Minnesota Morning: Minnesota Headhunter LLC Is One Year Old

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It’s Friday evening December 20th, 2013 and all day something has been bothering me… like I knew I was forgetting about something important.

That nagging feeling.

Most of the work stuff was done. Holiday activities taken care of. End of the week email sent out.

And then it hit me while I was pulling up the blog and looking out the window…

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Working Wednesday… Minnesota Jobs In Technology

For a long, long, long time I have wanted to start a job board to help support the local tech community. Tech defined as IT, Med, Bio, Science, etc.

For whatever reason I never get around to it in part because I do not know what the demand is, will be. I think I know it but then never follow through with it to find out.

Silly, right? Welcome to my world of 15 ideas and not trying 1 of them.

I already own the domain names necessary to do it and/or could just add another page here on the blog.

So here goes my 1st attempt at seeing if there is a need for such a thing.

On Wednesday’s (starting tomorrow and I know this is not a lot of notice) I am going to do this as a blog post here on the main page.

Here is what I am looking for... jobs in:

- IT (developers, programmers, help desk, Big Data, etc.) any kind of company

- Med, Bio and Science companies who have any kind of jobs (Robotics, Project Managers, Marketing, Sales, Executive, Customer Service, HR, etc.)

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TV Interview... “I Quit” Is More Common As The Economy Gets Better

Paul DeBettignies with Randy Meier at Fox 9 News, I Quit, Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota Headhunter Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter

I was invited out to FOX 9 to talk about the the latest BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showing 2.25 million folks quit their job in April, a 7.2 percent jump from March and just below February which was a multi year high.

There is starting to be a more noticeable churn within the job economy. Some folks are leaving one job for another and some... many more than a year ago are leaving a job without a next one lined up.

Yeah, that’s right... quitting without a next place to call “home away from home”.

Do I recommend this?

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Minnesota Job And Career Fair 2013

April 18, 2013 the Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association is hosting their 4th annual job, career and skills summit and I will once again be one of the speakers.

This will be the 3rd time for me speaking at their event and I am really looking forward to this one as MNRSA is reaching out to our military veterans to help them in their job search process.

To be able to talk with these folks… means a lot to me and I look forward to saying thank you to them.

The event is free to attend and open to all job seekers.

Last year 700+ attended and the feedback was very positive.

I will be speaking from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and doing my “Be Your Own Headhunter” presentation. I will be showing folks how I would be do a job search using LinkedIn, job boards, networking, Twitter and Facebook along with some strategy tips including how to market oneself, when to follow up, finding contact names and more.

It is an aggressive approach or as many have called it either a “wake up call” or a much needed “kick in the pants”.

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Paul DeBettignies On TV Talking About Salary Increases, Klout And Vacations

A couple of times in the past month (and once in August) I have made a local TV appearance and while I was posting links on twitter and Facebook I just realized did not post them here…
 

--> Last week (Jan 25, ‘12) I was on FOX 9 News with Recruiter: Research to Negotiate Salary talking about how company executives are more willing to give salary increases this year:

 

Recruiter: Research to Negotiate Salary: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com

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Paul DeBettignies KARE 11 TV Interview On Job Search

I was interviewed by Jordana Green (Twitter & LinkedIn) on KARE 11 Today about job search, economy and hiring trends in part as a promo for her story that aired later that night. She tracked the job search of an unemployed accountant, see the video below.

With the economy slowly getting better and in some cases already a shortage of people in some skill sets many folks have forgotten about the unemployed people in our communities.

I hope that KARE (or any TV station) continues to follow these types of stories as the impact from the recession will continue for quite some time.

While our live portion was pretty quick we then hosted a live chat on their Facebook page which you can see by clicking:

For about 90 minutes we answered questions both on the chat screen and on the air.

I learned something about myself… I cannot speak and type at the same time. Dang, that was hard to do so I decided to do one or the other but not both.

Here are a few photos from the day:

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Paul DeBettignies Article In The Fordyce Letter

I was excited to get an invitation to write an article for the February 2011 Fordyce Letter.

For those of you not in the search firm industry this is the go to source for information and to be asked is a pretty cool thing. It is a follow up to my presentation at The Fordyce Forum 2010.

After tossing around some subjects I came up with this article:

Get Out From Behind the Desk and Network

I started the article with this:

I know, I know… smile and dial.

More phone calls equal more job orders, candidates and send outs. More send outs equal more placements.

I get it  - I really do. But after thirteen years as a sole practitioner, I have learned that I need to get out from behind the desk every now and then, or I fear that the headset will become permanently fixed to my head.

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Hiring Minnesota IT Pros? Need A Hand? Call Me

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It is time for me to practice what I preach. I tell people all the time they need to market themselves be it as an employee, consultant, employer or a business.

I say that you need to let people know you are available and if not know, build the relationship for down the road.

Disclaimer: I hate doing it for myself.

No really, I hate doing it.

Oh the irony...

But here I am in what might be the first time on my blog saying this, if you are:

  • sourcing and recruiting IT professionals and could use a hand...
  • working with search and consulting firms and they are not delivering...
  • hiring a team of IT folks...
  • wanting a relationship with a recruiter who is about relationships and not transactions...
  • stuck on a “purple squirrel” search and want someone to dedicate their time to it...
  • looking for someone to do a training session, half or full day for your recruiter and HR team...

... give me a call or send me an email.

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Minnesota Headhunter Hits 1,000 RSS And Email Subscribers

Hey you… yeah you, reading this on your favorite RSS reader or by email about 5 minutes, 5 hours, a day and for some weeks after I posted it:

Why do you subscribe? What keeps your interest? What would you like to see more of? Less?

Give me some feedback so I have a better idea what kind of content you would like to see.

Come to the blog post and comment or send me an email paul@mnheadhunter.com

Thanks for hanging out with me.


Credit Checks Are Impacting Job Seekers? WCCO TV Interview With Paul DeBettignies

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A few months ago after seeing an interview on CNBC and an article from SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) on how some states are trying to limit this practice I wrote the blog post Credit Checks As Part Of Employer Background Checks: Fair?

Since that post Oregon has joined Washington and Hawaii in their ban of credit checks on most job reference checks.

A bill in Congress has been tied up in a committee for a little more than a year.

A question I often get is, “Should I say no?

My gut reaction is to say no but then in most cases you will be taken out of the running for the job.

Either way, you’re kind of screwed.

Some see a credit report as a financial resume. Sure there is some validity to this but as the “Great Recession” has taught us, bad stuff happens to good people too.

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