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Challenger, Gray and Christmas Announced Layoff Survey May 2009

It is important to note that the Challenger, Gray and Christmas survey is of announced layoffs and not all layoffs. I point to this survey frequently because it shows trends and as we all try and figure out what is going with the labor market one more bit of data to take a look at.

The trend we see here as with other data that is coming out is we are at or likely have seen the worst of the jobs reports although here we see comments (and I agree) that we are not coming out of this as fast as some think or would like to hope.

Is this “good news”? I prefer not as bad news.

So to the trends...

  • 111,182 announced layoffs in May is lowest level since 95,094 in September 2008
  • 132,590 job cuts in April 2009
  • 150,411 job cuts in March 2009
  • 241,749 job cuts in January 2009
  • 103,522 job cuts in May 2008

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Minnesota Jobs Report And Unemployment Rate April 2009

April 2009 saw 9,500 jobs eliminated in Minnesota and the Unemployment Rate drop to 8.1% from 8.2% The U.S. rate was 8.9%

The number of jobs gained/lost the past 12 months (year over year) is -90,200 for April. For March it was -98,100.

18,900 jobs were lost in March so the April 9,500 is a sign to many that while job losses will continue that maybe we have experienced the worst of it here in Minnesota including this quote:

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Job Leads and Links from Friends - Did You Network Today?

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: CareerAlley

Network, Network, Network - the most important three words in job search. I don't really know the real statistics on the percentage of jobs filled through networking. And, although you will see various percentages published all over the Internet, I'm not sure that anyone really knows the percentage of jobs filled through contacts versus any other source. Is Networking the most important source? Probably.

Today I will list a few links from my network and provide additional comments links to remind you what you should be doing with your network. Thanks to a reader for providing the following two links:

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Minnesota IT Jobs With Minnesota Non Profits

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TCF Bank Stadium: New Home For The University Of Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Team

M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A

Minnesota

Minnesota

yyyyeeeeaaAAAAHHHH!!!!! Gophers

Rah!!!

OK, it has been a really long time since I posted anything about Minnesota Golden Gopher Football here. When I started this blog 4+ years ago Gopher football was a part of it but for some it was annoying. Especially after then Head Coach Glen Mason was fired and through the hiring of current Head Coach Tim Brewster.

I blogged more about the head coach job search than my day job.

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Protean And Boundaryless Careers

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Amit Puri is the Managing Consultant at Sandbox Advisors. He has over 10 years of business and HR related experience, with companies such as Bain & Co, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup. Sandbox Advisors is based in Singapore and provides career management and HR consulting services in Asia.

Two trends have changed the world of work in many ways. The first is the shift towards a knowledge based economy that many countries are seeing and the second is global connectivity, interdependence and integration. The new career context that is emerging as a result of these trends has given rise to the terms - Protean and Boundaryless careers.

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Who To Follow In Minneapolis On Twitter

UPDATED: I should have titled this How To Find People To Follow...

I get this question regularly from new users to Twitter. I don’t put a lot of weight on the rankings on these lists (including my appearance on them) but they are a good place to start.

Note that you see Minneapolis and not St. Paul or Twin Cities. Most directories recognize Minneapolis as “the city” when they mean both. Some folks in St. Paul are being creative and in their Bio saying, “St. Paul not Minneapolis” and are getting listed in the Minneapolis directories.

To my friends across the river, no I am not trying to be a snob. I am just going with the crowd:

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3 FREE Online Seminars: Job Search Tool Kit June 9th | LinkedIn A-Z June 10th | Social Media June 11th

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While Be Your Own Headhunter is under going a facelift this is how to stay in touch with upcoming seminars:

All presentations are 60-90 minutes with a Q&A that follows.

If you are a Twitter user and would like to provide immediate feedback during a presentation add #BYOH to your comments and suggestions. I will follow up with you on Twitter after the presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend the sessions during these times either click MN Headhunter Blog or Be Your Own Headhunter where you will find a calendar of events or register anyway so you can get the slides via email.

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The Job Search System That Never Fails

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Kevin Donlin

It's been said that the best new ideas are the best old ideas.

Put another way, there's no need to reinvent the wheel in your job search if others before you have found ways to succeed.

What if I told you there was a success "system," invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 1730s, that helped create millionaires in the 1930s, when unemployment stood at 25%?

Do you think it might help you find a job faster today, with unemployment at less than 9%?

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