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MN Headhunter News

A couple of weeks ago I had this post MN Headhunter Gets Noticed, Changes To The Site and mentioned I had a chat with Franki and Jim Durbin of Durbin Media Group.


The idea was that I wanted to have a cleaner look to this site and looking for a way to incorporate what would have been the search firm site into this site. The templates on TypePad are fairly good but I wanted something more professional.


I was thinking about picking up the MovableType service but knew that meant I would be spending many, many hours trying to figure out how to make it work for me.


Franki, Jim and I get on the phone and Franki says (in the tone most of us do when we are excited but a little uncertain what the reaction might be) “So what do you think?” I had just turned my computer on and was waiting for my email to open up so I could get to the link.


So we continued the conversation and she was explaining how and what her ideas were. During this I had clicked on the link. She finished and there was that eery silence that sends shivers down the spine when you are waiting to here that either you are on the mark or way off.


RIGHT ON, Franki is a star. She was able to pick the random thoughts out of my head and put together a great design. See, I was going to look at other blogs and make notes on design, font, colors, etc so she would have an idea of what I like. But no, I got so busy with other things that I never got to it.


Somehow she knew what I was thinking and nailed it. There was nothing I wanted to change.


Today Franki, Jim and I had a follow-up as now seeing the design I had some more things I might want to do like add a Recruiter Jobs Page. A place where companies and agencies can post their recruiter jobs in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This way I can better help my friends than the email I have been doing. There are a couple of others that for now will remain a secret. Shhhhhh, we can’t give it all way yet…




Yesterday I had my “photo shoot” for the August edition of Minnesota Business. I was feeling very uncomfortable and had all of these things and more running through my head: not sure how to stand, is the tie on straight, do I have a good side, what to do with the hands, in the pockets or out, one in and one out, both in, both out.


I was thinking about the people walking by who were looking at me. They were thinking (because I swear I could read their minds) “who is that fool and why is he getting pictures taken?”




There have been a lot going on the past few weeks, which is why my number of posts have declined. When asked how I am doing I have two responses, analogies really.


The first is that if I were a professional juggler I would be fired. Of the eight balls that should be in the air five of them always seem to be on the ground.


The second is a movie from the mid-90’s, Keanu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonic. The movie is set hundreds of years in the future and Keanu is a courier that has data uploaded into a chip in his brain. Too much data is on the chip and it starts to “leak” out of his brain. Not literally and you don’t see any seepage but figuratively speaking it would kill the character.


That’s exactly how I have been feeling. Nice image, eh?

North Loop Neighborhood Looking For Volunteers

Last night at the Jeune Lune theater the North Loop board gave a presentation to area residents regarding all of the work being done in the neighborhood. Having lived here now for almost three years and looking for office space in the area I am thinking this is a good time to get involved with the neighborhood.


There are three main areas of focus:


Marketing/Public Relations

-Planning for the September 9th social event

-Further web site development


-Creating sponsorship packages for area businesses


Planning and Zoning

-Minnesota Twins Stadium, also known as Twinsville

-Cedar Lake bike trail

-General historic nature of the area

-Development of new commercial and housing



-Lighting survey

-Dog Park


Unlike my volunteer work in getting the University District Improvement Association up and running near the University of Minnesota the North Loop is an already well-run organization that has been in existence for more than 5 years.


If you are into marketing, web development, residential or commercial development, a baseball fan, pet owner, historic preservation among other and live or work in the North Loop consider getting involved.


The North Loop board meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month (this evening there is a meeting) in the community room at Heritage Landing, 415 North 1st Street. Meetings begin promptly at 7 pm.

State Of Minnesota Places Call For Techie Help

Citizens of this fine state are getting a glimpse into how far behind state government has fallen in upgrading technology. Minnesota asks industry to lend it some free 'geeks', free?


I would hope that the big shops and consulting firms in town are willing to help out but they would be making a significant contribution:


The senior professionals being sought often are billed to clients at rates ranging from $150 to $250 an hour, said one information technology vendor that has looked at the program.


"That'll separate the men from the boys, certainly," said another vendor, Richard Winkelmann of CA International, a New York-based IT firm.


Winkelmann attended a meeting with state officials last week about the loan program and called it "an exciting opportunity to put someone at the table with the chief information officer to help set strategy for the state of Minnesota." But he said it's been a tough sell to his corporate bosses.


"I've spent a week lobbying CA to come forward with resources," Winkelmann said. "Uncorking someone is a challenge. We're not there yet."


A tough sell? Uh, yeah I think so…

Minnesota Blogging News

Yes there is news starting with a great lunch and get to know you session with Steven Rothberg of Steven is a great guy. What was originally a quick lunch became a near 3-hour chat.


We covered a lot of different subjects including hockey. Steven was born in Canada and is a big fan of the Edmonton Oilers. Later that night his team lost in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. I hope he has recovered.


Steven has invited me to become a guest writer on his site and I gladly accepted. is a great tool for college students to find internships and jobs and employers are able to tap into a large database of candidates.


I look forward to working more with Steven.


I received an email from GL Hoffman of announcing his blog, What Would Dad Say. I met with GL at the office back in May. I have a bunch of information to share on the company, their weekly paper and the web site. I really like what they are doing in the markets they serve.


To the best of my knowledge Steven, GL and I are the only three bloggers in the Twin Cities writing about careers, employment, jobs, etc. If you know of a blog in this category send it on to me. has recently been through a bit of a makeover. I have not been lurking on the site nearly as much as I used to. Nothing to do with the site, just not enough time in the day. The local blog aggregator is now showing an impressive 269 blogs. Now I just need them to finally change my link to so my feed will once again appear on their site.

Feedburner Statistics

Last weekend I noted in MN Headhunter Updated that I had connected to Feedburner and I was looking forward to seeing how many RSS subscriptions I have. I know there are people reading the posts from the feeds without coming to the blog.


Today I have 41. I thought the number might be closer to 20. Combined with my 7-day average of unique visitors that makes my current audience 105.

MN Headhunter Updated

Many thanks to Jim Durbin for this post the other day, How to Talk about your Blog Traffic. I already knew about the statistics part but I had not yet connected to Feedburner. So after making some minor changes to the site and using the widget that TypePad has created I am hooked up. I have been wondering about how many people are reading this by feeds, now I will get to find out.


Below are the blogs I have added in the previous ten days.


Recruiting Blogs




...from the trenches 


Your HR Guy's Blog 


Business & Technology Blogs


TypePad Hackers 


Online Career Hub Blog 


Technorati Weblog 


The Blog Herald 


Official Google Blog Weblog 


Seth Godin's Blog 



Gone Fishing

That was the theory anyway. I got out of Minneapolis before the early afternoon traffic started and planned to be on the lake in the evening. Mother Nature had different plans.


It only rained here with a couple of claps of thunder. Unlike what was seen on the evening news last night with hail, 3-4 inches of rain and street flooding in Downtown Minneapolis.


Hopefully my plants and flowers that have been growing on the deck did not receive any permanent damage.


It continues to do a slow rain this afternoon. It’s warm enough to be out in the rain but I think I will let the fish swim for another day.


So I have the World Cup telecast on and maybe just maybe I will get caught on some stuff this afternoon.

Bill Gates To Be A Philanthropist

Bill Gates just made an announcement that was carried on CNN and CNBC. He will transition out of day-to-day operations of Microsoft over the next two years and concentrate on the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and further develop a global health and education network.


Many people dislike Bill Gates, Microsoft, and Windows. I have always been very neutral.


My fascination is with the story of how the company was built and how it has innovated. I will watch with great interest to see what kind of impact the richest person in the world can make. While it may be an enormous task to take on and the responsibility large, what an awesome job that would be.

Fear Factor

The last few days I have bumped into quite a few people, a couple of them dear friends of mine, who seem to be handcuffed by fear when it comes to their job search. The fear is on many different levels. Most fear rejection, some fear failure, a few fear not being good enough. One guy I have known for many years and I swear he is fearing success.


Maybe this industry has jaded me a little bit. I wonder, although I doubt I want to know, how many times I have been rejected since April of 1998 when I got into this gig.


In the beginning I was rejected by numerous companies because I was too green, not a known commodity, and we were small. They were right but I had a company to build and bills to pay so I kept going.


Then I think of the thousands of candidates that for one good reason or another (or lied) were not interested in what I had to offer. Maybe it was the wrong location, bad timing, etc. But I only needed the right one at the right time to say yes.


So really I could care less about being rejected. It is rather liberating. If I can be told no enough times then I know a yes coming soon.


Yeah, I know that sounds weird but it works for me.


My advice to job seekers is this, your job is to find a job. I have said it many times here before and it is one of the main themes when I do the job search seminar. If you are a college student, your goal is to get that first “real job” so you can afford rent, student loans, and hopefully that new car you have been wanting.


If you are in your 50’s you have even more reason not to fear rejection. You likely have kids, a spouse, a mortgage, car payment(s), and retirement to think about.


You have no time for fear…


Let me try a different angle on this. I have a single friend. A good-looking dude with a sweat car, great loft, awesome family and yes a great personality. He’s a great guy but he freezes around women. Freezes, literally. Tongue tied. Sweaty palms. The only he does not do (thankfully) is drool.


So I told him we were going to hang out for a weekend and go to many different places like the Farmers Market, the downtown bar scene, the uptown lake scene, etc, likely places where women hang out. That sounded good to him until I told him our goal over the weekend was for him to meet 100 women. Yep, 100. He freaked out and said no. I never should have said it, I know.


My logic is if you meet 100 women, get the names of 70, the phone numbers of 25, the right phone numbers of 15 (because women will not always give you the real phone number), and ten change their mind, or will be traveling for work, or do not return the call, you still have 5 yes’s.


5 women saying yes in a month is more than a date a week. How are you doing now?


Fear is holding you back and soon as you can shake free from it, or at least push it aside for a little while, the sooner thinks will work out for you.

Donald Trump In Minneapolis This Morning

For those in the area I just got a call from a friend of mine attending the MINNEAPOLIS - Think BIG 2006! seminar this morning and they are accepting walk-ups. Donald Trump, Michael Coles (CEO of Caribou Coffee), George Foreman and a few others will be presenting.


The cost is $47. It started at 8 am and goes until 4:30 pm. The event is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Tech Employment 2.0

Over the next week I am going to be writing a series of posts on the state of the job market for technology professionals. Recently there have been plenty of surveys, news stories, anecdotes and pr releases that are starting to paint a picture of hiring circa 1999, right before the insanity hit.


I am not suggesting that there is a coming bubble but I will be suggesting that the market is clearly heating up.


For companies that are being proactive in their hiring and offering reasonable benefits and positive work place conditions this is good news as the candidate pool is looking ot make a move.


For companies stuck in the early 2000’s mentality of “you should be happy you have a job here” that sound you hear is your staff boxing up their personal items. They may not be on their way out the door but they are one job ad or one phone call from a friend away from taking the box with them at the end of the day.


I hope it does not get as crazy as the dot-com era. As we learned that was unsustainable and frankly unwarranted. Not all technologists are looking for the cappuccino machine and afternoon foosball tournaments but they clearly are looking for challenging opportunities, better pay, more flexibility, and have a seat at the table when business decisions are made.


It does need to be pointed that some regions of the country are further down this road than others and that some parts of the tech industry are still slowly recovering. Stating that, some generalizations can and will be made.

USA Begins World Cup Action

It’s about time. World Cup 2006 is four days into the tournament and I have enjoyed watching the rest of the world play, there have been some great matches.


It’s time to see what we have in this team. There has been much said about the swagger of this USA team, the #5 world ranking, and was 2002 a fluke.


The US finds itself in the “group of death”. For those non-soccer fans that title goes to the toughest of the six groups. With today’s game against the Czech Republic and upcoming ones with Italy and Ghana the goal may not be to win the group but just to move on.


While there is a need for a strong US offense there is a lot of pressure on the shoulders of goal keeper Kasey Kellar. Kasey lives less than 20 kilometers from the stadium they are playing in today. Hopefully it gives him some home field advantage


My neighbor is in the stadium this morning (evening there) and is a participant in Sam’s Army. No doubt the Czech’s will have a crowd larger in number but I look forward to hearing the US fans and seeing their red shirts.


And so it starts…

Microsoft Loses Robert Scoble

There has been a lot written in the last two days regarding the announcement and it has shaken (maybe a better word is “excited”) the blogosphere. He did have one of the best gigs a person could have.


Rather than make some causal observations or pretend I know more than I do which is nothing, (although it seems many in the sphere seem to know a lot as there are many contradictions between his thoughts and others postings) all I can say is this is big, big news.


Check out his site Scobleizer and read it in his own words.

Articles For Recruiters

I have posted articles from Net-Temps before and it seems like my recruiter friends enjoy them. Here are some more:


Stud or Dud: What Defines a Strong Candidate?


Ten Tips for Better Meetings


The 10 Commandments of Recruiting Passive Candidates


What Were They Thinking! A Lighter Side of Recruiting


Recruitment Marketing Ideas


Two Questions to Ask Every Client and Candidate


Have You Got the Recruiting Gene?


Separation Anxiety


The 12 Types of Sales Call Reluctance