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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 | September 29, 2008 - September 27, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 29, 2008

  • Hypocrisy: Have yet to see one “D” slam Pelosi for the speech or one “R” slam the 12 so called yes votes going no. Partisanship at its best
  • Seeing @megcanada at Lund's and a new of season Chuck makes up for a Chicago White Sux victory and the idiots in D.C.
  • Pelosi's pre vote remarks, http://tinyurl.com/3v7yjc Just not needed at that point. Agree with her or not who thought this was a good idea?
  • Dow Ind -770 03:15 PM September 29, 2008 from web
  • I want to hear nothing more from Pelosi, Boehner, Bush, Obama and McCain. Someone with brains and integrity please stand up and lead.
  • Here goes my equal opportunity rant again on equal hate for Dem's and Rep's. Pelosi should have kept her mouth shut and Rep's thin skin FAIL

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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 | September 26, 2008 - September 25, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 26, 2008

  • #debate08 Sad commentary on performance. Obama still standing and seems ready. McCain does not blow gasket or put foot in mouth. That’s good?
  • #debate08 I have 12 undecided's plus me: 2 to Obama. 1 to McCain. 4 undecided. 4 stopped watching. 2 (including me) want new choices.
  • #debate08 Every expert/commentator has said exactly what they as a partisan have been saying. Their guy was good. The other was off his game
  • #debate08 Yeah for Twitter. For the most part it held up. A little slow but it did survive.
  • #debate08 An honest question did anyone learn anything new tonight? Did anyone change their mind? Did anyone choose? I doubt it.
  • #debate08 I can predict what every commentator on every channel will say. Not worth watching. I miss Tim Russert now more than ever :(
  • #debate08 This debate was not needed but for a different reason. Blah, blah, blah. The only ones who demanded this was those already decided
  • #debate08 OK I am sorry, I may have to use Twitter. Obama & McCain, please, answering the f'ing question. I am sorry but still not impressed
  • Dear Obama & McCain: Please give me a reason to vote for you rather than against the other guy. Give me something to believe in. Thanks :)
  • I will not Twitter during the debate | I will not Twitter during the debate | I will not Twitter during the debate | I WILL Twitter after

September 25, 2008


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 | September 24, 2008 - September 23, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 24, 2008

  • A poll I would like to see the results of: Support Obama | Support McCain | Support the guy who sucks less than the other
  • Obama 6/10 said that it's not realistic for him to attend 10 town hall meetings while doing other campaign activities. He cannot multi task?
  • View from the middle: Obama did not want to do town hall meetings. But now this debate on national security is top priority? I am confused
  • View from the middle: Curious, why not postpone the debate? Does it absolutely have to happen Fri? Are all days of the next 40+ taken?
  • Petters Group: Channel 5 saying focus is on one of the financial entities owned. Not Sun Country, Fingerhut, or Polaroid.

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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 | September 22, 2008 - September 19, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 22. 2008

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Free Webinar: Using Cell Phone Text Messaging To Recruit College Students

Steven Rothberg of CollegeRecruiter.com is doing a free webinar this Thursday (Sept 25, 2008) from 1 pm – 2 pm (CT):

Best Practices for Using Cell Phone Text Messaging to Recruit College Students (Click the link to sign up)

This is Steven’s second free webinar. “How to Use Facebook for Recruiting” was a big success and had 500+ recruiters on the call.

Click How Employers Can & Should Use Facebook for Recruiting - Webinar Blog Coverage to see some notes Nicole Bodem took on the event

I will be attendance for this second webinar, literally.

Steven’s office is in a suburb of Minneapolis and I am going to watch how his team does the webinar. I have a couple of projects that I have been thinking about and doing webinars may be a part. Getting a behind the scenes perspective will be good for me and I appreciate their willingness to let me in.

Now I just need to remind myself not to make faces at him while he is doing it.


Minnesota College Students To Find A Good Job Market in 2009

Minnesota 2009 college graduates will find another good year of job possibilities according to a recent St. Cloud State University’s Career Services Center survey.

If you listen to local and national media folks (who frankly are a little, err, a lot clueless about employment statistics) you would think the entire country is seeing job cuts, no jobs are being created and no one can find a job.

That is not the case and as usual good news is not reported.

Of the 221 employers surveyed:

  • 35% increase hiring
  • 58.4% maintain hiring
  • 6.5% decrease hiring

Full disclosure, the 6.5% is more than last year but not a big deal.

Salary plans:

  • 27.1% plan to increase salary
  • 72.9% plan to maintain salary
  • 00.0% plan to decrease salary

For more survey information including which industries are hiring, percentages of those with on campus recruiting plans and skills that are most important click MN College Job Outlook 2009.


Minnesota Chamber Of Commerce 2008 Annual Meeting

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 2008 annual meeting October 1, 2008 from 7:30 am – 1:30 am at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul – Riverfront in Downtown St. Paul.

Presentations for the issues conference from 7:30 am – 11:30 am:

  • The Minnesota Business Barometer: How Minnesota businesses view the economy and the issues that will shape their future
  • Meeting the Global Climate Challenge: What approach makes sense for the environment and the economy?
  • K-12 Education: What route to world class student achievement?
  • Governing Minnesota: Pass or fail – what does the Legacy Amendment mean to Minnesota?

Luncheon, annual meeting, and keynote speech from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm:

For more information on the event and to register click Minnesota Chamber of Commerce 2008 Annual Meeting & Issue Conference

Click Minnesota Business Meetings And Technology Events for more Minnesota meetings and events and MN Headhunter for the latest blog posts.


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 | September 18, 2008 - September 17, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 18, 2008

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Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities #7 Set For September 19th, 2008

As posted on TWINCITIESBLOGS.COM

I know I am posting this at the last minute (relatively speaking) but tomorrow Social Media Breakfast – Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul area) will be hosting its next get together of Social Media type industry folks to include those interested in the topic, and those in marketing, technology, sales, and a couple of us recruiter types.

The event is from 8 am – 10 am and we will be meeting at Best Buy Corporate Headquarters

To find more about the event check out the group site Social Media Breakfast – Twin Cities and the registration page for the event Social Media Breakfast – Twin Cities 7. You must register to attend.

Agenda for the event:

  • Gary Koelling, co-founder of Best Buy's BlueShirtNation will talk about BSN and GiftTag
  • Group question: Social Media "Pureists" vs. the "Corporatists" in the enterprise. What's your take?
  • Three Volts will talk about web video and it's use by companies
  • Conferences - Who's going and why (BlogWorld Expo, DEMO, Defrag, SXSW)

Many thanks to Rick Mahn (@rickmahn) who helped create the group and coordinates the events.

Thanks also to Sterling Cross Group for sponsoring this month’s event.

Here are some pics from the last event that had a presentation from Julio Ojeda-Zapata (@jojeda) on his book “Twitter Means Business - How microblogging can help or hurt your company” and from Phil Wilson (@Philson) on his new site ComicTwit:

Group Pics

Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities 6 - Group shot 1

Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities 6 - Group shot 2

 

Julio Ojeda-Zepata

Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities 6 - Julio Ojeda Zapata and Twitter

Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities 6 - Julio Ojeda Zapata and Twitter 2

Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities 6 - Julio Ojeda Zapata and Twitter 3

 

Rick Mahn

Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities 6 - Rick Mahn

 

Phil Wilson

Social Media Breakfast Twin Cities 6 - Phil Wilson and ComicTwit


Prove, Persist, Get Hired - Part 2

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: Kevin Donlin

I wrote last week about the two Ps of job hunting: proof and persistence.

To get hired for your ideal job you must do two things: prove to employers that you can do the work, and persist past the point where others give up.

Here's another success story from someone who did just that, with lessons you can apply to your job search today ...

"When I was 15, I wanted to cook at a local restaurant. It was the nicest  one in town and well known for its steaks," says Christopher Flett of Bellingham, WA, author of "What Men Don't Tell Women About Business."

For 14 days straight, Flett went to the kitchen door at 4:00 p.m., asked for the chef and then asked him for a job. "I told him I would wash dishes, prep vegetables -- whatever he wanted -- just to get in the kitchen. Every day he would take another copy of my resume, smile, and say that he had nothing for me."

On the 15th day, Flett realized something important -- he probably wasn't going to wear the chef down with this approach. So he decided to change tactics.

"I loaded our family's barbeque onto my dad's truck, went to Costco for some meat, and had my dad drop me off outside the kitchen door. I started the grill, seasoned my steaks, hamburgers and ribs, and started cooking right there."

A few minutes later, one of the cooks came out to have a cigarette, looked at Flett, and his grill and bolted back inside.

"Five minutes later, the chef came out and stood there staring at me. Meanwhile, customers were coming in for dinner. While the chef and I were in a 'stare down,' one of the customers yelled from the front door, 'Smells good!' The chef told me to turn off the grill and said, 'Go downstairs, get a jacket and apron on, and get busy washing dishes.'"

How did it turn out?

"I had a job there all through high school and worked my way up to sous chef by the time I left for college, four-and-a-half years later. And that same chef hosted my book launch party 18 years after that."

Here's how Flett used the two Ps to get hired.

Persistence: He came back every afternoon for 14 days to his ideal employer and asked for a chance to show his stuff. How often have you followed up after sending your resume to your ideal employer? I'll bet it's less than 14 times. What's stopping you from following up more?

How often have you given up after being told just once, "Sorry, we're not hiring."? Always remember that when an employer says, "No," it just means, "Not today." It does NOT mean, "Never come back again."

Proof: Flett didn't ask the chef to believe he could cook, he proved it, right there in the parking lot, by firing up his own grill. Hard to beat that.

Now. What can you do to prove to your next boss that you can do what you claim on your resume? And how can you do it so creatively that you literally leave employers speechless, as Flett did?

Final question: If a 15-year-old can prove and persist his way to a great
job -- one that didn't even exist beforehand -- why can't you, too?

Kevin Donlin is Creator of TheSimpleJobSearch.com. Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. Author of 3 books, Kevin has been interviewed by The New York Times, Fox News, CBS Radio and others. His latest product, The Simple Job Search System, is available at

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 | September 16, 2008 - September 15, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 17, 2008

  • CNBC: The Headhunter Always Rings Twice
  • InformationWeek: CIOs In Search Of Good IT Talent
  • Twins: Cleveland hits 3 run HR for the win. Minnesota 2.5 games behind Chicago. Shit.
  • Trying to take in every glorious moment of this awesome weather week so in January I will remember why I enjoy living here.
  • StarTribune Career Expo: Of the est. 110 only 7 were employed. Job fair part of event saw a few more than last but not as busy as expected
  • StarTribune CareerExpo: Est. 110 attendees for my talks. 1 < 25; 5 25-35; all the rest 35+. Something is very wrong with those demographics
  • RT:@desaraev I highly recommend not spanking your kids but if live w/ little juvenile delinquent terrorists discipline & control your kids!
  • StarTribune Career Expo: I did use the word "sucks" 9 times. The over/under was 7. The expo folks went with the over. And asked me back :)
  • StarTribune Career Expo: Always feel a but bummed out after presentation and 1-1 conversations. Good people who need good jobs.
  • AIG had a booth at the StarTribune Career Expo but it was vacant.

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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 | September 14, 2008 - September 13, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 14, 2008

  • Tired of "The Clinton economy was so great" talk. It was OK and a big unsustainable bubble that burst just like recent housing market.
  • Wall Street Journal: Bank of America has agreed to buy Merrill Lynch for $29 a share
  • @dbrauer I do not believe any of the four have wisdom, courage or ability to do it. I have to hope (pray) next Pres/VP have good advisors
  • CNBC Special: AIG seeking an asset sale or capital injection to total $50 billion
  • CNBC Special: Merrill Lynch likely to be acquired by Bank of America
  • CNBC Special: Lehman Brothers to file for bankruptcy after Barclays and Bank of America walk away from possible deals
  • CNBC Special. Being on the air on a Sunday evening is never good. US market futures down big time. News on Lehman, AIG, and Merrill Lynch

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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 | September 12, 2008 - September 11, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 12, 2008

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Layoffs at Siemens and Abbott Labs (again…)

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: The Medical Sales Recruiter

News from the Wall Street Journal Health Blog:  Abbott Laboratories recently announced plans to close a manufacturing plant in California and cut 1000 jobs.  Many major companies (Merck, Wyeth, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and Amgen) have also announced job cuts in recent months.  Siemens, in fact, announced in June plans to lay off 17,000 workers worldwide, which could be a sign of the times, according to Cliff Mintz at BioJob Blog.

Pharmaceutical sales positions tend to be the most unstable and tied to the economy (and have gone through their own round of job losses lately), but many of these job cuts are related to diagnostics.  How secure does it feel at your company?

If you are experiencing this type of instability, check out niche companies within a market. There are many, many areas of medical and healthcare sales, management, and marketing to specialize in:  biotech, DNA, molecular, cellular, medical device, surgical supplies, surgical equipment, hospital equipment, histology, pathology, and imaging, to name a few.

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 | September 10, 2008 - September 9, 2008 (last one first, links added):

September 10, 2008

  • Besides me, anyone else take a 2 hour nap at 8 pm this evening? Of course not. You all are relatively normal people.
  • Gov Pawlenty to make announcement Monday on opening of 35W bridge. Could be Tuesday. Lots of bonus $ to contractor for finishing early
  • RT @smheadhunter Have you gone to your boss and asked for a raise for your social media skills? Would love to interview someone who did that
  • Attorney (Billy Martin) for Sen Larry Craig is in town working on appeal. Feel free to reply with funny bathroom, foot tapping jokes

September 9, 2008

  • My current frustration level on a scale of 1 - 10 includes commas. (not cool)
  • @N614EF RE: fail whale, I continue to wonder why the birds are not flying in the same direction. Maybe that is the cause of failure?
  • Thinking about a job at Best Buy? You may want to look at @Best_BuyJobs

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