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1 Page Resume Or 2

Tis the season for folks to be thinking about making a job change and if one believes any of the recent hiring surveys there will (thankfully) be a few more jobs to be had.

The flip side is other surveys show that at least in spirit, most people are looking for a new company to call their home away from home.

So more jobs and even more competition.

In January I am scheduled to speak at seven events about job search, networking and LinkedIn.

So let’s talk about resumes.

I would rather not.

I hate ‘em.

But I am always asked about them and they are at the moment still the best tool for most job seekers and companies. I do not want to debate that part.

I want to debate something that bothers me even more...

1 page resume or 2? Or in some cases 3?

How long should a resume be is as long short as it takes for you to show an employer why they should interview and ultimately hire you.

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Job Search Tips, Tricks And Treats

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

 

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” - Tom Peters

Seems like the hardest hit professions are Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers and Headhunters. Plenty of supply, just no demand (as in houses or jobs).

Don't need any tips or tricks? If you are still looking for a job, then the answer is yes.

There are some basic tricks like, updating your profile on LinkedIn or any of the job search engines. This immediately puts you at the top of the list for recruiters (both from companies or from agencies. Another trick is leveraging snail mail (no, I am not insane). But more on this later.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

The following new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs have been added to the :

 

Check out . An informal group of 2,050 corporate, consulting and search firm recruiters - you must be in Minnesota to join.

Minnesota Recruiters 
 

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While I'm On Vacation

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

 

"No vacation goes unpunished." - Karl Hakkarainen

I remember my first job as an analyst on Wall Street. I shared an office with another analyst on one of the Trading floors and there was always lots of yelling, selling and cursing during trading hours.

Anyway, I remember when my boss was going on vacation. He made this huge list of things for my office mate and I to do while he was gone. Of course, it was enough work to last for ten vacations and we were lucky enough to have a week to get it done. So while he was sitting on some beach sipping some exotic frozen drink, we were stuck in the office.

What became clear to me over my career is that you learn more from bad managers than you do from good managers.

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Federal Reserve Beige Book | December 2010

This months Beige Book shows a continuation of very slow but positive growth in the economy and in employment and labor markets.

In no way can we consider this to be great news but another report that shows we are going in the right direction.

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  • Economy:

Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicate that the economy continued to improve, on balance, during the reporting period from early/mid-October to mid-November.

Economic activity in the Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts increased at a slight to modest pace, while a somewhat stronger pace of economic activity was seen in New York, Richmond, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.

Philadelphia and St. Louis reported business conditions as mixed.

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Minnesota Jobs And Employment Report: November 2010

The up and down yo-yo that is the Minnesota job market continued in November of 2010 according to the numbers released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

-5,100 jobs with the unemployment rate remaining at 7.1%

October numbers of +14,100 were revised to +16,000

So far in 2010 we are +48,000 Minnesota jobs.

Some things to look at with the numbers for this month:

- A spike in government jobs may coincide with the hiring of election judges

- Little or no increase in temporary hiring

- 7,000 temp jobs have been created in 2010

- Labor force participation dropped (again) to 71.6 percent the lowest rate since mid 1988

- The under/unemployed number is 13.8%

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Jobs For College Grads Vol 7

Books

"Running on - running on empty, Running on - running blind, Running on - running into the sun, But I'm running behind" - Jackson Browne

Running on empty?

The list of possibilities for job search leads is endless, and if yours is running on empty it's time to fill up. Your biggest problem should be that you have so many job leads and so little time.

But don't take my word for it, take a look at the list of resources and leads in this post and get to work. Not to say that you should apply to every job, sign up with every job search board and call every recruiter, that's not the point. The point is that you should have a list of leads that will ensure you land a job (the job) as soon as possible (and long before you are "running on empty").

Resources:

  • Alumni Job Site - Another resource by Beyond.com with an amazing number of resources for recent grads. Top of the page is the usual links – Search Jobs, Post Resume, Job Seeker Login and Career Resources. Below this starts the long list of links. First section is “Choose Your Career Channel” which is your field of study or interest (almost 30 are listed here). This is followed by Job Seeker Tools (center left hand side) and Featured Companies (center right hand side). Last, but not least, Career Center Resources. But wait, where to begin? Not to worry, on the right hand side of the page are “3 Quick Steps to Job Seeker Success”! Need I say more?

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

The following new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs have been added to the :

 

Check out . An informal group of 2,150 corporate, consulting and search firm recruiters - you must be in Minnesota to join.

Minnesota Recruiters 
 

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Minneapolis - St Paul Ranks #13 in the U.S. With 98,600 Tech Jobs

TechAmerica Foundation has come out with their Cybercities 2010: The Definitive Analysis of the High-Tech Industry in the Nation’s Top 60 Cities.

Minneapolis - St Paul with 98,600 tech jobs rank #13, here is the Top 10:

  • New York
  • Washington, DC
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley
  • Boston
  • Dallas – Fort Worth
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Seattle
  • Philadelphia
  • Houston

It is important to note that these are 2009 numbers.

53 of the 60 cities lost jobs in 2009 with Minneapolis - St Paul down 3,800 jobs from 2008.

Some more statistics:

Average salary is $81,600, or 65 percent higher than the average private sector wage

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20 Cities With IT Job Growth

It Business Edge has been looking at statistics from on the growth of IT jobs posted on the site.

While these cities may not have the most jobs they are experiencing a growing job market which is for me as someone who looks at trends is a handy tool to have.

Click for the slides and here are the 20 cities listed:

Detroit, MI

Jacksonville, FL

Seattle, WA

Cleveland, OH

Charlotte, NC

Tampa, FL

Houston, TX

Silicon Valley

Raleigh, NC

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