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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The Best BLEEPING Job Description Ever

Last week a CraigsList job ad from a “San Diego Tech Company” spread fast in the developer community across the country. Which is odd right because when was the last time anyone in any industry passed around a job description?

And they liked it.

A LOT.

The same job description met with a lukewarm response in the Recruiter and HR community. Some said it promoted the wrong things. That the culture sounded like a bunch of boys on the playground. Blah, blah, blah.

The number of times the “f word” (along with other “colorful” words”) is used has something to do with it.

Which may explain why IT pros loved it. And not just the fellas. From what I could tell a nearly equal number of women like it too.

Below are screen shots of the now infamous description.

My though is this… get past the cuss words and grandiose language used.

This is one of the best job descriptions I have seen.

Why?

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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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Observation… What Happens To The “Too Junior” Candidates

Not Enough Experience, Too Junior

I could have titled this, “Why there is an IT talent shortage”.

The past 9 months or so the number of “this developer is too junior” comments has increased. And it’s not just me… a number of my Recruiter and HR friends are hearing this in all sizes (# of employees and revenue) of companies.

I get that depending on size of company, division or group a too junior developer may not fit in. Whether they need mentoring that there is not time for (or someone not capable of doing it) or there would be so much “dead” time for them that they may get frustrated and leave… I get there are barriers.

But let me say this, if we don’t hire junior developers now they will never be the 3 year Ruby Developer or the 5 year .Net Developer everyone is looking for.

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Event: Michigan Recruiters Conference

Hey Michigan Recruiters… get registered for this:

March 13, 2015 is the first .

Tim Sackett, President of HRU Technical Resources, writer, speaker and all around nice guy, and Jim D’Amico, Director of Talent Acquisition for Spectrum Healthone, writer, speaker and one of the funniest fellas I know, have been thinking about a Michigan Recruiters Conference for about a year and I am freaking thrilled that they are going forward with the idea.

Knowing the impact we had on our Minnesota Recruiter and HR community with a similar event… I know this is going to be big for our Michigan colleagues.

Right there, that is cool news.

There is more because I am going… and speaking.

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LinkedIn Survey: Top 25 Skills Of 2014

LinkedIn crunched a bunch of data and came up with The 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired in 2014. It needs to be noted that this is comes from their users and what recruiters are searching for on their site. This explains why healthcare, retail and other skills are not listed.

I am not surprised that a majority of the skills listed below are technical in nature. With marketing related skills in second.

For my recruiter and workforce planning friends this may give you some idea of what demand and competition is like.

LinkedIn notes four trends: STEM, Data, a second language (although not in the U.S.) and technical marketing.

Here are the top 25 U.S. skills of 2014 (click the link above for a list from a few other countries):

  • Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

  • Middleware and Integration Software

  • Storage Systems and Management

  • Network and Information Security

  • SEO/SEM Marketing

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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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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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