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

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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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Minnesota Job And Career Fair 2013

April 18, 2013 the Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association is hosting their 4th annual job, career and skills summit and I will once again be one of the speakers.

This will be the 3rd time for me speaking at their event and I am really looking forward to this one as MNRSA is reaching out to our military veterans to help them in their job search process.

To be able to talk with these folks… means a lot to me and I look forward to saying thank you to them.

The event is free to attend and open to all job seekers.

Last year 700+ attended and the feedback was very positive.

I will be speaking from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and doing my “Be Your Own Headhunter” presentation. I will be showing folks how I would be do a job search using LinkedIn, job boards, networking, Twitter and Facebook along with some strategy tips including how to market oneself, when to follow up, finding contact names and more.

It is an aggressive approach or as many have called it either a “wake up call” or a much needed “kick in the pants”.

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Paul DeBettignies On TV Talking About Salary Increases, Klout And Vacations

A couple of times in the past month (and once in August) I have made a local TV appearance and while I was posting links on twitter and Facebook I just realized did not post them here…

--> Last week (Jan 25, ‘12) I was on FOX 9 News with Recruiter: Research to Negotiate Salary talking about how company executives are more willing to give salary increases this year:


Recruiter: Research to Negotiate Salary:

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Paul DeBettignies KARE 11 TV Interview On Job Search

I was interviewed by Jordana Green (Twitter & LinkedIn) on KARE 11 Today about job search, economy and hiring trends in part as a promo for her story that aired later that night. She tracked the job search of an unemployed accountant, see the video below.

With the economy slowly getting better and in some cases already a shortage of people in some skill sets many folks have forgotten about the unemployed people in our communities.

I hope that KARE (or any TV station) continues to follow these types of stories as the impact from the recession will continue for quite some time.

While our live portion was pretty quick we then hosted a live chat on their Facebook page which you can see by clicking:

For about 90 minutes we answered questions both on the chat screen and on the air.

I learned something about myself… I cannot speak and type at the same time. Dang, that was hard to do so I decided to do one or the other but not both.

Here are a few photos from the day:

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Paul DeBettignies Article In The Fordyce Letter

I was excited to get an invitation to write an article for the February 2011 Fordyce Letter.

For those of you not in the search firm industry this is the go to source for information and to be asked is a pretty cool thing. It is a follow up to my presentation at The Fordyce Forum 2010.

After tossing around some subjects I came up with this article:

Get Out From Behind the Desk and Network

I started the article with this:

I know, I know… smile and dial.

More phone calls equal more job orders, candidates and send outs. More send outs equal more placements.

I get it  - I really do. But after thirteen years as a sole practitioner, I have learned that I need to get out from behind the desk every now and then, or I fear that the headset will become permanently fixed to my head.

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Hiring Minnesota IT Pros? Need A Hand? Call Me

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It is time for me to practice what I preach. I tell people all the time they need to market themselves be it as an employee, consultant, employer or a business.

I say that you need to let people know you are available and if not know, build the relationship for down the road.

Disclaimer: I hate doing it for myself.

No really, I hate doing it.

Oh the irony...

But here I am in what might be the first time on my blog saying this, if you are:

  • sourcing and recruiting IT professionals and could use a hand...
  • working with search and consulting firms and they are not delivering...
  • hiring a team of IT folks...
  • wanting a relationship with a recruiter who is about relationships and not transactions...
  • stuck on a “purple squirrel” search and want someone to dedicate their time to it...
  • looking for someone to do a training session, half or full day for your recruiter and HR team...

... give me a call or send me an email.

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Minnesota Headhunter Hits 1,000 RSS And Email Subscribers

Hey you… yeah you, reading this on your favorite RSS reader or by email about 5 minutes, 5 hours, a day and for some weeks after I posted it:

Why do you subscribe? What keeps your interest? What would you like to see more of? Less?

Give me some feedback so I have a better idea what kind of content you would like to see.

Come to the blog post and comment or send me an email

Thanks for hanging out with me.

Credit Checks Are Impacting Job Seekers? WCCO TV Interview With Paul DeBettignies

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A few months ago after seeing an interview on CNBC and an article from SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) on how some states are trying to limit this practice I wrote the blog post Credit Checks As Part Of Employer Background Checks: Fair?

Since that post Oregon has joined Washington and Hawaii in their ban of credit checks on most job reference checks.

A bill in Congress has been tied up in a committee for a little more than a year.

A question I often get is, “Should I say no?

My gut reaction is to say no but then in most cases you will be taken out of the running for the job.

Either way, you’re kind of screwed.

Some see a credit report as a financial resume. Sure there is some validity to this but as the “Great Recession” has taught us, bad stuff happens to good people too.

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Facebook Gets 500 Million Users | Paul DeBettignies Interviewed On WCCO AM Radio

Back on July 22nd after Facebook hit the 500 million user mark I was interviewed by Mike Grimm on HINESight on WCCO AM radio.

We spoke a bit about Facebook for personal and business use and the way companies are using it for recruiting.

Of course we found a way to inject into the conversation. Mike does the radio broadcast for Gopher football.

Click the Play button to hear his show. Wait a few moments for it to load and then forward to the 58:20 mark. We go to 70:37.


14,000 Served


Since posting I have been asked what content do I have, what expertise can I share.

Last year I created the Be Your Own Headhunter concept with the focus of HOW to use Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and other tools like newsletters, RSS feeds, video and more to achieve goals.

I used HOW because my emphasis has been doing demos to show how to do this versus the why. How I use this every day so I can show metrics, successes and failures and how I have evolved different tactics.

There are enough people doing the WHY so I leave that to them when possible.

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Paul DeBettignies A Panelist For Human Resources Executive Council

I have accepted an invitation to be a panelist at the Human Resources Executive Council meeting April 15th, 2010 to be held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Human Resources Executive Council

The Human Resources Executive Council is made of Minnesota companies who have 1,000+ employees or $100M+ in revenues. Companies included are 3M, Best Buy, Delta Airlines, Ecolab, General Mills, Honeywell, Land O’Lakes, Medtronic, ShopNBC, Target, Travelers, U.S. Bank, United HealthGroup and others.

This is an evening dinner, reception and education event the evening before HR Tomorrow 2010

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Minnesota Headhunter Presents At Ignite Minneapolis #2

Wow is about all I can say about the Ignite Minneapolis #ignitempls event. Wow for the cool crowd. Wow for the cool venue. Wow for the cool presentations.

For those who just want to see the video here you go (CAUTION I “may” have cussed a few times):


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Paul DeBettignies Listed On Top 25 Most Influential Online Recruiters and John Sumser have released their second in a series of lists to measure the influence individuals have within the HR and Recruiter industry. This goes along with one of John’s projects Top 100 Influencers in HR/Recruiting.

The latest list Top 25 Most Influential Online Recruiters has me in the #9 slot.


Here is the first list on our HR colleagues from a few weeks ago Top 25 HR Digital Influencers 2009.

I was thinking (hoping , not gonna be shy about it) that I would find myself on the last list that is to come out in October “Top 25 Digital Influencers in Third Party Recruiting” figuring if thee was ever a list for me to be on, that is the one.

So to be included on this one is pretty cool for this one man band of an IT search firm in Minneapolis.

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Paul DeBettignies To Present At Employers Association Social Media Conference

I am thrilled to accept an invitation from the Employers Association to speak at their Social Media Conference “The Time is Now” March 18th, 2010.

Employers Association is a large organization that provides services to small and medium sized companies focusing on the HR function including leadership training and employment law.

That they are putting on this event for their clients (non members are allowed to attend) is a great next step in the education they provide.

Here is info on the event:

Social Media Conference: The Time is Now

Have you been asking yourself when and how to get onboard with social media? Where do we start? What should I know before my company jumps in? Who needs to "own" your company's involvement and content? How will you monitor feedback or measure ROI? What, if anything, should be asked of your employees already using Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn? What are the legal considerations? Big questions, indeed. Get answers at EA's March 18 conference.

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Why Do You Follow Me On Twitter And My 2 Year Anniversary

2 years ago today I started on Twitter with @MNHeadhunter. It was my 3rd shot at Twitter and not until my buddy Katie Tierney @txaggie94 set me straight did I figure out why it might matter to me. So if you like me thank her and if you find me annoying, it’s all her fault :)

I have met a lot of people who have turned into dear friends, made placements, been invited to speak and lots of other cool things because of my sharing, collaborating and listening on Twitter.

Rather than talk about the successes I would like to evaluate my activity and since I am a “one man band” without a yearly review (other than looking at the business bottom line) I am asking you my Twitter followers the following questions:

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