Tech Career Advice: Take Control Of Finding Your Next Job

ctrlI am seeing a trend lately with the conversations I am having with tech pros… and I am not sure if it is because I have been attending more tech events and meetups so these conversations find me, if it is because many tech pros have hit a tipping point with their (dead end) conversations with recruiters or this is a natural progression in a long bull market economy (people are proactively doing a search)…

Tech pros are starting to take control of where they land next.

Conversations generally sound like this, “I usually wait for a search firm or corporate tech recruiter to reach out to me about a job and if the timing is right, I take a look at it. Now I am actively seeking out companies and roles I want and reaching out to them directly.”

(applauding)

YES!!! <= how I usually respond.

I get that your busy writing code, managing a team, architecting the app, listening to end users, keeping the system running and keeping board members informed and happy.

But to leave to chance that a corporate recruiter or search firm recruiter has your next dream job is freaking crazy.

Should you pay attention to the inquiries?

Absolutely.

Should you rely on those being the only opportunities that are available to you?

NO WAY.

There are some easy ways to stay in touch with what is going on including:

Take control.

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Survey: Two Page Resumes Better Than One Page Resumes


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Ahhhh yes… the long and frequently debated question, how long should a resume be?

Many years ago I mostly joked, with a side of serious, that I wanted to get 5 Recruiter and HR friends around a table with 7 bottles of wine and video/audio record the conversation that would include this question… how long should a resume be?

My guess is I would end up with 7 or 8 different answers. That some of my friends would end up contradicting themselves.

My answer to, “How long should my resume be” has been the same for as long as I can remember… not one line longer than it takes to get someone to want to talk with you.

I get that is subjective and we all don’t have a sense of what is too much or too little. If you’re cutting your resume short to fit onto a page, it’s likely too short. If you have 10 bullet points for every employer going back 10+ years it’s likely too long.

So maybe not a perfect answer just like the one page resume or only two page resume is not perfect.

“They say…” is what we always hear. “They say recent college grads should only have a one page resume.” Who the heck is “they” and who made them the all knowing on the subject. Oh, likely those who anoint themselves an “expert”.

Have you caught on to my sarcasm yet?

Some research from Resume Go with => Settling the Debate: One or Two Page Resumes

“Despite the common arguments given on the matter, there is little to no empirical data to support either side. In fact, so-called “experts” often base their conclusions on individual preferences and unsubstantiated claims from random sources. Furthermore, recruitment methods and the hiring landscape are constantly evolving, so what may have been true in the past may no longer be the case today.”

Some data:

One Page Resume Or TwoI don’t think they “settled the debate” with this one simulation but it is some interesting data. And it has me sticking to my advice… not any longer than it needs to be to get me or someone like me to call you back. However many pages that is.

My guess is, in the next two weeks we’ll see a major “expert” refute this and the debate will go on.

It’s worth noting that most applicant tracking systems (ATS) put resume content into fields so once it is in the system and without clicking on the original document… we don’t usually know how many pages it was.

If you are a Recruiter or in HR and want to try my wine experiment… send me an email Smile


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Best Places To Work In Minneapolis And St Paul 2018 v3


Top Work Places 2018

The Minneapolis StarTribune released their 2018 Top 150 Workplaces. While that is the top list there are also a bunch of companies that did well:

“These 119 Minnesota employers scored high enough to meet Energage's (formerly Workplace Dynamics) national benchmark as a Top Workplace, although not high enough to crack the Top 150 Workplaces.”

Congratulations to current and former clients Daugherty Business Solutions and When I Work and friends Calabrio, Drip + Leadpages, Field Nation, TempWorks Software and Total Expert.

There is not much overlap between this and the MSP Business Journal list I posted here =>

And of course no overlap with the Top 150 I posted here =>

Like the other lists… this is a solid group of companies so should you find yourself looking for a new place to call your work “home” this is a good place to start.

This list is only alphabetical (not ranked):

ACI Asphalt & Concrete
Alliant Engineering Inc.
Amplifon Americas
Andy's Liquor
Animal Humane Society
Arvig
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
BankVista
Banner Engineering Corp
BDO USA, LLP
Bonfe Plumbing, Heating, & Air Service
brightpeak financial
broadhead

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Best Places To Work In Minneapolis And St Paul 2018 v2


Minneapolis StarTribune Top Workplace

The Minneapolis StarTribune released their 2018 Top 150 Workplaces.

Congratulations to friends Kipsu, Reeher, sdg, SportsEngine, Code42 Software and C.H. Robinson.

There is not much overlap between this and the MSP Business Journal list I posted here => Best Places To Work In Minneapolis And St Paul 2018 v1.

Like that list, this is a solid group of companies so should you find yourself looking for a new place to call your work “home” this is a good place to start.

Small

1 Kipsu Inc.
2 Gentle Transitions
3 Serenity Couture Salon & Spa
4 Brighton Home Health and Hospice
5 Relationship One
6 Valley Rehabilitation Services
7 Pioneer Bank
8 Ovative/group
9 Success Computer Consulting
10 J.L. Buchanan
11 Intertech Inc.

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Best Places To Work In Minneapolis And St Paul 2018 v1


MSP Business Journal Best Places To Work 2018


Minneapolis and St Paul Business Journal released their 2018 2018 Best Places to Work.

Congratulations to current and former clients Livefront, phData and friends Structural and Clockwork.

This is a solid list of companies so should you find yourself looking for a new place to call your work “home” this is a good place to start.

Extra Small

  • Advent Group
  • AIM Consulting Minneapolis
  • Ambrion
  • Beehive Strategic Communication
  • Celarity
  • CureIS Healthcare Inc.
  • Demand Chain Systems
  • Hallett Financial Group
  • Harbinger Partners
  • Livefront
  • Media Bridge Advertising
  • Medical Alley Association
  • Modern Foundation
  • Newmark Knight Frank
  • Quotacy Inc.
  • StoryTeller Media + Communications
  • Structural
  • Structure Tech
  • SuperClean Brands
  • Supreme Lending

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Q&A With Minnesota Headhunter: An Intro To The Minnesota Startup And Tech Scene


Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota Startups, Minnesota IT Jobs

As 2017 was winding down I was getting a number of inquiries about the Minnesota startup and tech scene from people outside Minnesota. I think the recruiting trip to Chicago, the Fly in Program during Twin Cities Startup Week and my own sourcing and recruiting is the cause of this. Most inquiries are coming from a few regions:

  • San Francisco and Silicon Valley
  • Chicago, Detroit… Midwest
  • Seattle
  • Austin and Dallas

And I have not yet put together a list of resources or guide to send them.

So… I’ll do a webinar and have about 45 minutes of content to share and then do Q&A for another 30 minutes or until everyone has the info they are looking for.

I’m still coming up with an agenda… so far something like this:

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Survey | 56% Of Candidates Do Not Negotiate Salary In A Job Offer


Negotiate Job Offer A recent CareerBuilder Job Offer Survey with some interesting statistics on how candidates and employers deal with an offer.

The candidate numbers:

  • 51% they don't attempt it because they don't feel comfortable asking for more money
  • 47% they are afraid the employer will decide not to hire them
  • 36% they don't want to appear greedy

Digging deeper:

  • 45% 35 or older typically negotiate the first offer
  • 42% 18-34 negotiate the first offer
  • 47% of men say they negotiate first offers
  • 42% of women say they negotiate first offers
  • 59% of Information technology workers are likely to negotiate
  • 55% of sales candidates workers are likely to negotiate
  • 53% of financial services workers are likely to negotiate
  • 48% of health care workers workers are likely to negotiate

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Survey: 57% Of Employers Less Likely To Interview A Candidate They Can't Find Online


Scooby Doo Where Are You 

CareerBuilder released their annual survey, Number of Employers Using Social Media to Screen Candidates at All-Time High, about how companies are using social media to source and screen candidates. There are the usual “headline” stats:

  • 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates
  • 54% have decided not to hire a candidate based on their social media profiles

That last one is the one that usually gets the most attention. Here’s the thing… of course the number is that high. Look at the wording of it. Of course any/every “Fortune 500” company, as an example, has not hired someone because of their online stupidity profile. Think of how many people apply with them. So they didn’t hire one? That’s easy to understand.

And I think the 70% number is much higher. Surely some respondents didn’t want to tell the truth.

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Conversation With A Ruby Developer… Should I let Search Firms Float My Resume Around?


Minnesota IT Jobs

Yesterday I had a phone call with a Ruby Developer who is currently in Silicon Valley and looking to move to the Midwest. They are highly skilled, easy to work with, highly recommended and from this region. Specifically they are looking for a company in Minneapolis or Chicago.

They asked me a curious question…

Many of the search firm recruiters are asking if they can float my resume around for me. I don’t have a network in those cities so it seems convenient but I think there are negatives to this too. Right?

My reply…

YES!!!

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Tips For Doing A Job Search In The New Year


Paul DeBettignies Interview At WCCO TV

Yesterday I had an interview at WCCO TV (CBS) with Kylie Bearse and Kim Johnson to give some tips  on finding a job in the New Year.

They start the segment with this CareerBuilder survey Workers Reveal Plans to Land New Jobs in 2017 and the headline that 22% are planning to change jobs in 2017.

I say during our chat that I would have expected the number to be a bit higher. Saying that… no way that high of a percent will change jobs in 2017. It’s easy to say one is looking for a job but a whole other thing to do it.

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