamic and shaped like a boomerang. What were those designers thinking?

What looks like an expresso coffee machine sits at a corner table. Someone is outside the room, Mr Clarke? My heart races and I raise from the chair. I see someone go by. He doesn´t look like Mr. Clarke, although I´ve never met him.  I strain to hear the secretary talking on the phone. She informs Mr. Clarke that I am waiting for him. She listens and understands the situation. She will let me know.  She laughs a little (a little cynicism?) and goes on to make a second call. She follows his instructions and postpones Mr. Clarke´s appointment with the person on the other end of the receiver (my competitor?) until 1. 15. 

It is now 12.30. Assuming another 15 minutes of delay, my interview could only last half an hour. I don´t like this one bit. I know what´s coming.  Susan comes in the room and is sorry to let me know that Mr. Clarke will take a few more minutes to arrive, as he is held up in a meeting with a client. She looks and sounds sincere and I believe her. She offers me something to drink, but I have a knot in my stomach.  She is back on the phone – arrangements concerning a flight to London.

I have now been waiting for 50 minutes, counting the 10 for arriving early. I secretly curse at the widespread advice about arriving on time to interviews and –even better- a few minutes early. The sweets look great. Someone whistles. Mr Clarke? I don´t think that´s his style. I feel watched.

There is a video recording device hanging from the roof and facing me.  I don´t think anyone is watching my movements. Can it read small print?  I push this thought away as it makes me even more nervous.  My handshake will be firm, but not too strong. I will introduce myself and thank the interviewer for his time.  No, of course I didn´t mind the wait. I won´t ask him why it´s taken a month for them to call back after the first interview, although I wonder.

I will cut the description of my work experience to 3 minutes. The sales and marketing experience is not too relevant, but I will mention the government work as government agencies are big clients of theirs. I hear footsteps and my heart beats faster again.. Someone coughs. I believe my background in tax administration is ideal for consulting as it has furnished me with powerful analytical skills and an understanding of business accounting practices and deals. Oh my God here he is.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.


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 | October 27, 2008 - October 25, 2008 (last one first, links added):

October 27, 2008

  • Social Media Breakfast Mpls/St Paul this Friday at Deluxe Corp HQ's. More info www.smbmsp.ning.com to register www.smbmsp8.eventbrite.com
  • New home sales: +2.7% in Sept. Median price $218K down 9% from '07. Inventory 10.4 months in Sept from 11.4 in Aug.
  • University of Minnesota Homecoming 2008 info: http://www.homecoming.umn.edu/?id=6247
  • BCS Poll has Minnesota Golden Gophers up to #17. (not sure how I forgot to mention this last night)

October 26, 2008

  • Humor needed? Check out @PowerBaby mmm...spaghetti... http://tinyurl.com/5tgo3w
  • ReTweet @Gophers: Minnesota Golden Gophers #20 in all polls (starting to sing The Rouser now)
  • Watching McCain on Meet The Press. Must be difficult a week or so away from election day and seeing a defeat on the horizon.
  • Uh Oh part 2. Ground now covered with snow. Weather forecast was WRONG and I was a fool to believe
  • Uh Oh. Snow coming down faster. Visibility down to .5 mile. Better pack and go quickly
  • Snow flurries in west central Minnesota this morning. Wind are 20-40 MPH. Thankfully will be a tailwind on the drive to MPLS

October 25, 2008

  • @dbrauer Gophers strength of schedule is #50 in the country, #18 of top 40 ranked teams, and better than 11 of the top 25
  • @dbrauer Missed your Tweet from 3 hours ago on Gophers. The O lIne is young, inexperienced, hurt. If they progress enough the O will be OK
  • M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A ..Minnesota...Minnesota...yyyeeAAHHHHHHHH...GOPHERS!!! (was visiting with my Dad and away from the laptop) 7-1 YEAH BABY!!
  • @GraemeThickins I am in the comfort of my Mom's living room in West Central MN. Travelling to Madison and Big XII Championship
  • Let's Go Gophers. Moving on over to @gophers for the game

It's Your Life: It's Your Choice

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: Philip Aust

I was sitting in a teacher’s assistant training session years ago, and the director of the training, a long-time tenured professor, posed a question, seemingly on impulse, that got everyone in the room thinking. His question was: Ultimately, what is your job as a teacher? After several responses from my peers, I tried my hand. My answer?

My job is to equip others with the ability to make better choices.

(The fact that I knew this caused his mouth to drop wide-open.) To this day, I am more convinced than ever that helping others make better choices is a primary hallmark of the exceptional educator, the exceptional employee, and the exceptional leader. Interestingly, research has repeatedly confirmed this fact.

William Glasser’s work is worth noting along this line. Glasser, a noted-psychiatrist, lecturer, and widely-published author, contends that the quality of our lives are determined not by our circumstances, but by our choices. Specifically, the decisions we make regarding what we think and how we act dictate our feelings and make-up: to put it succinctly, our world.

In brief, it doesn’t pay to blame any thing or any one else for your state in life. You are the captain of your own ship. You decide what to think. You decide how to act. You decide your journey.

Why address this now? Because it’s easy to get lost in a riptide of bad economic news. These are uncertain times, and it’s easy to let the events define you. Instead, remember, you have the power to define the events. You have the ability to plot the course to your next port of call. When you take this mindset, you will make better choices, and you will provide an example worthy for others to follow.

About the Author:

Dr. Philip Aust is a professor at Kennesaw State University (KSU). He teaches Organizational Communication Audits, Leadership, Training and Development, and Research Methods in the Department of Communication at KSU.

Dr. Aust regularly conducts communication consultations for profit and non-profit Atlanta-based companies. He has worked with over 25 companies in the last three years.

Email Philip: philipaustpr@searchlogixgroup.com

 
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.


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 | October 24, 2008 - October 18, 2008 (last one first, links added):

October 24, 2008

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Paul DeBettignies In The New York Times And Business Journal

OK, it feels really weird to write my name in a blog post. Usually I say “MN Headhunter” but neither of the articles have anything to do with this blog.

The New York Times article from September 28, 2008, Turning to the TV for Explanations and Answers, is the first time in the paper and the second time on their web site. The first was in this blog post August 17, 2006 Northwest Workers May Strike, Judge Says.

The newspaper article came about of my watching CNBC coverage of the credit crisis, fledgling economy and particularly how this would impact national, regional and local employment.

I was contacted by Brian Stelter of the New York Times after he did (of all things) a search on Twitter for CNBC. He came across my MNHeadhunter profile and my many, many Tweets (as they are called).

He was a cool guy. Had a nice chat. And three days later I am in the paper.

A few hours into the day and into the next days I had quite a few cool email including old friends I had not seen/heard from in years including a guy I sat near in home room in high school for four years who now lives in Tennessee.

Some day I will be able to tell my kids (need a girlfriend and then wife to make that happen) one day about how I was named in an article with:

Who knows if my then kids will find this cool but for a couple of days I did.

The second article was September 26th, 2008 in this Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article Sites: not just for personal connections anymore. The article is about how social networking sites are not just for social purposes but also a business tool.

I am including my quotes below because I am not sure how long this link will work:

Recruiters, too, are increasingly turning to social-networking sites to find job candidates, said Paul DeBettignies, managing partner at Nerd Search, a Minneapolis-based tech recruiting firm. And they’re not just looking at LinkedIn; Twitter — a “micro-blogging” tool that lets people dispatch 140-character messages or “tweets” that can be shared with fellow users — is especially popular in the tech crowd, and fertile ground for IT recruiters.

“The idea is you should probably go where your talent pool is,” DeBettignies said. “If you’re an IT person, you want to go on Twitter. If you’re in marketing, get on Facebook.”

About 85 percent of employers use Facebook to either find candidates or do quick background searches on prospective hires, DeBettignies said. The technique is especially popular with recruiters who are competing for strong intern candidates.

And:

“The hard sell is dead,” Boardman said. “It doesn’t work door-to-door, and it doesn’t work on social networks.”

That’s a rule followed by many savvy recruiters, DeBettignies said. “What some recruiters do is become a bull in a China shop and start spamming people. Then it’s like fishing — they all scatter and don’t come back for a while.”


Minnesota Recruiters 2008-2009 Job Market Survey Results

As posted on the Minnesota Recruiters group page October 21, 2008

After being a part of many national and local conversations regarding hiring, the economy, and the credit market crisis it seemed to be a good time for me to do a survey of the Minnesota Recruiters group.

The survey is unscientific but does give a good reading on what local corporate, search and consulting firm recruiters are experiencing and how they see the job market into 2009.

SurveyMonkey was used to collect responses. Approximately 1,150 received the survey link. Within a few percentage points the category of recruiter mirrors that of the email list. 338 started and 300 completed the survey between October 8-10, 2008:

Corporate Recruiter  42.90% 145
Search Firm Recruiter 29.30% 99
IT Consulting Firm Recruiter 14.20% 48
HR/Recruiter Consulting Firm Recruiter 13.60% 46

 

Items and thoughts to note:

  • Generally it appears that our area and companies are doing better in terms of hiring and optimism than other regions.
  • Generally speaking hiring cycles are becoming longer in terms of process, interviews, and back ground checks. Many times the word “deliberate” has been used to suggest companies are being very specific on who they hire.
  • Generally speaking most Recruiters say that even if not hiring in an area, if a very talented candidate contacted them there is a good chance they would be hired.
  • The Corporate Recruiters who did the survey like the Corporate Recruiters on the email list are 80% in a large company category. It does seem at this time larger companies are feeling the economic issues more than small and mid size companies.
  • There are signs from the survey and through conversations that small and mid size companies are continuing to hire at a slightly slower pace. Only a little slow down has been seen with small to mid size companies.
  • On a national level conversations are that one need to analyze regions and industries separately as there are many areas of strength and weakness in the economy.
  • On our local level this too is seen. Some industries are doing better than others. Saying that there is evidence that at the company level each situation is different. For example, one healthcare company is not hiring IT, Marketing or Recruiter staff but another company down the road is.

Suggestions for the next survey(s) of this kind have been to add:

  • Recruiter role as in VP, Manager, Recruiter, Sourcer
  • Add 2 categories “Not Hiring” “Staff Reductions”. While the number of those who would have used those terms in their answers for this survey is very small if we continue to see the job market deteriorate then they will be needed in future surveys

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions about the survey please send me an email:

Paul DeBettignies
Co-Founder and Coordinator
Minnesota Recruiters
paul@mnheadhunter.com

 

SURVEY QUESTIONS AND RESULTS

We hired/placed _____ than planned for the 3rd Quarter (July-September):

  Corporate
Recruiter
Search Firm Recruiter IT Consulting HR/Recruiter Consulting
significantly more 6.80% 1.20% 4.50% 2.60%
slightly more 18.90% 31.40% 18.20% 10.50%
the same 28.00% 23.30% 6.80% 28.90%
slightly fewer 22.70% 25.60% 40.90% 36.80%
significantly less 17.40% 15.10% 27.30% 21.10%
not sure 6.10% 3.50% 2.30% 0.00%

 

We plan to hire/place ___ in the 4th Quarter (October-December) compared to the 3rd Quarter:

  Corporate
Recruiter
Search Firm Recruiter IT Consulting HR/Recruiter Consulting
significantly more 10.60% 14.90% 20.50% 5.40%
slightly more 7.60% 27.60% 27.30% 29.70%
the same 30.30% 25.30% 27.30% 18.90%
slightly fewer 25.80% 19.50% 18.20% 27.00%
significantly less 22.00% 8.00% 6.80% 18.90%
not sure 3.80% 4.60% 0.00% 0.00%

 

I am ___ about the job market for the first half of 2009:

  Corporate
Recruiter
Search Firm Recruiter IT Consulting HR/Recruiter Consulting
Optimistic 20.60% 39.50% 25.00% 18.40%
Neutral 42.00% 30.20% 47.70% 34.20%
Pessimistic 25.20% 25.60% 20.50% 26.30%
Not Sure 12.20% 4.70% 6.80% 21.10%

 

I see the most job openings in:

Corporate
Recruiter
Search Firm Recruiter IT Consulting HR/Recruiter Consulting
Healthcare Engineering Web Developers HR Generalists
IT IT Java Recruiters (IT)
Sales Sales .Net  
Engineering Finance Open Source  
Senior Management   ERP Systems  

 

I see the fewest or no job openings in:

Corporate
Recruiter
Search Firm Recruiter IT Consulting HR/Recruiter Consulting
Marketing Manufacturing Project Managers Training
HR Accounting Business Analysts Recruiters
Senior Management HR    
Accounting Executive    
IT      


I am ___ about my job security:

  Corporate
Recruiter
Search Firm Recruiter IT Consulting HR/Recruiter Consulting
Optimistic 48.5% 64.40% 56.80% 39.50%
Neutral 32.6% 20.70% 27.30% 42.10%
Pessimistic 12.9% 9.20% 11.40% 5.30%
Not Sure 6.1% 5.70% 4.50% 13.20%

Stop Sending Cover Letters

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: Kevin Donlin

You can learn a lot about how to write a powerful cover letter, not by reading books on cover letters written by employment experts, but by reading your junk mail.

That's right: Start reading the sales letters you get in the mail if you want to write cover letters that produce job interviews.

That's because, as far as is known, nobody ever got rich writing books on cover letters.

But there are plenty of copywriters who earn more than $500,000 per year and $50,000 per letter.

They get this kind of money for writing sales letters that sell in the millions of dollars.

And, since your job search is ultimately a sales and marketing campaign, why not take your cover letter cues from the letters written by highly paid copywriters?
Here are four ways to do it ...

1) Begin with a Name
When's the last time you bought something from a sales letter that began, "Dear Occupant"?

I thought so.

Why not?

Because, if the writer doesn't even know your name, how are they going to understand your situation enough to deserve getting your hard-earned money?

Employers think the same way.

Why should they give you their money -- in the form of salary -- if you start your cover letter, "Dear Sir or Madam"?

So, it behooves you to start every cover letter with the name of the hiring authority. Make as many phone calls as it takes to find that person's name.

Here's a script to use when you call: "I'm writing a letter to the head of your Accounting/Customer Service/Warehousing Department. Could I have the correct spelling for that person's name please?"

2) Know Your Reader, Then Prove It
Your cover letter should show that you researched the employer. The more relevant, specific facts you can include in your letter, the better your odds that at least one of them will connect with the reader.

Every company hiring has problems to solve and opportunities to capitalize on.

Find them by asking the people you know personally and professionally. Good places to start are your email address book, followed by Linkedin.com. You can also try Facebook, MySpace and Zoominfo.com.

Google can provide a mountain of intelligence. Your main task will be to prioritize which facts to include and which to leave out of your cover letter.

In fact, if you don't have room for everything, that can be good!

In your cover letter, include two or three relevant bits of information from your research, then language to this effect: "There isn't room here to discuss all the ways I can contribute to ABC Corp., so please call me today to learn four more areas I can help you with, including the $750,000 opportunity mentioned in yesterday's New York Times."

3) Turn I, Me, My into You, You, You
Read any good sales letter and one of the most common words will always be YOU.

That's because good copywriters understand human nature, and how natural it is to be selfish. We care about ourselves first and foremost.

And, because hiring managers are human, they care more about themselves and their problems than about you and yours.

With that in mind, you can instantly improve any cover letters by making one, simple change: Turn all the mentions of "I, me, mine" into "you, You, YOU."

Example: Don't write, "I'm applying for a job where my skills will be rewarded with the opportunity for me to advance."
Blech.

Write this: "You will benefit from my 11 years of accounting experience, which will help make a rapid contribution for your clients and your bottom line."

4) End with a Call for Action
The best sales letters don't just peter out with language like, "Please drop us a line if you like our product."
Instead, they ask for specific action, NOW.

Here's the closing from a letter selling mini-trampolines (I bought one, by the way): "Seeing is believing, so send for your Tramp-o-matic 3000 today."

And here's one from a letter selling business book summaries (I bought this one, too): "One quick toll-free phone call -- 1-800-123.4567 -- or an online click to www.abc.net -- and we'll get your first two summaries off to you, plus your eight bonus summaries."

Need more ideas?

Here's a closing you can adapt to your needs: "Please call me today at 555-1212 and I'll tell you  how the same sales skills that helped me produce $235,890 in revenue last quarter can quickly boost profits for you."

Or this: "Please call me today at 555-1212 and I'll explain how the same accounting skills that helped me save $35,950 in taxes last quarter can increase profits for you."

So, stop sending cover letters to employers, and start sending sales letters instead.

When you do, you can't help but sell more of them on the idea of hiring you.

 

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.


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 | October 17, 2008 - October 14, 2008 (last one first, links added):

October 17, 2008

  • Yahoo! HotJobs: 7 Tips for Negotiating Your Salary in a Troubled Economy
  • JibberJobber: 7 Tips To Manage and Organize A Job Search
  • Business Pundit: Small Business Fights to Stay Alive with Decreased Availability to Credit
  • Bob Sutton Work Matters: Layoffs and Creativity: Are You Expelling the Innovators?
  • Forbes.com: How To Keep Morale High When Business Is Down
  • Jeff Dubay of KFAN possible correction: may have been a Sudafed thing "Methamphetamine Precursor Drugs"
  • Jeff Dubay of KFAN was arrested Wednesday and released today on a charge possessing more than 6 grams of controlled substance, Meth
  • I woke from my nap to a nightmare. Larry King had a panel and there was MN Rep Michele Bachmann and her big grin. Like the Joker. Scared me
  • Job Search tip 5: Hard to say this but in this market it is not what you want but what problem can you fix. How you can better the company
  • Job search tip #4: Finding a job is a job. Takes work. Can/does suck to do. Make a plan. Track calls, email, resumes sent and to whom.
  • Job search tip #3: Because XYZ Company laid off accountants (as an example) does not mean everyone is. Each company is a different situation
  • Job search tip #2: Always assume company is hiring until they say no. Jobs not being posted does not mean they do not exist \
  • Job search tip #1: If you have increased revenue or cut costs promote that aggressively
  • Jobs, MN good news. Have heard many small and mid size companies are or will be adding jobs. Some big companies picking up available talent
  • Jobs, not as bad news: MN -2300 in Sept. Less than expected. Unemployment rate down to 5.9% from 6.2% Fin Serv +2200 & Information Serv +600
  • Jobs, bad news: Layoff announcements starting to come in from around the country not just banks. CFO Magazine survey says 56% to do layoffs
  • A good presentation and great response from IIBA last night. Did not use suck as much as usual. I was nervous with a crowd unfamiliar to me

October 16, 2008

  • Google: earning beat expectations!!!
  • Wondering if Joe the Plumber has been approached by investors to create a plumbing franchise.
  • More info on IIBA event, www.iiba-msp.org and SafeNet Consulting www.safenetconsulting.com
  • LinkedIn presentation for IIBA at SafeNet Consulting tonight is done. Until I change it. Again. I hear 115+ attendees expected.
  • Economy good news: Consumer Price Index for Sept is flat. Inflation mellowing. Weekly job claims drop 16,000 to 461,000

October 15, 2008

  • 2012 unity ticket: Joe Six Pack and Joe the Plumber
  • Keith Olbermann: If the Democrats have the White House and Capitol Hill will he be out of a job? Who will he hammer on night after night?
  • #debate08 My lean and likely vote: unfortunately another election where I vote not for one but believe the other would do worse job
  • #debate08 13 Undecideds: All but 1 leaning and do not see it changing. 8 Obama | 4 McCain | 1 wants to move to France for real Socialism
  • #debate08 4 Questions since I missed it: Anything new? Any real answers on economy? Anyone change their vote? Did it suck like the others?
  • #debate08 Breaking my silence but only to say I hung out with my grandma rather than seeing/hearing the debate and feel awesome about it
  • SEO guru in the HR/Recruiter space @NicoleBodem is celebrating her first day on the job at Arbita www.arbita.net
  • Sorry, should have posted this October Beige Book link
  • More Beige Book: MPLS district 24% percent expect to hire Q4, 23% expect to decrease staff. Consistent with Minnesota Recruiters survey
  • Economy: Fed Res releases October Beige Book. Not all bad. Could be worse. Reads and feels like 2001. Skilled labor shortages in some areas
  • @txaggie94 No blame. Giving credit and responsibility to the person who deserves it. Old? Not you. And the college kids call me "fossil"
  • Happy Birthday @txaggie94 You can thank and/or blame Katie for introducing me to Twitter

October 14, 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 | October 13, 2008 - October 11, 2008 (last one first, links added):

October 13, 2008

October 12, 2008

  • 77 in MPLS. Surely there is a cold front coming our way. This cannot last. And when it ends, that will suck.

October 11, 2008

  • Feeling no pity for Wisconsin Badgers fans as they get a butt whooping from Penn State. They are getting restless, www.firebretbielema.com
  • @RecruitingGuy My head hurts. I screamed so loud dude 4 doors down ran into the courtyard to see what was wrong. Saw my shirt & gave a Hi 5
  • Sorry, I know I promised to keep my Gopher Tweets to @gophers and I did a good job. But last year sucked so bad that this is a huge release!
  • Gophers win!!! Are 6-1 and bowl eligible. Congrats Coach Brewster and players. For all the haters from last year SCREW YOU!!! YEAH BABY!!!
  • G O P H E R S W I N !!!!! G O P H E R S W I N !!!!! G O P H E R S W I N !!!!! G O P H E R S W I N !!!!!
  • RT @MNRecruiters Thank you to 300+ MNRecruiters for answering survey. Results Monday. Preview: News very mixed not as bad as one might think
  • Gophers "D" holds Illinois on 3rd and 4th and inches from getting a TD. 14-6 Minnesota. Start of the 4th Quarter
  • Halftime with @gophers: Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 & Illinois Fighting Illini 3 Go Gophers!!!
  • BEAUTIFUL day in the MPLS. Gophers on ESPN. Tonight LSU/Florida. This is going to be a good day.