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Manufacturing Goes to the Movies: Great Films About the Industry

Manufacturing Goes to the Movies: Great Films About the Industry

Where is the love for the manufacturing industry in Hollywood? And why aren’t there that many movies about manufacturing? It’s Friday and after a long week at work the weekend is finally here. If you are one of the hardworking 17.2 million manufacturing employees that added $1.87 trillion to the US economy then relish in kicking back this weekend. If your goal this weekend is to plop down in front of the television then…

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Smart Social Media is a Must for Manufacturers!

Smart Social Media is a Must for Manufacturers!

The other day, Business Insider posted an article reiterating the importance of Twitter to the success of professionals and aspiring trendsetters, making yet another case for how critical a strong social media presence is for businesses and business professionals. Manufacturers are no exception. When used effectively, the full gamut of social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) can help manufacturers transcend beyond the…

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Coaching vs. Criticism

Coaching vs. Criticism

In the workplace, there are times when things can get frustrating. Whether it is a member of management or a coworker who is speaking, the difference between coaching and criticism can sometimes be confused when speaking about any issues. Coaching consists of constructive feedback and turning negative situations into positive reinforcement. When coaching employees, it is critical to state the problems, and then state possible solutions. A great…

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Tricks to Juggling Multiple Job Interviews

Tricks to Juggling Multiple Job Interviews

Taking on multiple job interviews in a short period of time can often make us feel like we are juggling flaming chainsaws on a tight rope strung across a deep chasm. One interview can be intimidating, but preparing for many at the same time is downright daunting. But there is a certain balance that can be struck to keep us from falling off course. First, remember that you are lucky to have multiple interviews. From there, follow these tips…

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The State of Ohio Manufacturing!

The State of Ohio Manufacturing!

As we mentioned earlier this month, American manufacturing was at a two year high. In many urban centers across the United States – Houston, Detroit, Los Angeles – there is a growing resurgence as companies reshore or opt to hire more employees to meet escalating product demand. What about Ohio though? What is the overall picture for manufacturing in the Buckeye state? Supply & Demand By taking a look at the grand total of…

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The Internet of Things Could Change Manufacturing

The Internet of Things Could Change Manufacturing

With unstable job growth, up and down numbers of exports, and an unfulfilled demand for skilled workers, the manufacturing industry has sure been experiencing a rough ride over the past few years. New innovations in technology, particularly the ultra-connectivity of the Internet of Things, could be just what the industry needs. What exactly could the Internet of Things do for the manufacturing industry? Some experts, including economist…

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4 Ways to Make the Most of Employment Gaps!

4 Ways to Make the Most of Employment Gaps!

Not everyone’s work history ends up being a tidy, uninterrupted chain. You may intend to smoothly transition from one position to the next but any number of situations can arise that force you into an unplanned hiatus from the workforce. Then, as you try to return to regular work, you fear that your employment gap may negatively mark you as an undesirable candidate. Are you completely out of luck or are there ways to mitigate the stigma of…

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Does Education Help Your Career?

Does Education Help Your Career?

There is a lot of back-and-forth with this topic. In this economy, many don’t believe that having a degree helps with the job hunt or promotions and it really just depends. For instance, to have a career in engineering, a degree is absolutely necessary. However, some would argue having a degree in Fine Arts is a waste. The key is location and demand for that career. New York City may be a great place to have an Art degree versus a small town…

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The Complete State by State Guide to Manufacturing

The Complete State by State Guide to Manufacturing

Accounting for more than 12% of the country’s total GDP, manufacturing still remains a significant part of the American economy. Depending on which state you reside in, however, this number either dwindles or increases as a percentage of total gross state product (GSP). In one of the most comprehensive and in-depth looks into the impact that manufacturing has on each individual state’s economy, the National Association of Manufacturers has…

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Move from Underemployment to STEM Work!

Move from Underemployment to STEM Work!

In the post-recession job market, underemployment is a familiar story. You can look on any number of job boards or social networking sites and find recent college graduates struggling to move beyond the type of retail and service industries jobs they’ve worked at since their high school days. In fact, a recent article on CNBC verifies that the vast majority of jobs gained within the last year have fallen squarely into the part-time…

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