Random collection of Job Search Advice — CareerCloud

via Random collection of Job Search Advice — CareerCloud.

Number Three

“Start. If you have not had to look for work for a long time, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Not everything has changed,” said Julie.

· You still need a resume and it still has to look good; but it will never be printed on a piece of paper, so it doesn’t matter how long it is.

· You still need to apply for positions you are qualified for; this is more important than ever, because companies today have no budget for an “I can learn that” candidate.

· DON’T fill your resume with personality words: hard worker, driven, multi-tasker… who isn’t?

· DO save space for words that describe what you can do: “Developed an application through full SDLC including requirements gathering, design, coding, implementation and user testing.”

· DON’T think you have to rely on the major job boards; your online social profiles will help recruiters and hiring managers find you.

According to Julie, “One thing hasn’t changed. If you want to find a job now, the best thing you can do is network, network, network.”

Submitted by Julie Desmond from George Konik Associates.

via Random collection of Job Search Advice — CareerCloud.

Who’s Searching for Work: IT pros or Engineers? Google knows

Are More Searching for IT Jobs or Engineering Jobs in 2014?

Our Internet marketing guy is always telling us that Google has a lot of pretty cool tools to help formulate a business strategy. So when some of us at GKA were we were recently discussing a question that we all clearly didn’t agree on, we decided to check out one of these so called “cool Google tools” to see what it could tell us about our question – and who was right and who was wrong on this particular point (of course).

The Question?

At George Konik Associates, we specialize in staffing and recruiting services for higher-skilled technical jobs in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area, Minnesota at large, and Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas as well. In particular, we specialize in recruiting for Architectural, Design/Drafting, Engineering, Information Technology, and Manufacturing positions as a core area of our staffing business.

The question that came up amongst our little group was: Which of these job types do you think more people are searching for right now, and is that different than even a few years ago?

  • Engineering Jobs?
  • CAD Jobs?
  • IT Jobs?
  • Architect jobs? or
  • Manufacturing jobs?

So our Internet marketing guy said he’d take a look for us using a tool called Google Trends. As it turns out, Google Trends can provide some pretty amazing insights on just about any topic that you can think of! And maybe our example of a Google Trends query isn’t really “amazing” – but it did provide us with the answer we were looking for with some pretty compelling data to back it up. So we decided to blog about the results thinking that there are probably a lot of HR recruiters and technical hiring managers and technical job seekers that might find the answer to our question of interest as well. And, the chart was interesting and pretty “cool” all on its own as well!

Go to Google Trends Home Page and type in any word you’re interested in into the Google Trends search bar to try this tool out yourself.

– See more at: http://www.georgekonik.com/news/201409/are-more-searching-it-jobs-or-engineering-jobs-2014#sthash.Rl8s1cgz.dpuf


Hiring Mechanical Engineers

We are hiring now – our client company designs Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM). We are looking for that talented engineer who is in the 1-4 year experience range (approximate) who has some experience as a design engineer and manufacturing engineer. We are looking for someone who is out of college within the past few years who has great potential. At least half of the job will be designing protoypes and 3D modeling with CAD. We would prefer Pro-E, but Solidworks experience is applicable.

to apply, please send resume today to jdesmond@georgekonik.com



Hiring Software Implementation & Migration Consultant

Direct Hire – Permanent Position – Remote Work Option (USA only)


New Opportunity for You:

  • Implement and support CAD data management tools for a variety of companies
  • Tools include PTC’s Pro/Intralink, Windchill PDMLink and Windchill ProjectLink
  • Must have PLM experience AND Windchill experience
  • Direct hire position based in the Twin Cities, MN
  • Remote / work from home position – Initial training in Minneapolis
  • Some travel to client sites required (20%)

The Implementation Consultant will be responsible for implementing and supporting CAD Data management tools for a variety of companies in a consultative role using a variety of tools. The Consultant will be expected to assist customers in their engineering data management planning, installation, configuration, migration and product updates.


A new opportunity waiting for you

Hiring Computer System Validation Specialists – mid to senior levels

Good morning from Medical Alley!

Letting you know, we continue to work with companies in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to hire Computer Systems Validation Specialists. Please consider passing this along to anyone doing CSV work. We do offer a $1000 referral bonus when we place someone you recommend. The companies hiring for these roles are top employers offering excellent benefits and competitive-plus salaries. There is a lot of competition out there for people with CSV experience.

Qualifications include:

  • experience validating computer systems in an FDA Regulated environment
  • knowledge of regulatory compliance in IS Infrastructure and ERPs, networks, etc.
  • Part 11 Assessments and understanding of GxP

For information, contact me at jdesmond@georgekonik.com 952-641-3438

Advanced IT Event

“Get into IT.” You hear it all the time. If you want to make some money, get into software engineering or technology. That’s where the job security is today, apparently. But what is “IT” exactly?

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Advanced IT Mixer in St. Paul. 30 or so recruiters had dinner and conversation with 100 or so students and recent graduates who are “getting into IT.” What a great time! Smart, professional people making technology their first or second career.

What do they do, exactly? Almost everything. Hai has a BS in Computer Science and Math and her sweet spot is programming in C, C++, Java, J2EE, PHP and more.

Aleta has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Forensics. “So nothing is ever erased?” I asked. “If it was ever there, I can find it,” she said. Important implications within government, law enforcement, “And enterprise,” offered Brett, who has experience with forensics in big business organizations.

Randy is a Network Consultant, designing and installing and trouble-shooting networks for business.

Jacob is interested in virtualization of networks. Scott installs digital signage solutions. Mike does web layout and design. Andrea manages projects and databases, doing a lot of troubleshooting and problem solving.

So, what is IT? 100 candidates. 100 different backgrounds, educational experiences and interests, doing 100 different types of jobs. IT is what you make it, and once you start exploring careers in technology, chances are, you’ll find one that works for you.

What’s in Your Wallet?

What’s in Your Wallet?

As I handed out my business card at a recent networking event, I was more than a little puzzled when people started handing it back. What did I say? Don’t you like me? Of course, they like me (‘nuf said about that)… and they liked me enough to bring me up to speed on a new (or not so new) app that allows one to scan a business card into a phone and never have to look at the paper version again. Love it. I now use it all the time, and share the app when returning a card risks offending somebody.

If I am going to get the card back, and especially if not, now seems like as good a time as any to move into the 21st century and get a little more interesting with my business card. I’m on it… as soon as I use up the 500-box weighing down the papers on my desk!



Some call it coaching. Some call it criticism. Whatev. Like vaccinations and weekday morning workouts, if it’s supposed to be helpful, it’s probably going to hurt… just a little. Last week, Bella came into my office with excellent qualifications. And a typo-filled resume. And a letter of recommendation dated 1993. When the bleeding is coming from every orifice, where to start to stop it?

Coaching has to start from the positive. There is something right going on here. What is it? In Bella’s case, it was a skill set that nobody else in Minneapolis has. Specific knowledge and experience in a niche industry. “Bella,” I said, “you’ve got all the right skills for the job you applied for.”

But… “We need to pull your story together. You know you’re good. I know you’re good. How are we going to convince the manager that you know more than anyone about this job?” By framing the question in a positive light, Bella understands that we’re on the same side and we are going to work together to bring the manager on board. In coaching, how you ask the question matters more than why you ask it.

Now, set some expectations. “This position requires strong attention to detail. It’s going to be extremely important to demonstrate that throughout your application. Let’s run a spell check on your resume and see what we need to do to perfect it.” There. The typos are on the table. Let’s let the computer call out the errors, keeping our relationship neutral.

Finally, about that letter of recommendation. Bella was so proud to have worked for that company back then. But something that occurred 20+ years ago is only relevant insofar as it got you to where you are now. I was a pretty good athlete in 1993, but no one has offered to draft me for anything more than a slow pitch softball team in a long time. So what have you done lately, Bella? Let’s look at getting letters about how great you are now.

Coaching. Criticizing. Tomayto. Tomaato. Focus on the results you want by keeping your buddy focused on those results. It isn’t personal. It’s critical.