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 »

The Importance of Getting Back to Work After a Crisis

When you’re knocked down, it’s sometimes hard to get back up again. This isn’t just a lesson for boxers and MMA fighters. It also applies to everyday people.  It’s crucial to get back on your feet as soon as possible. If your career gets detoured by a crisis, it’s essential to get back to work.   This can be difficult, both practically and emotionally. Bouncing back from a crisis can be tough. But by returning to normal as soon as possible, you make it less likely that your career will sustain any permanent damage from the setback.   It’s a sad fact… Read more »

How to Communicate With Nervous Employees

As the restrictions related to COVID-19 start to lift in many states, companies are looking to return to business. This will mean calling back employees who were laid off during the outbreak. As part of this process, your workers will likely be excited to get back to something resembling a regular schedule. At the same time, though, they will likely be nervous about returning to work.    You can ease their concerns with a healthy communication program. By creating a constructive back-and-forth with your returning employees, you can streamline the process of getting back to action. You will also minimize conflict… Read more »

One Rejection Closer to Success – When You Didn’t Get the Job

It’s the most painful part of the job-search process. You go through the long and stressful recruitment procedures – delivering your application, fretting over your resume, and sweating through the interview – just to meet with rejection. However, you can’t let one “no” derail your plan. Instead, think of it as just another step on the road to success.   How you deal with rejection will influence your ability to develop your career. After all, throughout your working life, you’ll receive far more rejections than job offers. Use those experiences to improve your skills and prepare yourself for the eventual “yes”… Read more »