The Single Biggest Hiring Mistake I’ve Seen This Year

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 12/28/20 8:30 AM

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This is a tale of two companies. 

You could call it a cautionary tale. It’s about two companies that are Twin Cities clients of mine. (But the truth is, I’ve seen this story play out so many times this year that I think there’s a lesson here for all of us.) 

In February, both of these organizations had much in common: both were (and still are) respected brands, run by highly competent, caring leaders. Both were on the cusp of launching executive searches to fill critical leadership roles. 

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Better Employee Engagement Starts with a Better Survey

Posted by Paul Beard on 8/6/20 4:15 PM

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Over the past several years, the concept of “Employee Engagement” – and the practice of using surveys to measure it – has attracted a lot of attention among managers and the HR leadership who support them.  It’s also generated a great deal of confusion.  What is employee engagement?  Isn’t it just a new name for employee satisfaction?  We keep surveying them but nothing ever changes… why bother?

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Is Your Job Description Too Detailed?

Posted by McKaela Baldus on 8/3/20 9:30 AM

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You could be missing out on receiving exceptional applicants.

We see this often: You've posted an open position at your organization, but you feel as if you haven't been attracting the right candidates to apply. Maybe you've posted the position on sites that don't get the right kind of traffic. Maybe you're having trouble attracting traffic to your own company career page. Have you taken a second look at the job description itself?

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6 Steps To Employee Engagement

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 7/15/20 10:59 AM

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A recent survey conducted by Gallup on employee engagement across the country shows that even as Americans' wellbeing has dropped to a 12-year low in the past month amid the coronavirus outbreak, the engagement of the working population has hit a new high. Despite new working conditions such as work from home or sparse office layouts designed to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the virus, companies are making it work. This begs the question: how is your employee engagement holding up? And if you're feeling like your business may be experiencing a rise in employee disengagement, what can you implement to turn this around?

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How to Ace Your Video Job Interview

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 5/19/20 2:00 PM

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7 Things Every Hiring Manager Wishes You Knew

I’ve been in Human Resources, here in the Twin Cities, for the last fifteen years. In all that time, the fundamentals of job interviewing have remained pretty much unchanged. Until now, that is. As with so many of our old paradigms, the rules of job interviewing have been completely upended by COVID-19. Suddenly, you and every other job seeker have been forced – ready or not – to showcase your job qualifications, communication skills, and grace under pressure on video.

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Reopening after COVID-19

Posted by McKaela Baldus on 5/13/20 9:21 PM

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Shelter-in-place restrictions are slowly being lifted in MN, and many businesses are preparing to reopen. I had the opportunity to chat with Adam Hoffarber about things that businesses may need to consider when creating their "go back" plan. 

From social distancing considerations to a communication plan, even if it's not perfect, we tackle some of the topics on every business leaders mind during this unique time.

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Meet Andrea Anderson and Our Newly Expanded Human Resources Practice Area

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 5/5/20 9:30 AM

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Over the past several years, a growing number of Twin Cities employers have turned to SkyWater Search Partners for their human resources recruiting needs. To better meet that demand, we recently launched a talent search for a top HR recruiting expert to lead our expanded Human Resources practice area.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 50, While Staying Home

Posted by Kurt Rakos on 4/22/20 12:45 PM

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One short year ago, we published our “Earth Day Workplace Challenge.” We were feeling pretty celebratory because we’d made several Earth-friendly changes to our workplace and our workday habits and we were excited to share them.

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Working from Home Under Quarantine, New Twists on 7 Telecommuting Tips

Posted by Andrea Anderson on 3/30/20 2:00 PM

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Whether you’re an experienced telecommuter, or this is the first time you’ve ever set up a virtual work station, the truth is: nobody has worked from home like this before.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been tapping into our favorite resources, gathering up some of the best tips we can find on how to survive – and thrive – during quarantine-forced telecommuting. We’ve found a lot of solid advice out there from very seasoned, highly successful professionals who have been doing this for years. These are people who know all the tricks for staying productive, engaged, and happy as full-time telecommuters.

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Making The Most Of Your Recruiter – Advice For Hiring Managers

Posted by Adam Hoffarber on 3/18/20 12:31 PM

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Working with a recruiter to fill your company’s key roles and source the best available talent is a benefit that many employers recognize in today’s competitive employment market. How can hiring managers ensure they fully benefit from working with a search company?

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