Kurt Rakos

Kurt Rakos
Kurt Rakos is a founder and partner at SkyWater Search Partners, the Short List ® search firm dedicated to placing top tier candidates in Sales, Marketing, IT, Accounting/Finance, and HR related positions.
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Keeping the Calm

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 3/10/20 9:35 AM

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7 Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe, Engaged, and Reassured in the Time of Coronavirus

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7 Power Questions to Ask During A Job Interview

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 2/10/20 12:10 AM

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Make a Positive, Lasting Impression at Your Next Job Interview

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New Year’s Resolutions for Job Hunters

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 12/23/19 1:30 PM

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5 Steps You can Take Now to Land a New Job in 2020

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8 Ways to Inspire Your Employees During The Holidays

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 11/18/19 11:45 AM

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The holiday season is traditionally the time when productivity takes a nosedive as your employees are distracted by endless occasions to party. For Minnesota employers, keeping them motivated through this period can be a challenge, but here’s what might just work:

Offer flexible working

Staff who are traveling over the holiday season will welcome the opportunity to work remotely. Flexible working allows for easier childcare arrangements and the opportunity to attend various social professional and family events while staying up to date on projects. If this feels like a step too far, monitor productivity and connectivity by requiring employees to log in to your server during working hours.

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Forget the Corporate Ladder - Welcome to the Climbing Wall

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 11/4/19 4:23 PM

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If there is one career cliché that is overdue for retirement it is that of the corporate ladder. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a powerful image. I like the idea of always reaching higher in my work. If we aim high, stay focused and keep climbing, we rise, right? But ladders are also narrow, unstable and unforgivingly linear. Try to step sideways on the ladder and you’re going down – with a crash.

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Finding The Hidden Talent Market

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 10/29/19 10:13 AM

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There’s a Hidden Talent Market Out There

Here’s How to Find, Recruit, and Hire Today’s Top Candidates

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How to Respond to Requests for Your Salary History

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 7/25/19 9:51 AM

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In your job search, you’ve likely visited your share of employer websites.  If you’ve been at it for a while, you’ve also probably applied for jobs online.  In other words, you have endured the seemingly endless procession of screens, asking you increasingly private and confidential questions.  It’s part of the process.  And if you want to be considered for the job, you accept that you need to answer them.  After all, “it’s policy.”

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The SkyWater Team Tackles Highway Cleanup

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 7/18/19 9:12 AM

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Each year we carve some time out of our busy schedules to take care of a stretch of highway in our community that we have adopted through the MN Department of Transportation's Adopt a Highway program. If you've been looking for ways your company can make a contribution to a cleaner environment, this is a great program to look into. 

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Walk a Mile for a Smile 2019

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 5/31/19 9:50 AM

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Photo: 2019 Renaissance Walker Winners

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So You Want To Be A Sales Engineer When You Grow Up?

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/25/19 12:16 PM

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At SkyWater Search, we specialize in a number of disciplines and are often asked for advice on how to secure a job in a specific sector. Here, we explain what it takes to succeed in the role of sales engineer.

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