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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, and author of the Minnesota Headhunter blog, the longest-running regional recruiter blog. 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, Social Media Breakfast MSP, the University of St Thomas, Capella University, MinneBar and ERE and interviews with WCCO AM (CBS) Radio, FOX 9, MSP Business Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune, St Paul Pioneer Press,, and TechTarget. He is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing, and social media communities as a sponsor, volunteer, and mentor and was the co-founder, coordinator, and advisory board member of Minnesota Recruiters, the largest regional recruiter group in the country, and an Advisor to ToggleGreen.

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A Conversation: Top Influencers in HR And Recruiting

by Mar 10, 2015, 2:45 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 11.44.40 AMAnother Top 50 (Fill In The Blank) list came out a couple of weeks ago with a bunch of HR and recruiter “thought leaders” on it. And as usual there was some chatter on Twitter and Facebook about it. Some pro. Some con. Some rants too.

I have an opinion and I want to know what you think. But first a disclaimer: every now and again I squeak in on the bottom of one of these lists. I am not coming at this with “sour grapes.”

And I am not here to bash the folks on the lists.

I am writing this, and hoping you will comment below, to start a conversation. keep reading…

Informal Survey: 1 In 10 IT Recruiting Inquiries Do Not Suck

by Apr 15, 2014, 12:39 am ET

MinneBar 9Frankly I could have written this anytime the past two years, but I was hoping that as more of our industry talks about best practices in using social media and best ways to promote “employer brands” or “recruiter brands,” that things would get better.

I was wrong.

Really, really wrong. keep reading…

Overused LinkedIn Buzzwords … Are Job Descriptions and Recruiters to Blame?

by Dec 13, 2013, 9:45 am ET

LinkedIn came out with “Top 10 Overused LinkedIn Profile Buzzwords of 2013.”

As usual there has been a lot of attention given to this yearly list including articles giving advice on how not to use these words. I am sure speakers and trainers have already updated their slide decks.

So I wrote a blog post and sent it to Todd here at ERE with a bit of a rant about how I think job descriptions are to blame.

And how I wish LinkedIn would do the same thing with job descriptions.

Guess what? LinkedIn did, sort of.

Todd pointed me to The 10 Buzzwords Recruiters Overused in 2013 (scroll down here). It’s a look at Recruiter profiles and buzzwords.

And guess what …  you ready for this? keep reading…

Social Media Recruiting Fatigue

by Oct 16, 2013, 6:45 am ET

Social media recruiting has been core to what I do for years. It ranks second to the phone as my most important tool.

I know how many folks visit my blog every day. I pay attention to Twitter follows/unfollows. I have a Twitter list with 3,000+ Minnesota IT pros paying attention to it on a semi regular basis. I rank on the first page of Google for all the keywords important to me. I am running a set of Facebook ads next week and have an idea for some simple videos for my startups.

I am not tired of recruiting or social media … I am tired of the commentary. keep reading…

You Are Part Of The Top “X” On LinkedIn. So What?

by Feb 19, 2013, 5:12 am ET

Minnesota Headhunter Appearances in SearchLike you, I started seeing the posts and pics last week on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (yes, Instagram) from friends who were receiving the “You have one of the top X% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012” email from LinkedIn.

First it was 10% then 5% and later in the week 1%.

And I started thinking, “am I really not that cool to have ranked in the top 1%? How can that be?” keep reading…

Where Have All the Recruiters Gone?

by Apr 9, 2012, 1:24 pm ET

This past Saturday an event was held at Best Buy headquarters in Minneapolis called MinneBar. No, not that kind of bar, although there was some of that after it was over.

This is a BarCamp style event with 1,000+ Minneapolis and St Paul tech folks gathered for a day-long structured unconference to talk about techie, geeky, and nerdy things.

The event is free, including parking, lunch, and post-event beer.

Number of recruiters or HR folk in attendance: less than 10.

WHAT??? keep reading…