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Recruiters Behaving Badly I: Are You Out Of Funding

This is the first edition of “Recruiters Behaving Badly” and you can read about why this has come about by clicking

Note that I have redacted (ALL CAPS) all contact info or anything that may reveal the parties involved.

This story comes from a Minnesota startup I know well… the CEO has had no interaction with the search firm or recruiter until this first email:

RECRUITER to CEO

Hi CEO,

XXXXX is a candidate for your XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX position.

Please reply and let me know or simply visit your CLIENT ACCOUNT LOGIN to setup the interview:

Candidate: XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX
Status: Authorized to work in the U.S. - U.S. Citizen
Desired salary range: open. Entry Level
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Education: Bachelor's

Thank you,
RECRUITER

CEO reply to RECRUITER that day:

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Series: Recruiters Behaving Badly

With the increase in competition for IT professionals and the increase in the number of Recruiters who have little or no recruiting experience (or common sense it seems) the number of “horror” stories I am hearing at user group and tech events is increasing.

A lot.

At the end of April I am doing a training for a regional IT consulting firm and one of the topics we are covering is how not to be a “Dumb A$$ Recruiter”.

While funny, sort of, I did not pick the topic title.

The owner of the firm did and he added $$ not to be cute and not swear… he did it to remind his team that being a “Dumb A$$ Recruiter” hurts the firm and the recruiters financially.

It’s just bad business.

So here is a request and you do not need to be in IT… what are your recent “Recruiter Behaving Badly” stories?

I already have a couple:

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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Minnesota Headhunter Brown Bag Lunch With Recruiter And HR Friends

This is an idea that I have had for more than a year now and I want to float it out “there” and see what happens.

Back when I was coordinating the Minnesota Recruiters group I never had time to see friends and make new ones at events. I was busy making sure wireless microphones had batteries, slides were ready and we had enough coffee.

After an event there were always a number of email exchanged with friends with something like:

Hey I saw you, but you were busy.

Were you there? I didn’t see you.

We should get together the next week or two.

And it never happened.

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Paul DeBettignies Interview On Drive ThruHR

Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Recruiter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive ThruHR is hosted by William Tincup (@williamtincup), Bryan Wempan (@bryanwempen) and Nisha Raghaven (@thehrbuddy) and every day during the lunch hour (Noon CT) for 30 or so minutes they speak with someone in the HR and Recruiter space.

Last week I was a guest and had a fun conversation with William.

Some of the topics we covered:

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2014 Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40

A few weeks ago Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal introduced their 2014 40 Under 40. This is the 20th year of the 40 under 40.

There are a number of friends and colleagues on this list and as best I know the first time each individual has a short video to go along with a bio and Q&A.

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CareerBuilder Survey: Best And Worst Words For A Resume

Thinking back to the presentations I did at the University of St Thomas the past month (Social Media – Best Practices for Maintaining an Optimal Online Presence) one of the most frequently asked questions I received was:

You talk to us about using buzzwords, keywords and acronyms in our profiles and resume… what are some of the words you most like to see?

Given the amount of time we had I did not get into a long list but I did mention a few themes:

  • Increased sales
  • Cut costs
  • Increased web traffic, newsletter signups, engagement with customers
  • Made something more efficient

And add numbers… as in statistics like:

By doing this “thing” we increased sales “X”%

In streamlining this “process” we cut costs “X”%

Implementing “this strategy” we increased web site traffic “X” times

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Minnesota Recruiter Contract Rates Spring 2014

As recruiting gets more and more competitive in Minneapolis the number of inquiries I am receiving that sound like:

Hey Paul, you know any available IT contract recruiters?

How much is a contract recruiter going to cost me?

Do I know any available IT contract recruiters?

No. They are all working.

How much?

That depends.

I asked a bunch of friends what they are seeing for rates and it mostly jived with what I have been seeing.

I also sent an email to Adam Sprecher, Managing Director at SALO. Adam is my “go to guy” when I am looking for trends, news, salaries and in general “what is going on” in Minneapolis kind of stuff.

What I sent him is in plain text and his reply in bold:

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Minnesota Morning… Minnesota Recruiters and WordPress Wednesday

Last week was the Minnesota Recruiters Spring 2014 Conference and the 20th something event since it was started in 2007. I think this was #23.

This event had a couple of “mile markers” for me.

This was the first event that I had no role in since we started it. I went from co founder and coordinator to the advisory board and now a “has been”. My time is up.

It’s been a fun road and Jason Buss is doing a great job with the group.

The other part to this event and more significant to me… this was the first event I missed. I had some family stuff that needed my full attention and so for the first time when the question was asked, “How many have been to every event?” no one raised their hand.

I did watch the #mnrec Twitter stream and picked up some things to think about.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

To make it easier to find Minnesota Recruiter Jobs I have added this post to stay at the top of this page to create short cuts to jobs posted below. (No need to scroll through filled positions)

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IT Career Advice: Are You A Jerk, Would You Want To Work With You?

Dear Mr. or Ms. IT pro, are you a “jerk”?

Or a “brilliant asshole”?

Are you self-aware enough to know?

A few weeks ago I was in a room with a dozen or so VP of IT and CIO’s talking about how to grow the local IT talent pool, what the current demand is for different skill sets, we tried to predict what would be in demand and some other things.

Another topic was, do we hire for skill set and being able to code or do we hire for personality and we can train.

There were varying opinions with most leaning towards hiring for personality, culture fit and working on the skill set. The idea being technologies change but people… not so much.

One of the comments made was:

“I am tired of brilliant ass holes”

And everyone responded with a nod, giggle or “yep”.

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Free Webinar: Do Your Job Ads Suck? Let Me Help You Fix Them

Hey Recruiter, HR pro, Hiring Manager, CEO… yeah you... pause for a moment… take a look at your job descriptions… do they suck?

Yeah, I thought so.

For most of you (us) we don’t even need to look to know the answer.

April 10, 2014 at 2 pm (ET) I am doing a free (yes, free) webinar hosted by ERE and sponsored by BirdDog.

Here is my angle on this… I help startup and tech companies recruit IT pros. And there is some (a lot of) competition for them from other startups to the Fortune 500 companies.

You don’t have to be off the grid crazy but you can’t, in my opinion, be boring. Why not talk about company culture (if you have one), what work is being done (if public about it), what problems need to be solved, etc.

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New Target Dress Code: Dress For Your Day

Last week Target announced a new dress code that has been received very well by their employees and contractors.

While I have not seen the internal memo sent to Target employees I did get a version that was sent out to consulting firms with contractors on site:

Hello,

Dress for your day was announced at Target Headquarters this afternoon, replacing the dress code that exists today. We ask that you share the guidelines below with your employee’s on assignment at Target today, and in the future. Please ask that they take the time to review the policy and ensure that it is followed. Note, the new policy is effective immediately.

Dress For Your Day Guidelines:

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Minnesota IT Jobs With Minnesota Non Profits

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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