Kurt Rakos

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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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The Earth Day Workplace Challenge!

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/22/19 10:28 AM

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8 Easy, High Impact Ways You Can Change the World, Starting Today 

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7 Rules For Your Post Interview Thank You Letter

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 3/19/19 3:03 PM

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As a candidate, it’s essential to pull out all of the stops to enhance your chances in a job interview, especially where a vacancy is hotly contested.

Sending a post-interview thank you note is your final opportunity to remind the employer why you are the ideal candidate for the role by demonstrating where your skills and background are an ideal fit for their vacancy. If you’re guilty of sending a standard ‘thank you’ note – or not sending one at all – try the following after your next interview:

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The Real Reason You Didn’t Get that Job

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 11/1/18 2:04 AM

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6 Little Ways Your Attitude is Undermining Your Job Interviews

You’re the perfect candidate for this job.

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What Kind of Boss Are You?

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 9/11/18 3:56 AM

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6 Questions to Identify Your Leadership Style

When you’re hiring, you invest all kinds of energy in determining exactly what kind of candidate will make the best hire. How much experience is required?  How important is education? But let’s be honest, those are the easy questions. Defining the skill set and work style of the perfect hire can be very challenging.

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