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April 2010 LinkedIn, Job Search And Social Media Seminars

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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 12 years of experience and have been speaking to groups of all ages and skill sets in groups of 20-200 for 8 years and now online.

Over the years 12,000+ have participated in Recruiter, HR and career related sessions both in person and online.

I am the Managing Partner of Nerd Search, LLC a Minneapolis IT search firm, author of the Minnesota Headhunter blog, Co Founder and Coordinator of Minnesota Recruiters, listed as a Top 20 Minnesota Social Media Innovator and a national Top 25 Most Influential Online Recruiter.

I am a frequent national and local speaker and article contributor on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics.

I do not say that stuff to be cool rather so you know that the material comes from a credible source and someone who uses these tools every day.

Sessions are very interactive (your questions are wanted) including the use of demos. My goal is not to talk to you for 60 – 90 minutes but to have a conversation and share ideas.

I do teach a more aggressive approach to the use of LinkedIn, Twitter, Social Media in general than most do and specifically to the job seekers, give you a kick in the pants.

Here is some background on presentations and interviews I have been a part of:

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

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100 Best Places to Work in IT Vol 2

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: CareerAlley


Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” - Steve Jobs

Technically speaking (no pun intended), not all of the companies and institutions on this list are Technology specific (in fact, most are not). The point of this list, provided by Computer World, is to point out the best places to work if you are in IT.

These institutions leverage technology in their industries in a way that make them great places to work (rather than the largest, most profitable companies). Today's list of companies range from telecommunications to universities.

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Minnesota Morning

Thoughts today...

Titles: Recruiter, Blogger, Speaker, etc. BEST title is "Uncle Paul"

Yesterday I put out that Tweet with a photo below.

I spent some time with my buddy and his two daughters. While not family we really are and to be “Uncle Paul” is one of the coolest things. I am very fortunate that so many of my friends have allowed me to play this role even if we do not see each as frequently as we would like.

Then again, that does sound like a family:

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Minnesota Morning

I started my morning off with what has become a regular Saturday morning activity, a nice long walk along the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis. Every walk brings something new to see.

Part of it is the change of seasons and I think part of it is me just wanting to watch and observe versus looking and seeking. Something I have been working on the past couple of months.

March Madness

Other than hoping my Minnesota Golden Gophers would win the title (I know, I know) I am loyal to no team, including those from the Big Ten. Sorry Buckeyes and Boilermakers you are learning what the Badgers already know.

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SmartPhone Job Search: Getting Hired On The Go

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Christina Archer

Everywhere you look today, another Smartphone is born. I’m currently sporting the HTC, and I swear, this thing was beamed down from outer space, complete with alien technology. Seriously though, I think I understand only about 25% of what this thing can do for me, and I learn a something new about its capability, everyday.

Whether you’re using the iPhone, a Blackberry, or any other new fangled communication device, did you realize you can handle every aspect of your job search – from your cell phone? Today, I’m going to give you the top five ways you can uncover your next job without ever opening a newspaper or logging back in to your computer again! “Beam me up, Scotty” – I’m ready to find my next job.

1. Download an RSS Reader for Your Phone.

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Does Your Doctor Google You?

Every time I see story about people searching for people on the Internet and that people are shocked to learn this is going on shocks me.

(I swear I have written that line before. Oh wait, I have)

Seriously, we search for everything online so it should not be shock that others are searching for us online.

I was out with some friends for dinner and it was clear that one person at the table had used Google to find stuff about me. How do I know? They knew stuff no one else did and could only have gotten it from a blog post, news article or Facebook.

And I was OK with it.

Folks, this happens every day.

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Minnesota Morning

Starting with a useless fact but it means a lot to those of us in Minnesota... It looks like what is usually the snowiest (or second most) month of the year will end with no snow for the first time since records starting being tallied. I have 100 years and 116 years. Whatever, that’s a mighty long time.

Yes, this is a big deal. While enjoyable I do wonder how this will impact the drought we are carrying over from last year.

But the “I want to get outside” guy in me is thrilled.

Sometimes, it’s the simple things....

Healthcare Reform

Why does everyone call this healthcare reform? It is health insurance reform and I still wonder why they did not go after the healthcare stuff first. There is so much money to be saved. And why is it that some of this does not kick in for four years?

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Use the Internet to Find a Job – Part 1: The Basics

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Matthew Warzel

Knowing where to find a job is the first step.  In today’s career search, the Internet is vital.  Gone are the days of faxing and door-to-door marketing.  (Although, do not discount those methods!)  Email and the Internet are here and they are not going any where, any time soon! 

Most companies utilize an applicant tracking system and tailor their searches to Internet job boards.  Similarly, most recruiters find potential candidates by searching around on the Internet, using buzzwords found on a resume.  Most companies and recruiters want you to email them a resume, so setting up a free email account is essential.  Unless a hiring manager networks his or her way directly to you, you are going to have to learn to use the Internet as a main source of finding that right career for you. 

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Minnesota Morning

On this Sunday morning I found myself wanting to do some cleaning of ideas in my mind. It’s been this way for about a month now and while at moments a painful process I think I am coming to the end of it.

Clarity is an awesome thing and I think maybe I did not know for some time I was without. Kind of like when you clean your windows, you realize how dirty they had been.

Darcy Pohland

I had a really emotional blog post about her but decided against it, I do not think she would have wanted me to remember her that way. Check out Darcy Pohland to see the stories and blog posts that her colleagues have put together.

Darcy and I had one of those friendships where a month might go by without seeing each other but when we bumped into each other an hour or more would go by as we shared what was going on in our lives. That would be the first 30% of the conversation and then the rest about Gopher sports particularly football. We both had tickets and she was one person I knew who could talk more about it than I.

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Photos Of Como Park Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

For a few weeks I have been trying to get over to the Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and finally today I was able to get there (this is the last weekend of the winter flower show).

It is a great place to take a stroll, clear one’s mind, have a great conversation, smile because of all the kids who you hear asking their parents questions they cannot answer and generally put your yourself in a new environment.

And it does not hurt that it is warm, humid and the flowers smell really good.

Here are some photos from the walk today (3/20/10):

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How Much Time And Energy Do You Spend On Relationships

“Hey, how are you doing?”

How many times in a day do we say that but be honest with yourself, how much interest do you really have and do you take the time to really hear the answer?

We are all so busy.

Spouses, kids, jobs oh my!!!

With my friends I am a bit famous for saying, “You have an hour for lunch?” and then two hours later we are walking out.

Or, “I have an idea, you have fifteen minutes?” and ninety minutes later we are wondering where the time went.

I know a few people who avoid these questions as they know what will happen if they say yes. That’s OK, one day I will wear you down.

Check out this article from the New York Times Talk Deeply, Be Happy?

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4 Ways to Launch A Successful Job Search Campaign

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Jessica Holbrook

After countless hours of tweaking your resume or finally deciding to have a professional write it for you, you now have your masterpiece in hand. With renewed confidence you’re ready to step out in faith and start your job search. But where do you start? The following four strategies will help you successfully start your job search campaign with your new resume.


The first place to start is to take your resume and post it to the major job boards. You can do this yourself (it may takes many days to get all of the major job boards) or you can purchase a resume distribution service that will post it to approximately 100 job boards for you. Prices are reasonable and it saves you about 60 hours doing it yourself. Start here because this is a passive way to get noticed. Recruiters and hiring managers searching job boards will find you and contact you. Don’t just post to monster and careerbuilder. Those job boards have significant fees and some employers won’t pay to search or post. Instead post to a large selection of job boards free and fee based for employers you increase your chances of being discovered.

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Email Etiquette for Job Seekers

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: MJW Careers

  • Keep your emails as short and to the point as possible.
  • Use HTML to take advantage of tracking, but keep it simple.
  • Intrigue your reader with the email message and get them to find out more by clicking your resume website.
  • Spend most of the time on the top three inches of the email, because it is what people see if they are using “preview” in Outlook.
  • Ask them to forward the email to other people who may be looking for your skills.
  • Use an effective subject line.  It must reflect the contents of the email, but you also want to make it stand out.

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Minnesota Headhunter Presents At Ignite Minneapolis #2

Wow is about all I can say about the Ignite Minneapolis #ignitempls event. Wow for the cool crowd. Wow for the cool venue. Wow for the cool presentations.

For those who just want to see the video here you go (CAUTION I “may” have cussed a few times):


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