Minnesota Headhunter blogger Paul DeBettignies is offering online seminars called "Be Your Own Headhunter," with sessions Wednesday and Nov. 26. He is charging $30 for the 2 1/2-hour sessions, though it's an honor system, so you can pay what you can afford. That's a big plus at a time when so many are unemployed. Sessions start at noon.
He plans an extensive agenda:
- Current economic and job statistics.
- Conduct a personal online audit.
- LinkedIn: optimize profile, search strings using keywords, title, company, skill-set and location, how to connect.
- Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc).
- What to say and online to attract recruiters.
- Selling and marketing of you, would you hire you?
- Creating, using and supporting a network.
- Company source of hire, where do recruiters find candidates.
- Finding a job is a job and a contact sport.
- Where to find job postings.
- What are these hidden jobs people talk about, how do you find them?
- Research companies, decision-makers, hiring managers and recruiters.
- Email: what to say.
- Follow up: when and how often.
Afterward, he plans to answer as many questions as possible.
DeBettignies' bio says he is managing partner of Nerd Search, a Minneapolis IT search firm, co-Founder and coordinator of Minnesota Recruiters, so he ought to have some valuable information for job-seeking IT pros.