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Career Crossroads

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

You might be sitting at your desk on a miserably cold morning, and decide that you want to live and work in the tropics. Or, you might have worked your fingers to the bone on a mission critical project, only to have your implementation messed up by one line of code, one lax project manager, or one whale of a conflicting deadline.

"What the heck am I doing with my life?" could be the first-yet-very-obvious red flag question you may ask yourself.

Here you are, at the cross roads. To your left stands the equanimity and comfort of your current situation. The status quo of your career choice. Your gig where up until 24 hours ago you were feeling pretty happy and comfortable with.

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Minnesota Headhunter A MinneBar Sponsor And Presenter

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I am looking forward to tomorrow’s MinneBar @minnebar event held at Best Buy headquarters. If my memory is correct this is their third full day event that go along with the many MinneDemo events that have been held.

Follow #minnebar to see what should be a busy Twitter hashtag.

Here is the interim logo I am using for this event:

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Besides being a sponsor I am doing a session with Kevin Donlin @kevindonlin. Click How to Fireproof Your Career and Chortle at Recession Worries to see more info about our session.

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Minneapolis based hosted a TweetUp (for the non Twitter folks think Happy Hour or reception) May 16th, 2010 for those attending the Social Recruiting Summit and some Minnesota Recruiters.

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I wrote about LinkUp in the post announcing the TweetUp Sponsors Social Recruiting Summit Happy Hour 

I would have to guess but there had to be at least 100 attendees and was held at Crave Restaurant at the Mall of America.

It was a great evening. For me (personally) it was an opportunity to meet friends in person who I have been following online, swapping email with and having phone chats with for years.

Nothing, NOTHING is better than finally being able to shake hands, give a hug and sit down and chat face to face. I know that may sound odd but while online networks are awesome nothing takes the place of seeing a friend in person.

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Research Pay Before the Interview

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: Christina Archer is a career agent, recruiting specialist, resume writer, and author

Enter every interview meeting armed with information.

The job market is tight across the nation.  An employer finally calls to schedule the interview.  As a candidate, there have been many resume submissions, and very few, if any, invitations to interview.  The prospect of obtaining gainful employment seems like a gift at this point, and the option of negotiating salary seems non-existent.

Never settle for the initial salary offered by an employer.

Think of it like employer is attempting to hire their help at the lowest possible rate.  This saves them money and keeps their costs down.  The problem is, if every job seeker does not put in the time to research the average wages for the given position, they risk the possibility of accepting a salary or hourly wage that is too low.  Over a number of years in the position, this negatively affects the candidate's earning potential.

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Minneapolis based (and good friends of mine and the local Recruiter and HR community) are hosting a social gathering on the eve of the Social Recruiting Summit.

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Details of the event:

LinkUp's Social Recruiting Summit TweetUp

Sunday, May 16th • 6:00 - 9:00pm

CRAVE Restaurant
Mall of America • Park Side Patio
368 South Avenue • Bloomington, MN 55425
(3rd Floor across from Macy's)

For more information and to RSVP click LinkUp Rocks

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Minneapolis Hosts ERE And Social Recruiting Summit

Tomorrow (May 17, 2010) Minnesota will host 300 attendees for the 3rd edition of the Social Recruiting Summit.

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Previous summits were held at Google headquarters and in the Big Apple, New York City.

The Minnesota event will be held at Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis).

You can catch a live stream of many of the sessions by clicking

Some folks have asked how the heck did Minneapolis land such a big event?

Well, I am not going to be shy about it but a few of us did a lot of lobbying. I think my first email was about 30 minutes after the event at Google ended.

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Minnesota Recruiters Hiring And Jobs Survey | Spring 2010

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Leading up to Minnesota Recruiters Conference 10 held April 30th, 2010 at Best Buy Headquarters I sent out a Survey Monkey link to gauge what hiring looked like during Q1 of 2010 along with expectations of Q2 and 2010 in general, what jobs and skill sets were most an least in demand and how Recruiters and HR professionals felt about their own job security.

This is not a scientific survey. The survey link was sent multiple times to the Minnesota Recruiters email list of 1900 Recruiter and HR professionals with a 10% response rate.

While not scientific the results do show what most in the Recruiter and HR community have been seeing and talking about over the past weeks and points of conversation during the conference.

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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 Minnesota Non Profit IT Jobs And Volunteers page:

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Minnesota Recruiters Conference 10 | Spring 2010 | Recap

Wow, we made it to 10 events in less than 3 years. There are days when it feels like 1 and days when it is like 100.

The constant about the events is that feedback is always very positive with a few critiques along the way on how to make things better, more engaging or new topics to cover.

Something I only spoke with a few people over the past year was that these events were starting to take a toll on me. I liked having them be free as we had sponsors who were willing to support the events and the group.

The issue was as the group was growing (now 2,000 on the email list) and planning an event was taking about a full week to do.

So with the support of the co founders, sponsors and asking some people from the group I chose to start charging $25 for each event.

Some suggested the fee be $40 and others $50 but all agreed something was in order.

Funny thing, after all the conversations and my worrying about it, turned out to be not such a big deal.

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Minnesota Recruiters Raise Money For Second Harvest Heartland

Prior to Minnesota Recruiters Conference 9 I created a page so those who have attended a Minnesota Recruiters event could make a donation to Second Harvest Heartland.


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I am a big fan of the work Second Harvest Heartland is involved in both because of the good work they do and because of my personal interest in the homeless situation, kids and those who are hungry in our community.

We raised $1,150 after the event and I want to thank them all for their support:

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Minnesota Recruiters #9 | Fall 2009 | Recap

Originally posted on the Minnesota Recruiters group site December 7th, 2009.

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The 9th edition of the Minnesota Recruiters Conference is over, the dust has settled and all have full minds. I do wonder... if you are a newbie to our event and you have all this stuff in your head where do you start when you get back to the office?

I ask because after 9 events I feel much the same way every time and I have a fairly good clue what I am doing.

OK so I will start with the important stuff, our sponsors who all signed up for the event and the quarter, without who (or is it whom) none of this is possible:

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Yeah I'm Young - And Awesome

Guest post from Dana Larson (Minneapolis, MN). Catch her on Twitter @dlarson15 and LinkedIn

Looking to hire a new marketing professional in your business? Don’t just look at their age - look at their qualifications.

I’m 25 years old. And I know that, to the rest of the world, that means I’m young. I don’t necessarily agree with this, as I just started wearing night cream for the wrinkles, but it is true that 25 is young.

I also have a great deal of experience in the marketing world. Graduating from a top journalism school in Minnesota with a degree in public relations and marketing, I joined a well-known and progressive online marketing agency. After three years of learning as much information about SEO, social media marketing, PPC, website analytics and online research as my brain could absorb, I joined a start-up software company as their marketing manager. Now in charge of all outbound communications and marketing efforts, I’ve helped increase rankings, awareness and conversations about our business, and signups for our product have increased by 500% in three months.

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Who's Hiring from the Fortune 500 - Vol 18

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

From: CareerAlley

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

And what you see is not always what you get (not to be confused with "you don't always get what you want"). The Fortune 500, long a measure of successful companies, is not always what it seems.

This is an excellent list to leverage in your job search, but be careful and do your homework. Conduct research on the company, not just its financial soundness, but its public image and what its employees think as well.

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Memo To HR, Recruiters And Job Seekers: Social Media Is Here To Stay

We can debate all day about how significant and to what degree Social Media, Social Networking and the Web in general will be but we should be able to agree that it matters now.

And it will matter going forward. Unless of course the Internet dies in which case I am guessing we are all screwed anyway.

Focusing on my Recruiter, HR and Job Seeker friends many of whom still think this stuff is a load of crap I hope that you are starting to see the light now.

No, I do not think Social Media is the “Silver Bullet” that will cure our hiring and finding a job issues.

Yes, I absolutely believe it is a (major) tool we should be using when recruiting and job seeking.

Absolutely, it matters who you are recruiting/job searching based on experience, skill set, location and industry.

But to think this does not matter is a major failure.

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