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University Of Minnesota Head Football Coach Tim Brewster Fired

I have not blogged here or at Gopher The Roses in a long time about Gopher football. I care and I have been attending, screaming my head off and supporting the team, just not had enough time to wrote about it.

This morning the following was sent out by the University of Minnesota:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                          Oct. 17, 2010

Contacts: Garry Bowman (612-875-0154) and Andy Seeley (612-269-2706)

Brewster Relieved of Head Coaching Duties

Athletics director Joel Maturi announced this morning that Tim Brewster has been relieved of his duties as head football coach and that his contract has been terminated. Brewster will be replaced on an interim basis by co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton, according to Maturi.

“While I appreciate the passion and commitment that Coach Brewster has shown, it is clear that a change in the leadership of Gopher football is necessary,” Maturi said. “We have high aspirations for our football program and we are not satisfied with its current direction. The results so far this season have been unacceptable and the program has simply not shown enough improvement over the past three and a half years to continue with the status quo.”

Maturi said that he has had several discussions regarding the state of the program with university president Robert Bruininks in recent weeks and that the president was in complete agreement with the decision to remove Brewster as head coach. Maturi then told Brewster of his decision this morning.

Brewster, 50, was named Minnesota's 26th head football coach on Jan. 17, 2007. He signed a contract extension in January of 2010 and will be paid a buyout of $600,000 per that agreement.

Brewster coached a total of 45 games with the Gophers and compiled a 15-30 (.333) overall record, including a 6-21 (.222) mark in Big Ten games after yesterday’s 28-17 loss to Purdue.

During his three-plus years at the helm, Brewster guided the Gophers to a pair of Insight Bowl appearances, with his best season coming in 2008, when he guided Minnesota to a 7-6 record.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Director of athletics Joel Maturi, along with interim head coach Jeff Horton and a student-athlete will be available to the media at a news conference today at 1 pm. The news conference will be held in the home team interview room at TCF Bank Stadium. Media interested in attending the news conference should park in Sports Media Parking on either the northeast or northwest sides of Mariucci Arena. Additional sports media parking is available on the apron at Williams Arena. Please enter TCF Bank Stadium through the Dodge County entrance. Television outlets should park in the TV compound, where they can patch directly into the home team interview room.

-UM-


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9 Disappearing Jobs

As the economic times change there are going to be new jobs created and some jobs will slowly shrink away.

That is just reality and people, companies and our education system need to stay ahead of the curve.

CNBC took a look at some of these jobs using Labor Department statistics and posting their finds here -> .

Here are the highlights of the 9 they focused on and below is the video to go along with it. Click to see why these jobs are in decline (efficiencies, outsourcing, etc.):

Reporters and Correspondents

Employed in U.S.: 61,600
Change expected in next decade: -8%
Average salary: $34,850

Insurance Underwriters

Employed in U.S.: 103,000
Change expected in next decade: -4%
Average salary: $56,790

Computer Programmers

Employed in U.S.: 426,700
Change expected in next decade: -3%
Average salary: $69,620

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Top 50 IT Certifications And Skills To Have

Almost no day goes by where I am not asked what is the cool thing to be doing in IT, should I get certified and if so in what and what should I be doing for my career in the long term.

I found the following list on ComputerWorld who sourced the Foote Partners IT Skills and Certifications Hot Lists for July 2010.

I think there are some skill sets not listed that should be (maybe they could have just added SAP one time and said all modules) like PHP, Java, .Net, etc but it does also depends on who replied to the survey (how big a company, industries, U.S. or global, etc.)

But this is a good place to start when thinking about what skills one may want to pick up, learn and get better at:

IT Certifications

1. SAS Certified Base Programmer

2. Red Hat Certified Security Specialist

3. CompTIA Security+

4. SAS Certified Advanced Programmer

5. VMware Certified Professional 

6. GIAC Security Essentials Certification

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Why You Need A 30/60/90-Day Plan To Shine In The Interview

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

The best-prepared candidate is often the one who gets the offer.

And the hands-down, very best way to ensure that YOU are the best-prepared candidate is to construct a 30/60/90-day plan.

A 30/60/90-day plan is a written outline of what you will be doing in your first 3 months on the job.  It’s divided up into segments–your first 30 days, which are usually focused on training and the getting-to-know-everyone part; the next 30 days (the 60-day part), which is usually the getting-up-to-speed portion; and the last 30 days (the 90-day part), which is where you set goals for accomplishing on your own (like bringing in new accounts, going after new business, or otherwise contributing to the growth of the company).

These plans can be as detailed as you wish, or you can keep it simple.  The important thing is to make it specific to the company you’re interviewing with.  Not only does that allow you to demonstrate that you’ve done your homework on the company, it helps you talk to the hiring manager about specific things you’ll be doing, which helps him to see you in the job (which is half your battle).

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Job Search! Is The Job Fair Or Career Day Part Of Your Job Search Plan?

 

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I have participated in many Job Fairs and Career Days and can tell you, as you may already know, they don’t always live up to what they say they will. That is not necessarily a bad thing, however, there are several things you should keep in mind that will help you maximize the benefit you get from attending them, which you should!

Lets start with Expectations. Don’t have any, simple as that. Think about the objective of companies that participate in Job Fairs and Career Days. They are usually multiple, such as:

   1. To find qualified candidates to fill their positions (this is not their primary objective, although you would think so)

   2. To build their database with candidates for future positions 

There is a chance you may get an interview but it likely will not be with the Hiring Manager since few hiring managers actually attend Job Fairs and Career Days. The interview you do at Job Fairs and Career Days will likely be with a Recruiter, a Human Resources representative or someone from the department you would work in if you were an employee of the company.

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Minnesota Headhunter Hits 1,000 RSS And Email Subscribers

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Give me some feedback so I have a better idea what kind of content you would like to see.

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If You’re A Great Fit For The Job, Say So – In Your Cover Letter

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

I write about this topic often, but it truly blows my mind to see how many job seekers indiscriminately apply for a dozen jobs a day, regardless of whether they actually meet the qualifications or have appropriate experience.  This ineffective job search behavior creates a vicious cycle for all of us.  Recruiters are bombarded by resumes, so they spend little time reviewing each one—while job seekers perceive the staggering odds of landing any particular position and believe that applying for more positions will increase their chances.

HOW DO I SET MYSELF APART FROM THE MASSES?

Knowing what a serious problem this is, how can you set yourself apart as a candidate?  The obvious answer is to apply only for positions for which you’re truly qualified.  However, even qualified candidates have to present themselves appropriately in order to get pulled from a stack of hundreds of resumes.  Your cover letter is a powerful tool to help you in this effort.

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Are Branded Materials For Job Seekers Too?

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Whenever you start a new job, you get to do fun things like set up your work space, create a new e-mail signature, and figure out the best corner of the parking lot.  Another fun aspect of starting a new job is getting all the supplies with your new company’s logo and branding on them: business cards, envelopes, letterhead, maybe even a laptop bag or portfolio.

You don’t have to work for an established company to have spiffy branded materials at your disposal.  In fact, establishing a brand for yourself as a job candidate helps you stand out from the crowd.  Your brand encompasses everything from a personal branding statement to the font you choose for your resume and cover letters.  Once you’ve settled on a particular look for your materials, you can use it exactly as a company would: on networking business cards, professionally printed name tags, and on letterhead for all your correspondence.

What should your letterhead include?  Just like a company’s, your letterhead will have your name and contact information, including e-mail address.  You can include the URL for a personal Web site or your LinkedIn profile.  Most individuals do not have a logo for themselves, and for most industries it is not appropriate to include a photo.  However, the branding statement from your resume looks great right below your contact information—just as companies use tag lines for their brands.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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