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Presentation At MinneWebCon: Proactively Managing Your Career

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MinneWebCon (@MinneWebCon) is around the corner, April 13-14 at the University of Minnesota. I will be speaking and attending for the first time.

This event attracts 300+ attendees, good speakers and great content.

This year’s keynote speakers are Karen McGrane (@karenmcgrane) and Steve Krug (@skrug).

Sessions include content on coding, code reviews, online behavior, Google Analytics, design and what may be the best title of a session I have seen in a couple of years, “All I Ever Needed to Know About Social Media I Learned from the Muppets”.

For more event, speaker, sessions info and history of the conference click MinneWebCon 

To register click MinneWebCon 2015

I have been asked by a couple of developers if I think they should attend and my answer to them was simple… heck yeah.

My presentation is career related and given the news in Minneapolis the past months this is good timing:

Proactively Managing Your Career

Session scheduled at 10:30-11:20 in Johnson Great Room

The past 12 past months Minnesota has seen a number of significant hiring, reorganization, layoff and acquisition announcements.

If your CEO, Executive Director, VP or Manager came to your desk or sent an email right now and said:

  • We want to promote you, let’s meet tomorrow at 9 am and talk about it.
  • Your annual review is this month, fill out this form and have it back to me by the end of the week.
  • Because of the upcoming acquisition your role is likely to change. Let’s talk about what you want to do next.
  • The project we are working… the funding has been pulled. We only you need you for two more weeks.
  • I’m sorry but as part of our “reorganization” we are letting you go.

… would you be ready? Are you maintaining your career?

What will be one part presentation and two parts active Q&A we are going to have a conversation around these topics:

  • How to position yourself for the next step in your career.
  • Negotiating salary/rates and how to ask for more money.
  • Maintaining the skills your employer needs now and learning what they need next.
  • The grass is not always greener on the other side.
  • Networking – Are you sitting next to someone you know right now? If so, change seats.
  • Building your portfolio for your next review, job search, or project.
  • Specifically for the consultants/contractors: how to have an adequate pipeline of projects

These are exciting (and stressful) times and in many ways the future of the workplace is changing. Be ready.


Paul DeBettignies


Paul DeBettignies, better known online as Minnesota Headhunter, is a Minnesota IT Recruiter who builds IT teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients, author of the Minnesota Headhunter blog, the longest running regional recruiter blog and an Advisor to ToggleGreen.

He is a frequent local and national speaker, trainer and subject matter expert on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics. Recent activities include presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Google for Entrepreneurs, Michigan Recruiters Conference, University of Minnesota, CHS, MinneBar and ERE and interviews with NPR, WCCO AM (CBS) Radio & TV, KSTP TV (ABC), MSP Business Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune and Dice.com

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media communities as a sponsor, volunteer and mentor and is the founder of Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp.

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