Why investors love spin-off startups

The difficulty in identifying the next hot startup has lead many venture firms to employ a wasteful “spray and pray” strategy, sometimes making more than 1,000 investments in the hope of getting lucky with a wildly successful startup that more than pays off their other sunk costs. Spin-offs from known companies, in contrast, mean less risk, as investors have a clear view of the reputation, infrastructure, and credentials of the parent company. For founders, being at the helm of a spin-off rather than a from-scratch startup, has its advantages, too — you’re likely to get VC funding more easily and on more favorable terms.

Source: Why investors love spin-off startups

Best Keywords for Your Resume

http://www.monster.com/technology/a/best-keywords-for-your-resume

By Sarah White

It’s hard getting your resume in front of a hiring manager. The economic downturn, coupled with an increase in technology, can make it feel like you are sending your resume into a void, never to hear back. Chances are, there is a hiring manager or recruiter on the other end that is overwhelmed with resumes, scanning them to find keywords that will make them put a resume in the yes pile. The same goes for electronic recruiting systems that scan through resumes, searching for the right words on your resume or CV.

While you can’t read the minds of recruiters – or computer programs for that matter – there are ways to tailor your resume so that a human or bot will pick up on keywords and give your resume a second look. We spoke with a number of people in the tech industry who are experienced with sorting through IT resumes and asked them what keywords catch their eye during the hiring process.

 

Read the article at: http://www.monster.com/technology/a/best-keywords-for-your-resume

Disruptive HR: Take a Look at Tomorrow’s Workforce

Tom Gillaspy at Oct MNTRN event

how today’s demographics will shape your organization tomorrow

HOW WILL YOUR ORGANIZATION RESPOND?

Thanks to Tom Gillaspy, longtime MN State Demographer, for presenting to the MN Technical Recruiters Network at Health Partners this week.

We are living in unique times, Tom says. Think, global aging which really means a global – yes, global – shortage in the workforce. The shortage comes by way of an unprecedented number of REPLACEMENT openings on top of newly created positions, along with economic growth in developing nations. Does your team have a plan for identifying and attracting talent in history’s most competitive hiring environment?

Continue reading “Disruptive HR: Take a Look at Tomorrow’s Workforce”

Recharge Your Job Search

The Career Transition Connection at Woodbury Lutheran Church is in its 17th year of Helping People Find New Work!

SEPTEMBER EVENTS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE…

September 11th – Resume Reviews are performed in the Chapel Room adjacent to the Fireside Room from 5:30PM to 7PM prior to the group meetings. Recruiter Julie Desmond will review your resume and give helpful tips to make sure you stand out in the crowd.

 

September 11th  – Featured Presentation   Nathan Perez will be presenting; Networking For A Job”.  Nathan Perez is co-author of “The 20 Minute Networking Meeting, How Little Meetings Can Lead To Your Next Big Job”, and founder of 20-Minute Communications, LLC. He is a career consultant who helps job-searching professionals reposition themselves for the Hidden/Invisible Job Market through networking, online presence, resume reconstruction.  We are excited to have Nathan at the CTC for the first time!

 

September 25th – Mock Interview Sessions with professional recruiters from 5:30PM–6:45PM in the Fireside Room Ashley Kolodzek leads the sessions that are held prior to the 4th calendar Thursday CTC meetings each month. Sessions start promptly at 5:15PM and cover preparation for interviews as well as actual mock interviews.

 

September 25th   – Featured Presentation  – LaBarre Spence will be presenting; Seizing the Opportunity:  Answering “Walk Me Through Your Resume” with Confidence”. How you respond to this common opening question can make or break your interview.  We’ll cover how to build a great answer. Preparing for this question forms the foundation for the entire interview.  You may even look forward to interviewing. LaBarre is the Associate Director of the Graduate Business Career office at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.  He coaches and consults with MBA students and alums.  He has 14 years of experience in career and leadership coaching including 7 years at the Carlson School.  Prior to that he worked in marketing, consulting, training and development and quality.

 

Reminder that we have a “Career Transition” resource shelf containing reference books related to career development and job searching topics that may be checked out.  This is located in the church’s library on the main level. 

 

Cookies and coffee will be served.  Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.  The Career Transition Connection (CTC) meets the second and fourth Thursday’s of each month throughout the year except on Holidays at Woodbury Lutheran Church.

All featured presentation meetings are from 7:00PM until 8:30PM. On the second and fourth Thursday’s of each month,  the forum consists of guest speakers at each meeting who focus on the needs of those in transition.  Each meeting also allows time for networking, sharing success stories and general Q&A.

The goal of the CTC @ WLC is to reach out for support to those people in career transition or thinking of transitioning in a Christian support environment.

For more information, feel free to contact Woodbury Lutheran Church directly at 651-739-5144.

Woodbury Lutheran Church is located at 7380 Afton Road in Woodbury, MN. 55125.

On LinkedIn:        http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Career-Transition-Connection-3393314

Website:               http://www.woodburylutheran.org/ministries/caring/careertransition/

Member of:          International Association of Employment Web Sites (IAEWS)

 

Moving Up – GKA Names Tom Goettl VP

GKA VP Tom Goettl

GKA VP Tom Goettl

 

George Konik Associates Promotes Tom Goettl to Vice President

Promotion reflects continued demand for engineering/IT recruiting and staffing in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (July 16, 2014) – Twin Cities-based engineering/IT recruiting and staffing firm George Konik Associates (GKA) has promoted Tom Goettl from Senior Recruiter to Vice President.
In his new role at the second generation family-owned business, Goettl assumes responsibility for staff hiring and development, overseeing client placements, maintaining client relationships and new business development.
“Demand for engineering and IT staff in the region has never been higher,” said Brad Konik, president at George Konik Associates. “With Tom’s expanded role, the firm is not only positioned to respond to today’s client recruitment and staff needs but also adapt to the rapidly changing recruiting and staffing landscape. Under Tom’s guidance we’ll implement strategies to harness developing technologies to benefit clients and employees.”
Goettl has worked exclusively in staffing and recruiting industry since graduating from Winona State University in 1997. Following graduation, he joined GKA as a Recruiter then in 2003 he left the firm for a position with a national staffing company. Goettl returned to GKA in 2009 as Principal Recruiter.
“Working for a company that is committed to its employees is empowering; it’s what every job seeker strives to find,” said Goettl. “At George Konik Associates, that is the culture Brad (Konik) has developed. In my expanded role at the firm, my goal is to continue to foster the culture and work ethic that sets George Konik Associates apart from other recruiting and staffing firms.”
About George Konik Associates
George Konik Associates, Inc. (GKA) has been providing staffing solutions to Twin Cities and western Wisconsin businesses since 1974. The second generation family-owned business is solely focused on meeting the engineering, architecture and IT staffing needs of its clients. Through its long-term relationships with candidates, clients, and employees, GKA provides the fastest and easiest link between employees and employers. For more information on the Edina, Minn.-based GKA, visit http://www.georgekonik.com.
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GKA Tom Goettl

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