Proud to be a Minnesotan

Eden Prairie, MN

There’s no place like home, and if you call a city in Minnesota home, your home is now proven to be better than most.  Five Minnesota cities made the top 25  of CNN Money’s list of Best Places to Live, (#3 Eden Prairie, #11 Woodbury, #14 Eagan, #19 Lakeville, and #22 Maple Grove), filling more spots on the top 25 than any other state. Eden Prairie also made it in to the top 25 cities with the highest median family income at number 24.

All of this good news, great location recognition and increasing income, could be coming from our steadily improving job market. We experienced a 23.9% volume increase in available jobs this year.  This is great news for everyone in the state, but it is especially great for IT Pros.

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ESP’s Unique Rock Stars make us a ‘Best Place to Work’

Yesterday, ESP was among the companies honored at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal‘s luncheon.  30 small companies, 15 medium companies, and 10 large companies were honored, and ESP is pleased to be among the small companies in the metro area to receive this award, measured by discretionary effort, advocacy, and retention.

During the keynote address, Ryan Estis showed the video below, and it reminded me of the unique people who make up our team at ESP who have contributed both to our long-term success and have helped create a great work environment.  We may not have people who can invent something like the USB on our in-house staff (though we fully believe they exist among the consultants and IT Pros we place), but we do have people who are committed to their work, being the best they can be, and placing people–our IT pros, our clients, and our internal staff of coworkers–first.

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ESP hires Bill Quick as Sr. Director of Sales & Recruiting

Bill Quick, Sr. Director of Sales & Recruiting

ESP  is pleased to welcome Bill Quick as Senior Director of Sales and Recruiting. He is responsible for hiring and developing the sales and recruiting staff at ESP, defining career paths, streamlining processes and procedures to optimize efficiency, and helping define ESP’s long term strategic plan.

Prior to joining ESP, Bill was a Senior Staffing Specialist for Capella Education Company before joining Hyrian Recruitments Services as Sr. Manager of Clients Services and Recruitment. He managed staff in NY, LA, and Minneapolis in partnership with UnitedHealth Group.

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Know Your Competition

As an IT professional you are luckier than you may think.  Four information technology careers were listed in U.S. News Money’s list of the best jobs of 2012, with software developer ranking as the second best because of its role in the evolving IT world.  Lucky you to be in the IT industry.  There is always room to grow but things are definitely looking up, whether you’re looking for a new position or looking to fill an open one at your company.Compteition

Here in Minneapolis, 47% of open positions require post-high school education according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED,) and it’s safe to say that the majority of IT professionals have received this kind of education.

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