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By the Numbers: Manufacturing in September

By the Numbers: Manufacturing in September

The manufacturing industry shocked economic experts today as the latest numbers (from September) revealed the fourth consecutive monthly increase in the market index. The Numbers Economists watching the numbers had predicted that the Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) would fall by .7% to 55.0 this month. The latest report from the Institute for Supply Management, however, paints a very different picture of a market that is picking up…

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Put Your Alumni Network to Work on Your Job Search!

Put Your Alumni Network to Work on Your Job Search!

Are you in close contact with members of your alma mater? You should be! An alumni network can provide you with networking pathways that can lead to new and exciting careers. They won’t give you a free pass to a new job, though. Most of your fellow alumni won’t give you a job simply because you coincidentally wore the same colors while you walked across the stage on graduation day. Like any network, you need to leverage through…

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Team Building in the Workplace

Team Building in the Workplace

In the workplace, it is important to have a team that is trustworthy and communicates efficiently. Let’s face it- most people are content with their independent style of work, but more often than not it is helpful to have a strong team to fall back on for support. Also, it is essential for everyone to get along and have great communication with each other. Here are some useful tips to keep teams successful in the workplace. Establish Goals.…

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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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