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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Is Your Return-to-Work Policy Undermining Your Hiring Efforts?

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 5/16/22 8:50 AM

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The concept of workplace flexibility is one that is front and center of nearly every client conversation we have at SkyWater. We hear employers describe their worries that dispersed teams will be less able to collaborate, engage, perform, and lead than teams who physically come to work every day. We empathize. At SkyWater, we knew we’d invested mightily in creating a shared work environment that facilitated closer connections and that hard-to-define but so important sense of belonging.

It's a tough mindset to rethink. But we have. And we continue to do so, paying careful attention to how our team members are doing, and what they’re telling us. The key has been our own willingness to be flexible, adaptable, and open. It’s also been about one additional, critical factor: the willingness of our own executive team to walk the talk. We hold ourselves to the same expectations that we establish for the whole team. Turns out, this may be even more important than we realized.

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Congratulations to the Employee of the Quarter, Matt Hugdahl!

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 2/16/22 9:00 AM

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At SkyWater Search Partners, we believe that one of our greatest strengths is our commitment to our community and how actively our team members engage with the many different communities they call their own. Each quarter, we honor a top-performing SkyWater employee with a substantial financial gift in their name, to a nonprofit community organization that is near and dear to them. This quarter, we are very proud to say...

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Early 2022 Market Trends

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 1/26/22 8:30 AM

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As we start 2022, there are a lot of dynamics in the market.

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The Link Between New Hire Onboarding and Attrition

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 12/29/21 9:14 AM

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If you’re like most employers, you might be underinvesting in this critical hiring and retention tactic.

According to a 2021 Gallup article, 70% of employees who would rate their new employee onboarding experience as “exceptional” also say they are in “the best possible job.” Yet, according to that same article, nearly 20% of employees say their recent onboarding experience was either poor or nonexistent. What do these statistics tell us? At a macro level, it seems obvious: employer onboarding practices are almost universally abysmal. But at the individual employer level, they point to a real opportunity. In this age of employee attrition, labor shortages, and general uncertainty about future staffing stability, these numbers suggest that there is a reason for optimism for any organization that is willing to invest in robust, multi-level onboarding practices.

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Billings Are More Than A Number

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 11/15/21 8:45 AM

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It's time to celebrate a record-breaking milestone for another SkyWater recruiter: Andrea Anderson has surpassed $1M in billings in under 18 months at SkyWater! Not just that, but she did so while starting her executive search career in March of 2020, at the beginning of a pandemic that the world hasn’t seen in 100 years, and during a time when very few companies were hiring.

It's easy to look at that number and think only of money. However, let's explore what this milestone really means. For this, we turn to Andrea herself.

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Congratulations, Corey Thonn!

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 11/4/21 11:41 AM

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At SkyWater Search Partners, we believe that one of our greatest strengths is our commitment to our community and how actively our team members engage with the many different communities they call their own. Each quarter, we honor a top-performing SkyWater employee with a substantial financial gift, in their name, to a nonprofit community organization that is near and dear to them. This quarter, we are very proud to say...

Congratulations, Corey Thonn, Senior Associate Recruiter, Engineering & Operations!

 

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Congratulations, Allie Bornstein!

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 9/15/21 11:10 AM

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At SkyWater Search Partners, we’re understandably proud of our team. That pride has grown exponentially over these past eighteen months, as we’ve watched everyone pull together, support each other, and never lose focus on serving our clients. Now, more than ever, we’re reminded that SkyWater is more than a company of executive recruiting experts; we’re people who care deeply about investing in our community.

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Meet Our Marketing Practice Lead, Laura King

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 8/9/21 3:07 PM

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Over the past eighteen months, the competition for marketing talent has continued to tighten throughout the Twin Cities. Here at SkyWater Search Partners, client demand for marketing executives has continued to skyrocket. In response to that need, we are thrilled to welcome one of the Twin Cities’ most well-known and respected experts in marketing recruiting, Laura King, to lead our Marketing practice.

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Why Juneteenth matters

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 6/18/21 9:31 AM

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Tomorrow is June 19th, also known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth is not a new day of recognition but it has become a more mainstream holiday across a growing number of communities in recent years. You may have become aware of this important day in history in recent decades, or in recent years.  This year, 2021, Juneteenth was signed into law as a federal holiday. 

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Should You Reapply To A Company That’s Rejected You?

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 6/16/21 9:45 AM

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It’s one of the great dilemmas of candidates across all industries, especially during a pandemic. You find a great job, you know you’re a perfect fit but your application is greeted by a wall of silence or a standard letter stating “We’re sorry but other applicants more closely matched our requirements.” Perhaps, like many others, this company was forced to eliminate a number of jobs in order to financially keep afloat,  making the competition even more fierce for the remaining jobs. 

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