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Survey: Only 8% Of Companies Say IT Graduates Are Ready To Work. Who Is To Blame?

Well this certainly adds fuel to the industry fire that most schools are not turning out IT graduates that are ready for the “real world”.

SHARE, a professional association for IBM users, has some survey results:

Closing the IT Skills Gap: 2011 SHARE Survey for Guiding University & College IT Agendas.

Here are some highlights from the executive summary:

  • 25% are concerned about the technical aptitude of job candidates

  • 40% are concerned IT hires are not sufficiently prepared to perform jobs within their companies

  • 44% say at a minimum there are notable gaps in skills.

  • 8% would rate their IT hires as “well-trained, ready to go”

There are more statistics about jobs and skills in demand so be sure to click the link above.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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

 

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Minnesota IT Jobs With Minnesota Non Profits

The following new Minnesota IT jobs have been added on the page:

 

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Breaking Through The Job Search Barrier

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
 

"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes." - Mohandas Gandhi

"There are no jobs out there" or "All of the jobs posted on the (insert a name) job board are filled or fake".

I hear comments like these all of the time.

There are, of course, jobs out there and the job boards would be out of business if all of the jobs were fake. Job search can be a long and tedious process. And while qualifications and experience are the driving factors, being in the right place at the right time is just as important.

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Who Owns Your LinkedIn And Social Media Profiles?

A reminder before getting started that I am not an attorney, I do not play one online and anything I say here is not legal advice rather the opinions and thoughts of a recruiter and soon to be company owner.

Do you see the storm clouds on the Social Media horizon? HR pros, recruiters and yes marketing, public relations and sales folks should be seeing them for sure.

That storm brewing is over your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other accounts. (links to my profiles)

You own them right?

Not so fast.

If you are using your personal accounts during business hours, doing company business and on company resources (computer and internet) you may be opening yourself up to some issues.

Better stated, your employer may be thinking that they have some claim to your profiles.

While I am specifically thinking about the non competes many recruiters on the search and consulting firm side have to sign we are now seeing policies being put in place for employees of all skill sets.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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

Check out . An informal group of 2,200 corporate, consulting and search firm recruiters - you must be in Minnesota to join.

   
 

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Recruiting: Monster vs LinkedIn vs Social Media

The last few weeks (and this happens 2-3 times a year) I have seen increased chatter about what are the best recruiter tools to use and many people pick sides.

And I ask this question: Why?

Usually the folks who pick sides have money in the game:

  • Companies with an earnings report and/or their sales teams

  • Trainers in one tool or another

  • Pundits flapping their jaws and computer keys

This time the sources of the conversation came from:

LinkedIn files for IPO, reveals sales of $161 million (CNN Money.com)

Recruiters Rethink Online Playbook (Wall Street Journal)

Should Monster Be Afraid of Social Networking? (CNBC)

Monster CEO Fires Back (CNBC)

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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

 
Check out . An informal group of 2,200 corporate, consulting and search firm recruiters - you must be in Minnesota to join.

   
 

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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

Check out . An informal group of 2,200 corporate, consulting and search firm recruiters - you must be in Minnesota to join.

   
 

If you are using a RSS Feed click . Click   for most recent blog posts.

Stay in touch with me by clicking Blog Posts by RSS, Blog Posts by Email  and/or the From The Desk Of Paul DeBettignies Newsletter


All That Glitters Is Not Gold - How Much Are You Worth?

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
 

In the main it will be found that a power over a man's support (salary) is a power over his will” - Alexander Hamilton

Are you underpaid?

Do you think you are paid what you are worth, given your experience and compared to others you work with?

If you are like most of us, the answer is probably that you think you are underpaid. Taking that to the next level (and being realistic), how much do you really think you're worth?

We all get our raises, bonuses and promotions from time to time, but the best opportunity to increase your compensation is when you are moving from one company to the next.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers 2011 National Signing Day Recap

It is always a good day when I can go over to the campus and hang out with my Golden Gopher friends. A huge crowd turnout out for the national signing day event:

Minnesota Golden Gophers TCF Bank Stadium Minnesota Golden Gophers TCF Bank Stadium

Minnesota Golden Gophers TCF Bank Stadium

Emcee for the event was Gopher football alum who as part of the program interviewed four Gopher football alumni: , , and

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Minnesota IT Jobs With Minnesota Non Profits

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Are You Ready for Behavioral Interview Questions?

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

It is natural to be nervous when going into a job interview.  After all, you want to make the best impression on a potential employer that tells him or her that you are the right candidate for a specific job.  While you may have practiced answering certain interview questions, you don't know exactly which ones will be asked.  Sure, some of the questions you've prepared for may be asked, but perhaps some curve balls could be thrown your way in the form of behavioral interview questions.

Behavioral interview questions help an employer to determine whether or not a candidate has the right skill set he or she is looking for in the workplace.  In this type of interview, a candidate must be able to answer specific questions about certain situations.

Her are some examples of behavioral interview questions:

-Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem.
-Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
-Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.
-How do you handle a challenge?
-What do you do when your scheduled is interrupted?

See the source below to find out more behavioral interview questions.

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Avoiding Company-Specific Lingo On Your Resume

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

I recently met a woman who had started a new job with a Fortune 50 company several months ago.  While she enjoyed some aspects of her new position, she was having a very difficult time adjusting to the culture of her new company due to the other employees constantly using acronyms she didn’t understand.  The situation is so bad that every day she writes down a list of terms that she doesn’t grasp and asks her assistant to explain them.

This is a fairly extreme example of corporate culture gone awry, but it reminded me of something I see often in reviewing resumes.  Candidates who have worked for one company or in one industry for a long time often fill their resumes with acronyms and jargon that would only make sense to another employee at their current company.  People often don’t even notice that they‘re doing this, as they have been using these terms for years and forget that not everyone knows them.

A related issue is candidates capitalizing terms on their resume because they’re used to seeing them written that way by their current employer.  For instance, while your current company may have you complete a Baseline Analysis of Risk report every time a critical incident occurs, your resume will read much more clearly if you simply write, “completed risk analysis of serious incidents”.

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