Minnesota 4th Of July Fireworks 2015

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A little slow in posting this… what follows is the best list I can come up with for 2015 4th of July fireworks shows in Minnesota

Please confirm date, time and location.

If I am missing any please leave a comment below.

July 3rd

July 4th

Outstate Minnesota - 3rd and 4th

July 5th

July 11th

Maple Grove

July 12th

Robbinsdale

 

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Video: Finding A Job Using Social Media

Back in May (2015) I gave my 6th presentation at Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis St Paul:

Get Recruited: Finding Your Next Job Through Social Media

When Mykl Roventine asked me to speak again this year I paused thinking… does anybody really want to hear from me again?

Mykl was right (Mykl warming up the group):

Social Media For Job Search, Minnesota Jobs, Minneosta Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter

The answer was yes. We had 100+ at the event.

And we had a good time.

Here are a couple of blog posts recapping the event with some takeaways:

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ToggleGreen Is Live… And Here Is An Invitation

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ToggleGreen is live.

3 simple words… not so simple.

I’ve been sitting in the cheap seats as an advisor watching a bunch of dedicated, smart, sometimes frustrated people finally… FINALLY get here.

The ToggleGreen “Alpha” is live.

#whew

Sound the trumpets. Crack open the beers. Time to take a nap.

Of course… since I am typing this, tech gremlins could be messing with us and I have no clue. I can hear their voices yelling, “Dude, you should have waited!!!”

That’s the thing about life in a startup… it changes. All the time.

And sometimes you just have to go live and see what happens.

The hard part about being an advisor is other than advice, introductions and some cheerleading I’m not a lot of help. Not yet.

Saying “You’ve got this” only does so much.

Maybe now I can earn my title.

If you are an IT or Creative pro (Doer) in Minneapolis you should be using ToggleGreen.

This is not some bullshit hype thing… I’m convinced of it to my core.

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Minnesota IT Jobs And Unemployment Q1 ‘15

Q4 ’14 I held a number of roundtables with Minnesota Recruiter and HR colleagues to talk about recruiting, IT jobs and salary statistics. I do this every Q4 and it allows us to share information, confirm and/or question what we see going on from our corner of the community.

Last year most of the discussions were held in mid-December and a few of us mentioned that it seemed that a lot of IT pros were moving around to new companies or going on their own as consultants.

Some said they did not see it.

As 2015 has progressed many Minnesota Recruiter and HR colleagues have been talking about it. “Churn” is a word many of us are using and most say that it started around December 1st.

And we are seeing more of it.

At MinneBar 10 (April ’15) it was very noticeable when talking to Developers. Quite a few had made a move since December 1 ’14 and more were talking about doing it this spring.

Dice has an analysis with BLS (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) numbers and they show an uptick in the number of “Voluntary Quits” in Q1 2015 from Q4 2014:

Average Quits In IT

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A Minnesota Recruiter’s View On Rebranding Minnesota, The Startup Community

Luke asked what is the difference between Silicon Valley and Minnesota startups. I tweeted something like, “In Silicon Valley, they stand up on their chairs and scream. In Minnesota, they whisper.”

Minnesota Startup Community: The Time Has Come For Less Talk and More Walk

That is part of an article I wrote on Minnov8 in 2010.

And this from 2012:

Most, however, are doing nothing more than they did two years ago, and it will not surprise you that I think that is a losing strategy.

So take a step back… think about how your company is doing in recruiting new team members and ask yourself this question… how are you doing?

Are you competing and being aggressive?  Or are you sitting back, waiting for folks to come to you?

If the former, congratulations and keep it up.

If the latter, good luck. You will need it.

The War for Talent: Are Minnesota Tech Companies and Startups Ready?

Why am I going down memory lane?

This weekend at MinneBar 10 there will be a couple of conversations I am looking forward to:

Twin Cities: The startup capital of the “North" | 9:15 – 10:05 Theater

The State of Startups | 11:15 - 12:05 Minnetonka

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Recruiting For Startups: The Basics

The most frequent question I get (not surprising) from startup and tech company CEO’s is:

“Hey, can I pick your brain about recruiting?”

And I always answer yes but I have learned something… it’s never a simple answer.

Or it is the one big question:

“How do I get started recruiting a startup or small tech team?”

That answer can be anywhere from an hour to a day depending on much of a deep dive we need to do.

In order to get startups CEO’s thinking about this I put together a short video:

Recruiting for Startups: The Basics

I was thinking it would be 5 minutes long. Anyone who knows me well knows that no conversation is that short. Even one with myself (c’mon that’s funny).

This ended up being <15 minutes. That’s still a really short amount of time to say, “this is how to recruit”.

Basically what I have done is taken the highlights of recent “Recruit Like A Startup” presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Google for Entrepreneurs and Michigan Recruiters Conference along with previous MinneBar sessions put them here and briefly covered them.

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Target Layoffs 2015 - Thousands Of Minnesota Jobs Lost

This day, this announcement was coming... I don’t think anyone expected the number to be so large.

Last week Target CEO Brian Cornell had a conference call announced that over the next two years thousands of jobs will be cut as part of a $2 billion a year cost saving program. Most of those cuts will be in the corporate offices of Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park.

Below is the Target press release.

There has been a lot of speculation of who, when, where, what this means for Target and the city of Minneapolis.

It looks like starting this morning and through the rest of the week we are going to find out. I am told some Directors were notified today with Managers and Staff finding out tomorrow and through the week.

As I type this Governor Dayton is giving a press conference following his meet with Brian Cornell.

I was interviewed by Angela Davis of WCCO TV for a story this evening.

Here are some articles from the past week that I think answer most questions that people have at this point. I will try and take on some others tomorrow as we get a better idea of what is going on:

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21 Ways To Not Quit A Job

I quit

Do you remember Steven Slater?

I didn’t think so.

He was the JetBlue flight attendant who in 2010 melted down at the end of a flight and quit in a rather theatrical way. A quick post from back then:

Now you remember him, right?

I just did a quick, simple Google search for him and I can’t find anything about him after his cyber celebrity status ended and he was sentenced to probation.

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Surveys: Top U.S. Jobs 2015

Top Jobs

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be giving a few presentations at the University of Minnesota about job search, networking and how work… how we do it, when and where is changing.

Part of the presentation is what employers are looking for now and how that may change over the next few years. And in part how these jobs, the skills needed for them, may change.

In doing the research I’ll be posting some info here on the blog.

There are some obvious trends with “Top Jobs in the U.S.” surveys… I.T. and health care dominate most of the “top jobs” because of demand and salary. Next comes some marketing and sales. That’s a not surprise as companies are hyper focused on growing revenue. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are also highly ranked.

Note that the surveys use different data for their rankings but generally come to the same results.

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