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In Minneapolis And Need Some Computer Parts Or Computer Repair? Go To General NanoSystems

I have a 2 year old laptop which for me is still new (except for a few worn keys) but in the laptop world I am already outdated. Before this laptop I was still running Windows 98. Yeah I said it, until 2007 I was running Windows 98.

I know, I know what was I thinking but for how I use technology that was good enough for me. I need access to the following and I am happy:

  • Email
  • Internet
  • Candidate/client database

I am not a gamer. I do not use a bunch of applications. I rarely have more than 5 windows open at a time.

My computer use is a little boring.

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3 FREE Online Seminars: Job Search Tool Kit – April 28th | LinkedIn A-Z April 29th | Social Media April 30th

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Check this out, I am posting seminars a week in advance!!!

While Be Your Own Headhunter is under going a facelift this is how too stay in touch with upcoming seminars:

All presentations are 60 minutes with a Q&A that follows.

If you are a Twitter user and would like to provide immediate feedback during a presentation add #BYOH to your comments and suggestions. I will follow up with you on Twitter after the presentation.

April 28th, 1 PM CDT

Job Search Toolkit - Be Your Own Headhunter

This is for those in a job search or those thinking either by choice or force they will be doing one soon. Topics to be covered include:

  • To plan your job search
  • How to market yourself
  • Ways to ask for referrals and advice
  • Where to find the hidden job market
  • Where to research companies
  • How to find contact names and email addresses
  • Tips on using email and phone for contacting and follow up

To register click Job Search Toolkit - Be Your Own Headhunter

April 29th, 1 PM CDT

LinkedIn A to Z - Use LinkedIn Like A Headhunter

Whether you are using LinkedIn as a job seeker, recruiter, sales person or for general networking purposes this presentation will show you how to:

  • Create and optimize your profile
  • Create your personal URL
  • Connect with and expand your network
  • Find and participate in groups
  • Research companies
  • Use Google to see all of LinkedIn, not just your 3 degrees
  • Write and ask for recommendations
  • Participate in Questions and Answers
  • Search for names using keywords, title, company, skill set and location
  • Avoid pitfalls

To register click LinkedIn A to Z - Use LinkedIn Like A Headhunter

April 30th, 1 PM CDT

Using Social Media For Networking, Lead Generation And Job Search

For those of us who write a blog and/or have profiles on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Ning groups we often use these site to communicate with friends, coworkers and family but until recently very few thought of them as opportunities to network, for lead generation, find jobs and consulting opportunities.

I will walk through the use of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Ning groups showing ways one can:

  • Optimize profiles with keywords, locations, etc
  • Use the site to search others
  • Join and create groups
  • Overtly and covertly say you are networking, looking for customers, jobs or consulting gigs
  • Show what you are working on and prove expertise
  • Engage in a regional, local and industry conversation
  • Connect and network prior to and after industry events

To register click Using Social Media For Networking, Lead Generation And Job Search


3 FREE Online Seminars: Job Search Tool Kit – April 21st | LinkedIn A-Z April 22nd | Social Media April 23rd

The Be Your Own Headhunter site is going through a make over (changing from TypePad to WordPress) so for the next couple of weeks I will be promoting the seminar schedule here on MN Headhunter.

I should have posted this schedule a couple of days ago so if you are unable to attend but would like the presentation slides register and you will receive them via email.

I do not yet have the schedule for next week so stop by again or add yourself to one of the following:

All presentations are 60 minutes with a Q&A that follows.

If you are a Twitter user and would like to provide immediate feedback during a presentation add #BYOH to your comments and suggestions. I will follow up with you on Twitter after the presentation.

April 21st, 1 PM CDT

Job Search Toolkit - Be Your Own Headhunter

This is for those in a job search or those thinking either by choice or force they will be doing one soon. Topics to be covered include:

  • To plan your job search
  • How to market yourself
  • Ways to ask for referrals and advice
  • Where to find the hidden job market
  • Where to research companies
  • How to find contact names and email addresses
  • Tips on using email and phone for contacting and follow up

To register click Job Search Toolkit - Be Your Own Headhunter

April 22nd, 1 PM CDT

LinkedIn A to Z - Use LinkedIn Like A Headhunter

Whether you are using LinkedIn as a job seeker, recruiter, sales person or for general networking purposes this presentation will show you how to:

  • Create and optimize your profile
  • Create your personal URL
  • Connect with and expand your network
  • Find and participate in groups
  • Research companies
  • Use Google to see all of LinkedIn, not just your 3 degrees
  • Write and ask for recommendations
  • Participate in Questions and Answers
  • Search for names using keywords, title, company, skill set and location
  • Avoid pitfalls

To register click LinkedIn A to Z - Use LinkedIn Like A Headhunter

April 23rd, 1 PM CDT

Using Social Media For Networking, Lead Generation And Job Search

For those of us who write a blog and/or have profiles on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Ning groups we often use these site to communicate with friends, coworkers and family but until recently very few thought of them as opportunities to network, for lead generation, find jobs and consulting opportunities.

I will walk through the use of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Ning groups showing ways one can:

  • Optimize profiles with keywords, locations, etc
  • Use the site to search others
  • Join and create groups
  • Overtly and covertly say you are networking, looking for customers, jobs or consulting gigs
  • Show what you are working on and prove expertise
  • Engage in a regional, local and industry conversation
  • Connect and network prior to and after industry events

To register click Using Social Media For Networking, Lead Generation And Job Search


19 Minnesota Companies In The Fortune 500 | 32 In the Fortune 1000

The Fortune 500 has been released with little change in the list of companies from Minnesota. With mergers Northwest Airlines and Travelers are out. Added in 2009 is Michaels Foods.

Most of the Minnesota companies moved up quite a few spots from their 2008 rankings.

Here are a couple of rankings from last year:

Here are the companies in the Fortune 500 list from Minnesota:

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Paul DeBettignies To Present At The Minnesota Chapter Of The Project Management Institute Job Fair

April 20th, 2009 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute will be hosting a job fair for Project Managers and Business Analysts.

So far 20 companies are participating in the job fair.

This is an awesome opportunity to be proactive with your networking in meeting with Recruiters and should you be in a job search clearly this is an event to attend.

During the job fair I will be doing two mini presentations on doing an effective job search.

For more information on the PMI job fair (and the dinner meeting that follows) click 2009 Project Management Institute Minnesota Chapter Job Fair.


2 FREE Online Seminars: Job Search Tool Kit – April 16th | LinkedIn A-Z April 17th

Be Your Own Headhunter logo small

The Be Your Own Headhunter site is going through a make over (changing from TypePad to WordPress) so for the next couple of weeks I will be promoting the seminar schedule here on MN Headhunter.

I know this is short notice but I created some room in my schedule to do a couple of online seminars this week. If you are unable to attend but would like the presentation slides and “cheat sheet” register and you will receive them via email.

I do not yet have the schedule for next week so stop by again or add yourself to one of the following:


April 16th, 1 PM CDT

Job Search Toolkit - Be Your Own Headhunter

This is for those in a job search or those thinking either by choice or force they will be doing one soon. Topics to be covered include:

  • To plan your job search
  • How to market yourself
  • Ways to ask for referrals and advice
  • Where to find the hidden job market
  • Where to research companies
  • How to find contact names and email addresses
  • Tips on using email and phone for contacting and follow up

To register click Job Search Toolkit - Be Your Own Headhunter


April 17th, 1 PM CDT

LinkedIn A to Z - Use LinkedIn Like A Headhunter

Whether you are using LinkedIn as a job seeker, recruiter, sales person or for general networking purposes this presentation will show you to:

  • Create and optimize your profile
  • Create your personal URL
  • Connect with and expand your network
  • Find and participate in groups
  • Research companies
  • Use Google to see all of LinkedIn, not just your 3 degrees
  • Write and ask for recommendations
  • Participate in Questions and Answers
  • Search for names using keywords, title, company, skill set and location
  • Avoid pitfalls

To register click LinkedIn A to Z - Use LinkedIn Like A Headhunter


Paul DeBettignies A Panelist For Minnesota PRSA Event

Thursday April 16th, 2009 I will be part of a two person panel for a Core Training class for the Public Relations Society of America - Minnesota or MNPRSA.

MNPRSA 

Information on the event from the MNPRSA web site:

Career and Building a Personal Brand

Guest Panelists:

  • Mary Kloehn, Managing Partner, Navigate Forward
  • Paul DeBettignies, Recruiter, Blogger, Founder of BeYourOwnHeadhunter.com

As a public relations professional, you’re likely an expert at building and managing brands for clients and companies—but what about developing your personal brand?

Join distinguished leadership and executive transition consultant Mary Kloehn, and social media maven and recruiter Paul DeBettignies as they talk about building and using personal brands online and off. As a consultant, Mary Kloehn draws from human resource and business leadership perspectives to package and present a personal brand. Paul DeBettignies brings a recruiter’s point of view, offering advice for using social media to enhance a personal brand and secure the perfect job.

Take away best practices for building your personal brand and using it to make your mark in your current position, while on the job hunt or when making a career transition. After all, your personal brand is what sets you apart from the rest.

Click Career and Building a Personal Brand for the registration page

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Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Announces 2009 40 Under Forty

This is the 16th year the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has recognized leaders in our area based on professional achievement and community service.

Below is the list of honorees with links to their bio page or click Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s 2009 40 Under Forty for the main list.

Here is a link to past honorees 40 Under Forty Alumni.

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Target Corporation To Keep Headquarters in Downtown Minneapolis

Did you hear that giant “whooshing” sound Thursday? That was a massive sigh of relief as Target Corporation announced that it would be keeping it’s headquarters in City Center (a big deal) and not moving them completely to Brooklyn Park (a really big deal).

Since the layoffs in January there has been noticeably less foot traffic in the skyways and streets in the immediate downtown area. As the economy comes back hopefully more jobs are added in the Downtown Minneapolis location.

Links to read more:


Rant About “Experts” And “Gurus” Slinging Bull Shit

I have an issue and no doubt my readers/followers know I openly like to talk about them.

And if I do not get things out of my head at an early stage they rattle around my head, get louder and louder. Then I blow up. This time it is a bunch of small things that have set me off.

Today’s issue is this:

Be very, very careful who you listen to.

I am so very frustrated with some of the Bull Shit advice I see some people giving out. Seems that in these “tough” economic times you can’t walk (or Internet surf) without bumping into one.

Current Bull Shit advice:

Job Seekers

  • I hear that at a recent job club event here in Minneapolis 2 local search firm “gurus” were critical of the use of LinkedIn. WHAT?!?!?! Wait, it gets better. Combined number of LinkedIn connections between the two “gurus”? 1. Yeah, ONE. I call Bull Shit.
  • Start a job seeker blog. No way, it’s a waste of time. Start a personal blog that will be ongoing and that starts with your job search? Absolutely. Spend hours and hours setting one up, writing content, getting links, contacting other bloggers, promoting it on Twitter, Facebook and other places, wait for the SEO on your blog to work, it is a waste of time. Pick up the phone, send email, network your ass off. That’s a good use of your time. Again, if you are going to write an ongoing blog than yes, blog about the job search, after you get your job how cool the company is, about the projects you are working on, things you are doing out side of work. If not, the advice is Bull Shit.
  • This one has me nearly speechless ‘Don’t Burn Bridges’ Is Bad Career Advice for obvious reasons. But the comment that really got me is “3) You won’t need a reference.” Since when? I have worked on behalf of a lot of cool companies and they all require references. The small groups tend to be more adamant about it because a bad hire by a small company can do serious damages to the culture. Don’t need a reference. Bull Shit.

Recruiters

  • This article on ERE last week got me going Beyond the Hype: Making Social Networking Work which is really no different than the one written by his business partner last year titled Blogging Bob. What I do not understand is how someone who does not use Social Media, blogs, etc can say if they work or not. How do they know? Since they are here in Minnesota maybe they should look around as we have quite a few success stories. My guess is that they hope companies do not use these tools for they fear they will lose some business. Bull Shit.

Friends, here is my point for calling these things out. Many people have an agenda. They are selling something, trying to protect their turf, or trying to be thought of or establish themselves as “experts” and/or “gurus”.

My perspective is not to push Social Media or LinkedIn as the next best thing or the “Silver Bullet” but as an additional tool to what a job seeker or recruiter is doing. It can work for most people depending on the location, industry and skill set.

This is not to take the place of networking, job boards, email, phone calls, etc.

For those who have heard me do a presentation or webinar you always here me say you need multiple tools to get the job done. A roofer needs more than a hammer. When fishing, it makes sense to go where the fish are versus sitting where everyone else is doing the same thing and waiting for them to come by.

You may think my rant is BS. That’s fair. Leave a comment, send me an email or do a post of your own calling me out. But be careful, this is just the tip of the iceberg of my rant...