3 Strategies to Hire Quality Employees in a Tight Labor Market

Posted by  Steven Jarrett, Ph.D.

iStock-497523726The national unemployment rate is 4.1%. A big part of this is due to the growth in manufacturing in the US. When you add in the impact of the skills gap, it's becoming more and more difficult to find top talent to fill open jobs.

With this, 58% of HR leaders say their hiring volumes are increasing. However, even with the increased hiring volume, HR leaders don't necessarily expect their recruiting teams to grow correspondingly. So, how do we find individuals who will meet our needs and who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that will help your organization succeed? It's time for organizations to rethink how they attract, hire, and retain talent. Here are three ways you can do more with less: 


These Metrics Prove that Your Assessment Process Works [Video]

Posted by  Ted Kinney, Ph.D.

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As a follow up to last week's vlog, How Can I Prove the Employee Assessment is Working, we're back this week with another similar common client question:


How to Close the Skills Gap using Culture and Manufacturing Hiring

Posted by  Brett Gatesman


Millennials and the overall topic of generational differences have become common conversation topics in nearly all workplaces looking to hire. This should make sense, since job candidate pools are now largely composed of Millennials and Gen Z. So if a company has a vacancy, chances are a Millennial will fill that role. For several industries, this does not necessarily create additional difficulty in hiring, although for manufacturers and other trades, it can be more challenging.


How Can I Prove the Employee Assessment is Working? [Video]

Posted by  Ted Kinney, Ph.D.

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Understandably, clients often are tasked with proving the ROI of employee assessments. In this vlog, we start with a skit where the "client" asks a question we commonly receive:


Should Your Hiring Process Change for New Manufacturing Technology?

Posted by  Jaclyn Menendez

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I recently had the opportunity to tour two manufacturing plants back-to-back. They both made the same products, they were both located in the same general vicinity, and the work itself was largely the same across both plants. The only difference? One had been using the same machines since the company’s inception, and the other had been upgraded to brand-new manufacturing technology within the past two years. My mission was to determine if this upgrade at one plant would warrant an upgrade in their manufacturing hiring process as well. In other words, how would this new technology affect our definition of a “qualified” applicant? Would employees need markedly different skills or abilities in order to be successful at a cutting-edge manufacturing plant?


How to Reduce Turnover: Put the R Back in RJP (Realistic Job Preview)

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.


Working at Select International has a number of perks - one of them being the opportunity to interact and get involved with individuals from several different organizations. Each of these organizations has its own unique set of challenges, some more organizationally-specific than others. However, recently there have been some consistent pain points emerging from our clients across industries. Specifically, as unemployment rates continue to remain low many organizations are experiencing two primary issues:


3 Ways Successful Companies Ace Manufacturing Hiring for Expansions

Posted by  Eli Castruita

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4 Things HR Experts Should Know About the Manufacturing Industry

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

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HR experts across industries understand that there are important and unique aspects of the HR world specific to each industry. This post will focus on four areas of the manufacturing world that HR leaders, hiring managers, and executive leaders in the industry should strive to have a solid basic knowledge of to give their organization a stronger foundation and a better future.


The Future of Auto Manufacturing Jobs

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Have you ever listened to economists’ insight into how markets will change in the near future and the technological disruptions that are changing industries? If you haven't, you should, because the changes are impacting us all. One industry that is experiencing rapid disruption is the century-old auto industry. How? Autonomous cars, electric motors, TaaS (Transportation as a Service). Regardless of how quickly the transformation goes from driver to driverless, ownership to TaaS, or ICE (internal combustion engine) to electric; experts agree it is coming and in many ways is already here.


How to Find Manufacturing Employees With Strong Work Ethic

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

high-volume-hiring-2.jpgWouldn’t it be great if you could go to Google or Facebook and type in, “how to find hard working employees,” and have the results show people who are actually hard working? I have spent most of my working career studying jobs and listening to what organizations want in their employees. I’ve never heard an organization say they didn’t want an employee who was going to work hard for them, particularly for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing jobs are often routine and very procedural. As such, it’s very important that employees follow the procedures exactly and stay engaged and focused on the work for a long period of time. Even with job rotation and breaks, it can be difficult to stay motivated to do the same motion or task day after day. For many people, it’s challenging to maintain productivity and quality under these circumstances.


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