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Five Easy Ways To Get Your Resume Back Onto One Page

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Does your resume “bleed” onto two pages (or three pages) and you can’t quite figure out how to eliminate those few extra lines to bring it back onto one page? There are several tricks to get rid of wasted space and make your resume appear more sharp and concise (and more likely to be read).

1. Minimize the contact information. You don’t need to list your address, three phone numbers, your fax, and an email address. Now that almost everyone has an email and cell phone, there is no need to bombard employers with so many ways to reach you. Employers want one to two simple ways to get a hold of you. You can even get away with the following:

Ed Smith | New York, NY | 212.555.5555 |

2. Bring “danglers” up to the previous line (by that, I mean any line that only contains one to three words). Edit down your content by removing unnecessary words (e.g. "very" and "that" are often arbitrary and waste space) to bring that line up.

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Free Webinar: Optimizing Your Job Postings


and are hosting a free webinar tomorrow, August 31st from 1-2 PM Central time titled “Optimizing Your Job Postings”.

You do not need to be a member of Minnesota Recruiters and heck, if you are outside of Minnesota and reading this join in on the session.

To register click --> Optimizing Your Job Postings

Webinar Information:

What do job seekers look for in a job posting? 

How do they search, when do they search, and what turns a job seeker into a potential candidate? 

By exploring seeker insights and best practices, we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we use best practices and data from Monster’s unique audience examine how to optimize your job postings to attract the best people.

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Best Places To Work In Minnesota: Business Journal Survey

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's Best Places to Work survey results are out. They are recognizing 30 small-companies, 15 medium-size companies and 10 large companies.

Here are the top 5 in each category:

Small Companies (10-100 full-time Minnesota employees)

1. CureIS Healthcare Inc.

2. First Financial USA

3. Travel Beyond

4. Reside

5. BERG Professional Staffing

Medium companies (101-1,000 Minnesota Employees)

1. Sierra Bravo Corp.

2. Winthrop & Weinstine

3.Periscope Inc.

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Yes You Need A Resume

Minneapolis is blessed to have a great creative community filled with marketing, public relations, social media, designers, technologists and more.

We are also blessed to attract national speakers and thought leaders from all disciplines and with this comes a higher level of knowledge in our community than most other places.

Minneapolis/St Paul is a sweet place to be.

I am a HUGE fan of Seth Godin and Jeff Pulver who are both in Minneapolis today.

Unfortunately I have a head set screwed into my head today (this week) as I have call after call after call today.

As I usually do when I cannot make an event I follow the hashtag for the event so I can get a flavor of what is being shared. Never as good as being there but something is better than nothing.

I saw a Tweet that has raised the little hairs on the back of my neck and while I need to understand I am reading this out of context this blog post is necessary if this is even remotely close to what was meant:

Don't need a resume if you make yourself great, people will find you! If you want to be a cog have a resume! #SethGodinmpls

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Minnesota Recruiter And Staffing Association 2010 Annual Event

Minnesota Recruiter and Staffing Association

The Minnesota Recruiter and Staffing Association is having their Symposium and Industry Partner Showcase on Tuesday, September 14th 2010.

If you work for a search firm, staffing or employment agency, consulting firm this is a great opportunity to get some great training (and networking too) without leaving Minneapolis.

To register click Event Calendar

Event information:

Annual MNRSA Symposium and Industry Partner Showcase

Tuesday, September 14th

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


  • Neil Lebovitz, Former Global President Adecco/Ajilon
  • Terry Petra, Nationally Recognized Industry Trainer & Speaker
  • Deena Ebbert, FISH! Philosophy
  • Dave Mrocek, Industry Trainer

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Job Search Tool: Company Lists Like The Inc 500

News Flash: This just in... there are other ways to find jobs besides job boards.

Seriously, there is. I swear.

And no, this is not another the job boards are dead post. Job boards are a necessary tool in the job search belt.

So are lists of companies.

The most recent list comes from and their annual (this link goes to the 2010 list) Inc 500/5000. I posted the Minnesota companies --> 6 Minnesota Companies In The 2010 Inc. 500 | 83 In the Inc. 5000

The Inc list is of the fastest growing, privately held companies based on revenue growth. Sure not all companies are represented as it is an opt in list but what a great resource.

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6 Minnesota Companies In The 2010 Inc. 500 | 83 In the Inc. 5000

The 2010 Inc 500 | 5000 has been released with the fastest growing privately held Minnesota companies.

Minnesota had been very consistent with the number of companies in the Inc 500/5000 but this year, noticeably fewer companies. From 106-166 to 83.


Here are the last three years lists:

Here are the companies in the 2010 Inc 500 | 5000 list from Minnesota:

State Rank | 2010 Inc. 500 rank and link to Inc. listing | Company name and link to company site

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Doing A Job Search? Do Not Act Like A Secret Agent. Be James Bond

DISCLAIMER: Clearly what I am about to say is for those doing a job search after a job loss, upcoming layoff, etc.

A few times in the past week I have been asked the question, “What is the first thing I should do when starting a job search?”

I am going to make an assumption that you already have a resume.

First thing to do is... are you ready for it?


That was me yelling at you.

Secret Agent

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Minnesota Cup Announces 2010 Division Finalists


The Minnesota Cup has announced finalists for it’s sixth annual event.

Click About the Competition to learn more about this very cool program and Meet the Review Board and Meet the Partners to check out the list of volunteers, sponsors and hosts.

August 31st the division finalists present and September 1st division winners are announced.

On September 13th the division winners present to a review board and that evening the grand prize winner will be announced at an event held at the McNamara Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

Here is what the Division and Grand Prize winner receive:

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Credit Checks Are Impacting Job Seekers? WCCO TV Interview With Paul DeBettignies

 WCCO TV  Good Question - WCCO TV
A few months ago after seeing an interview on CNBC and an article from SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) on how some states are trying to limit this practice I wrote the blog post Credit Checks As Part Of Employer Background Checks: Fair?

Since that post Oregon has joined Washington and Hawaii in their ban of credit checks on most job reference checks.

A bill in Congress has been tied up in a committee for a little more than a year.

A question I often get is, “Should I say no?

My gut reaction is to say no but then in most cases you will be taken out of the running for the job.

Either way, you’re kind of screwed.

Some see a credit report as a financial resume. Sure there is some validity to this but as the “Great Recession” has taught us, bad stuff happens to good people too.

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Are You Ready For The Big Time?

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"If your gonna screw up, do it while you're young. Older you get, the harder it is to bounce back." - Winston Groom

I remember my first "real" job after college (even though it feels like it was a million years ago). It was a surreal experience, because I realized for the first time that I was an adult and was expected to take on "adult" responsibilities.

This, I decided, was the "big time".

Little did I realize that many "big time" moments would occur in my career as I took on more responsibility. And even 25 years later, there are still times that I think "this is the big time".

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2010 U.S. And Minnesota IT Jobs See Increase In Q3 To Continue In Q4

While the Minnesota and U.S. IT employment did not get hit as hard as the 2001-2003 recession no doubt many jobs were lost.

Here in Minnesota we saw a noticeable tone change to the positive this spring, specifically March 2010. By noticeable I mean it went from “sucks” to “eh, the light at the end of the tunnel may not be a freight train coming at us after all.”

Yeah, it was that bad but we have seen a significant number of jobs posted and filled in Q2 and Q3 and expect this to continue into Q4.

I am talking about the IT job market in general, the aggregate. Certainly throughout the “Great Recession” we have seen pockets of strength:

  • .Net
  • Java
  • C++
  • PHP
  • Mobile
  • SharePoint

Many with those skill set had no idea that there were bad times going on.

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Minnesota Jobs And Employment Report: July 2010

It’s been a while since I blogged about jobs reports and with some mixed signals we are getting in the local and national economy it is time to start following them again.

Today the State of Minnesota (all states), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), released job numbers for July 2010.

9,800 jobs were created for the month. June numbers were revised up from -3,700 to -800.

The unemployment rate is at 6.8% unchanged from June.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.5%

40,900 jobs have been created since the beginning of 2010 and we are +29,100 over the past 12 months.

Job Gains - July (Year to Date):

5,500 (+14,200) Education and Health Care

4,300 (+11,100) Professional and Business Services

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Minneapolis Ranks #1 In Medical Device & Minnesota #6 In Quality Of Life

Business Facilities magazine (July/August 2010) ranks cities and states on a number of different categories.

We missed on a few I thought we should be on and a few we need to get better with so we can be ranked.

From the 2010 Business Facilities Rankings Report:
Metro Rankings

Top 10 Metro – Medical Devices and Equipment

#1 Minneapolis, Minnesota

#2 New Haven, Connecticut

#3 Salt Lake City, Utah

#4 San Jose, California

#5 Madison, Wisconsin

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