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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

The following new Recruiter Jobs have been added on the MN Headhunter Recruiting Gigs Page:


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Photos On LinkedIn, Say Cheese

I was trying to figure out which picture to use now that LinkedIn is allowing a photo. I have my MN Headhunter MySpace profile and MN Headhunter Facebook profile picture with Minnesota Golden Gopher football Head Coach Tim Brewster. Previous photos were with Goldy Gopher or a nice bass I caught.

And then I read these two articles, Smile, You're on LinkedIn and Picture this - LinkedIn adds profile photos and I learn that they are hoping for professional looking headshots. OK, I will play along. Here is my MN Headhunter LinkedIn profile with the headshot.

Not the biggest of picture space but a nice feature anyway.

Surely there will be lots of commentary like the last article from TechCrunch. Is LinkedIn falling behind the race with Facebook for fun features? Yeah maybe, you will see my Facebook profile has some personality to it. And I have not even come close to adding the many different third party pieces that are out there.

Definitely a step in the right direction.

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Minnesota Cup Winners Announced

Two weeks ago at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus the 3rd Annual Minnesota Cup announced Muve, Inc as Minnesota's Top Breakthrough Business Idea. The prize being $25,000 in seed capital and lots of consulting and business services from sponsors of the event.

Muve is doing groundbreaking research study on obesity from The Mayo Clinic. John Montague and Dr. James Levine of Muve, Inc. are prepared to commercialize products and services to cure the global obesity epidemic.

2nd Place and $5,000 went to It’sFresh! who are working to work to deliver comprehensive solutions focused on food freshness designed to increase consumer satisfaction, taste and quality, through simple, easy-to-use solutions.

3rd Place and $2,5000 went to Persata, a free-flowing community of users who build "Crowds" around specific topics and collect quantitative information, as opposed to writing articles or blogs, in order to build a mini, topic-specific database on the fly.

Winning the student award was They get $5,000. is creating an online service that will facilitate the graduate school application process that debuted this month.

The 2nd, 3rd and student winners also get consulting and business services from event sponsors.

Minnesota Cup was created by local entrepreneurs Scott Litman and Dan Mallin both of SDWA Ventures. They started the competition in 2005 as a way to find the areas most innovative business concepts.

This year more than 500 entries were submitted. Semi finalists can be found by clicking Minnesota Cup 2007 Semi-Finalist.

Also honored that night as “Entrepreneur of the Year” was Robert Stephens, founder of Geek Squad.

Graeme Thickens who writes the Tech~Surf~Blog was in attendance and has a great write up of the event, 'MN Cup' Awards: A Celebration of MN Entrepreneurship. Graeme does a fantastic job of covering Minnesota companies and local entrepreneurs.

Summertime In Minnesota, Family, Fishing, Friends, Fireworks, And A Squirrel Too

We are past the last official weekend of summer (Labor Day) and officially into the fall season. Gopher football season is four games in and I am seeking therapists.

Back in May I knew that this summer was going to be more about work than enjoying long lazy days. Oh boy was I right. Usually summer seems to fly by. It is after all a little shorter here in the Upper Midwest.

Not this one. It dragged on. And on. And on.

A lot of work, very little play, very hot, very dry until August when the floods came.

There were some good times mixed in, some of which are shown below.

Meet my Mom. Everyone says it about their own but my Mom is the best. And she likes to go fishing now and again:

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Meet Brian. He is a fraternity brother and we volunteer together with the group. I do the advising to the kids, he does the financial stuff. Where are the fish in these fishing pictures? Uh, well, there are none. I caught the first fish, not worth taking a picture of. Brian caught the biggest fish, not worth taking a picture of. Brian caught the most with ten versus my two. No pictures at all. I think Brian’s big fish was 2.5 pound bass.

We were on Lake Minnetonka in mid-June. Got there really early. We stayed a little too long and by noon the lake had been taken over by water skiers, big boats, fast boats, lots and lots of boats. By 1 pm there was a line to get to get through channels, to get off the lake as well as on:

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I am a sucker for a fireworks show. I like the “ooh ahh”. Here is  picture from the 4th of July:

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Speaking of fireworks last year I invited some friends and their kids for a BBQ and then we took a walk to see the Minneapolis Aquatennial fireworks. A much cooler, more intense and longer in duration show than the 4th of July. We had a great time and decided to do it again this year. Between work and families it is hard to get together so having spouses and kids together makes it easier. Most importantly it gives me an excuse to act more like a kid than I already do:

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Finally meet my new friend. I have decided to name him “Charlie”. No good reason for the name but it seems to work. He likes to lounge around and has no fear of me when I am outside on the deck:

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Minnesota Morning

“Dude where have you been, are you OK?”

That is the full email I received from a long time colleague of mine who had not heard from me much this summer. And not seeing the blog updated had him concerned.

It has been a very busy and intense summer on a personal and professional level.

I made a statement to my mom a year ago when my grandma passed away that I had been very fortunate that no one close to me had any health or medical issues or been in any accidents. All of my friends, their spouses and kids were doing well.

Dumbest thing I ever said.

In this past year and particularly this summer I have had six close friends and family have some sort of significant medical issue. So far all are still with us but it has been a lot to handle. I know at 37 I am getting to the age when such things happen but all of it at one time has been a bit much to handle.

The work part of my life has been intense too with a lot going on at the same time. Top on to that a few projects going at the same time (some work related and some not) and there has been a lot to juggle.

I think my biggest problem is that the personal and work things have been driving versus me driving them. I am not much of control person but like most I do feel a lot better when I have sense of control over what is going on and when.

Fortunately one of the things I have been working on has kicked off the past few days and is going well. The recruiting unconference in July was a huge success and one of the things to come out of it was the idea of creating a web site for ongoing professional networking to take place.

I will post in the next day regarding the site but if you promise not tell anybody (for the moment) I will say that the site has gone live. Minnesota Recruiters,, is a password protected site where those in recruiter, sourcer, researcher, and HR roles can get together and share information, ask questions, and learn new recruiting techniques. It also facilitates our ability to get to know each other on professional and personal level.

It has only been a couple of days but so far the response has been really good.

Over the next two weeks I will be able to announce the other two projects I have been working on late at night when I have not been able to sleep.

I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and finishing 2007 strong. For those who I have not responded to the past few weeks I really am sorry and will be in touch with you soon.

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ASCII To Hex WEP Key Converter

This summer while out of town I brought my Linksys VoIP wireless router with me so I could get some work done using my office line. You know, so I could pretend I was still in the office. My cousin was happy that I had brought it along so not to tie up a land line, they do not have wireless Internet.

I had no idea what my password was. I have not had to use it myself or give it to someone else.

So being a resourceful person I did what we all do, hopped on to Google, and did a search to find a converter.

And that is when I learned I had a problem.

When I first fired up the Linksys router two years ago the laptop I was using had a Linksys wireless adaptor card. I say that because I was using Linksys products. I did not know that the password I picked out should have had a certain number of characters.

All I knew was Linksys changed the ASCII password to a Hex key for me. So when I used the many WEP key converters form the Google search results none of them worked. After going through many search results I learned that I am not the only person who has faced this issue.

Then I came across Oh happy day. Their site says their WEP Key Converter works with most Linksys, Netgear, Belkin, and DLink routers.

I cannot speak for the others but in my case, the Linksys router, I typed in my ASCII pass phrase and the WEP key it generated for me worked.

And then Monday I had a candidate stop in to see me and needed to check his email. And once again I could not remember my password but I had put in my favorites.

Now it is here on the blog too for me to remember. Hopefully this helps out others who find themselves in the same situation I was in.

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IT Jobs With Minnesota Non Profits

The following new volunteer opportunities and IT jobs have been added on the MN Headhunter Volunteer Page:


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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

The following new Recruiter jobs have been added on the MN Headhunter Recruiting Gigs Page:

  • Recruiting Specialist – Full Time Job – Wipfli
  • Campus Recruiting Coordinator – Full Time Job – KPMG, LLP
  • Aviation Recruiting – Full Time Job – Strom Aviation


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