Be Your Own Headhunter

What is Be Your Own Headhunter?
This is an aggressive… no “BS” approach that many have called the butt kicking they needed to become more direct and proactive in their job search.

I will challenge you to think like a Headhunter, empower you to take control of and accelerate your job search and show you how I would do a job search using my 20+ years of recruiting experience.

I will show you how to be more targeted in your approach and create more quality conversations.

If you are wondering how to find the “hidden job market” (it’s not hidden), be more aggressive with your job search approach, relying solely on Indeed and LinkedIn to find jobs to apply to and/or waiting for someone to get back to you then this session IS for you.

If you already are connecting with HR, Recruiters and Hiring Managers, know how to find email addresses of hiring managers and are getting timely feedback on your resume then this IS NOT for you.
What are the webinars and for who?
In the past I have done one session for everyone but we are in a funky/weird/different economic time that has people in different circumstances. So… 3 sessions plus “Office Hours”:
  • Job Search For All (active/urgent search)

    • Just as it says… whether you are in marketing, customer service, retail, social media, manufacturing, hourly worker or c suite, this is for you. You are in an active/urgent search.

  • Tech Edition (active/urgent search)

    • For those in the tech industry who range from a graduate of a coding/UX bootcamp, college or university (self-learners too) who are realizing finding the first job in tech can be a grind and this shutdown/recession has complicated things to those intermediate and senior tech pros who haven’t done a job search in a long time and are realizing the “game” has changed.

  • Planning A Future Job Search

    • This was the original session I was going to do for 2020. Late last year I was being asked to lay the foundation to do a job search some time in 2020. Some of you still can/want to do that. Also… for those of you who are employed but concerned about your role, company and what may be ahead. This is for you too. You are in a planning/passive search stage.

  • Office Hours

    • While Q&A is strongly encouraged during the live sessions, you likely have more or a scenario that come up after. Or, you heard it on demand and unable to ask your question(s). This is the chance for that. If you haven’t attended a session… that’s OK. I gladly answer questions you have.

What do they cost… and what do you mean fees are optional?
For years I have been asked:
  • Paul, can you find me a job?
    • No, that’s not how this (what I do) works
  • Paul, what does it cost to have you be my job coach?
    • I have never felt comfortable being in the job/career coach space and charging $100’s or $1,000’s of dollars.

My answer to the above… let me show you how I would do it, with “office hours” so you can ask questions.

Because I turned 50 years old this summer (it’s OK, I’m cool with the number)… I am knocking the price down 50%.

PLEASE NOTE… this is a pay what you can situation.

If you know of me and know this is going to help you, go ahead and pay up front.

Want to wait and see if it’s what you need, pay at the end.

Pay something/anything, great.

Funds are limited, no worries.

  • Job Search For All => $27

  • Tech Edition => $27

  • Planning A Future Job Search => $47

  • Office Hours => Free

How long are the sessions?

The sessions have been around 75 to 90 minutes including Q&A depending on the amount and their depth.

What do I get?

Access to the recording, the slide deck including the pre written LinkedIn searches and access to “Office Hours” for as long as you need them.

Schedule (click the links below to register) and yes these are live sessions. NOTE: If the time of the live session time does not work for you, register for the “on demand” recording to listen now or any time:

Do you have additional resources?

Yes… or, I will by clicking => Job Search Advice (not ready yet)

I will be adding full written presentations on how I would use LinkedIn, Personal Branding, Resume and Networking in my job search. Rather than do those as additional webinars and add on fees.

Here are news stories and a podcast I have been a part of this year regarding job search:

Can you guarantee this will find me a job?

No… that’s just the truth.

I can give you proven tools, strategies and techniques that I would use but how you use them, your industry, skill set and location… frankly there are no guarantees.

However… I am certain that a session with me will make it go faster, a bit easier and with reduced peak and valley emotions.

And… if you don’t think this has helped you, I gladly refund your money.

What I want is for you to send me an email in the coming weeks that because in part of what I brought to you, you found your next job.

UPDATES and questions received:
  • Is this for people only in Minnesota?

    • No, any city. While screen shots, prewritten LinkedIn searches, etc use Minneapolis and St Paul as examples the content works for Boston, Charlotte, Austin, Bay Area, Duluth and Topeka

  • I’m moving out of the Bay Area, which session is for me?

      • “Planning A Future Job Search” is for you


Paul DeBettignies is better known online as Minnesota Headhunter. He is a Minnesota Recruiter, Advocate and Advisor who builds teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients and author of Minnesota Headhunter (the longest running regional recruiter blog).

He is a frequent local and national speaker, trainer and subject matter expert on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics. Activities include presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp, Frontend Masters, Google for Entrepreneurs, SourceCon, Michigan Recruiters Conference, Minnesota Recruiters, MN HR Tech Expo, Social Media Breakfast, University of Minnesota, Target, CHS, Minnebar, MNTRN and ERE Conference. Interviews include NPR, WCCO AM (CBS) Radio & TV, KARE TV (NBC), MSP Business Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune and

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media communities as a supporter of Twin Cities Startup Week, MinneBar & MinneDemo, DocuMNtary, Make It MSP, Prime Digital Academy, mentor to recruiters and technologists and is the founder of Minnesota Talent Leaders and Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp.