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Conversation With A Hiring Manager… 8 Ways To Help With Recruiting

Following a LinkedIn presentation I gave at the I was approached by a very frustrated Director of HR who was having issues with her Hiring Managers.

“Having issues” was a polite way of saying train wreck. As in… they are a mess and actually getting in the way of hiring.

Over the past couple of months we picked up the conversation and I learned more about some of their “issues”.

It led to me sitting down with the Director of Marketing to help him understand why his managers were a barrier to hiring.

And I was surprised by two things:

- One, he really wanted to know how to help. He too knew it was an issue but did not know how to address it.

- Two, he knew it was an issue but did not know how bad it really was.

After giving him some specific examples of candidate experiences we came up with what I thought were some simple things to do but to him were ground breaking.

Here we go...

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Working Wednesday… Minnesota Jobs In Technology

For a long, long, long time I have wanted to start a job board to help support the local tech community. Tech defined as IT, Med, Bio, Science, etc.

For whatever reason I never get around to it in part because I do not know what the demand is, will be. I think I know it but then never follow through with it to find out.

Silly, right? Welcome to my world of 15 ideas and not trying 1 of them.

I already own the domain names necessary to do it and/or could just add another page here on the blog.

So here goes my 1st attempt at seeing if there is a need for such a thing.

On Wednesday’s (starting tomorrow and I know this is not a lot of notice) I am going to do this as a blog post here on the main page.

Here is what I am looking for... jobs in:

- IT (developers, programmers, help desk, Big Data, etc.) any kind of company

- Med, Bio and Science companies who have any kind of jobs (Robotics, Project Managers, Marketing, Sales, Executive, Customer Service, HR, etc.)

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3 Minnesota Companies Rank In 100 Best Places To Work In IT 2013

Computerworld 100 Best PLaces To Work In IT 2003, Minnesota IT Jobs

Computerworld released their 2013 100 Best Places To Work In IT and 3 Minnesota companies make the list again.

I say again because these same companies always seem to be on the list (see notes below).

They are (click links for more stats and info):

#12 General Mills (2012 #4)

Why you want to work there:

Top 10 ranking: No. 1 for benefits

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Conversation With A... Startup CEO: “But Paul, I Don’t Have Time To Recruit”

A couple of months ago I had a “moment” while chatting with a Minnesota angel investor... this would be a really good conversation to blog about. Problem was (is) I need to be careful to take out names and not give out info that could lead back to the person and I need their permission to use some of what we spoke about.

Most folks have been OK with me talking about our conversation so this is my first try with this...

This week I had a Minnesota startup CEO say to me:

“But Paul, I don’t have time to recruit.”

And I sat there with a blank stare trying not to react. My mind is yelling:

“Whaddya mean you don’t have time?!?!?!?!”

I have heard this multiple times this year and each time I do my best not to react.

Reasons given range from: raising money, coding a beta, managing the team, product development... you know, all the things that a startup CEO does.

I get that... I get that all of that is important.

So is recruiting.

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TV Interview... “I Quit” Is More Common As The Economy Gets Better

Paul DeBettignies with Randy Meier at Fox 9 News, I Quit, Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota Headhunter Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter

I was invited out to FOX 9 to talk about the the latest BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showing 2.25 million folks quit their job in April, a 7.2 percent jump from March and just below February which was a multi year high.

There is starting to be a more noticeable churn within the job economy. Some folks are leaving one job for another and some... many more than a year ago are leaving a job without a next one lined up.

Yeah, that’s right... quitting without a next place to call “home away from home”.

Do I recommend this?

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Want To Learn Ruby on Rails? Check Out Rails.MN

Last night I attended my first (@RailsMN) user group meeting.

This is not a typical user group meeting where developers demo, talk about what they are working on... cool tools they are building… a place to show how smart they are.

Rails.MN is more of a learning lab and a great opportunity to pick up the Rails skill set.

Derek Rockwell (@DerekRockwell) is leading the group with tutorials, hands on learning. The current learning series is on Building OpenCamp (a project management tool).

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Minnesota Morning... InformationWeek Interviews, Kidblog And Spark Edition

Yep... it has been a long time since I wrote one of these and it is yet another attempt at getting back into writing. I think I found one of my “blocks” to this, so much to write and not enough time to do it.

So I decided to write what I can when I can and stop thinking about it.

I hope this time around it sticks.

InformationWeek interviews

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Kevin Casey (@kevinrcasey) of InformationWeek (thanks to Jennifer McClure for the referral) to work on a couple of articles with him.

I need to write up a couple of blog posts to go along with each of these with some additional thoughts I have but for the moment... click these links to see the articles:

IT Job Interviews: 8 Tips To Avoid Disaster

8 IT Hiring Trends You Can't Ignore

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