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Identifying Top Candidates for Available Positions


Recruiting the perfect employee can be a hard and drawn out process.  Put simply, not all skilled candidates are created equally. Yes, knowledge and skills are important when ultimately choosing a new employee, but when interviewing and screening candidates it is essential to make sure they will mesh well with your current workplace culture. This… Read more »

OSHA Update—Personal Protective Equipment


As we’ve discussed before when talking about Lockout/Tagout procedures and Machine Safeguarding, hazards exist in the workplace in every shape and form.  From sharp edges to falling objects to hazardous chemicals, there are many potentially dangerous situations. Another way the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to alleviate these situations is by requiring that… Read more »

The State of the Manufacturing Industry in America


With the first month of Q4 and the federal government shutdown behind us, the manufacturing industry has exceeded expectations once again.  According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Purchasing Manager’s Index the manufacturing industry continues to report a pickup in activity with the PMI at 56.4 for… Read more »

OSHA Update: Safeguarding


Every industry has safety and occupation standards set by local, state, and federal entities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in place to set a uniform code for safety in work environments. Part of this code includes protecting workers from horrifying machinery related injuries—crushed hands, severed fingers, blindness, etc.—by implementing regulations for safeguarding… Read more »

Choosing Appropriate References for a Job Search


A bad review from a reference can be the deciding factor in a firm’s decision not to hire you. Therefore,  it is essential to make sure you not only pick references that are knowledgeable on who you are and what you have accomplished, but also references that can speak volumes for the hard work you… Read more »

Cover Letter Tips for Manufacturing Professionals


When applying for manufacturing jobs, many applicants spend hours upon hours writing, editing, and perfecting their resume, and spend much less time worrying about their cover letter. However, the cover letter is your first opportunity to engage with a potential employer. Without a strong cover letter, your resume likely won’t even be looked at.  Make… Read more »

Increasing STEM Education throughout the US


In recent years the United States has fallen behind globally in technology and science.  It’s the scientists, engineers, and innovators that have built our nation to become a global leader.  However, as fewer and fewer American students pursue expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields (otherwise known as STEM), many fear these positions as… Read more »

Cohesion in the Workplace | Helping Temp Employees Fit In


It’s easy for temporary employees to feel like outsiders at the companies they’re working for.  They often experience that awkward feeling that you get when you’re the new person hanging out in a group of old friends.  When hiring a temporary employee, it’s your job, as their manager, to make sure they feel welcome within… Read more »

U.S. Manufacturing Output Soars in August


The manufacturing industry took economists by surprise when the US manufacturing output declined 0.1% in July.  The experts were expecting to see an output increase of 0.3% as they predicted that the economy was starting to turn itself around when they saw a 0.2% increase in June of 2013. The leading cause of the output… Read more »

MAC Inc. Hot Jobs for September


When it comes to searching for the right job, timing may not be everything, but it is something. If you have been looking for a job this summer and haven’t had much luck, your next big break is just around the corner.  Studies show that hiring slows down in July before picking up at the… Read more »

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