Adam Hoffarber

Adam Hoffarber
A founding owner of SkyWater, Adam brings over a decade of exceptional executive recruitment and proven leadership experience to the SkyWater Search Partners leadership team. Adam has been featured in a number of local and national publications including the Star Tribune, WCCO Radio, Pioneer Press, PC World, and Computerworld Magazine addressing employment & labor news in the Minnesota market. He also contributes to an “Ask the Expert” column in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
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IT Recruitment: What Hiring Managers Need To Know

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 8/21/19 10:02 AM

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At SkyWater Search we specialize in a number of disciplines, including the fast-paced, constantly changing IT sector. Here’s our take on current trends affecting the industry, together with our advice for hiring managers seeking the top talent:

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Engineering & Technology: 3 Key Trends Employers Need To Know

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 8/6/19 10:22 AM

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Employers are under increasing pressure to find new ways to source the talent needed to meet business objectives. As specialists in both the tech and engineering sectors at SkyWater Search, we’ve observed three key trends which may create challenges for employers trying to connect with the qualified candidates their organization needs.

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Is Your IT Talent About To Quit?

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 7/31/19 11:43 AM

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American employees are disengaged and millions are looking for a new job. As a number of IT companies are beginning to discover, the sector isn’t immune. With low levels of unemployment and a scarcity of available talent, employers can’t afford to assume their top performers are satisfied in their work.

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Why You Should Never Accept A Counter-Offer

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 7/17/19 9:20 AM

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In recent months we’ve seen a rise in the number of counter-offers offered to candidates as sought after skills becoming harder to find. As the labor market improves, we expect to see the number and strength of these counter-offers increase.

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2019 MN Job Market Trends

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 7/3/19 1:35 PM

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A New Whitepaper from SkyWater Search Partners:

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2019 Best Place to Work Award

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 6/5/19 2:55 PM

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Earlier this week the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal announced their 2019 Best Place To Work award recipients. For the fifth year in a row, SkyWater Search Partners has made the list. We are so humbled and honored to make the list again this year. Here are a few words about what this award means to us.

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Our New Website Is Here!

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 5/13/19 2:00 PM

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SkyWater Search Partners is delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

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Undervalued & Underpaid? 7 Essential Steps To Asking For A Raise

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 4/11/19 1:34 PM

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How long has it been since you last had a raise at work? We know from experience that companies are slow to increase remuneration levels, even with the increased signs of life in the employment market. If you feel undervalued, underpaid and long overdue a raise, don’t rush in all guns blazing. Take a deep breath and consider our advice below:

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6 Key Questions To Ask During An Interview

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 2/6/19 9:56 AM

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At the end of every interview, you will normally be given the opportunity to pose questions to the employer. If it is a fiercely contested vacancy, here’s your chance to edge ahead of the field. The responses you are given will also offer insight into whether or not a move to this company is in the best interests of your long-term career plan.

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No Fail Responses to Questions About Your Salary Requirements

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 2/4/19 8:50 AM

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The salary question is a stressful one. But it doesn’t have to derail your job interview. With some thoughtful research, honest soul searching, and careful scripting, you can answer the question with poise every time. Follow these steps.

“What are your salary requirements?”  

That question – or any of its many variations – initiates one of the trickiest, most consequential decisions you’ll have to make when communicating with a potential employer.  

How should you respond?  

With forethought, a well prepared answer, and a clear, confident tone, sure.

But what should you say?  

That depends… on a number of factors. 

If you write “salary negotiable” on the application, it might keep you in the running and buy you some time to figure out a more specific response. But employers are looking for candidates who understand the market, know themselves, and are confident placing a dollar figure on their professional worth.  If you just keep dodging the question by saying it’s all negotiable, you look timid and unprepared for the actual negotiation.  

At the same time, your answer need to vary from employer to employer. Here’s how to determine – and adjust – your response for each opportunity:

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