Rough draft to start conversations – November 2018

I want to build teams like I have with When I Work, HomeSpotter, Zipnosis, SPS Commerce, TCF Bank and Daugherty Business Solutions

Well versed in:

  • Sourcing, recruiting and hiring
  • Optimizing job posts including A/B testing
  • Google Analytics
  • Optimizing recruiting process
  • Onboarding
  • Pipeline building
  • Candidate generation
  • Candidate experience and engagement
  • Recruiting support when and how you need it
  • Company, team and cultural fit
  • Recruiting strategy
  • Recruiter training and mentoring
  • Track record of delivering results
  • Retention of staff


  • Twin Cities Startup Week
  • DocuMNtary
  • Minnebar & Minnedemo

Active in the MN tech scene:

  • Volunteer with Prime Digital Academy
  • Advisor to Make It MSP
  • Contributor MSP On Deck podcast

Speaker (sample):

  • Minnebar
  • Minnesota Technical Recruiters Network
  • Fredrikson & Byron’s 32nd Annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar
  • SourceCon (national conference)
  • Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp
  • Twin Cities Startup Week

Why you want to work with me:

  • I am fiercely loyal of those around me
  • Recognized as a trusted recruiter and advisor
  • Committed to the Minnesota and Midwest tech scene
  • You’re looking for someone respected by the business and technology community

Quick thoughts:

  • Partner and friend not a vendor
  • Recruiting on demand, scale recruiting as you need it like you do your tech
  • 90 - 180 day projects
  • Total expert
  • You can’t build a team by paying contingent search fees
  • Search firms find your next hire. I find your next 25 for the same price. I want to help build your team.
  • Building your pipeline
  • Search firms find one person maybe two, I build your team
  • You want some you can trust to represent your employer brand in the community
  • Evangelist and advocate
  • You hire a growth hacker for customer acquisition
  • You hire a VP of Demand Generation but what about engineer generation
  • Contingent search vs talent acquisition
  • I’m not saying no to retained/contingent searches for senior level and critical roles… but it is difficult to build a team this way.
  • You’re looking for someone to be a partner with you, an extension of your company
  • You’re looking for someone to be an evangelist and advocate
  • You’re looking for someone who has strong relationships with local and national reporters


  • You are a startup or small tech company and need to start increasing your staff
  • You are a Fortune 500 company and are building a technology team
  • You are looking for teaching, training and mentoring of your recruiting team
  • You want someone to start an internal dialogue on talent acquisition
  • You have one strategic/key hire at a director level and above
  • You are looking for a half or full day recruiter training


Paul DeBettignies is better known online as Minnesota Headhunter. He is a Minnesota Recruiter, Evangelist and Advisor who builds teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients, author of Minnesota Headhunter (the longest running regional recruiter blog) and co founder of MSP on Deck podcast focusing on the Minneapolis and St Paul startup and tech scene.

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 Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp.