Owning Up to Your Mistakes at Work

Oops. Uh-oh. Oh…you get the point. Something went wrong, and it’s your fault. Now you have to figure out how to respond.    Owning up to a mistake at work can be a scary proposition. Your job could hang in the balance. You need to fix the problem while still protecting your future with the company. Here are a few things to keep in mind:   Defining the Situation   There are a few dynamics to consider when plotting your response to a mistake. Context matters. Your first step should involve defining the situation and understanding the implications. This will help you plan out what… Read more »

Safety 101: How Often Do Industrial Employees Need Workplace Safety Training?

Safety starts at the front lines. That means it starts with your employees. As in any industrial workplace, your workers provide the primary defense against accidents and injuries. They enact policies and procedures on an everyday basis that protect everyone’s health.    Training is key to that process. Give your workers the instruction they need, and your workplace will remain as safe as possible. But you need to balance these training sessions with productive output. So how much is enough? How often do industrial employees need workplace safety training?   Here are a few things to keep in mind as you answer… Read more »

Organize Your Job Search, a Guide for Success

Looking for a job can be a stressful operation. A sense of panic can quickly take over the process. However, agitation and dread are counterproductive. To achieve success, it’s important to keep your job search organized.   The secret to a successful job search comes from the process you use. Keep track of everything and develop a system. That way, you can shorten the time needed to find a position and land the best opportunity you can.   Here is a guide to organizing your successful job search:   Research the Market    Before you start submitting formal applications, conduct some preliminary research. The… Read more »

7 Things Light Industrial Employers Need on Their Interview Checklist

The job interview represents an important step in the recruitment process for any light industrial employer. It could be your only chance to meet with a candidate before you make a hiring decision. Going into the discussion, you should have a checklist of key skills in mind, so that you’re sure to get the information you need to make the right choice.   Selecting the perfect employee means finding a candidate with a broad range of skills. They need the hard skills required for the specific position and the soft skills necessary to thrive in the modern workplace. By making a… Read more »

Turning the Tables: 3 Questions You Should Ask Your Interviewer During an Industrial Job Interview

You probably picture a typical industrial job interview as a very intimidating process. In your nightmare version, it might seem like something close to a police interrogation. They ask questions and you sweat through your answers. In this scenario, it’s hard to imagine turning the tables and asking questions of your own.   However, this isn’t how an interview should go. In the best-case scenarios, these meetings should more closely resemble a friendly conversation. You want to gather as much information as you give.   Usually, the best time to learn about the company comes at the end of the interview. Most… Read more »

Beat the Heat: 10 Tips to Stay Cool While Working in the Hot Weather

On a perfect day, working outside can seem like a bonus. But perfect days are rare. In the winter, you have to fight the cold. And then there’s the summer, when things can get even worse. To protect your health and stay productive, it’s important to find ways to stay cool while working in hot weather.   Hot days can cause significant discomfort. Sweating for eight hours in the hot sun isn’t exactly fun, unless it’s part of a beach vacation. But extreme heat can cause more than just an unpleasant day at work. The stifling temperature can pose a significant safety issue… Read more »

5 Things You Should Do After an Interview to Land a Job in the Light Industrial Field

Applying for a position in the light industrial field can be extremely competitive. You need to take every opportunity to improve your chances of getting hired…even the seemingly dead space right after a job interview.    While an interview often feels like the end of the recruitment process, there are still things you can do to improve your chances. True, it’s now mostly up to the employer to make a decision. But you can still sway the results.    With that in mind, here are five steps you can take after an interview to improve your chances of landing a job in the… Read more »

10 Questions to Ask Generation Z Candidates During an Interview

Generation Z is coming. The oldest representatives of this age group are already in the workforce, and, within a few years, they’ll make up a substantial part of the labor pool. It’s time to start gearing your recruiting efforts to this growing source of talent. That means crafting interview questions to learn the most you can from each Gen Z candidate you meet.   The people born between the late 1990s and the early 2010s represent about 67 million Americans. That’s not quite the Boomer level, but more people than make up Generation Z. Their potential size alone makes Generation Z an… Read more »

Getting Ready to Get Back to Work After a Gap

You’ve taken some time off from your career. Now you’re thinking about jumping back into the workforce. How do you prepare yourself? How do you get ready to get back to work after that long gap?   The transition can be more complicated than you think. It would be best if you prepared yourself physically and mentally for a new chapter in your life. However, with some preparation, you can make a smooth transition into a renewed working life.    There’s a lot of reasons why someone might take a break from their career. You could be out of work due to… Read more »

Protect Your Hands, You Need Them To Pick up Your Paycheck

You work with tools. That means, on a daily basis, you take your livelihood in your hands…literally. If something goes wrong, you could severely injure your hands, leading to career-altering damage. That makes it crucial to take every precaution necessary to protect your hands.   We know. You already take the necessary safety precautions. Therefore, there’s no reason to go over them here, right? Well, that’s not always true.   A government study from 2015 showed that hands represented the second most common workplace injury, behind only back injuries. The data, compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recorded 143,900 hand injuries for the… Read more »