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Anecdotal Analysis Of The Minnesota Job Market Q3 And Q4 2010

Over the past six weeks between Recruiter and HR events, meetings with senior management in companies of all sizes and industries, what I hear from job seekers and what I see from job postings here is an anecdotal analysis of the Minnesota job market as we end the 3rd quarter of 2010, ready???

I don’t have a (definitive) clue.

My Magic 8 Ball has a cracked lense and some moisture has gotten in there making it difficult to see the answer to my (all of our) question.

Yep, that’s what I have come up with.

Hold on here is some information you can use to come up with your opinion and do me a favor, tell me what you are seeing.

Please note that this is not scientific and specific to skill set, industry, education attained or salary range unless otherwise stated. But it does come from enough varied sources that I feel comfortable giving an opinion.

What I know I know:

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College Grad Job Search Resources - What You Think

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” - Robert McCloskey

It doesn't always have to be about me, sometimes it can be about you too. I get lots of emails suggesting links that many of you think will appeal to CareerAlley readers.

I generally collect these until I have enough that is worth a dedicated post and today is your lucky day. So thanks to all of you who have submitted your ideas and please keep them coming!

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The Best Of Job Search List

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." - Bill Cosby

I often get asked "what's the best job search board" or "who are the best recruiters".

There are so many resources for job search, literally, tens of thousands. And, as with everything in life, what is considered the "best" is sometimes a matter of opinion.

But generally speaking, "best lists" are a good indication of where to focus your time. Today's post focuses on some of the "Best of" lists.


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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

The following new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs have been added to the :

  • Check out . An informal group of 2,050 corporate, consulting and search firm recruiters - you must be in Minnesota to join.

    Minnesota Recruiters 

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  • Minneapolis & St. Paul Rank #48 As A Stressed City and Business Journals released an analysis of 10 data points and the 50 largest metropolitan areas and ranked the cities by those “most stressed”.

    Click A Stress Test for America for more results.

    The Top 10 most stressed cities are:

    1- Detroit

    2 - Los Angeles

    3 - Cleveland

    4 - Riverside, CA

    5 - St Louis

    6 - New York City

    7 - New Orleans

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    Minneapolis Advance Screening Of The Social Network

    September 9, 2010 at 7 PM (yes tomorrow) Minneapolis is getting a free advanced screening of and is being promoted by .

    Click The Social Network: SMBMSP Advance Screening to register for the event.

    From the site:

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    What Is A Career Portfolio?

    The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

    A career portfolio provides prospective employers with a tangible sample of accomplishments acquired across an individual's employment life. Presenting a well prepared portfolio during an interview enhances a job candidate's professionalism, and provides evidence of stated achievements.


    Educational items included in a career portfolio must support the job seeker's candidacy for a given position. Include such items as awards, diplomas, transcripts, and internships, to name a few. Be prepared prior to the interview, and have all documents compiled neatly.

    Professional Activities

    Joining networking groups or professional associations outside of work can compliment employment skills. The individual should focus on including information about the organizations he or she is currently participating in, and any leadership positions held.

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    Support The United Way And Join A Dream Team

    PLEASE NOTE: Today (Sept 2, 2010) is the last day to join a team

    The Greater Twin Cities United Way has been for the past month or so running a “competition” of sorts to draw awareness to four main issues in our community: Hunger, Literacy, Shelter and Wellness.

    They turned each issue into a “team” with captains who are well known local TV anchors and reporters.

    Here are the Dream Teams:

    Team Hunger sponsored by Land O Lakes

    • Captain: Jason DeRusha, WCCO 4 TV

    Team Literacy sponsored by Target

    • Captain: Vineeta Sawkar, KSTP 5 TV

    Team Shelter sponsored by Xcel Energy

    • Captain: Jason Metheson, KMSP 9 TV

    Team Wellness sponsored by HealthPartners

    • Captain: Rena Sarigianopoulus, KARE 11

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    Job Search Tip: CNN's Advice for How to Overcome the Stigma of Unemployment

    If you've been another victim of our terrible economy in the last few years, you're not alone. Thousands of people have been laid off across all industries in a major shakeup of our workforce.

    If you've been out of work for a while, it can take a toll on your finances, certainly, but also on your morale and your job hunt itself. There's a stigma that can become attached to candidates who've been out of work for a while. Employers think, basically, "If that person is so good, why hasn't he/she found a job yet?" Obviously an unfair blanket assumption, but there it is.

    If you are finding yourself in this situation, there's a terrific article on you should see called In the job hunt, the stigma of being unemployed is hard to erase (and I am thrilled to have been quoted in it!). It talks about the effect that being laid off can have on your job search, but more importantly, it shows you what you can do to overcome it. Very worth the read.

    If you're unemployed, you're in a defensive position in the job search. That affects what you might normally do or say in the job search, but not by much. Here are some of my strategies you can use to get past this negative situation and land the job:

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