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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | August 25, 2008 - August 23, 2008 (last one first, links added):

August 25, 2008

  • Dem's enough about the Clinton surplus. It was a bubble, not sustainable and it burst. Would have busted if Bush or Gore as Pres
  • Some Rep's not being polite about Kennedy. Wonder if Nancy Reagan gave a speech and Dem's replied the same way. The middle is a lonely place
  • Received an email from 2 friends, one a Rep and one a Dem. They reminded me the only thing in the middle is a dashed line and road kill
  • Lots of DM's let me try this. OK, if Bush logic was false and if it is also for Obama and if McCain more of the same. We really are SCREWED

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Job Interview Do's and Don'ts

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: Free Job Search, Job Interview and Career Articles

So you landed the job interview, congratulations! Now, you probably want to know what you should do and what you should avoid doing during your interview.

Interview Do #1: Bring Your Personality

  • Don’t be who you think they want you to be, be who you really are. One of the most important parts of the interview is discovering whether you would be a good fit for the company. If you don’t fit in with the company’s culture, your experience may not be that enjoyable. Be yourself, that may be your largest advantage over another candidate!

Interview Do #2: Be Succinct

  • Plain and simple, answer the question that was asked. Don’t avoid the question, don’t go off topic, don’t give an answer to an entirely different question. If you don’t understand the question, ask again. If you don’t have the answer, ask again anyway so it gives you more time to think of a reply! It isn’t the length of your answer, it is the quality of your answer.

Interview Do #3: Own Your Failures

  • If you made a mistake, admit it. They don’t care that you have failures, they just care you understood why it was a failure and what you did to avoid making the same mistake again! Zig Ziglar once said, “It isn’t what happens to you that determines how far you go in life, its how you choose to handle what has happened to you.”

Interview Don’t #1: Lie About Your Ability

  • If you were never a manager, don’t say you were; if you were never in charge of a group of people, don’t say you were; if you never traveled for work, don’t say you did. Keep in mind, everything you do and everything you have done has been recorded by someone, somewhere. If you lie, you will get caught!

Interview Don’t #2: Not Get Involved

  • You want to let the interviewer know that you are listening and that you understand, but you don’t want to yup them to death! Further, if they ask you a question, “Yes” and “No” should not be the only words you use. Hint: Try to elaborate a little! They are looking to gain information about you!

Interview Don’t #3: Not Ask Questions

  • Yes, you are being interviewed but keep in mind, you are interviewing them too! Just because you may be a great fit for the job doesn’t mean you will enjoy working for the company. Make sure you do your research so you can come prepared to find out the information you want to know. For example, you could ask about their goals, where they plan to be in five years, whether or not they promote from within, etc.

Interview Don’t #4: Schedule an Interview on a Friday

  • As we all know, Friday is the last day, for most of us, of the workweek. The last thing you want to do is be cooped up in the office, as a matter of fact, when you arrive in the morning all you can think about is what you are doing after work. So, why would you schedule an interview on a Friday? If you can avoid doing this, do it. You want the attention focused on you, not on what their after-work plans are.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | August 22, 2008 - August 20, 2008 (last one first, links added):

August 22, 2008

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Ways to SCAMPER for Your Job

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From Kevin Donlin

You can learn a lot from books.

The solution to almost any problem can be found in a book somewhere, and that includes problems you may be having with your job search.

In fact, there's one book I've used since 1996 to generate creative new ideas -- at will -- to produce job-hunting breakthroughs for my clients and readers.

Here's the funny part: It's not even a book.

It's a collection of 56 idea-generating cards, called, "Thinkpak: A Brainstorming Card Deck," by Michael Michalko. And it ought to be required reading for anyone in search of new ways to solve old problems.

"Thinkpak" helps you break out of habitual modes of thinking by forcing you to look at a given subject in nine different ways, arranged around the mnemonic SCAMPER.

They are: Substitute; Combine; Adapt; Modify or Magnify; Put to other uses; Eliminate; Reverse or Rearrange.

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5 Minnesota Companies In The 2008 Inc. 500 | 106 Minnesota Companies In The 2008 Inc. 5000

The 2008 Inc. 5000 is out and this is the second year of their expanded coverage of privately held companies.

About 30% of the Minnesota companies are new and you can compare this year’s list to last years 10 Minnesota Companies In The 2007 Inc. 500 | 116 Minnesota Companies In The 2007 Inc. 5000

# is rank in the 5000 and link is to the Inc.com page on the company:


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | August 19, 2008 - August 16, 2008 (last one first, links added):

August 19, 2008

  • Olympics: BMX bikes in the Olympics? WTF??? BMX bikes in and softball on the way out. Zeus must be pissed off.
  • Funny quote from a MySpace page: "I'm not mean....you're just a sissy!"
  • @newcoventry That's what I am presenting at the U of M for Welcome Week. I will see about 800 of the 5,000 through out the day.
  • Phil Collins: 3rd divorce costs him $47M. All three when combined equal $84M. Is he that rich and that much of a pain in the ...?
  • Added a slide to presentation to U of M freshmen next week. "If you have enough time for drama like "The Hills", get a job or volunteer"

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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | August 15, 2008 - August 12, 2008 (last one first, links added):

August 15, 2008

  • @ChrisNalty I am thrilled to see someone else dressed their avatar in a more formal fashion although I am considering "giving the bird" too
  • FYI, a baby turkey is called a Poult. Thanksgiving almost came early along with a trip to the body shop.
  • Why did the turkey and it's baby cross the road? Because it wanted me to slam on the brakes and slide to a stop on the shoulder. A near miss
  • Twin Cities Social Media breakfast: next Friday, August 22 for more info http://smbmsp.ning.com/
  • Avatars taking over the social media folks in MPLS ahead of next weeks breakfast including: @MegCanada @gillianr @myklroventine @rickmahn
  • LinkedIn: As a group manager I can only see those I am 1st degree connections to and not the rest.
  • LinkedIn: As a group manager when approving requests to join I can no longer see email addresses of those I approve. How to introduce group?
  • Linkedin has made changes to groups. Not seeing anything new as promised.
  • New profile pic: I went from professional me, to Goldy Gopher and me, to a cartoon. Yeah, that pretty much sums me up.

MN Headhunter avatar 8-15-08

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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | August 11, 2008 - August 9, 2008 (last one first, links added):

August 11, 2008

  • Olympics: Nothing against the athletes but 2 sports I can do without, synchronized diving and mixed doubles badminton
  • Olympics: I really need to rethink my thoughts on men's gymnastics. What the US dude just did on the high bar was awesome.
  • Olympics: not a big fan of men's gymnastics but what these dudes do on rings is sick.
  • Twins now Olympics: Twins beat Yankees 4-0 giving up just 4 hits. A beauty to watch. Now need to catch up on medals.
  • Digital River rang the opening bell at NASDAQ this morning celebrating 10 years. CEO Joel Ronning was interviewed on CNBC

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Business Lunch Etiquette

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: Free Job Search, Job Interview and Career Articles

Business lunch etiquette is undoubtedly one of the most talked about topics in business. Business lunches are becoming more popular than office meetings, and much tastier, but they require a lot more effort! Before arriving to your next business lunch, be sure to go over these tips:

Business Lunch Etiquette Tip #1: Arrive Early

You always want to arrive about fifteen minutes early to a business lunch. You don’t want to be “That Guy.”

Business Lunch Etiquette Tip #2: Focus

Restaurants are a very busy place and it is tempting to take a look around. You can look, just make sure it isn’t when someone else is speaking. Your focus, at all times, should be directed to the speaker!

Business Lunch Etiquette Tip #3: Turn off Your Cell Phone

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Minnesota IT Jobs And IT Volunteer Opportunities With Minnesota Non Profits

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

Click weekly newsletter to receive the Wednesday message of nonprofit needs, IT jobs I am recruiting for, recruiter jobs, and most popular blog posts of the week.

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Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | August 8, 2008 - August 5, 2008 (last one first, links added):

August 8, 2008

  • @theuptake I hate to say good. I have been a big, big fan of Edwards. But I do like equal punishment regardless of political affiliation
  • @katiekonrath I am wondering if the "liberal" online media will jump on this with the same energy as they would if a Republican.
  • John Edwards: MN Dem friend sends an email out: "Maybe now with the affair the squeeky clean Edwards is edgy enough to be elected". (wow)
  • John Edwards: Admits to having an affair in 2006 http://abcnews.go.com
  • @recruitingblogs For some the Recruiter has always been the focus but I can attest here in MPLS some have/do think tools matter more
  • Chris Forman paraphrase: "The next killer app in recruiting is the recruiter." It makes me happy to hear thought leaders talking about this
  • Returned from Minnesota Technical Recruiters Network www.mntrn.org event with Chris Foreman of AIRS

August 7, 2008

August 6, 2008

August 5, 2008

  • @dbrauer Good question and I found out Richard Fisher from the Dallas. His 5th dissent in a row.
  • Fed rate: Unchanged at 2%. Seem a pinch more cautiously optimistic than last month while risks remain.
  • LinkedIn News: Finding some friends who have not heard that starting August 14th users limited to membership in 50 groups.
  • Oil: Hugo Chavez of Venezuela says $150 a barrel is irrational. Says $100 is a fair price. Wow, at one point he wanted it at $300
  • MN Recruiters: help us make our events better. Check out www.hrsearchmarketing.com reply through Twitter and you may win a $100 gift card

Certification Requirements for Beginning IT Professionals

From the Recruiting Blogswap:

Author Byline:  Randall Olson

Those who are interested in going to work in the information technology field are probably aware that certifications are very important.  When hiring IT workers, employers frequently look for candidates who have specific certifications. 

For entry-level positions, employers want to see certifications that validate that applicants truly have basic skills and an aptitude for IT work.  Some companies will not even consider hiring entry-level candidates who do not have at least one professional certification.  Even in cases where certification isn’t mandatory, it is certainly something IT employers view favorably.

Which Certifications Do I Need?
There are many different types of IT skills and jobs.  Accordingly, there are many different certifications, each of which validates a specific skill set.  The type of certification that you will need depends upon a number of factors, including:  the industry you want to enter, the geographic location where you want to work, a  company’s requirements, your background, and many other variables. 

Popular Entry-Level Certifications:
Some of the most popular certifications for entry-level computer technical support professionals include:

• Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
• CompTIA Network+
• CompTIA Security+
• CompTIA A+
• Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Keep in mind that this is not an all-inclusive list of entry-level IT certifications.  Be sure to research your geographic market, industry, and type of position desired to learn which types of certifications will be the most beneficial to you.

How Do I Get Certified?
Before you take a certification exam, it is a good idea to make sure that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful.  There are a number of different practice tests for most certification exams.  These practice tests can give you an idea of whether or not you are ready to sit for certification, or if you need to complete additional training prior to testing. 

If you do need additional training, check out your options for online training as well as instructor-led training in your local area.  Once you have the skills you need, then it may be time to register for your chosen exam. 

Each vendor has different policies, fees, and requirements.  Most IT certification exams are available at your local PearsonVUE or Prometric testing center.  Choose a convenient, comfortable testing center that meets your needs.  Exam vendors frequently offer special pricing and promotions, so you should check for the best deals on certification testing vouchers.  Your local testing center is often a good resource for information about the best deals on test vouchers.

About the Author Randall Olson is the Director of Information Technology for Mobile Technical Institute & MTI Business Solutions. He oversees the firm's high stakes certification testing center, conducts computer application training, and manages MTI's online learning programs. MTI is a full service training and consulting firm, providing open enrollment and on-site employee development training, database development, and website solutions.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | August 4, 2008 - August 1, 2008 (last one first, links added):

August 4, 2008

  • Twins: dude from Seattle gets 6 RBI in one inning? Surely that will get on SportsCenter.
  • Twins: now given up 8 runs in the 7th.
  • Twins: been a while since they have fallen part. The 7th has not been a lucky number this evening.
  • @researchgoddess I have had some success with Twithire. Like other sites (CL), depends on location and number of people using a site.

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8 Minnesota Companies On 2008 Fortune Global 500 List

The 2008 Fortune Global 500 has 153 U.S. companies with 8 from Minnesota:

World Rank | U.S. Rank | Fortune link | Ticker Symbol and link to company web site

Going through the U.S. list it is good to see so many of the companies with a significant Minnesota presence including Wells Fargo and Honeywell (HQ’s used to be here) along with McKesson, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Johnson Controls, General Dynamics, Northwestern Mutual, Express Scripts, Oracle and others.


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | July 31, 2008 - July 26, 2008 (last one first, links added):

July 31, 2008

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