Minnesota Headhunter Chats With Chris Russell On The Rec Tech Podcast



Just before Labor Day I spent almost an hour chatting with Chris Russell for his Rec Tech Podcast. Chris and I have been long time followers of each other professionally and also of our fishing escapades. Chris is very active in the HR tech, startup and recruiting app space and is someone to follow.

You can find him on RecTech Media, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

We covered a lot of ground ranging from #LakeLife to the Minnesota tech scene to recruiting and more:

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #3

 

Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota IT Jobs

 

2 newsletters in 1 month… I’m on a roll.

This one was sent out last Friday, July 14th.

You can view the email version by clicking Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #3 or below in a simple text format. Want to sign up for it? Of course you do… at the bottom of this post is a sign up box.

Thanks for reading…

Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter v3

Friends and Colleagues,

Good Morning and let's start with the obvious... no, I didn't create a new newsletter format and yes, I am still using this MVP (Minimum Viable Product). Good news is most of you seem to be OK with my "minimalist" approach for now.

In this issue I will be talking about:

- Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp

- MinneDemo

- Tech hiring in Minneapolis/St Paul and the Midwest

- Online Chat: Managing your tech and startup career

- Job search webinar

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Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #2

 

Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota IT Jobs

Why is it so hard to hit “send”?

I sent an email newsletter out this morning and felt a knot in my stomach as I did it. It’s been a long time since I sent one… 3 years. And back then I only sent one. Yeah, my email newsletter game has sucked.

But I am on it now.

Good news is the open rate and click through’s are high. Labeled as Spam is 0. Unsubscribes are higher than average but given the length of time since some would have signed up… I’m OK enough with it.

You can view it by clicking Minnesota Headhunter Newsletter #2 or below in a simple text format. Want to sign up for it? Of course you do… at the bottom of this post is a sign up box.

Thanks for reading…

 

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Event: How to Use Social Media Tools for Recruiting

Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association, Recruiter & HR Speaker

Next month (August 13, 2015) I will be speaking at the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association on “How to Use Social Media Tools for Recruiting.

While most of my presentations and speaking engagements tend to be in front of Recruiter, HR, Tech groups and private companies the past months the number of inquiries from associations and professional groups is on the rise.

Accounting, finance, marketing are examples and yes magazine publishers too. I’m guessing that is in response to their membership asking for experts to talk with them about the “War for Talent” and the “Skills Shortage”… most companies to some degree are finding it difficult to hire who they are looking for.

I look forward to sharing the tools I use and how I am helping startups and small tech companies compete with the “big” companies in town.

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Call Me… I’m Never Too Busy

Call Paul DeBettignies

I have had what started as a couple, and now grown to quite a few, comments the past months similar to:

  • We had some recruiting we needed help with and knowing how busy you are we called someone else

  • We have been Twitter friends since 2009 and when I needed some advice on my last job search I wanted to reach out to you but I know how busy you are

  • I wanted to bring you in and talk to our executive team about how you use different tools for recruiting but I saw your calendar on the blog and I didn’t think you would have time for us so I didn’t contact you

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Join The Minnesota Headhunter Group On LinkedIn

Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter, Paul DeBettignies

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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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

To sign up for the newsletter:

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

Friends and Colleagues,

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Paul DeBettignies Interview On Drive ThruHR

Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Recruiter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive ThruHR is hosted by William Tincup (@williamtincup), Bryan Wempan (@bryanwempen) and Nisha Raghaven (@thehrbuddy) and every day during the lunch hour (Noon CT) for 30 or so minutes they speak with someone in the HR and Recruiter space.

Last week I was a guest and had a fun conversation with William.

Some of the topics we covered:

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