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U Talent Connection coordinator Rosie Barry.

Retaining talented U staff

U Talent Connection provides a bridge between U hiring units and employees

By Lori Ann Vicich

From Brief, August 31, 2005

Reshaping the University of Minnesota through the strategic positioning process means major change that will impact employees in affected colleges. During the coming transitions, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) has three goals.

Office of Human Resources strategic positioning guiding principles

-Respect faculty and staff rights and responsibilities.
-Ensure faculty and staff input in the process.
-Align support structures with strategy.
-Staff those support structures accordingly.
-Jointly scrutinize hiring in affected colleges.
-Provide opportunities for continued University employment for affected college staff members.
-Inform faculty and staff of programs and services.

To view the full text, see HR Strategic Positioning Guiding Principles.

To achieve these goals, a new program called the University Talent Connection (UTC) has been launched. UTC is a bridge to connect hiring units and employees within the U system. Using Employee Career Enrichment Program (ECEP) counselors and workshops coupled with central tracking of available positions, UTC is designed to help academic professional and administrative (P&A) and civil service staff members connect--early in the process--to University employment opportunities.

UTC offers:

Workshops available to transitioning staff members
*Change and Your Career
*Exploring Work Options at the University
*Networking at the U of M
*Improving Your Interview Skills
*Writing an Effective Resume
*Recognizing Your Work Skills and Potential
*Supervising During Change

Register for workshops at

P&A and civil service staff members interested in the University Talent Connection and any faculty or staff member interested in the Employee Career Enrichment Program should contact Rosie Barry at or 612-626-1004.

For more information

For more information about the University Talent Connection and human resource issues related to strategic positioning, see Human Resources and Strategic Positioning,, and look for the UTC link.

Lori Ann Vicich is the communications director for the Office of Human Resources.

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