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Why I Love Minneapolis And St Paul

I get this question a lot, "Why do you live in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul?" The short answer is I love this town. I really do.

Rather than have me talk about the outdoors, arts, sports, universities and colleges, diverse economy, night life, etc check out this awesome video from Seven and Sixty Productions called Why We're Here: Twin Cities

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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College Grads - This Ain't Your Father's Job Market

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"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." - Mark Twain

What's that sound you hear? Ah yes, the sound of the seconds ticking by on the "graduation clock". And we all know how it goes down. Your father has been asking you for a year now (and, just to be clear, that is a year before you graduate) - "Have you started looking for a job yet?"

But worse than that, you are getting all of this advice from the Old Man as well. And how old is your father? Probably late 40's or early 50's at best. What does he know about looking for a job in the 21st century?

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Minnesota Business, Technology, Recruiter, HR And Sports Blogs Updated

What follows is an update (31 blogs) to my blog roll. These blogs are also added to my project.

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Wisconsin Is Open For Business

Caution: you are about see my competitive side come out much like my friends see when the Gophers play the Badgers in any sport…

On a number of border crossings with Minnesota and Illinois as one enters the “great” state of Wisconsin they will not only see “Wisconsin Welcomes You” but also “Open For Business”.

Well I am sure glad they cleared that up. I thought all they had was cheese curds, beer and football. Apparently they have something else to sell.

I get a bit snarky when it comes to our neighbors from the east. All I hear is how it is “God’s Country” and how great it is there. Funny, I hear that from people who live in Minnesota.

Yeah, ironic right?

Previous marketing for the State of Wisconsin was focused on tourism with “Escape to Wisconsin”.

The license plate says “America’s Dairyland”.

Which probably gets us to why new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is making this push.

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2 Minnesota Companies On Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For

Fortune has announced their and it includes 2 companies with headquarters in Minnesota:

#58 General Mills (#90 in 2010)

#61 Mayo Clinic (#55 in 2010)

Fortune gives you a number of ways to search the companies listed including job growth, child care and work life balance.

Quite a few of the companies listed have a presence in Minnesota.

Here is the Top 10:

#1 SAS

#2 Boston Consulting Group

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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Five Common Missteps That Weaken Your Resume

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If you looked at hundreds of resumes a day like hiring managers and recruiters sometimes do, they all begin to look alike. With that in mind, how should one avoid presenting a resume that blends in with the competition? Here are some common resume mistakes that cause hiring managers' eyes to glaze over, leaving your resume lost in the sea of competition.

Relying too much on personal branding. Though personal branding is a big buzz phrase these days it is a mistake to think you will get hired if you have a dynamite “brand”. Don’t spend too much of your time painting a lovely picture of yourself using fancy wording; hiring managers see so many branding statements it is very difficult to create a unique one these days. Instead, show your value by highlighting your accomplishments and experiences. 

Using vague, generic language. Does your resume state that you are “task oriented”, an “excellent communicator”, or a “team player”? So does everyone else’s! Not only are they overly general, these are skills that are almost always expected to fill every available job. They are not skills that will make you stand out as unique.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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Top 10 Best And Worst Cities For U.S. Jobs | Minneapolis #4 Best City

I think this is the first survey of 2011 and it comes from Forbes using statistics and analysis of the biggest 50 cities from , Juju.com's monthly Job Search Difficulty Index for Major Cities and

It should not be surprising that Florida and California did not do so well.

Also not surprising is Minneapolis and St Paul rank as the 4th best city:

Unemployment rate: 6.5%

Job-seekers per opening: 2.68

In the Twin Cities area "employment is expected to recover fully by mid-2011, far earlier than nationally," according to a recent Moody's Economy.com analysis of the region. Look for growth in manufacturing and professional services jobs like accounting. Did we mention that the metro is home to the Mall of America, a retail and tourist destination, which is expanding?

Best U.S. cities for jobs:

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Minnesota IT Jobs With Minnesota Non Profits

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Four Ways To Avoid An Outdated Resume

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Beyond the skills and experiences you list in your resume, the formatting and design you use says a lot about you. Recruiters and hiring managers can tell right away when they look at your resume whether you simply pulled a template off the internet and plugged in your information, or took the time to create a customized, up-to-date document that is a perfect representation of you. They know the current resume trends and pay attention to certain aspects. Here are some ways to avoid dating your resume:

Trash the objective. Career objective statements are outdated and solely focused on the job candidate – a big no-no in today’s job market where the focus is on what the candidate can do for the company. Employers are not interested in furthering your career unless it serves their interests. So, drop the objective and go with an executive summary or career highlights section that focuses on your unique selling points and what you have to offer.

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Minnesota Business Events | January 2011

To borrow a phrase from the horse tracks, “Annnnnnnnnnd we’re off.”

The New Year brings with it a bunch of professional, association and user group meetings many of which are put on pause during the holidays.

I am looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some news ones.

What follows are most of the events I am attending this month. Not noted are the tech/user group meetings I will decide at the last minute to attend depending on the work week. Yes there are some events missing but I need to get some work done too:

January 7

January 13

January 14

January 19

January 28

January 31


Do You Shop For Jobs Like You Shop For The Holidays?

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Every year, I’m amazed by all the people who wait until a day or two before the holidays to begin their shopping.  While this approach would turn me into a nervous stressball, those who do it see no reason not to.  After all, they know that stores will be open as late as possible leading up to the holidays—so why not procrastinate?

I often see people take this same approach when it comes to finding a new job.  They look around from time to time, and when they come across an interesting position, they’ll say, “I found a great job and I’m going to apply for it next week.”  The problem with this strategy is simple: You never know how long the “job store” is going to stay open!

While most public sector jobs come with a specific close date attached to them, most private sector job postings are available only until the company finds enough qualified candidates.  In today’s competitive job market, many ads stay out for a week or less.  That’s why it’s imperative that you have your resume 95% ready to go before you find the job posting of your dreams.  You’ll still need to spend some time customizing your resume to match up with the keywords and qualifications specified by the company’s ad.  However, trying to write a quality resume from start to finish in time to submit it before the posting disappears is a big gamble.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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