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Promising Days Ahead For Minnesota College Grads

The St. Cloud State University Career Services Center has issued a report MN College Job Outlook 2007 showing a good outlook on the local job and salary prospects for the Class of 2007.

   

The report is good news and I believe the market is definitely going in the right direction but I am a little cautious on the sample of companies. I would expect companies that were hiring at a job fair in 2006 and likely attending in 2007 to be hiring. So maybe the results are a little skewed but I think overall they are close to.

   

Besides the positive  job market outlook the results show that salaries may be increasing. The flip side is that the respondents suggested that grads may want to tone down their expectations.

   

Let me give the message they want to say, Do Not Be Greedy!!!


To My Republican And Democrat Friends

Oh boy, the State Fair is over and the politicians are done shaking hands and kissing babies. Now they are hitting the airwaves. My political friends are trying to get in my ear. Say something nice about this person, topic, or party.

   

BUZZ OFF

   

Instead you get this, as forwarded to me by my cousin Jennifer…

A woman in a hot air balloon realizes she is lost.  She lowers her altitude and spots a man fishing from a boat below.
   

She shouts to him, "Excuse me, can you help me?  I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
   
The man consults his portable GPS and replies, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level.  You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

   

She rolls her eyes and says, "You must be a Republican!"
   
"I am," replie
s the man. "How did you know?"

   
"Well," answers the balloonist, ".everything you tell me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost.  Frankly
, you're not much help to me."
   
The man smiles and responds, "You must be a Democrat."

   
"I am," replies the balloonist. "How did you know?"
   
"Well," says the man, "You don't know where you are or where you're going.  You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me to solve your problem.  You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault."


What Is My, Your, Any Blog Worth

The debate continues on BlogHerald.com with How does one value a blog? (Hint: It’s really about Revenue), Bloggasm with How much money is your blog really worth? A Bloggasm case study, and problogger with How much money is a blog Worth?.

   

I understand that my situation is different on why I write this and what it is used for. Blog worth and metrics are important to many because they blog for a living, are trying to create a site they can sell, or in some cases it is about ego and who has the most visitors.

   

Yeah I guess it is also about how much one can charge for ads on their space.

   

My criteria for this particular blog is a little different. I judge by the amount of visitors within a certain amount of miles of Minneapolis, the number of employment inquiries, requests of information, etc. I get 10 email messages for every comment that is left so comments, as used by some on how much community is built, are not a good measuring stick either. Things that show people are reacting to the information they see are my measuring tools.

   

Maybe that’s too simple and maybe I am wrong but as long as this kind of growth continues I am happy with my progress. Having all of the traffic (17,000+ visitors) from the Northwest Airlines story was great but I was more curious how many were from this area and how many come back again. So far so good.

   

Using the Bloggasm formula my blog worth is $3,775. They are using the number of blogs linking to me times a valuation of $51.70 per link as I qualify as a location oriented blog.

   

Sootle Web Directory says $8,007.

   

Business Opportunities says $41,211.

   

These sites are using links from other blogs as a basis for their estimation. My question is this, the only value a blog has is by how many blogs link to it? So in the next weeks as my link appears on various State of Minnesota career sites, various college and university sites, local career sites, and technology user groups the value will not increase? No value in those links, huh.

   

That’s absurd.

   

I like what problogger had to say:

Ultimately a blog is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it - a figure that is based upon many things including it’s income (current and projected), it’s influence, it’s dependancy upon the blogger (and whether they’ll continue once it’s sold), it’s incoming links and SE ranking, it’s longevity, type of readership (ie search engine, loyal readers, RSS) the blog’s growth curve, domain name value, traffic, the topic etc.

Maybe some of these bloggers should create sites that are of interest to people other than their fellow bloggers. Seems to me they are missing a huge market.

   

I do appreciate the effort made to quantify their estimations but it seems that they are simplistic.

   

FYI, today I made another placement from a candidate that relates back to the blog. This year that makes 3.5 placements that I can directly trace back to wirting this blog.

   

So while they try to justify their worth I will just keep doing what I am doing…


Mother Nature 3, MN Headhunter 1

I spent the Labor Day weekend in the Alexandria area. I went up on Wednesday and came back Sunday. Thursday was a beautiful day and a lot of lard work was done.

   

And then the rain came. And fell some more. I swear I saw the proverbial cats and dogs falling from the sky. I received email from a couple of friends in the cities wondering how the fishing was. See it was nice here and they assumed it was there as well.

   

Not so much. I did get in the boat for about two hours on Saturday with my uncle and cousin. My uncle asked what the prize was for first and biggest fish. I said “trash talk”. Guess who caught the first and biggest? Not me. My uncle caught a small bass and a nice northern. My cousin caught a small bass.

   

I kept dragging the same big minnow around for two hours. I had named him Groucho.

   

Oh yeah, after we got out there it started to rain. And it got windy too. As we were getting ready to go back in I had a bite. My uncle said it was a weed. That the city kid was desperate and had no idea what he was doing.

   

I reeled in Groucho. Lets just say not much of Groucho was left. Out of minnows and feeling damp and cold we went back to the dock.

   

So much for the fishing weekend I had hoped for. Mother Nature took 3 days for rain and I got 1 to do yard work. They did need the rain and the lake levels were getting very low so I do understand it was needed. Although it could have waited a few days.

   

I did get caught up on email, did a lot of reading, and slept a lot.

   

After catching up on work Monday and Tuesday I have a bunch of blog posts to put up starting this afternoon.


IT Professionals Looking For New Jobs

I have not written about this in quite a few months but I used to be shocked when talking with a hiring manager or human resources professional about them adding employees.

   

I always ask something along the lines of, “While recruiting new professionals to your staff what are you doing to keep the ones you have and what are you doing to keep your competitors from hiring your staff”.

   

Nine times out of ten the look is met with a confused look. I used to be shocked by it, now I expect it.

   

Here is more evidence of why what I am asking is even more important.

   

CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Association) released a study of 1,000+ information technology professionals that shows 58% are “looking” for a new job and of those 80% are somewhat or very active.

   

Did you hear that collective shiver from the management crowd? Wait it gets worse, or better depending on your perspective.

   

Of those looking for new gigs 60% have been with their current employer for at least three years and 52% in their roles for at least three years.

   

Remember all of those seasoned high tech workers who had elected job security and loyalty? Yep, they are the ones looking to move on.

   

Pay, little or no advancement opportunities, and new challenges are the stated reasons.

   

Let me bust this down to the simplest of levels: If you are bringing employees in the front door make sure you have the back door blocked with proper pay, work conditions, and job satisfaction. Retain your current talent and recruit your hard drive off and you can have one of the best staffs around.

   

Fail to do so and you will be lucky to maintain staffing levels and at best average talent.


Carolyn Kepcher Gets Pink Slip

When I first heard about Carolyn from The Apprentice being fired I thought it was a joke, TRUMP DUMPS HIS FIRING-SQUAD AIDE CAROLYN.

   

Apparently Mr. Trump wants his people to be tuned into his business versus their own self-promotion. That seems ironic. Then again, he is promoting his own brand so that gets a pass.

   

I wonder what kind of gig can compare to working for him and having the spotlight of The Apprentice. Or how much the value of her speaking fees, endorsements, and book deals has declined.


Wi-Fi May Expand To Suburbs And U Of M

My thought about who would be next to look into a citywide Wi-Fi has been answered by this,

Minneapolis' Wi-Fi decision makes waves in suburbs.

   

It would be great if there could be one price point and then have access around the city and the suburbs.

   

The U of M already has most of its building with wireless connectivity but it would be nice to be on the plaza in front of Northrop Auditorium or the benches of the mall and Coffman Union and get a little work done. Maybe it would help with those buildings not fully covered too.


Superheroes And Their Tech Toys

As a kid I was not much in to cartoons but this article High-tech heroes got me thinking. If super heroes could have high tech gadgets, what would they use?

   

Come to think of it, I guess I did watch cartoons just not so much the superheroes:

   

Fat Albert

The Great Grape Ape

Harlem Globetrotters

Hong Kong Phooey

H R Pufnstuf

Pink Panther Show

Schoolhouse Rock, I really miss “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill”

Scooby Doo, Long before he needed Scrappy

Speed Racer

   

There are others like Captain Caveman, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Under Dog, Yogi Bear, Flintstones, Jetsons, Top Cat.

   

Geez, what happened to the good old days?


Minneapolis Wi-Fi Gets Official Pass

On a vote of 12-1, Council Member Cam Gordon wanted to take a look at the final contract, the Minneapolis City Council approves the wireless deal with Minnetonka based US Internet, Minneapolis OKs Wi-Fi install.

   

I know Qwest is bringing up what may be some reasonable objections to the deal but at the end of the day my attitude is lets get it done. Besides, not being a big fan of Qwest anything they have to say goes in one ear and out the other.

   

While I am concerned about the extra cost of the modem needed, sounds more like a signal booster than a modem, this is still an opportunity to bring Internet access to those who up until now could not afford it.


A Legal Perspective On Using Facebook And MySpace

I have been waiting for a legal look at using Facebook and MySpace as a recruiting and background check tool. George Lenard who writes George’s Employment Blawg takes a run at it with Steven Rothberg and CollegeRecruiter.com.

   

The post is Employers Using Facebook for Background Checking: Is It Legal? and takes a good look at issues employers may (or may not) have with discrimination law, invasion of privacy, and terms of service violation.

   

George ends his post with a “Thinking Practically” section that is some of the best-written advice I have seen for both employees and employers.