Previous month:
April 2011
Next month:
June 2011

Protecting Your Executive Brand Online

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

 

As an executive, your brand means everything. It tells those in your field and beyond what you’ve accomplished in your years as a professional. But more important, it gives insight into what you will bring to the table if hired.

Since much of an executive’s brand is managed online nowadays, it faces threats that were not seen decades ago. So how can executives live their lives without threatening the brand they’ve worked so hard to build?

Slow Down On the Online Fun

There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of fun to be had over the Internet. Whether you’re playing online games or writing a casual blog there are a lot of reasons to jump on the Internet bandwagon. The only problem is if you have too much fun, you could actually diminish your brand.

It’s for this reason that it’s important to maintain the same professional presence online that you maintain offline. This means using respectable language and remaining politically correct on any website that your name is attached to. This will help you avoid contradicting your executive brand.

Participate in Social Networking Cautiously

Continue reading "Protecting Your Executive Brand Online" »


Minnesota Recruiters Conference 13 | Recap

 

On April 15th, 2011 we held the 13th Minnesota Recruiters Conference at Best Buy HQ’s. We had around 200 in attendance that day.

The night before the event sponsors, speakers and volunteers were invited to Oberon (group sponsor) to help celebrate their 5th Anniversary

 11-4-15 Minnesota Recruiters Conference - Oberon Anniversary 11-4-15 Minnesota Recruiters Conference - Oberon Anniversary

This gave me some time to finally meet in person someone who I have called friend for 5+ years, Jim Durbin (Blog - Twitter - LinkedIn - Facebook). I met Jim online shortly after I started this blog when he was working as a recruiter in St. Louis.

For our event we brought Jim and his business partner Craig Fisher (Blog - Twitter - LinkedIn) to present to the group.

Continue reading "Minnesota Recruiters Conference 13 | Recap" »


Recruiters: Stop Spamming LinkedIn Groups

For the love of (whoever or whatever you believe in) please make it stop!!!

Memo to LinkedIn Group Managers:

You could help with this. Email the offenders and explain to them that their relentless posting will not be tolerated.

Or… risk losing people from your group who opt out of the whole thing.

Hey you Recruiter person, yeah you… your every day job posting on LinkedIn groups is annoying.

It’s called Spam.

How is it working for you? Are you getting the folks you need?

Or are you annoying people?

Have you even thought about this? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Instead of just ranting at you allow me to give you a few tips:

- You do not need to post each job.

  • How about one post that says 4 new jobs have been posted

Continue reading "Recruiters: Stop Spamming LinkedIn Groups" »


Paul DeBettignies KARE 11 TV Interview On Job Search

I was interviewed by Jordana Green (Twitter & LinkedIn) on KARE 11 Today about job search, economy and hiring trends in part as a promo for her story that aired later that night. She tracked the job search of an unemployed accountant, see the video below.

With the economy slowly getting better and in some cases already a shortage of people in some skill sets many folks have forgotten about the unemployed people in our communities.

I hope that KARE (or any TV station) continues to follow these types of stories as the impact from the recession will continue for quite some time.

While our live portion was pretty quick we then hosted a live chat on their Facebook page which you can see by clicking:

For about 90 minutes we answered questions both on the chat screen and on the air.

I learned something about myself… I cannot speak and type at the same time. Dang, that was hard to do so I decided to do one or the other but not both.

Here are a few photos from the day:

Continue reading "Paul DeBettignies KARE 11 TV Interview On Job Search" »


LinkedIn Is A Great Tool, But I Am Not Buying The IPO Hype

Let me be clear about this:

- I am a HUGE fan of LinkedIn. It is a great tool for recruiters, job seekers and those (which should be everyone) who are looking to maintain their professional network.

- I am not a stock analyst nor should you take financial advice from me

- I am a HUGE fan of social networking and social media sites including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc

- I have had a paid subscription to LinkedIn for as best I can remember two years.

- I am a client of Monster.com

OK, I needed to get all of that out for these next thoughts starting with:

I call BS on the hype of the LinkedIn IPO.

Yes, this is a good company, in a niche that it mostly owns, with a revenue stream that provides good value to its customers.

Continue reading "LinkedIn Is A Great Tool, But I Am Not Buying The IPO Hype" »


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


Mistakes That Ruin A Resume: Advice For Recent College Graduates

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

The following resume flaws might hinder your chances for finding the ultimate post graduation job.

Unprofessional Paper

In the movie, Legally Blonde, the main character struts around campus with a pink, rose scented resume. This is not the way to land a long term relationship with a company you are interested in working for. White paper is still the norm, and if you are going to use anything different, keep it simple with off-white, cream, beige, or another neutral color. Copy stores generally offer advice in this area and can suggest paper that will suit your needs and your personality.

The thing to remember is that less is more when it comes to shopping your resume around. Papers also come in different thicknesses or weights. While you don’t want to submit paper that is so thin it appears transparent, you also don’t want to submit a resume on a paper that is as thick as cardboard.

Continue reading "Mistakes That Ruin A Resume: Advice For Recent College Graduates" »


3 Ways To Ease The Monotony Of Resume Writing

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

 
It’s true that everyone can get tired of writing resumes.  But the reason for it isn’t usually laziness; it’s that the process can feel so tedious.  Having to sit there and think about everything you’ve accomplished in your career can be overwhelming, especially since you have to incorporate different information into each resume every time you apply for a different position.

The process can sometimes be so tedious that it becomes difficult to achieve the focus necessary to send an impactful message.  Of course, you don’t want this to happen, which is why it’s good to use various strategies to ease the monotony of the writing process.

Work From a Master Resume

One great way to ease the monotony of resume writing is to work from a master resume.  The master resume is used as an organizational tool that allows you to place all of the details of your career into one large document.  It is never submitted to employer but is instead used as a reference point for you.

Continue reading "3 Ways To Ease The Monotony Of Resume Writing" »


Minnesota IT Jobs With Minnesota Non Profits

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


If you are using a RSS Feed click Minnesota Non Profit IT Jobs And Volunteers.

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


Why Banning Social Media At Work Is Silly

These are just some quick observations and not meant to be any sort of thought piece…

Why do companies limit access to Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter? Some response I frequently see:

- Afraid of what employees will say, give out secrets

    • Can’t they do that when they get home?
    • If this truly is a fear, how did they make it through the interview and screening process. Why were they hired?

- Worried about time spent on the sites

    • OK, so I assume that their employees are only working a 40 hour week and weekends are completely free from work. If not, being able to send quick messages to family and friends seems reasonable.

BREAKING NEWS:

This just in… most cell phones can access these sites.

Continue reading "Why Banning Social Media At Work Is Silly" »


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


Excel And The Recruiting Process: Can They Coexist?

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

 

No. When I started recruiting in 2005, my company still had file cabinets to store resumes. They used vanilla folders as “buckets” for hot candidates and clipboard worksheets as the hot-list. When the recruiting manager suggested that I do the same, I cracked open the excel file.  He was full of disbelief and pessimism that I could succeed using a spread sheet. He was wrong.  Soon, the other recruiter in the office had adopted the spread sheet as the method of applicant tracking.

Fast forward 5 years. I interview at a $300 million dollar company that is growing by rapidly. When I ask them what Applicant Tracking System (ATS) they are using, they say Excel. I guess I smirked or laughed and I didn’t get the job, but that’s okay.

If you are still using Excel in 2010 to track your applicant pool, you have serious recruiting process re-engineering to consider.  If you are using Excel as a part of your recruiting process, again you need to consider how much money you are losing in missed opportunities.

Continue reading "Excel And The Recruiting Process: Can They Coexist?" »


MinneBar #6 Twitter Transcript

What follows is a transcript from held May 7, 2011 at Best Buy HQ’s.

I used BackTweets to gather the Tweets and is in reverse chronological order that starts at 9 AM, May 6th and ends at 3 PM, May 8th.

Around 2,200 Tweets went out with the #MinneBar during this time.

 

3:00 PM May 8th

eggsurplus If you want to follow the great minds making up the MN tech scene at #minnebar yesterday here's a list I made: http://bit.ly/iqKYZI 1 day ago

cdeutsch @AccordionGuy, great to meet you at #minnebar! @johnsheehan is the Twilio evangelist you should connect with. 1 day ago

paulprins RT @TECHdotMN: Latest #MinneBar puts Minnesota tech on the map [pics] [videos]: http://bit.ly/jCVsux 1 day ago

brandtrock RT @TECHdotMN: Latest #MinneBar puts Minnesota tech on the map [pics] [videos]: http://bit.ly/jCVsux 1 day ago

keithprivette RT @TECHdotMN: Latest #MinneBar puts Minnesota tech on the map [pics] [videos]: http://bit.ly/jCVsux 1 day ago

thingles My handful of photos from #MinneBar yesterday. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jthingelstad/tags/minnebar6/ 1 day ago

thingles .@beckje01 @minnebar Send #MinneBar stories to feedback@minnestar.org. 1 day ago

Continue reading "MinneBar #6 Twitter Transcript" »


Best Resource For Your 30/60/90-Day Plan

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:


A 30-60-90-day plan is an outline of what you intend to do in your first 3 months on the job.  It’s a goal-setting document that shows you understand the job and you know what it takes to be successful at it.  It covers everything from your training to your initial efforts to grow the business.  It’s impressive to hiring managers because it shows that you’ve put a lot of thought into what you can do for the company, and it takes a lot of the “risk” out of hiring you.  It can be overwhelming to create a plan, since it must be specific to the company to be the most effective.  Where do you find the information you need to write a great plan?

Even though there are many sources of information you can tap into for your 30/60/90-day plan, the very best one by far is LinkedIn.  If you could only choose one, it would be that one.

Why LinkedIn?

The groups, the question-and-answer discussions, the company pages, the people pages, and the ability to reach out and contact actual people who can help you with what you need to know are all parts of the very valuable LinkedIn whole.

Continue reading "Best Resource For Your 30/60/90-Day Plan" »


Is Your Executive Resume Placing You Among the Top-6 Candidates?

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:


When sifting through executive resumes, many hiring managers decide that they will choose six candidates to interview for a position.  Of course, this number fluctuates depending on the circumstances, but for many companies, six is the magic number.

So how can you increase your chances of becoming one of the top six candidates—those who are most likely to be called in for an interview?

Make No Mistakes on the Resume

At your level, there is no excuse for errors of any type, including typos, misspelled words, or grammar issues.  If you don’t trust yourself in this area, have someone edit the resume for you.  And if you are not sure that the resume itself is at the top level, you may want to consider hiring a professional to get the job done for you.

Add Testimonials

One great way to show that you are a top-level executive is to have others share this on your resume.  Many job candidates find that adding testimonials from influential people in their field shows just how much they are valued.

Continue reading "Is Your Executive Resume Placing You Among the Top-6 Candidates?" »