Doherty joins MNRSA for annual Job Fair & Job Skills Summit, April 18

Doherty joins MNRSA for annual Job Fair & Job Skills Summit, April 18

Bloomington, Minnesota—April 12, 2013

The Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association (MNRSA) will hold its 4th annual Job Fair & Job Skills Summit on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Armory in Bloomington from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Job Summit is an event designed to helping Minnesota jobseekers find jobs. Jobseekers are invited to attend the Job Fair & Job Skills Summit for free. Doherty and Top Talent will be at the Armory to meet with jobseekers and provide information about open jobs.

This year’s Job Fair & Job Skills Summit will feature a staffing and recruiting job fair, résumé writing workshops, practice interview sessions and presentations from expert speakers. In addition to programming for regular jobseekers, this year the Job Fair & Job Skills Summit will feature programming focused on helping military veterans returning from military duty to enter or re-enter the civilian workforce.

Supporting Minnesota veterans

MNRSA Public Relations Director Dan Kimmel said, “We’re excited to welcome jobseekers to this great networking and job strategy event—and we’re particularly excited to focus on veterans this year. As you may know, veterans returning from duty can find it challenging to translate their military skills into civilian careers, and suffer from a higher rate of unemployment as a result. We’ve made it our mission to reach out to our hometown heroes who are going back to work and provide them with real job leads as well as tools and tips for resumes, interviewing, and other job search skills.”

Over 700 jobseekers attended the 2012 MNRSA event, which won the 2012 American Staffing Association Care Award.

Speakers and panelists, workshops and networking 10-11 am

This year’s Job Fair & Job Skills Summit will feature a staffing and recruiting job fair, resume writing workshops, practice interview sessions, an expert presentation, and the annual panel discussion. The featured speaker this year is Paul DeBettignies (aka “Minnesota Headhunter”). In his presentation, How To Be Your Own Headhunter, DeBettignies will walk the audience through a job search using a variety of tools to demonstrate how a recruiter would go about finding a job, using their network, LinkedIn, Facebook, job boards and other tools to identify decision-makers and find posted jobs as well as “hidden” ones. His presentation will also provide insight on how a jobseeker can market himself or herself, how to follow up, how to find contact names, and most importantly, how to be more aggressive in a job search.

DeBettignies is a Minnesota IT Recruiter with 15 years of experience, the author of the Minnesota Headhunter blog, and is co-founder and advisory board member of Minnesota Recruiters. He is a frequent local and national speaker and article contributor on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics. He is also involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media community as a sponsor, volunteer and mentor.

Panel discussion focused on challenges veterans face

The 2013 topic is “Veteran Challenges and Adjustments in the 2013 Job Market.” From 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., panelists will discuss challenges faced by returning veterans and take questions from the audience. Featured panelists include:

  • Dave Recker. Recker completed 29 years in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Captain and retiring as Inspector General of Navy Readiness Region 16, where he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal. Born and raised in a small farming town in Northern Iowa (Buffalo Center), Recker and his wife Sharon have lived in Coon Rapids for the past 41 years, and have 4 grown sons and 5 grandchildren.Recker holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and an MBA in Marketing from the U of M, Carlson School. He has held executive positions in sales & marketing management, product management, and general management. He recently retired from Cummins Power Generation as Global Marketing Director for Power Projects.
  • Ben Perrin. Perrin, a 7-year veteran with the Army National Guard (Infantry), has been in some form of Sales and Project Management for most of his career, but recently moved into the staffing software industry as a Trainer and Account Manager, where he has received highest scores on training by his clients. Perrin is quickly learning the ins-and-outs of the staffing industry, while expanding his knowledge into the database side of the software industry, learning SQL in his spare time. Ben’s experience with the military ranged from filling and placing sandbags during a Flood Fight mission in North Dakota, to convoy and route security missions in Iraq while deployed to Kuwait, in support of Operation New Dawn.
  • Grant Heino. As Veteran Representative for MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, Heino provides over 20 workshops a month to jobseekers at the Workforce Center. Heino teaches job exploration, résumé review, creative job search, interviewing, networking, skill development, computer skills, using, and other preparedness training. He also provides guidance, counseling, advising, assessment, coaching in the discipline of employment and job search activities. Previously, Heino served as Director of Operations for Royale Crown Construction.
  • Mike Wolbrink. A former paratrooper in the U.S. Army Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Corps, Wolbrink has over 25 years of sales, training, project management, and supervisory experience in the military and private sector. Recognized as a “quick study” by his supervisors and peers, Mike has considerable experience with marketing, staffing software, websites, computer hardware and software. He has a significant background in establishing liaisons, organizational agreements and logistics. Wolbrink has extensive experience in developing and conducting training programs for superiors and subordinates and was decorated three times by the U.S. Army in recognition of his effective training programs. Wolbrink’s diverse experience includes insurance, landmine removal, executive protection, computer retail, and high-tech computer systems engineering.

Opportunities to assist military families

The MNRSA is encouraging attendees and exhibitors to bring gift cards and cash to the event, which will be donated to Minnesota military Family Assistance Centers through Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. From the website, “FACs are local resource centers for Servicemembers and military family members. The FAC staff provides information and referrals to local resources as well as state and federal military support programs.”

Free admission for jobseekers

Jobseekers can register to attend the Job Fair & Job Skills Summit for free on the MNRSA website at or by emailing

About Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association

MNRSA is an association for staffing companies in Minnesota. MNRSA serves as the one voice for the staffing and recruiting industry in efforts to communicate industry matters to association members, legislative leaders, regulators, the news media and the general public. The staffing industry in Minnesota employs 244,657 temporary and contract employees per year. To learn more about MNRSA, visit

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