“You need to speak to HR.” For recruiters, those words spell doom for your placement hopes. Let’s face it, if we had a choice most recruiters would prefer … Read more
Kurt Rakos is a founder and partner at SkyWater Search Partners. SkyWater is a "short list" search firm placing sales, marketing IT, accounting/finance, and HR personnel. The company also has a highly specialized CPG (consumer packaged goods) practice group.
Kurt places mid- to executive-level talent for a wide range of companies -- from small emerging companies to the Fortune 500. SkyWater Search Partners was recognized as 'Best Places to Work' by the Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal.
Over the past decade Kurt has been viewed as an industry expert, regularly quoted on recruiting issues by such publications as the Star Tribune and Minnesota Business, as well as online publications and CBS radio.
Prior to helping create and establish Skywater, Kurt co-founded Minnesota?s largest search firm, which made the "Fast 50" list of the Minneapolis - St. Paul Business Journal.
Before beginning his recruiting career, Kurt held several sales, management and executive positions at a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 company. He holds a B.S. from St. Cloud State University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
As the scales of the labor market in 2016 tip further in favor of candidates, recruiters will be forced to search for more innovative ways of sourcing … Read more
As we approach the end of the year and thoughts turn to 2016, it’s important for we recruiters and agency owners to recognize the clients and contacts who … Read more
At Skywater we have a saying we use in our search assignments: “We place the best athlete. “ It’s a metaphorical approach; it doesn’t mean that our … Read more
The race for talent continues unabated. There’s a trend that’s shaping up to be the key to attracting talented performers from your rivals – branding. … Read more
Big data and people analytics are two of the hottest topics in recruitment this year, but for employers yet to explore the world of HR technology, the … Read more
The first weeks of 2015 have seen a plethora of warnings to employers about the imminent scarcity of talent. All predictions suggest that companies will … Read more
This is the time of year when recruiting grinds nearly to a halt. While your rate of new assignments slows down and you focus more on last minute holiday … Read more
When hiring for a new position, all employers want to recruit the most talented and skilled candidates possible – preferably with a great attitude too. In … Read more
Productive employees are the lifeblood of every recruiting business, but how do you assess their performance levels? Do they understand your goals and … Read more
Building your social media presence as a recruiter is essential for attracting the best clients and candidates and ensuring your long-term success. … Read more
Recruiting successful sales people is one of the biggest challenges facing employers today. As the economy continues to improve, sales professionals are … Read more