Kurt Rakos

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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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(Work)Space: The Final Frontier of Hiring

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/10/18 1:53 PM

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Does your Office Design attract top candidates (or repel them)?

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5 Non-negotiables in Recruiting for Private Equity Portfolio Companies

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 10/4/17 3:29 PM

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Part 3 in a SkyWater Search Partners Private Equity series

At SkyWater Search Partners, our Private Equity experts understand the unique challenges faced by investor teams looking to fill key leadership positions within their portfolio companies.  While every investor – and every company – is different, we have identified 5 critical success factors of PE portfolio company leaders.  When it’s time to bring in new leaders, make sure your recruiting strategy focuses on these 5 non-negotiables.

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4th Annual “Walk a Mile for a Smile"

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/17/17 3:20 PM

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We are kicking off our 4th Annual “Walk a Mile for a Smile”  in an effort to raise awareness and donate to  Smile Network International.

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Six Interview Alarm Bells that Say You DON’T Want The Job

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 2/23/16 2:13 PM

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Preparing for a job interview can be daunting.  If you want to impress that prospective employer, you’ve got some homework to do: fully research the company, prepare strong answers to anticipated questions, even choose the right clothes.  But in all of your eagerness to impress your interviewer, don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re on another important mission during that interview:  assessing how they impress you.

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Reducing Employee Turnover Is The Key To Your Hiring Success

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 8/20/15 1:41 PM

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Two of Minnesota’s cities were named by ZipRecruiter as top ten job markets at the beginning of 2015, namely Rochester (4th) and Minneapolis (10th). Out of the big cities (population in excess of one million), Minneapolis was ranked top, ahead of Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City and Columbus.

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SkyWater Search Partners 2nd annual Walk a Mile for a Smile

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/23/15 2:17 PM

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Spring has Sprung, so have our employees at SkyWater! With their walking shoes on, once again we are supporting our 2nd annual "Walk a Mile for a Smile" benefiting MN-based non-profit Smile Network International. Taking a break from the action, the SkyWater team will raise awareness and hit the 1 mile walking path around Carlson Towers on a daily basis for 6 weeks.

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Culture Fit in The Hiring Process: A Case Study with Punch Pizza

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 7/31/14 2:04 PM

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Getting your culture fit right in the hiring process is vital to the long-term success of every business. Get it wrong and the consequences are twofold. Not only does your organization face the additional costs that come with replacing a departing employee but also a disgruntled and often demoralized workforce as yet another new starter didn’t work out.

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Giving Back: Walk A Mile For A Smile From 14th April - July 4th

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/11/14 9:33 AM

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or ‘giving back’ plays a pivotal role in a growing number of today’s organizations and at SkyWater we embrace it wholeheartedly.

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