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Is a Natural Gas Boom Good or Bad for Manufacturing?

Is a Natural Gas Boom Good or Bad for Manufacturing?

Out of the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas alone there are 400,000 barrels of oil leaving for other U.S. ports and ports abroad. Simultaneously, while the U.S. economy diminished 3%, direct employment within the oil and gas industry rose 40% from 2007 to 2013. The numbers don’t lie: shale oil deposits are making big changes to the U.S. economy. Other industries are even seeing a short term boost but a question arises about the long term: is a…

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Is Telecommuting Right for Your Business?

Is Telecommuting Right for Your Business?

Telecommuting has grown by 73 percent over the past 6 years, but is it right for your business? It is a controversial topic even among the top companies in the country. But whether or not telecommuting can help your business lies entirely in your own assessment of your employees and business model. That being said, it is likely that many of your employees would prefer to work from home (at least some of the time), and should you choose to let…

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The 14 Basics of Great Interview Attire

The 14 Basics of Great Interview Attire

While readying yourself for career questions and a discussion of the company during your job interview, it may be easy to overlook one simple thing: your appearance. Most people have no trouble keeping up with basic hygiene but there’s more to it than just that. The right interview attire sends out a message of confidence and awareness to hiring managers from the start. Clothing – Though the interview attire you’re wearing shouldn’t be…

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How to Ace a Video Job Interview

How to Ace a Video Job Interview

Video job interviews may be scaring away your best candidates. At least, that’s what a study conducted by McMaster University in Ontario suggests. In simulated job interviews, researchers found that candidates were less receptive to a hiring manager interviewing them through video conference software than one interviewing them in the flesh. But is this problem intrinsic to the technology or an issue with straightforward fixes? Video…

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The 100% Painless Way to Quit Your Job

The 100% Painless Way to Quit Your Job

Congratulations! You’ve aced the job interview with a new employer but now you have to bid adieu to your old boss. Finding the right way to quit your job isn’t easy. The whole process can be daunting (there’s no easy way to tell your employer that you’re turning to the next chapter without them) – but it has to be done. But the process doesn’t have to be as agonizing as some people build it up to be. Stay true to the rules on this…

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January Jobs Report and the Manufacturing Recovery

January Jobs Report and the Manufacturing Recovery

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a January jobs report that looked better than December’s stats. 113,000 new jobs were added to the workforce which is a step up from 74,000 the month before. Unemployment fell and labor force participation went up on the whole but how did manufacturing fare? Reasonably well compared to other industries. Hidden Truth in the Overall Numbers: 113,000 new jobs added to the month of January jobs report may…

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Why The Most Qualified Candidate is Not Always the Best

Why The Most Qualified Candidate is Not Always the Best

Soft skills are easy to overlook throughout the hiring process. They are not easy to pick out based on a candidate’s resume/cover letter, and they don’t always take center stage during the interview. But a candidate’s soft skills are often just as important as their technical hard skills. They can help make a person’s contribution to the company more valuable, increase his or her productivity, and boost relations among team members. …

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The Challenge of Interviewing with Your Company’s Competition

The Challenge of Interviewing with Your Company’s Competition

Most companies have a direct competitor that is the equivalent of a bitter college rival. Mentioning its name spurns the team forward and encourages everyone to pull out all the stops to get the upper hand. And now, you’ve been approached by your company’s competition about a job interview. What do you do? Before sitting down at the negotiation table with your company’s competition, ask yourself these 6 questions. 1.) Do I Have a…

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Manufacturing was a Big Talking Point in the 2014 State of the Union

Manufacturing was a Big Talking Point in the 2014 State of the Union

During his 2014 State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Obama made plenty of promises to the manufacturing industry. In total, about 562 words of his 6,847 word speech dealt directly with the state of the manufacturing industry, making up 8.2% of the total speech. Considering that over the course of an hour the President laid out his agenda for the entire year, this is a significant amount of time to address one of…

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Reel in Good Candidates with Effective Job Postings

Reel in Good Candidates with Effective Job Postings

Any manager involved in the hiring process has run aground of this scenario: you’re looking for a technical veteran and all the resumes you receive are irrelevant to the position. There are enough applicants to choke an industrial furnace but none of them are close to good. It may be easy to declare a bad hiring market but in fact, the fix might be as simple as optimizing your job postings to attract good candidates. Effective job postings…

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