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Top Manufacturing Predictions for 2014

Top Manufacturing Predictions for 2014

What’s in store for the manufacturing industry in 2014? Experts from the International Data Corporation (IDC) have released a report that details their predictions for the upcoming year. Coming off of a strong final six months in 2013, the manufacturing industry saw increases in its PMI index as well as renewed confidence in everything from durable goods to automobile manufacturing. The future of the industry as a whole may be dim, but it is…

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New Ways to Hire in the New Year

New Ways to Hire in the New Year

It’s a new year and a perfect time for new beginnings. No doubt you have your own list of business resolutions that require the right blend of positive and productive people. To restock your team with vibrant talent, you need to shed your bad hiring habits like a snake shedding its old skin and distinguish yourself from the competition. Here are a few ways to make 2014 the year of good hiring. • Know the ins and outs of your brand.…

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10 Ways to Reenergize Your Job Search in the New Year

10 Ways to Reenergize Your Job Search in the New Year

The week between Christmas and New Years can leave you feeling a bit lost. You are tired from all the Holiday meals and sweets, and you have that jarring feeling that your job search will have to resume in a just a few days. But how will you go about it? Follow these tips and you will hit the ground running on your job search as soon as the New Year starts. Take a moment to reassess your career Where were you five years ago, and where do you…

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Should You Quit Your Job in the New Year?

Should You Quit Your Job in the New Year?

It’s never easy to know for sure if now is the right time to quit your job, but as the New Year approaches it may be time for you to consider moving on in your career. Whether you are reasonably happy with your current job, merely content with it, or have to force yourself to go every morning, there may be something better out there for you – exploring your options can’t hurt you. How do you know it is time to leave your job? There are…

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The Manufacturing Industry Still Rules the Economy

The Manufacturing Industry Still Rules the Economy

There is no doubt that the manufacturing industry is a vital part of the American economy. Although weaker than it once was, manufacturers continue to mend the industry that practically defined the economy in the 1970s. The Titan of Industry By June of 1979, 22 percent of all non-farm workers in the US were employed by the manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, manufacturing sustained huge losses during the recession. By 2007, manufacturing…

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Using Social Networks to Your Advantage

Using Social Networks to Your Advantage

When job seekers are in the interview process, social networks can be a critical tool to their advantage. If you have an upcoming interview, you can still spend time with your typical social network activities (uploading pictures, writing creative status updates, and chatting with friends) but you should also make sure to balance that out with job related searches. LinkedIn is the main social networking site that comes to mind when people…

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Conducting Your First Job Interview

Conducting Your First Job Interview

You’re probably not going to ask the types of hard-hitting questions that are the envy of veteran journalists when conducting your first job interview. Yet that doesn’t mean you have to flounder through an awkward fifteen to thirty minute conversation with a candidate. If you follow these steps before and during the interview, you can get what you need from a candidate to make a well-informed, effective decision for your company. Know the…

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The Million Dollar Answer to the Salary Question

The Million Dollar Answer to the Salary Question

In an ideal world, questions about salary will never make their way into the first job interview. However hiring managers are inevitably going to ask the ultimate salary question: How much do you want to make? How you address it is not as simple as throwing out a number. Is there a best answer to the salary question? If you can’t as to avoid the topic of salary during the initial job interview, you are going to have to come up with a…

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Illinois Manufacturing Lab Promises Innovation

Illinois Manufacturing Lab Promises Innovation

Consider this: over 10 percent of Chicago’s economy is directly dependent upon manufacturing. Approximately 323,100 people from all around the Chicagoland area make their livelihood in one of the numerous metropolitan manufacturing facilities and close to 600,000 work on production floors statewide. Should it be any surprise that state and university officials are striving to keep new life pumping into the industry? Birth of the Illinois…

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Questions to Ask, and Avoid Asking, Candidates

Questions to Ask, and Avoid Asking, Candidates

Asking the right questions to candidates during the interview process can be a difference-maker. If you ask the right questions, you could get the right fit. If you ask the wrong questions, you could end up spending copious amounts of your time and resources searching for an ever elusive candidate. The reason for this is because hiring managers and HR recruiters often get tied up in asking one-size-fits-all questions to every candidate they…

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