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    Minneapolis #4 Best City In The U.S. To Find A Tech Job



    Best Cities In The U.S. To Find A Tech Job

    Survey time again (I’ll have another tomorrow)… this one from AgileCraft and their post Best Cities for Tech Jobs in the US. They “… looked at some of the most demanded tech jobs as well as EMSI US Occupation hiring and salary data to come up with some interesting results.” I think by “interesting” they mean not what the average Jane or John Doe would be thinking. For those (I am one) who are always crunching numbers and analyzing surveys these numbers are what I expect to see.

    Their Top 10 Cities Hiring The Most For Tech Jobs:

    1. Atlanta
    2. Seattle
    3. Salt Lake City
    4. Minneapolis
    5. Hartford
    6. St Louis
    7. San Francisco
    8. Miami
    9. Pittsburgh
    10. Boston

    That’s right… Minneapolis is #4. Maybe it’s interesting to see Hartford and Miami on the list. The rest of the cities have all been seeing considerable job growth. Minneapolis, Atlanta and Salt Lake City frequently are mentioned as top “Tier II” cities behind the Bay Area, Seattle, New York City, Boston and Austin.

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    Minnesota Recruiter Jobs



    Recruiter Jobs


    The following have been added to the Minnesota Recruiter Jobs page by Minneapolis and St Paul employers.

    Click Minnesota Recruiters In Demand – Fall 2018 for the latest trends in Minnesota Recruiter hiring.

    NEWS… check out our regions new talent group => Twin Cities Talent Conversations and sign up to receive events, news and community updates.

    Here are the new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs:


    How to post a job (it’s free)?

    Send the content (preferably in Word) along with a link or email for folks to apply to paul@mnheadhunter.com

    And check out Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp for recruiting and hiring manager conferences and conversations about recruiting in and to Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota and the Midwest:

    Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp


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    Why Recruiters Suck So Bad



    Why Recruiters Suck So Bad

    I spend a lot of my time hanging out at tech user groups and meetups. Being a frequent face, sharing career tips, giving job search advice… creating relationships over time, builds a lot of trust.

    So, tech pros are not shy when they tell me their recruiting horror stories. They forward email, name recruiters and the companies they work for. And it is equal opportunity… it seems that search firm, consulting firm and corporate recruiters are all equal offenders.

    A number of years ago while having a video glitch at Minnebar I was asked to not start my session yet. They wanted it all on video so to pass the time I ask, “So what do you want to know?” And the room was awkwardly quiet. Then an attendee from the back of the room says with a very loud voice, “Why do recruiters suck so bad?” The room erupts in laughter and of course… the video started recording and I have a blank look on my face.

    While I share the frustration they have with poorly written job descriptions, being ghosted, doing “tell me about yourself” questions during every interview and a huge number of other offenses… I also share with them why some of this happens.

    I explain that most of my corporate recruiter friends have an insane workload, frequently their teams are understaffed and underbudgeted, recruiting tends to be an “entry level” role to HR so experience can be lacking and more. When I finish and at least for a moment… I see some empathy.

    I’ve always wanted to do a day or week in the life of a recruiter but as a consultant, my weeks rarely are the same.

    I bumped into this amazing post on LinkedIn Adding Up Why Recruiters Suck from Terra Carbert a Minneapolis Recruiter who I have known for a long time. She’s one of the good ones. Click => LinkedIn and @terracarbert to learn more about her and to say hello. I asked her if I could repost her article here and she said yes. She shows what it’s like being one of us. So the next time you think, why do recruiters suck so bad? You’ll know that much of it is not our fault and most of us really are doing the best we can.

    Thank you Terra!!!

    And if after reading you have some comments and thoughts to share (I hope you do)… don’t do it here. Click the link above and comment on Terra’s post.

     

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    Minnesota Recruiter Jobs



    Recruiter Jobs


    The following have been added to the page by Minneapolis and St Paul employers.

    Click for the latest trends in Minnesota Recruiter hiring.

    NEWS… check out our regions new talent group => and sign up to receive events, news and community updates.

    Here are the new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs:


    How to post a job (it’s free)?

    Send the content (preferably in Word) along with a link or email for folks to apply to paul@mnheadhunter.com

    And check out Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp for recruiting and hiring manager conferences and conversations about recruiting in and to Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota and the Midwest:

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    Minnesota Recruiter Jobs



    Recruiter Jobs


    The following have been added to the Minnesota Recruiter Jobs page by Minneapolis and St Paul employers and click Minnesota Recruiters In Demand – Fall 2018 for the latest trends in Minnesota Recruiter hiring.

    NEWS… check out our regions new talent group => Twin Cities Talent Conversations and sign up to receive events, news and community updates.

    Here are the new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs:


    How to post a job (it’s free)?

    Send the content (preferably in Word) along with a link or email for folks to apply to paul@mnheadhunter.com

    And check out Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp for recruiting and hiring manager conferences and conversations about recruiting in and to Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota and the Midwest:

    Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp


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    Click Minnesota Headhunter for current blog posts and Minneapolis Tech Jobs for Minnesota IT searches I am working on.


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    The Future Of Recruiting, Does It Include You?



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    As 2018 progressed I found myself thinking a lot about being a professional recruiter, how the industry has changed since November 3, 1997 (when I started), how I’ve changed and what it may look like 5, 10 and 15 years from. Specifically, how do I stay relevant in Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota and the Midwest.

    I don’t tend to get too worked about this stuff but do from time to time think about my place in the world.

    Then… BAM.

    Yesterday I had a long phone call with Kevin Wheeler. I have been following Kevin for 15+ years online and 10 years ago was fortunate to have him speak at a couple of Minnesota Recruiter events and a local version of “Future of Talent” with senior corporate recruiting and HR leaders. I tend to not be a big fan of the term “futurist”, mostly because I think most people who describe themselves as one are selling snake oil, but Kevin is the exception. He works hard, is well connected, means well, is a great person and always seems a few steps ahead of the rest of us.

    To find out more about Kevin check out:

    Kevin is coming to Minneapolis on March 29, 2019 to do an event => Talent Transition: The Emerging Era of Consolidation and Adaptation. An Interactive Exploration of Key Trends. Yes, I will be attending.

    We spoke about a bunch of things:

    • What in the trenches recruiters and HR pros are facing on a day to day basis
    • What senior leaders are thinking and worrying about
    • What the region is working on
    • Why I am starting Minnesota Talent Leaders (in part to create and then maintain conversations like Kevin is going to host)
    • Trends in talent acquisition in Silicon Valley, Minneapolis and St Paul and other cities
    • How a future recession will shake up the profession

    We spent a lot of time talking about the future of recruiting… what it looks like, the impact of AI and Machine Learning, etc.

    After we finished… for a couple of hours after my brain was all over the place.

    I got to thinking about this article I wrote on ERE in 2016 => Memo to Recruiters: Don’t Want To Be Replaced By A Robot? Stop Recruiting Like One

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    Minnesota Recruiter Jobs



    Recruiter Jobs


    The following have been added to the Minnesota Recruiter Jobs page by Minneapolis and St Paul employers and click Minnesota Recruiters In Demand – Fall 2018 for the latest trends in Minnesota Recruiter hiring.

    NEWS… check out our regions new talent group => and sign up to receive events, news and community updates.

    Here are the new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs:


    How to post a job (it’s free)?

    Send the content (preferably in Word) along with a link or email for folks to apply to paul@mnheadhunter.com

    And check out Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp for recruiting and hiring manager conferences and conversations about recruiting in and to Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota and the Midwest:

    Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp


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    Minnesota Morning: Nerdery Layoffs, Apruve Funding, Remote Work And Hack The Gap This Weekend


    Good news… we have had a warmer than average winter so far and we are more than halfway through meteorological winter. Bad news… it’s gonna get freaking cold next week. We’re getting a taste of it now and next week it’s going to be full on arctic for a few days. Which gets me to this Tweet:

    19-1 Weather Tweet
    So what do you call it when the high temperature starts with a ”-“ sign?

    I’m hoping I can take this time to get a bunch of things done versus being under a blanket on the couch. Although… that would lead to a nap and I should add that on the list of things to do.


    Nerdery Layoffs

    Last week the Nerdery announced that they had let go 32 members of the team including closing the Kansas City office (a few were asked to remain remote) and a few from Minneapolis and Chicago. The announcement was posted on the company web site => Nerdery increasing focus and investing in areas of growth. Their post includes a note that they are “adding talent in the areas of data science, cloud, systems architecture, platform modernization, experience design, and more — including three C-level positions: Chief Technology Officer, Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer.” Clicking => Nerdery Careers finds a number of roles with what at this time seems an emphasis on the Phoenix office. For me this is another example of a company making some changes that I wrote about => 2019 Minnesota Jobs Prediction. Many companies are going to add, cut and shift people around a lot this year.


    Apruve Funding

    Minneapolis’ Apruve Raises $6 Million in Funding was the news from Apruve yesterday. I first met Michael Noble 5+ years ago when they working at Fueled Collective. They’ve worked very hard to find the right problem/solution to work on. They’ve been close and now it seems they have it nailed down. Click Apruve Jobs to see what roles they are adding to the team.


    Remote Work

    I am always on the look out for articles about remote teams. This one => Why We’re All in on Remote Work had my full attention on the first line “People are always shocked when I tell them that SureSwift Capital is a completely remote workplace with 75 people working across 14 timezones.” Kevin McArdle, CEO and Co Founder of SureSwift Capital, walks us through the why and how they do remote work including the systems and tool they use. Click => SureSwift Capital Careers if remote work is of interest to you.

     

    Hack the Gap

    One of my favorite events is this weekend… Hack the Gap. In their 5th year “Hack the Gap is a two-day hackathon aimed at creating a high-energy weekend where women and non-binary people from all backgrounds and experience levels can enjoy an accessible, approachable, positive experience.”

    I am a past sponsor of the event and this year spoke with a few companies to lend their support. They can be a much bigger help than I can as an individual. Click Hack the Gap Sponsors and if you see a group you are familiar with send them a note thanking them. Click => Demo Day… I think you can still get tickets. And follow #hackthegap on Twitter.


    Minnesota Photos:

    This week we had the Super Blood Wolf Moon. I have been a moon gazer for as long as I can remember and I wanted to be sure to at least take a moment to witness it. I put on a bunch of layers to deal with cold thinking I had some walking to do but as I walked out the door and looked up, there it was. I could have likely taken some more artistic photos by getting the trees involved but it was late and I wanted to sleep. Click => Super Blood Wolf Moon to more Instagram photos.

     

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    The following have been added to the page…

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    Minnesota Morning: HomeSpotter Expands, More On The Code42 Layoff/Reorg, Google Data Center And What’s Next For Minnesota Headhunter Part I



    I didn’t get much sleep this week. And I’ve already been restless the past two weeks and did not know why until a conversation with a friend at the Enterprise Rising Happy Hour and another this morning. Let’s say… I was challenged. There are a lot of things I want to do and rather than do them, try it, test it… I over think it (them) and days become weeks become months become (sometimes) never. Or some over thought idea that I squeezed the fun out of and now is not as cool as it could have been.

    Enough of that failed strategy Smile

    Do you remember the Diet Coke and Mentos videos from a decade ago? That’s how I feel. And I am going to go with it.

    More on that below…

    Here is a photo from the Enterprise Rising Happy Hour:

    19-1 Enterprise Rising Happy Hour

    Save the date for the next Enterprise Rising Conference May 8th & 9th 2019.


    HomeSpotter Expands

    Good news from HomeSpotter yesterday… they announced their first acquisition, Spacio, HQ’d in Vancouver and the addition of Dug Nichols (@dugnichols) to the team => HomeSpotter makes first acquisition, hires former Kidizen CEO (MSP Business Journal). I’ve been a long time fan of Aaron Kardell (@akardell) , CEO. We worked together a few times between 2012 and 2015 as Aaron was growing the team. He is one of the best people, personally and professionally, I’ve been around. I am assuming prepping for the announcement the HomeSpotter web site has had a refresh. Click HomeSpotter Careers… they are hiring.

    Continue reading "Minnesota Morning: HomeSpotter Expands, More On The Code42 Layoff/Reorg, Google Data Center And What’s Next For Minnesota Headhunter Part I" »


    What The Code42 Layoff And Restructure Means For The Minnesota Tech Community



    Change Ahead

    I’ve been a bit surprised at the surprised response from some in the Minneapolis and St Paul tech community about the announced Code42 layoff and restructure. Some are worrying… wondering if it’s a “sign”.

    I get that Code42 is one of our most high-profile tech companies. I get that they are the most likely talked about company to have an IPO.

    And for the 55 people who have been impacted by this… this is a huge thing for them and we all need to help them find a soft landing, fast.

    But what does it mean for the MN tech scene in general?

    My opinion… nothing.

    That’s right… absolutely nothing.

    Here is the statement from Joe Payne, CEO:

    “Code42’s evolution into a data security company has seen us advance our offering from IT infrastructure products to application security products. Now we are making some organizational changes to realign our resources around how we sell, deploy and support these new products in the market. These changes reflect shifts in our market and in the needs of our customers. They are not a reflection on the talented people whose positions were affected,” said Joe Payne, Code42’s president and CEO. “In 2018, we grew to approximately $115 million in annual recurring revenue. The steps we are taking today are focused on further accelerating our growth. With more than $30 million in cash and the backing of some of the world’s best investors, Code42 has the financial resources we need to win in the data loss protection market.”

    And this from the StarTribune, Minneapolis-based Code42 to lay off 55 workers as growth slows

    Code42 is like most companies, they are learning and evolving. They are trying new products. They are making decisions on which way to go.

    With that comes change and that change at times will impact people. That part sucks. The impact on people. But I have a newsflash… this is normal.

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    2019 Minnesota Jobs Prediction



    Roller Coaster

    I tend to stay away from making predictions… I don’t have a crystal ball that tells the future. If I did I likely would not be writing this post right now. When I was a kid I did have a Magic 8 Ball. Those were the best. Didn’t like your answer? Try again. Or do 2 of 3 or 4 of 7.

    But I do trends.

    I am always reading economic surveys, watching CNBC and Bloomberg, reading company quarterly reports, scanning Glassdoor company reviews, looking at Indeed and Google Jobs. Anything that when combined with other bits of data show trends. Sometimes new data jives with what I have been thinking and other times it shows some change.

    Late 2017 while prepping for our end of the year MSP On Deck Podcast we each were going to make a prediction. I knew mine right away.

    I went with this… that in 2018 the Minnesota jobs scene and particularly the Minnesota tech jobs scene was going to see greater churn. By churn I meant that we would see more companies hiring, more companies laying off and restructuring and for a variety of factors more people taking a look at what might be available to them in a new job, career or employer.

    While I can’t point to a particular survey or chart… I am claiming a win on that prediction.

    If you ask corporate and search firm recruiters… most experienced a busier year of recruiting. If you ask managers, directors and those who run teams if they had a harder time retaining people… most will say yes.

    Remember the gopher from CaddyShack and how he would stick his head up from underground to see what was going on outside? That’s what a lot more people did in 2018. They all didn’t move but more were willing to take a look.

    Now to my 2019 Minnesota Jobs prediction… I’m not taking a big leap with this one.

    I am predicting even more churn in 2019.


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    Synapse Podcast With Steve LeBeau, Louis King, Casey Allen And I Talking About Economic Development, Job Creation And Minnesota Startups



    Synapse Podcast with Steve LeBeau, Louis King, Casey Allen and Paul DeBettignies

    It all started with Casey Allen sending me an email:

    “do you want to be on a podcast with me?”

    And a link to Steve LeBeau’s podcast “Synapse: Think Tank Of The Air”

    While I had not previously met Steve (@splebeau), I knew who he was. At one time he was the Editor in Chief of Minnesota Business and at other times a writer, producer, editor for TV, radio, print and the web. His current passion is Synapse:

    “The Social Mission of Synapse is to Connect Diverse Twin Cities Influencers and pick their brains for the Greater Good”

    “Heck yeah” was my reply.

    Casey follows up by saying there is a 3rd guest who I had also heard of but never met. Louis King is the CEO of Summit Academy OIC:

    “We exist to assist individuals in developing their ability to earn and to become contributing citizens in their community. Our fundamental belief is: the best social service program in the world is a job”

    I told Casey:

    “We might be in over our heads… these are some smart fellas”

    As Casey and I are walking in the elevator to the studio we meet Louis. It took maybe 3 minutes for us to be quick friends. We’re already talking about jobs, the economy and stuff when Steve comes out and asks us to stop talking. He wanted to be able to record our chat.

    What follows is a summary of our conversation and at the bottom you can hear the whole conversation.

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    Minneapolis And St Paul Tech Jobs



    Minnesota IT Jobs

    The following have been added to the Minnesota IT Jobs page…

    Friends who are hiring:


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    Minneapolis And St Paul Recruiter Jobs



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    The following have been added to the page by Minneapolis and St Paul employers and click for the latest trends in Minnesota Recruiter hiring:


    How to post a job (it’s free)?

    Send the content (preferably in Word) along with a link or email for folks to apply to paul@mnheadhunter.com

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    MSP On Deck Podcast #27: Patrick Meenan From Arthur Ventures Joins Us, Top Tech Stories of 2018 And 2019 Predictions



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    Our last episode of 2018 is with a guest and one of my favorite people in the Minnesota tech scene… Patrick Meenan (@pmeenan1), Partner with Arthur Ventures (@arthurventures).

    We jump right in with who Patrick is and get history of Arthur Ventures. He talks about the investments they have made in 2018 and spends some time talking about investments to date in Minneapolis totaling 7 companies and $25M.

    We also talk about:

    • When should someone contact him about funding
    • Their investment strategy
    • Why they invest anywhere but the Bay Area
    • How they find companies to invest in
    • What are the differences in the cities in which they have invested
    • Their recent investment in Nomics
    • What 2019 looks like for Arthur Ventures
    • What companies did they not invest in they wish they would/could have
    • Scaling recruiting, retention of staff and executive recruiting
    • Why a recruiting hire should be around 20-30 people. HR leadership around 50-60 people
    • How the Minneapolis and St Paul tech scene is doing

    We transition to top business stories from MSP Business Journal in 2018 including Bite Squad, Bright Health, Bind, Total Expert, Flip Grid and Reeher.

    We talk about leading rounds, being on a board, when/why companies disclose purchase prices (or not) and what happens post acquisition.

    We spend some time talking about IPO’s and private equity acquisitions.

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    Minnesota #8 On Tech And Science Index


    18 Milken Institute State Tech and Science Index Map

    If you’ve stopped by here a few times you are aware that I love a good survey, ranking or index. It’s why I like sports… every day you can look in a newspaper or online and find out if your team is winning, losing, where it ranks and how it is trending.

    In this case my team is Minnesota and I like to gauge how we are doing, trending and comparing.

    The Milken Institute released their 2018 State Technology and Science Index, something they do every 2 years, and it always has a lot of data to look at.

    For 2018 Minnesota ranks #8, -1 from 2016.

    From the report:

    Minnesota drops one spot to end up eighth on the 2018 STSI. After a strong performance in 2016, Minnesota’s score decreased by 6.47 points to 63.11. The state dropped two places on the RDI to land at 21st. Minnesota also ranks 21st on the RCI in this edition of the STSI, a five-rank drop from 2016. Minnesota increased one rank on the HCI to fourth, while the state dropped to seventh from fourth on the TSW sub-index due to decreases in the concentration of computer, engineering, and science-related occupations. Minnesota dropped three ranks to 18th on the TCD.

    The state has been focusing on creating a workforce to support the growing high-tech sector. The statewide College Occupational Scholarship Pilot Program for STEM-related degrees is one such program, and in conjunction, Minnesota has built eight IT Center of Excellence facilities to focus resources on education and internship programs. These eight centers provide a pathway for entering the high-tech workforce, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, expanding the high-tech workforce through diversity recruitment, and providing K-12 grades with a tech-related curriculum.

    Minnesota is also making efforts to expand access to broadband internet. Currently, Minnesota has 69 percent of households with broadband internet, ranking 19th in the nation. One estimate puts a $1.4 billion price on the infrastructure needed to connect the remaining 31 percent of households in the state. If Minnesota can provide statewide high-speed internet access, this could generate long-term economic benefits by connecting its population to opportunity through modern infrastructure development. By providing the necessary education, workforce, and infrastructure as the knowledge economy develops, Minnesota should be competitive in the long run.

    Overall Minnesota ranking by year:

    • #8 2018
    • #7 2016
    • #13 2014
    • #12 2012
    • #12 2010
    • #11 2008
    • #8 2004
    • #10 2002


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    Conversation With A Startup Founder: I Need Help With The Non Recruiting Activities Of Recruiting



    Recruiting

    A couple of months ago during Twin Cities Startup Week I had a chat with a with a Startup Founder who was telling me about how they were having an easy time with recruiting. And I was not surprised. The group has a strong set of leaders who are well known and respected. They each have a good to great network of tech friends in town. And they had been active in saying they were hiring.

    I had a conversation with the same person New Year’s Eve Day and they are… stressed out. Things are not going well.

    I asked if I could take some notes to write for a blog post and they said yes.

    Here are some issues they have been facing:

    • Process: they don’t have one. Each candidate experience has essentially turned into a choose your own adventure book. And at times has had everyone feeling confused.

    • Time: they don’t have it and they’re wasting it. Interview cycles were 3 weeks and that was before the holidays started. They are losing people because they are taking offers at other places or becoming disinterested.

    • Negotiation: they suck at it. They generally are not talking about their own salary range or what candidate expectations are until they are ready to extend the offer. Two times they found themselves $10K+ apart. Other times they went way outside their budget. They are not communicating why someone should work there beyond salary. An offer should be a win-win for both parties.

    • Brand: they are beginning to hurt their own reputations. They are not getting back to people in a timely manner and they are not “rejecting” people in a respectful way.

    • Candidate pool: is good to really good. But it’s not great. They are not finding people outside of their network so candidates tend to have the same experience and work/worked at the same places. Their pool tends to lack diversity of thought, experience, gender and age.

    Here are the highlights of the advice I gave:

    • Create a process that is easy to manage and the same for everyone. Exceptions to the process are just that and not the norm.

    • Time is never your friend when it comes to recruiting. It must be a priority. I get you are busy building a company, speaking with VC’s and tending to day to day operations. But this can’t be an after thought.

    • Negotiations are always tricky… my advice to both “sides” is to be transparent from the start.

    • You have to treat people better than the way you want to be treated. We live in a really large, small town. More than that, it’s the right thing to do.

    • Having a strong network is awesome… but you can’t just fish from the same place every time. You need to go to other places, meet new people and grow who you know.

    Back to the title of this post… the Founder said to me they need help with the “non-recruiting activities of recruiting”.

    Their problem is that they thought recruiting is just the act of finding people or in their case… people finding them.

    What they really need is a recruiting strategy that is reliable, sustainable and scalable.

    If you are a startup founder, CTO, etc. and want to chat about recruiting and related topics… send me an email. I love these kinds of conversations.


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    Minneapolis And St Paul Recruiter Jobs



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    The following have been added to the Minnesota Recruiter Jobs page by Minneapolis and St Paul employers and click Minnesota Recruiters In Demand – Fall 2018 for the latest trends in Minnesota Recruiter hiring:


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