SkyWater Search News

Movers & Shakers: Adam Hoffarber, partner, Skywater Search Partners

Adam Hoffarber leads all operations, strategy and growth initiatives after his promotion to partner at SkyWater Search Partners, the Minnetonka-based executive recruiting firm. Read article >


Minnedemo 25

Minnedemo MinnesotaIt was a sold out crowd downtown Minneapolis at the Depot Thursday night. Hundreds of technologists, leaders, venture capitalists, recruiters and curious locals showed up to check out the 7 seven groups presenting their projects. Read article >


Fast 50 No. 26: SkyWater Search Partners

WE ASKED PARTNER KURT RAKOS:  What’s one business decision you made in the past three years that’s been critical to your firm’s growth? Expanding into other disciplines. Read article >


SkyWater Search Partners lands on the cover of this month’s Upsize Magazine

SkyWater Search Partners lands on the cover of this month’s Upsize Magazine, talking about bridging the gap from the greatest generation to the millennial generation and how they are working to help create a new workplace culture. Read article >


SkyWater Search Partners named to The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Best Places to Work for the 4th year in a row! Watch Announcement Video >


SkyWater Search Partners named to Minnesota Business Magazine’s “2016 100 Best Companies to Work For” Check out the list >


Kurt Rakos Cover of Minnesota BusinessWhat makes a CEO successful: Drive? Passion? Vision?

Kurt Rakos, of SkyWater Search Partners, lays out the “Five Things to Look for in a CEO-and Much, Much More” in the February issue of Minnesota Business.


Kurt Rakos on Fox 9 News, talks new tools for recruiting millennials

Kurt Rakos was interviewed by Fox 9 reporter, Courtney Godfrey, about new tools and technology being used to recruit a growing millenial workforce. Watch video >


Paul Beard on Fox 9 News, talks Twin Cities market job growth

Paul Beard was interviewed by Fox 9 reporter, Courtney Godfrey. They discuss tips Twin Cities job market growth and SkyWater Search expansion. Watch video >


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

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. Read the full article >


Paul Beard on KARE 11 News, with tips on looking for a job.

Paul Beard was interviewed by KARE 11 newscaster, Julie Nelson. They discussed tips for those looking for a job in today’s market.


Life after the Target layoffs

Last week, Target dealt a major blow to the Twin Cities workforce, laying off 1,700 of its corporate employees. In addition, the company will not fill 1,400 previously open jobs. While the downsize has certainly been devastating for many, there may be a silver lining to 1,700 Target former employees hitting the job market. Small and midsize companies in the metro area can look forward to an influx of well-trained, experienced talent into the market. For local companies looking to add to their teams, now is the time. We talked to Paul Beard, CPC and founding partner at SkyWater Search Partners, a Minnetonka-based executive search firm, to hear about the positive side to the layoffs. Read the full article >


Check out Paul Beard on KARE 11 News, discussing the ramifications of Target layoffs.

Paul Beard was featured on KARE 11 News, being interviewed by Rena Sarigianopoulos about Rejoining the workforce after Target layoffs.


Kurt Rakos on Fox 9 News discussing the economic impact of Target’s layoffs

SkyWater Search Partners’s Kurt Rakos appeared on Fox 9 news to discuss the economic impact of Target’s recent layoffs and offers advice to those effected by the recent cuts. Watch video >


SkyWater Search Walks A Mile For Smile Network International

As a part of our Giving Back inititive, this quarter SkyWater Search is working with Smile International Network (Minnesota-based non-profit) to bring awareness for the “Walk A Mile For A Smile” campaign that will run through July 4th to raise money for the Smile International Network. Read the full article >


Small business: SkyWater Search Partners

SkyWater Search Partners, an executive recruiting firm with roots in what was the Twin Cities largest such firm, touts its “shortlist” approach, with a goal of presenting clients no more than five “best choice” candidates they could hire immediately.

SkyWater’s leaders said they’re just as selective in their own hiring. SkyWater founder and partner Kurt Rakos said that means focusing on bringing aboard industry newcomers, even right out of college. Read the full article >


We are THRILLED to announce that SkyWater was just named one of Minnesota’s 100 Best Companies to Work For by Minnesota Business Magazine! This awesome honor celebrates Minnesota companies that are setting the standard for employee engagement, happiness, and overall well-being. We look forward to celebrating this award on Thursday, June 5 at the St. Paul River Centre with our fellow winners!


SkyWater Search First Year

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words; these unspoken words are viewed in our 2 minute video highlighting our 1st year as SkyWater Search Partners 2013. At SkyWater Search Partners we celebrate our 1st year after parting of ways from Minnesota’s largest search firm at the end of 2012. Read the full article >


Kurt Rakos Speaks at When Generations Connect event

Recently, the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Young Alumni Committee held an event titled, “When Generations Connect,” at the  St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus. This event served to provide a foundation for how generations work, how they think and what drives them crazy. Attendees came from graduating classes as far back as 1971 up to 2013, granting all in attendance a firsthand perspective to how the multigenerational workforce affects their livelihood. Read the full article >


Today’s Business Radio

SkyWater Search Partners is excited to announce that starting in 2014, we will be featured industry experts on KFAN and NEWS-TALK 1130 AM radio discussing recruiting and various employment-related topics. Along with our business partners on Today’s Business Radio, listen for us at 5:15 PM daily on Dan Barreiro/KFAN and Jason Lewis on NEWS-TALK 1130 am. Read the full article >


Location Investing


Why we went back to the future.


People make career changes for a variety of reasons. Money may be a reason, but it isn’t the only one. There can be many motivating and mitigating factors involved in such a scenario. We know firsthand because our former executive recruiting firm recently experienced such a change due to philosophical differences between its partners. That difference resulted in the need to search for office space for our newly formed company, SkyWater Search Partners, Inc.

The big question: Where do we locate our new firm? Read the full article >


Movers & shakers: Tony Fornetti, SkyWater Search Partners

Tony Fornetti is president and a founding partner at SkyWater Search Partners, a new executive search firm based in Minnetonka led by veterans of the former McKinley Group and McKinley Finance recruiting companies. Read the full article >