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Relevance Outweighs Details – Save the Whole Life Story for Your Momma!

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If you asked your parents how to write a resume, they would probably tell you to list every job you’d ever had, and then detail everything you’d done at those jobs.  Twenty-five years ago, when people mailed their typed resumes to the person to whom they’d be reporting, that was sound advice.  In today’s market, wasting space on your resume with irrelevant information is a quick way to land it in the rejection pile.

If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, chances are good that you’ve had at least one job that wasn’t relevant to your overall career path.  For instance, someone looking to hire you for corporate communications really won’t be interested in the job you had serving milkshakes at the Dairy Queen. So don’t waste space on your resume talking about it.

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4th Of July 2010 Minnesota Fireworks Shows



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A little slow in posting this… what follows is the best list I can come up with for 2015 4th of July fireworks shows in Minnesota

Please confirm date, time and location.

If I am missing any please leave a comment below.

July 3rd

July 4th

Outstate Minnesota - 3rd and 4th

July 5th

July 11th

Maple Grove

July 12th



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Life After Spring Break - College Grad Job Search

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From: CareerAlley

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"" - Robin Williams

At some point your last Spring Break will be over (depressing, isn't it?) and reality will set in. It is your Senior year, graduation is almost here (another semester is not an option so say the "folks") and you don't have a job yet.

Now part of your excuse is that it is a terrible job market and if you are like most college seniors, there is a certain amount of procrastination (not one of the excuses you want to use).

There are lots of options for you.

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Minnesota Full Moon

I have an intense fascination with the Moon. I am not sure where it comes from but maybe because I have been a night owl most of my life it feels like a friend.

You might be wondering, what does this have to do with recruiting? Nothing. Nothing at all.

I noticed last night we are coming up on another full moon and was reminded of this poem:

Some Kiss We Want - “From Soul of Rumi” by Coleman Barks

There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body.

Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling!

At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine.

Breathe into me.

Close the language door and open the love window. The moon won't use the door, only the window.

Here some photos from the past couple of months of the Full Moon as I was walking around the neighborhood.

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Creating Your Career From The Ground Up

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From: Resume Templates

Those who graduate from college or re-enter the workforce in another field have a great chance to build their career from the ground up. Of course it is a time of excitement and nervousness as a new career needs time, energy and patience. But the process can go smoothly if you plan your future career. We’ll show you how to make an effective start of your new career.

    * Determine what you like

First of all, it is crucially important to decide what you really like to do in your life in order to feel happy with your new career.  For some people it can be rather difficult, especially for those who got used to obey their parents’ decisions. But it’s never late to change your life. To make your soul searching process easier take a piece of paper and write down things you like to do for no money at all. You can also do personality tests to know about your strong points.

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Minnesota Headhunter A Sponsor for UnSummit 4

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This Saturday (June 26, 2010) is UnSummit 4 and I am pleased to be one of the sponsors of this FREE event.

UnSummit is a great event where peers share information, create conversations and learn form each other. Attendees are encouraged to be participants.

You can be a real (or wannabe) social media expert, a newbie or somewhere in between, all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The sessions are now posted, see them by clicking UnSummit Schedule. Here some of the sessions I am looking forward to:

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3 Minnesota Companies Listed In Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work In IT

General Mills (#4), Securian Financial Group (#9) and Medtronic (#28) are listed in the Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work In IT.

Highlights for each (links to their results):

General Mills:

  • No. 3 for retention
  • No. 3 for benefits
  • No. 2 for career development
  • 90% intern-to-full-timer conversion rate
  • Onboarding survey measures new employee opinions after six months and again after 36 months
  • Total percentage of women within IT – 36%

Securian Financial Group:

  • No. 9 for career development
  • A philosophy of hiring entry-level workers and promoting from within
  • Reimburses employees for tuition costs for degree and certificate programs and the costs of attending conferences

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The Problem Of Duplicate Job Postings

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From: Jeff Dickey-Chasins

You know what gets a job seeker truly steamed? Clicking on a link for a job posting – and discovering that it’s exactly the same job he looked at a few seconds earlier.  Same job, different listings = unhappy job seeker.

How does this happen? Well, any job board that allows 3rd party recruiters to post their open positions runs the risk of duplicate postings.  Let’s say that ABC Company has an listing for a mechanical engineer. The HR person posts it on their company site and also drops an email to three favored recruiters announcing the opening. The recruiters turn around and post the job under their own accounts – because after all, if they can get it filled, they’ll receive a handsome commission.

So what’s the problem? After all, the HR person just tripled their chances of a response by encouraging the recruiters to post the job separately. In fact, if the recruiters are using different job boards, the position could get even more exposure.

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Use The Internet To Find A Job – Part 8: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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From: Matthew Warzel

Unfortunately with today’s online hiring and recruitment practices, some of the older job search methods, like only posting your resume on a job board like Monster, do not cut it anymore.

Effectively standout by creating and managing an online presence that puts your name at the top of the recruiters’ search results.  How?  Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  Large companies and organizations have used SEO techniques for years to develop their brands and reputations.  By doing the same, when hiring managers search for you, they can easily find you and information that represents you as the best person to hire.

1. Perform a search on yourself and delete anything you do not want a potential employer to see.  Most hiring managers search names as an online reference check for candidates in the interviewing process.  Failing to delete your “digital dirt” can seriously weaken your chances for a job offer.  Also, it takes a lot of time to build your online brand by maintaining a Website or blog.  Do not let any dirt ruin all your time and hard work.

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Job Search Engines - Making the Quest For Employment Easier

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From: is a new job search engine, that allows job seekers to search from more than 500,000 jobs across the USA

Finding gainful employment is harder and harder to come by these days. With more companies downsizing and with the growing number of people looking for careers, the careers search has gotten increasingly difficult. However, there are now job search engines aimed at making the whole process easier.

But, can they really deliver? Some of these careers websites really excel while others simply flop. As job hunting can be such a time and labor-intensive process, you want to make sure you are using a resource that provides great leads quickly. In this review, we will explore the promising job search engine websites and determine whether or not they will truly help you to get you the job of your dreams.

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Research Pay Before the Interview

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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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Who's Hiring from the Fortune 500 - Vol 20

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From: CareerAlley

"Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman." – George Soros

One of my friends just got a job. Believe it or not, it took him over a year (yes, 1 year). But, he kept a positive attitude, was diligent and has finally landed.

So you are probably thinking that this guy must have been a real loser to take a year to find a job, but not so. This is a guy who had excellent job experience and great schools on his resume.

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