Minnesota Morning | Ageism In Tech, Minnesota Has More Jobs Than Unemployed Workers And Make It MSP Recap

CoCo Minneapolis, Coworking
I am back spending more time at CoCo in the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. With the expansion there are more places to work, engage, be social and hide out. I still find my best place to work is “the balcony”. It’s a sweet view, quiet and I still feel like I am near the action without being in it.

And… I will be spending more time in the building. Look for an announcement in the next day or two.

Squirrel moment: Monday I posted 6 new including experience for The Wildflower Foundation.

Ageism In tech

A little more than a year ago I wrote this post, and was not surprised at the number of private messages and email I received from tech pros with a similar story.

Indeed came out with this Report: Ageism in the Tech Industry:

Our survey of tech workers found that close to half of respondents (43%) worry about losing their job because of their age. Even more troubling, nearly one 5th (18%) say they worry about it “all the time.”

That’s a lot of people #ObviousThingToSay

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Minnesota IT Jobs, Salary and Recruiting Report Summer 2015

The most frequently asked questions I receive are some variations of:

What’s going on with Minnesota IT Jobs?

What’s the going salary/rate for a…

“War for Talent” real or not?

How in demand are my skills?

Why can’t we find who we are looking for?

To give some clarity about “what’s going in Minnesota” around this time of year (after all the spring events and conferences) I put together a summary of all of the info I have gathered over the past months, add in a bunch of reference points from national IT job and salary surveys and put it online.

The 2015 version below is 32 minutes in length with 95 slides…. it moves pretty quick:

  • Intro
  • What’s going on in MN
  • Recruiting & Retention
  • Job and Skills in demand
  • Salary info
  • Conclusion

If you are a startup CEO, in HR or a corporate recruiter, tech manager or CIO, coordinate a tech group or are an IT professional (did I leave anyone out?) and have questions, thoughts or comments, or want a copy of the slide deck send me an email:




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Largest Downtown Minneapolis Employers 2015

Minneapolis Downtown Council

Interesting stat from the Minneapolis Downtown Council 2015 annual meeting… the 15 largest employers in Downtown Minneapolis employ 50,583 people. That’s down 1.1% from a year ago.

It needs to be noted that Target is down 20% from last year:

- A large number are now working at the Brooklyn Park campus

- Layoffs and likely this number will drop again this year in part to the Target Canada layoffs

The list with +/- 2014:

  1. Target Corp. 10,000 employees | -20.5%
  2. Wells Fargo & Co., 7,000 | no change

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Survey: 67% Of Minnesota Manufacturers Say It’s difficult To Attract Qualified Candidates

Enterprise Minnesota released their 2014 State of Manufacturing Survey and while generally good news it is a mixed bag of sentiment:


  • 84% are confident in the financial future of their company

  • 45% see in an increase in gross revenue… 47% stay the same


  • 54% see a flat economy… 37% see economic expansion

  • 25% will invest more in employee development… 67% the same

Not so good:

  • 51% say Minnesota is not on the right track as a competitive business location

  • 31% have an employee development and retention program for less experienced employees

Regarding jobs…

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Minnesota Jobs Scene: Q1 2014

I started writing this post more than a week ago and set it aside to work on a couple of other things. With the Target layoff announcement yesterday I thought I should pick this up. See my .

There have been a number of “what happens next” from former Target employees and local and national media wondering about the Minnesota jobs scene.

When I first started writing this I was surprised at the number of companies who were saying they were unsure of their 2014 hiring plans.

And a large number of people who are still thinking about their job and career path and they are wondering what the market is like… is this time to make a move.

With the Target folks it is more immediate, like right now… what are they going to find.

Let’s see if I can handle this well enough for the moment with this one post.

I have a bunch of anecdotal data from hiring managers, companies, associations and personal observations here in Minnesota and I believe that generally we have a positive jobs scene:

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Minnesota IT Job Search And Career Advice

The past couple of weeks I have seen a noticeable significant increase in the number of Minnesota IT professionals reaching out to me via Twitter, LinkedIn, email and shared people connections looking for job search, career, annual review and need to ask for a raise advice.

Maybe the increase is because I have not been attending user group events this summer (#GoneFishing) and absence has made the IT folks hearts grow fonder.

Paul DeBettignies Fishing, Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota Headhunter

Could be... I doubt it.

My opinion: it’s the beginning of a shift in our IT community... those doing the work are more than ever weighing their options. And they (you) are being more aggressive about.

These are a sample of the questions from the past weeks:

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10 Hardest To Fill Jobs: Summer 2013

A frequent question I receive is:

“What are the hardest jobs to fill?”

With almost all of my recruiting in IT and related skill sets it’s all "relative” now… everything is to some degree hard to fill.

When it comes to jobs outside of IT I am not as clued in so when I came across this from CareerBuilder Releases List of Hardest-to-Fill Positions (July 18, 2013) I bookmarked it.

Below are the 10 hardest to fill as reported in the CareerBuilder survey.

Before those a few interesting bits of info:

35% of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer

Note: 12 weeks seems really long to me, I would like to know more about “why” this is. While I have my opinions I would like to hear theirs.

41% of employers reported that they continuously recruit throughout the year

Note: I would have thought this number to be higher

10 hardest jobs to fill:

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Top 10 Best And Worst Cities For U.S. Jobs | Minneapolis #4 Best City

I think this is the first survey of 2011 and it comes from Forbes using statistics and analysis of the biggest 50 cities from , Juju.com's monthly Job Search Difficulty Index for Major Cities and

It should not be surprising that Florida and California did not do so well.

Also not surprising is Minneapolis and St Paul rank as the 4th best city:

Unemployment rate: 6.5%

Job-seekers per opening: 2.68

In the Twin Cities area "employment is expected to recover fully by mid-2011, far earlier than nationally," according to a recent Moody's Economy.com analysis of the region. Look for growth in manufacturing and professional services jobs like accounting. Did we mention that the metro is home to the Mall of America, a retail and tourist destination, which is expanding?

Best U.S. cities for jobs:

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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.


  • 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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