The Nerdery Launches A Software Engineering School

The Nerdery

Good news from The Nerdery today as they announce the launch of Prime Digital Academy (Prime).

This is the Twin Cities third code school or bootcamp like venture. Concordia University announced their bootcamp in September, Coding Bootcamp To Launch In Minnesota. There is also the FUSION program with MnSCU and Advance IT Minnesota.

There have been a number of other conversations locally and across the Upper Midwest about the creation of these schools.

I’m not shy about it… I am a big fan.

Companies continue to complain about the “War for Talent” and a “skill set shortage”. Many of whom did away with their internship and recent grad programs during the “Great Recession”. Now when they are looking for that ever elusive 3-5 year developer they can’t find them. Maybe that “cost cutting” they did back then is having a greater cost now.

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Join The Minnesota Headhunter Group On LinkedIn

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I’m not a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy, I do a theme, but I usually have a couple of “things” I want to get done in the next year.

Thinking about 2015 one of those “things” is to help my friend’s network with each other.

I’ve had a number of conversations the past months where someone said something like:

I was having an issue with a non compete and I ended up with some bad advice.

    • And I was thinking if I had known I would have sent them to Teresa Thompson (disclaimer, she’s my wicked smart attorney).

My sister was looking for a senior level position with Minnesota non profit or community organization.

    • And I was thinking if I had known I would have sent them to Lars Leafblad.

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ToggleGreen Adds Paul DeBettignies To Its Advisory Board

This spring (2014) I was contacted by Mike Stapp to talk about a startup he was working on. We were both working out of CoCo so getting together was easy. Mike walked me through his idea and I was intrigued.

Over the summer Mike’s idea took off and he was busy getting the product put together. I was busy working, fishing and sitting on a dock.

We reconnected this fall when Mike invited me to his office for a quick chat.

That lasted nearly two hours.

Mike walked me through the idea of ToggleGreen and I was jacked up about it. He asked if I would have interest in being on the ToggleGreen advisory board and I don’t think he finished asking the question before I said yes.

So what is ToggleGreen?

The test market is Minnesota IT and creative consultants, contractors and full time employees and the recruiters and companies looking to hire/employ them.

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Rant: Thoughts On Rebranding And Attracting Workers To Minnesota

Paul DeBettignies as The Hulk, Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota Headhunter

(It’s been a long time since I had a good rant and used the Hulk photo)

A couple of news items this week have me thinking.

Thinking has turned into some frustration.

Frustration has turned into this rant.

Later today I will send an email to a bunch of folks and point them back to this and ask them what they think.

Before every rant I have a disclaimer so that it sets a tone. For this post:

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Survey: 1 in 4 Employers Have Caught An Employee Faking Sick Through Social Media

Careerbuilder posted their annual Most Unbelievable Excuses for Calling in Sick and once again I am not surprised. Humored… not surprised.

Memo to the people: if you are going to call in sick do not, let me repeat that… do not at some point during the day post an Instagram photo from the lake, check in on Foursquare at the ballpark or tag all your friends on Facebook while at the bar.

Don’t be silly stupid.

And when you do call in sick come up with something better than this Top 10:

  • Employee just put a casserole in the oven.
  • Employee’s plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some "tweaking" to get it just right.
  • Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.

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Be Aware Of This LinkedIn Phishing Email

A week ago on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook I posted the following status update (click image to make it larger):

Phishing for LinkedIn password? Received this today... note the email address

LinkedIn Phishing Email, LinkedIn Email Scam, LinkedIn Hacked, LinkedIn Security 

I have at least 15 friends and colleagues reply that they too received the same message.

Unfortunately the past 24 hours I have seen a couple of LinkedIn status updates that appear to me to have been from “hacked” accounts.

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4th Of July Minnesota Fireworks Shows 2014

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What follows is the best list I can come up with for 4th of July fireworks shows in Minnesota.

Please confirm date, time and location.

If I am missing any please leave a comment below.

July 1st

Plymouth

July 3rd

Anoka

Bloomington

New Prague

St Joseph

July 4th - Metro Area

Minneapolis - Downtown along the Mississippi River

St. Paul - Taste of Minnesota has been moved to Waconia

 

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Webinar: Maintaining And Growing A Recruiter Brand

This week… Wednesday , June 18th at 1 pm (CDT) I am doing a webinar with ERE (2nd in two months) sponsored by iCIMS:

Building Recruiter Brands for the Long Road Ahead

Over the past two years most of the recruiter and HR conferences have had a speaker hop on a soapbox and talk about how I important it is to have a professional brand.

Yet when you look at who is doing the teaching they are not usually doing any recruiting. They may be a great speaker, teacher and consultant but they have never (not recently) tried to recruit someone.

Do I sound like a snob? Probably.

Here’s the deal… most of those folks are working on their national speaking brand. I believe there is a BIG difference between that and a local or regional recruiter and HR brand.

What I mean is… what they post, on what sites, at what time and who they follow is different than trying to find, interact and build a relationship with a JavaScript Developer in Minneapolis, Social Media Specialist in Atlanta, Accountant in Portland or Director of Sales in Boston.

So that’s my mission for the ERE webinar this week.

I am going to show folks how to build a recruiter brand from my unique perspective as a local/regional recruiter in a niche space.

And if I do it right I will show folks how they can do a national niche brand or one in their very large company.

See… most folks do not have the ego to want to be the most well known recruiter in the country. Many of us are quite OK with our region, state, city and/or company.

Here is what I am going to cover…

How I use:

  • Minnesota Headhunter blog
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare
  • Newsletter

Metrics

Feedback from candidates and clients

Tools I use (very basic am I)

Content (examples of what I post)

Successes and failures

What’s next

When:

June 18, 2014

1 p.m. CDT

To register click:

https://cc.readytalk.com/r/shlopx3yg5mh&eom

Thanks to ERE and iCIMS for the opportunity to talk about this.

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Minnesota Cup Announces 2014 Semifinalists

Now in the 10th year Minnesota Cup - @MinnesotaCup - continues to grow. A record of almost 1300 participants submitted applications with 70 groups moving on in 7 divisions to the semifinalist round.

Up for grabs is $300,000 in prize money and maybe more importantly resources for the entrepreneurs including events and networking with Minnesota Cup supporting partners, investors and other entrepreneurs.

See the press release below for the 70 groups.

Here are a couple of photos from last years reception at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota:

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter: 1st Edition

The past weeks I have been doing A LOT of things I had been thinking about doing for a long time… I can check “newsletter” off the list.

Last week I sent out the newsletter below to many, many people.

As usual my “fear” of folks being annoyed was not realized. I have 2.5x number of email asking why I had not been doing this as I do who marked it as “Spam”.

So far it has a 31% Open Rate and 1.2% Opt Out.

Here is a link that should open it in a web browser:

Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter: 1st Edition

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Here is the simple text version (no columns and no photos):

Friends and Colleagues,

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