How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile for a More Successful Medical Device Industry Job Search

Posted by Dana Shapiro on 6/5/24 12:28 PM

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As an executive recruiter focused on the MedTech and Life Science industries, I often speak to professionals with extensive industry experience looking for a new opportunity. What’s often surprising is how many of them underestimate their LinkedIn profile's role in landing their next role. After nine years of partnering with small to mid-sized health technology companies to find and vet top talent, I want to emphasize the critical role of the LinkedIn profile.

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Candidate Experience: the Woefully Under-Leveraged Recruiting Tool

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 5/21/24 11:10 AM

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If you’re a Twin Cities employer, no matter what your industry, you may feel like you’ve spent the past decade trying to adapt (and re-adapt) your hiring efforts to an endless series of labor market and economic challenges (not to mention the fallout from a pandemic). Everything, it seems, from flexible workdays and hybrid office hours to more family-friendly benefits and creative career pathing, has been revisited, redesigned, and rolled out. That’s a good thing.

Yet one of the most consequential - and frankly, easy to control – tools in the hiring manager's toolkit continues to go under leveraged: delivering an excellent candidate experience.

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When should human resources hire a recruiting firm?

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 5/13/24 1:45 PM

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A recruiting strategy is never just about filling roles; it's about building a bench of talent capable of sustaining a brand’s competitive advantage. When your talent acquisition strategy works, it's a game changer, empowering your organization to achieve business priorities and exceed growth goals. When it doesn't, it slows performance, frustrates senior leadership, and forces current team members to work around the gaps left by each vacant position. A few things can torpedo morale or breed employee mistrust, such as working in an understaffed department.

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Earth Day at the Office: Two Fun, Meaningful Ways to Go Greener

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/22/24 10:26 AM

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Since our founding in 2013, Earth Day has become a big deal for us at SkyWater Search Partners. As our company has grown each year, so has our sense of community engagement and environmental awareness. It’s an exciting journey that has opened our eyes to the many ways our team can get involved.

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Celebrating Coya Knutson, Minnesota’s first U.S. congressional representative

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 3/25/24 11:52 AM

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Small Town, Big Dreams

Cornelia “Coya” Knutson always wanted to become an opera singer. It was a distant dream for a girl born in 1912 and raised on a small farm in North Dakota, but she went for it. After earning her degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, Knutson was admitted to the Juilliard School of Music. A year into it, though, she decided a career in music wasn’t for her.

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5 Rules of Salary Negotiations Every Hiring Manager Should Remember

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 3/19/24 9:00 AM

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In the intricate dance of hiring, salary negotiation is often the most fraught with trepidation. Yet, understanding its subtle complexities can transform it from a dreaded encounter into an opportunity for mutual gain. Here are five golden rules to remember before you make that next offer.

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Margaret Hamilton: the Software Engineer (and Working Mom) Who Landed Men on the Moon

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 3/12/24 2:21 PM

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Part of our Women's History Month Series: Celebrating Pioneering Women at Work    

This month, in celebration of Women's History Month, SkyWater Search Partners will highlight the achievements and legacies of Pioneering Women at Work. Here, we spotlight Margaret Hamilton, one of the most consequential yet under-appreciated figures in the history of space exploration.  A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientist whose pioneering work in software engineering was central to the Apollo space program's success, Hamilton led the software team responsible for enabling Apollo 11 astronauts to land safely on the moon.

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Female Trailblazers: A Celebration of Heroic, Inspiring, Undersung Heroes

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 3/5/24 2:14 PM

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“I do not see myself as a footnote to someone else’s life…”

-Martha Gellhorn.

Part of our Women's History Month Series: Celebrating Pioneering Women at Work    

Today, in celebration of International Women's Day, SkyWater Search Partners is spotlighting Martha Gellhorn, a wildly talented trailblazer whose courage and tenacity paved the way for future generations of women in journalism. More than just a witness to history, Gellhorn was a fierce and fearless participant whose words and photographs captured the raw essence of human conflict and compassion.

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Stuck in a Joyless Job?

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 3/4/24 8:15 AM

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“Don’t quit your job until you’ve lined up a new one.”

How many times have you heard that little chestnut? (In full disclosure, it’s advice I routinely dispense myself.) But like all good rules, this one has some important exceptions. When you’re trapped in a toxic job, the path to “something better” can be a steep, rocky, exhausting – and increasingly treacherous – climb.

If you’re stuck there now, you simply may not have the luxury, mental energy, or emotional wherewithal to launch a winning job search. More importantly, though, is this little fact that’s too often overlooked in the heat of the moment: you might not be in the best head space to know what your next job should be. Figuring th

at out requires time, introspection, and, ideally, a little healthy distance.

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Keeping the Lessons of Black History Month Alive All Year

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 2/27/24 10:00 AM

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During this Black History Month, I hope you and your team have enjoyed immersing yourselves in some of the celebrations available to us all this February. As we approach the end of the month, it feels like the right time to step back and reflect on how we can take the lessons of Black History and use them to do better as employers and community members. What can we do to advance the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion? How do we ensure they reverberate for our teams and shape our efforts going forward? At their core, these ideals are not only about becoming wiser, more inclusive human beings in our personal lives. They're also a rallying cry, encouraging us to reconsider the systems, practices, and structures that continue to get in the way of achieving diversity and equity in the workplace.

Here are some things we're learning along the way that are important for all employers to remember as we continue on our journey.

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