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Career Crossroads

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap :

From: Laura Vezer is an IT recruiter and creator of the blog, IT Matters Canada! The blog contains resources and advice for IT Professionals looking for work in Canada

You might be sitting at your desk on a miserably cold morning, and decide that you want to live and work in the tropics. Or, you might have worked your fingers to the bone on a mission critical project, only to have your implementation messed up by one line of code, one lax project manager, or one whale of a conflicting deadline.

"What the heck am I doing with my life?" could be the first-yet-very-obvious red flag question you may ask yourself.

Here you are, at the cross roads. To your left stands the equanimity and comfort of your current situation. The status quo of your career choice. Your gig where up until 24 hours ago you were feeling pretty happy and comfortable with.

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Minnesota Headhunter A MinneBar Sponsor And Presenter

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I am looking forward to tomorrow’s MinneBar @minnebar event held at Best Buy headquarters. If my memory is correct this is their third full day event that go along with the many MinneDemo events that have been held.

Follow #minnebar to see what should be a busy Twitter hashtag.

Here is the interim logo I am using for this event:

minnesota headhunter temp logo

Besides being a sponsor I am doing a session with Kevin Donlin @kevindonlin. Click How to Fireproof Your Career and Chortle at Recession Worries to see more info about our session.

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Minneapolis based hosted a TweetUp (for the non Twitter folks think Happy Hour or reception) May 16th, 2010 for those attending the Social Recruiting Summit and some Minnesota Recruiters.

Social recruiting summit linkup tweetup 
I wrote about LinkUp in the post announcing the TweetUp Sponsors Social Recruiting Summit Happy Hour 

I would have to guess but there had to be at least 100 attendees and was held at Crave Restaurant at the Mall of America.

It was a great evening. For me (personally) it was an opportunity to meet friends in person who I have been following online, swapping email with and having phone chats with for years.

Nothing, NOTHING is better than finally being able to shake hands, give a hug and sit down and chat face to face. I know that may sound odd but while online networks are awesome nothing takes the place of seeing a friend in person.

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Research Pay Before the Interview

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Christina Archer is a career agent, recruiting specialist, resume writer, and author

Enter every interview meeting armed with information.

The job market is tight across the nation.  An employer finally calls to schedule the interview.  As a candidate, there have been many resume submissions, and very few, if any, invitations to interview.  The prospect of obtaining gainful employment seems like a gift at this point, and the option of negotiating salary seems non-existent.

Never settle for the initial salary offered by an employer.

Think of it like employer is attempting to hire their help at the lowest possible rate.  This saves them money and keeps their costs down.  The problem is, if every job seeker does not put in the time to research the average wages for the given position, they risk the possibility of accepting a salary or hourly wage that is too low.  Over a number of years in the position, this negatively affects the candidate's earning potential.

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Minneapolis based (and good friends of mine and the local Recruiter and HR community) are hosting a social gathering on the eve of the Social Recruiting Summit.

social recruiting summit ttweetup

Details of the event:

LinkUp's Social Recruiting Summit TweetUp

Sunday, May 16th • 6:00 - 9:00pm

CRAVE Restaurant
Mall of America • Park Side Patio
368 South Avenue • Bloomington, MN 55425
(3rd Floor across from Macy's)

For more information and to RSVP click LinkUp Rocks

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Minneapolis Hosts ERE And Social Recruiting Summit

Tomorrow (May 17, 2010) Minnesota will host 300 attendees for the 3rd edition of the Social Recruiting Summit.

social recruiting summit minnesota conference-logo

Previous summits were held at Google headquarters and in the Big Apple, New York City.

The Minnesota event will be held at Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis).

You can catch a live stream of many of the sessions by clicking

Some folks have asked how the heck did Minneapolis land such a big event?

Well, I am not going to be shy about it but a few of us did a lot of lobbying. I think my first email was about 30 minutes after the event at Google ended.

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Minnesota Recruiters Hiring And Jobs Survey | Spring 2010

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Leading up to Minnesota Recruiters Conference 10 held April 30th, 2010 at Best Buy Headquarters I sent out a Survey Monkey link to gauge what hiring looked like during Q1 of 2010 along with expectations of Q2 and 2010 in general, what jobs and skill sets were most an least in demand and how Recruiters and HR professionals felt about their own job security.

This is not a scientific survey. The survey link was sent multiple times to the Minnesota Recruiters email list of 1900 Recruiter and HR professionals with a 10% response rate.

While not scientific the results do show what most in the Recruiter and HR community have been seeing and talking about over the past weeks and points of conversation during the conference.

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Minnesota IT Jobs And IT Volunteer Opportunities With Minnesota Non Profits

The following new Minnesota IT jobs and IT volunteer opportunities have been added on the Minnesota Non Profit IT Jobs And Volunteers page:

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Minnesota Recruiters Conference 10 | Spring 2010 | Recap

Wow, we made it to 10 events in less than 3 years. There are days when it feels like 1 and days when it is like 100.

The constant about the events is that feedback is always very positive with a few critiques along the way on how to make things better, more engaging or new topics to cover.

Something I only spoke with a few people over the past year was that these events were starting to take a toll on me. I liked having them be free as we had sponsors who were willing to support the events and the group.

The issue was as the group was growing (now 2,000 on the email list) and planning an event was taking about a full week to do.

So with the support of the co founders, sponsors and asking some people from the group I chose to start charging $25 for each event.

Some suggested the fee be $40 and others $50 but all agreed something was in order.

Funny thing, after all the conversations and my worrying about it, turned out to be not such a big deal.

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Minnesota Recruiters Raise Money For Second Harvest Heartland

Prior to Minnesota Recruiters Conference 9 I created a page so those who have attended a Minnesota Recruiters event could make a donation to Second Harvest Heartland.


Second Harvest Heartland Logo


I am a big fan of the work Second Harvest Heartland is involved in both because of the good work they do and because of my personal interest in the homeless situation, kids and those who are hungry in our community.

We raised $1,150 after the event and I want to thank them all for their support:

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