Disruptive HR: Take a Look at Tomorrow’s Workforce

Tom Gillaspy at Oct MNTRN event

how today’s demographics will shape your organization tomorrow


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?

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Recharge Your Job Search

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


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.

GKA Tom Goettl

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.

Grassroots Web Info Sharing at MinneWebCon’s upcoming event

Event Details

MinneWebCon’s roots are in people coming together to solve problems and make things easier, and we are entering our sixth year with a big-time commitment to grassroots knowledge-sharing. You might hear from folks who are working in your field, or are in a position you consider light-years from the everyday. Our work with the web brings us together, and at MinneWebCon attendees and speakers from all backgrounds, career paths, and work environments have a space to collaborate, talk, learn, ask, test, argue, create, and grow.

From the Twin Cities, Minnesota, the Midwest, and beyond… join us this April!

MinneWebCon has ala carte registration: register for just our Day 1 conference (with keynotes and breakout sessions), only a workshop or two, or the whole two days! Whatever fits for you, we hope to see you in April.

Day One Pricing (Conference)

The Day One registration fee includes a lunch buffet, and snacks and beverages throughout the day; it does not include parking.

  Early Bird Price Through Feb 28 Standard Price Beginning March 1
Regular Rate $200 $250
Non-Profit, Government, or Education Rate $150 $200
Student (any school, college, or university) $100 $150

Day Two Pricing (Workshops)

You can sign up for Day Two workshops without attending Day One (though Day One is great, and we recommend coming!). Workshop pricing is the same for every type of attendee, and there are no early/late prices. When a workshop is full, it will no longer be an option in registration.

One Workshop (AM or PM) $120
Two Workshops (AM and PM) $200
REFUNDS: Full refunds are available through April 1, 2014. From April 2 until the event, no refunds will be available. If you are unable to attend and wish to transfer your registration to another person, you may update your registration information (Name, Email, etc).

                            Have questions about MinneWebCon 2014?                                 Contact MinneWebCon

MN Web Design Community Talks Dreamweaver

Thanks, Bill Hendricks, for the guided tour of Dreamweaver.  Looking forward to more learning sessions in coming months.  Also met some great people tonight.   If you are curious about the meetup group MN Web Design, check it out.  Good networking and idea exchange from developers with all kinds of specialties.Bill Hendricks shares his Dreamweaver expertise.

Bonus info:

Lynda.com (you already knew you could learn anything from Lynda)

Harvard Extension School podcasts (free) on software and web design.  Check out CS75.TV for Building Dynamic Websites.

Russ Weekly (guru) has slide shares people might be interested in – especially on CSS and OOCSS.

Might also want to see: http://bigthink.com/videos/why-we-need-web-standards (Jeffrey Zeldman), and the books Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS and Eric Meyer’s http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/css/reset/

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Visualizing Neighborhoods on May 25, 2013

Passing along a note from a member of the MN Web Design Meetup Group:

I am very excited to announce Visualizing Neighborhoods, a Hackathon for Good on May 25th at the Minneapolis Central Library 9AM to 6PM.

Organized by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and consulting from many local groups, this is going to be a very awesome event.

As web designers, this will be a great opportunity to use your design skills to visually solve problems for our communities.  I encourage you all to come.


Visualizing Neighborhoods is a day-long event to bring together neighborhood leaders, technologists, data visualizers, designers, artists, scientists, civil servants, and anyone else interested to explore how data can be used for research, analyzing, mapping, outreach, engagement, and communication in our neighborhoods.  The goals are to start conversations, build community, experiment, and prototype projects for neighborhoods or localized groups.

And for those that may not have the time to be at the event all day, we will be creating spaces so groups can consult with each other.  Are you a neighborhood organizer that needs some tips on technologies to help communicate with your neighborhood better?  Are you a developer that has the coding chops but not quite sure what problem to solve?

Are you a storyteller, but just not sure where a good dataset is?


Register (it’s free):