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Rant: So You Have 10,000+ Twitter Followers, F’ing Great

OK, I promise that before typing this I have counted to 10. And I am not blogging angry. Yes someone in perceived “authority” tweaked me today while selling their training materials.

For anyone new to the social media craze, are impressed by numbers or are doing reference checks on a speaker/consultant/guru/expert the number of followers one has does, the number itself, does not mean anything.

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Social Media Capital: Are You Running A Surplus Or A Deficit?

This post is created out of two events that occurred in the last 45 minutes and rather than think about it, wonder what it means or trying to create a really smart post I am going to write and post and other than a grammar/spell check making no edits.

To the last part of the title CNBC is buzzing the past day or so about how the government has said the deficit has increased by 2 more trillion dollars than first estimated. Yikes.

To the first part of the title, a guy I sort of know is a recruiter and sends me an email asking why his job post tweets are getting little traffic and worse why his follower numbers are decreasing.

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Posting Your Resume On Craigslist - What You Need to Know

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Jessica Holbrook is a former Executive Hiring Manager for Fortune 500 companies and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast.

Recently I was scanning through the resumes listed on Craigslist and noticed something very surprising. Most of the listings weren’t resumes at all. They were job seekers begging and pleading for a job. Once I pulled myself up off the floor from falling out of my chair in disbelief I said something has to be done! So here is a brief list of rules to remember when posting your resume (or anything for that matter) to the resumes category on Craigslist.

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3 FREE Online Seminars: Job Search Tool Kit September 1st | LinkedIn A-Z September 2nd | Social Media September 3rd

Be Your Own Headhunter logo small

For those not familiar with me and are wondering if a session(s) would be a good use of your time I am an IT Recruiter with 11 years if experience and have been speaking to groups of all ages and skill sets in groups of 20-200 and now online for 7 years.

Here is some background on presentations and interviews I have been a part of and recognition as a Minnesota Social Media Innovator:

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.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend the sessions during these times (or are seeing this post after sessions have been held) either click MN Headhunter Blog or Be Your Own Headhunter where you will find a calendar of upcoming events or register anyway so you can get the slides via email.

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3 FREE Online Seminars: Job Search Tool Kit August 25th | LinkedIn A-Z August 26th | Social Media August 27th

Be Your Own Headhunter logo small

For those not familiar with me and are wondering if a session(s) would be a good use of your time I am an IT Recruiter with 11 years if experience and have been speaking to groups of all ages and skill sets in groups of 20-200 and now online for 7 years.

Here is some background on presentations and interviews I have been a part of and recognition as a Minnesota Social Media Innovator:

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.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend the sessions during these times (or are seeing this post after sessions have been held) either click MN Headhunter Blog or Be Your Own Headhunter where you will find a calendar of upcoming events or register anyway so you can get the slides via email.

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Paul DeBettignies Included On Minnesota Social Media Innovator Lists

Minnesota Social Media Innovator

The Minneapolis and St Paul area has one of the strongest marketing, public relations and social media communities in the country. What sets the Twin Cities apart from most cities is the open collaboration we see from firms and individuals and the ongoing learning that takes place with the areas many organizations and events.

Arik Hanson (@arikhanson) who writes the Communications Conversations blog took nominations to find a list of social media innovators and came up with this list Top 20 Minnesota Social Media Innovators.

I am very humbled that I was included in the list.

Just as cool is that there is another Minnesota recruiter on the list, Joshua Kahn (@joshuakahn) who writes the find+attract blog.

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Minnesota Layoffs: St Jude Medical | BAE Systems | ADC

There has been a lot of talk about the bottom of the employment market being reached (I agree) and a pick up in hiring (depends on who you are, where you live and what you do) but to think the bad news is over is putting ones head in the sand.

The other issue is that jobs are being increased 1, 5 and 10 at a time while cuts are still much larger.

St. Jude Medical – 200 jobs

BAE Systems – 314 jobs

ADC – 55


How To Conduct Yourself During An Interview

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Lorraine Russo

Not only is it important to know what you are going to say during an interview, it is equally important to know how you are being perceived and judged by the people interviewing you.

Say What?

Practice your diction. For example, when using words with “ing” in them, clearly pronounce each letter. Do not say, “I was goin’ to school...”. Doing so makes you sound uneducated, no matter how smart you are. Above all else, interviewers are looking for candidates with strong communication skills.

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13 Minnesota Companies In The 2009 Inc. 500 | 106 In the Inc. 5000

The 2009 Inc 500 | 5000 has been released with the fastest growing privately held Minnesota companies. Minnesota is very consistent with the number of companies making the list with one notable difference being a couple of companies ranked very high.

Here are the last two years lists:

Here are the companies in the 2009 Inc. 500 | 5000 list from Minnesota:

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Minnesota Business, Technology, Sports, Politics And HR Blogs Updated

What follows is an update (15 blogs) to my blog roll. These blogs are also added to my TwinCitiesBlogs.com project.

Minnesota Business Blogs:

Minnesota Technology Blogs:

Minnesota Recruiter and HR Blogs:

Minnesota Sports Blogs:

Minnesota Politics Blogs:


Minnesota Marketing, PR, Advertising And Social Media Groups

Below is a list of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnesota Marketing, PR, Advertising and Social Media groups. If I am missing a group that should be listed please leave the name and link in the comments section and I will add it:

Ad Fed Minnesota

BMA MN -- Business Marketing Association Minnesota

i612 Online Media (web site link is to LinkedIn group)

IABC MN -- International Association of Business Communicators

MDMA -- Midwest Direct Marketing Association

MIMA -- Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association

MN AMA -- Minnesota Amaerican Marketing Association

MN PRSA -- Public Relations Society of America Minnesota Chapter

MWMC -- Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communications

SMBMSP -- Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis St Paul

#msptweetup (Twitter group)


Validating Guru And Expert Status

I have been on a near constant rant about all the self proclaimed gurus and experts that popped up since, well shockingly enough since the recession started. Add on to that the ability to more easily self promote via Twitter and Facebook and it may be difficult at times to figure out who is as good as they say they are.

I was asked by a professional group if I had heard of a “guru” and I said no but that also did not mean they were not one. I frequently miss names in a conversation (but I can remember most things about them) so sometimes 2+2 does not = 4 until I stop and think about it.

Once I put 2 and 2 together I was fairly sure this was one of the newly minted “gurus” who was talking a good game but could not back it up let alone at the price quoted.

So I set out to research the Internet and see what I could find.

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Career Transition Companies - are they the right solution for IT Specialists?

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Laura Vezer is an IT recruiter and creator of the blog, IT Matters Canada!  The blog contains resources and advice for IT Professionals looking for work in Canada.

The title of this blog is indeed the question I want to raise today. Are career transition companies (the outplacement firms that companies who are downsizing will sometimes engage to help those employees who have been, or are about to, get laid off) really offering the right solutions to IT professionals looking for work?

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Twitter, LiveJournal And Facebook Down? Sending A Smoke Signal

9 AM ORIGINAL POST (see updates below you may have seen on Twitter if it was working)

OH NO!!!

This is just a short funny post while I wonder what all of my social networking addicted friends are doing without their favorite sites.

I have no idea what someone had for breakfast. Or how rush hour traffic is. Worse, I just realized that I do not have an email address (yeah I know I can get it through a Google search) for a reporter I have been “speaking” with.

Or now I may have to fire up my RSS Reader and see news I would for the most part get through friends on Twitter linking to them.

Damn, what I am I going to do with my time now? Uhh, work. Like usual.

The immediacy of the social network sites makes writing a blog post feel like sending a smoke signal or the Pony Express.

What will be really funny is all the folks going back to Twitter talking about how Twitter failed and then all those messages crashing the system.

Or maybe this is an “attack” on social network sites in general. Could the Internet be down?

As my Grandma would say, “Uff Da”.

9:10 AM

  • I took a shower (not really, I mean I did, but I have never said such a thing on Twitter. Feels OK to do it here)

9:14 AM

  • This feels like a Jericho episode

9:16 AM

9:20 AM

  • Facebook is not so much down as not working right or consistent

9:47 AM

  • It gets awkwardly quiet when the construction guys get their mid morning break

9:49 AM

  • Yesterday I passed 600 subscribers to the RSS Feed. Thank you for your interest and support

9:52 AM

9:59 AM

  • CNBC runs a “News Alert” that Twitter is down. Whew, glad they are on top of this (said sarcastically)

10:06 AM

  • TweetDeck is showing some Tweets but the Twitter site is not
  • Seeing some wide estimates for tomorrow’s job numbers

10:24 AM

  • Whew, it seems as if the social networking world is coming back to normal

Minnesota Recruiter And Human Resources Groups

Below is a list of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnesota Recruiter and Human Resources groups. If I am missing a group that should be listed please leave the name and link in the comments section and I will add it:

HR Executive Forum

Human Resources Professionals of Minnesota

Minnesota Recruiters

Minnesota Recruiting Staffing Association

Minnesota Technical Recruiters Network (MNTRN)

SHRM Minnesota State Council

Twin Cities Human Resources Association (TCHRA)