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Conversation With A Target Employee… 6 Job Search Tips

While grabbing my mail yesterday I bumped into a neighbor, call him “Fred”, I had not seen in a while and after some “is it cold enough for you” conversation I was reminded that he works at Target.

Fred was not one of those laid off… he is still walking the skyway to work.

He asked if I had a few minutes to talk some things out, of course.

Essentially Fred is concerned about the future of his job and wanted to know what he should be doing to be prepared in case something happens to him.

There are the two basic, obvious things:

  • Update the resume
  • Update the LinkedIn profile (I suggested he turn his profile off over the weekend, make the updates and turn it back on Sunday night. This way the update notifications do not go out)

We went over a number of things… here are the highlights:

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Minnesota Jobs Scene: Q1 2014

I started writing this post more than a week ago and set it aside to work on a couple of other things. With the Target layoff announcement yesterday I thought I should pick this up. See my .

There have been a number of “what happens next” from former Target employees and local and national media wondering about the Minnesota jobs scene.

When I first started writing this I was surprised at the number of companies who were saying they were unsure of their 2014 hiring plans.

And a large number of people who are still thinking about their job and career path and they are wondering what the market is like… is this time to make a move.

With the Target folks it is more immediate, like right now… what are they going to find.

Let’s see if I can handle this well enough for the moment with this one post.

I have a bunch of anecdotal data from hiring managers, companies, associations and personal observations here in Minnesota and I believe that generally we have a positive jobs scene:

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Thoughts On 2014 Target Layoffs

UPDATED:

(Mar ’15)

(Feb ‘15)

(Jan ‘15)

Note the ADDED and UPDATED

I received a number of phone calls and email this morning from friends at Target HQ’s saying they had to be in a meeting in 15 minutes and asked if Target was laying off people today.

Yes, today was the day.

That this was coming was not a shock… there was “writing on the wall”:

The layoffs in November ‘13 were lower than some expected

After the November ‘13 layoff there were immediate rumors of a Q1 2014 layoff

Retail sales are down

Seeing that when some folks were leaving their jobs over the past months some were not being filled

Data breach (more on that below)

Canadian expansion not going as expected

The announcement yesterday that part time employees would no longer have health care coverage

I do think there is some pause from my perspective because of the numbers. I was not aware that this many people were going to be impacted.

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Event: Social Media – Best Practices for Maintaining an Optimal Online Presence

University of St Thomas Alumni Association

The is co sponsoring an event “Social Media – Best Practices for Maintaining an Optimal Online Presence” and invited me to be the presenter.

I am a big, BIG fan of St Thomas, their staff and alumni and love speaking at their events.

Below is information (note there are two events) and no, you do not need to be a grad of St Thomas or a member of the alumni association to attend.

Register (click the link)

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Minnesota Morning: How Do You Spend Your Jelly Beans?

Jelly Bean

Something big has been nagging me for a long, long time and I had not been able to figure it out. There have been little parts of this over the past year that “clicked” with me like “What do you want” but this bigger thing…

It’s been nagging at me for a year and a half and today I saw the bigger picture.

It happened during the message at Eagle Brook Church this morning. They are doing a series called “Simplify”… well timed with the post holiday craziness.

This weekend’s topic:

Controlling Your Calendar

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