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Manufacturers Optimistic but Still Reluctant to Hire

Manufacturers Optimistic but Still Reluctant to Hire

As the summer begins to wind down and we creep into the later portion of the year, manufacturers are overly optimistic on their outlook of the market despite a lingering reluctance to hire. According to new reports, which combine interviews from 60 U.S. based manufacturers and industrial businesses, the amount of manufacturers who are optimistic about the next 12 months of the U.S. economy rose 8% in the past quarter, topping off at 63%. …

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Rescheduling Your Job Interview

Rescheduling Your Job Interview

What if you have to reschedule your job interview? It’s not desirable but sometimes rescheduling an interview is the best or only option. Maybe you caught the latest bug circulating around or your car broke down or a pressing family emergency makes it impossible to attend the scheduled interview. Whatever happened, you can still salvage your chances at a new job if you’re fast acting and tactful when dealing with the hiring manager. Is it…

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Do-It-Yourself: Engineering Fun for the Weekend

Do-It-Yourself: Engineering Fun for the Weekend

As the work week comes to a close, the average engineer can’t help but breakaway from drafting blueprints in order to start drafting weekend plans. Some will take trips to the park or beach, while others spend time with family and friends around the house. If the weekend is upon you, and you find yourself lacking in the fun ideas department, consider working on a do-it-yourself project with your kids. Many of them are cheap, fun, and…

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It Is Not All About Money

It Is Not All About Money

Do you want to know what people consider when looking for a new job? What are the factors making them want to stay in their current position? Obviously, there is one thing that sticks in our minds no matter what- money. Of course a good salary probably tops the list, but here are some other factors to consider. Growth and advancement are two of the top factors people consider in a position. Applicants want to know what opportunities will be…

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How to Create the Next Generation of Skilled Workers

How to Create the Next Generation of Skilled Workers

It’s no secret that American manufacturers are having a harder time finding qualified skilled workers these days. Baby boomers with years of experience under their belts are quickly approaching retirement and their replacements are in short supply. For many of the Millennial Generation, there exists a negative stigma about how manufacturing is a dead-end industry that doesn’t payoff, which is preventing new lifeblood from entering…

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Highlighting Soft Skills During the Interview

Highlighting Soft Skills During the Interview

Soft skills play an important role in a company’s hiring decision, and highlighting them during an interview can go a long way towards making you a more attractive candidate for the job. People are more than just machines with a list of specs, and hiring managers like to see how well you interact with others and respond to certain situations. As a worker, you are much more than your years of experience, certifications, and other hard…

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Can This Tactic Cut Energy Costs?

Can This Tactic Cut Energy Costs?

In a previous article, we discussed a number of ways to cut costs, ranging from properly sealing HVAC ducts to installing solar panels, but what if you could cut costs on your energy bill while still using the same wattage with your machines? A manufacturing.net article suggests that better energy demand management can help to curb unnecessary energy waste. The article proposes a hypothetical situation where a company is using a large machine,…

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Is It All About Money?

Is It All About Money?

Many people get bored with their job or feel unappreciated in their position; so they turn to new employers for a new job. However, some try move up in the job they currently have. Everyone is searching for a “career”; they want stability. Of course, we all know, money is one of the key factors people look for in either situation, but is that all? Do people even care about other incentives? Do they care about making more money at another…

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5 Advantages of Cluster Manufacturing

5 Advantages of Cluster Manufacturing

Manufacturing has become one of the most widely discussed industries in the country. As a contributor of 12% of the nation’s GDP, and one of the hardest hit by the recession (5 million jobs were lost from 2009 to 2012), pundits, politicians, and industry professionals have endlessly debated how to revive American Manufacturing. Some are now looking towards the benefits of cluster manufacturing as the answer. Since the early 1990s, groups of…

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Fifteen Questions to Expect During Job Interviews

Fifteen Questions to Expect During Job Interviews

Though no two job interviewers will be working from the same mental script, there are definitely certain questions to expect during job interviews. The wording may be different but the core of these questions will always be the same. So in no particular order, here are the fifteen questions that you will need to know how to answer for your next job interview. 1.) Can you tell me a little about yourself? This question isn’t a platform for…

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