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  Light industrial work is more complicated than many people realize. It involves more than the specific task at hand. Workers need to show a number of soft skills as well, in order to push productivity and efficiency to the highest levels.   But what traits to target? What soft skills make the most difference in a light industrial… Read more »

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Safety is an everyday thing. It often comes down to relatively simple decisions, like what to wear. Performing a warehouse job safely and efficiently starts with the right dress code.  It’s important to get the little things right when it comes to safety. Avoiding injuries and accidents isn’t about special seminars or massive technology upgrades…. Read more »

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You’ve built a thriving staffing business. However, just because you are doing well in a general sense doesn’t mean that you have every niche covered. When you get a request for a skilled labor job that you aren’t comfortable filling, do you have a plan in mind?  Don’t be ashamed if you have specialties you… Read more »

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Running your business involves the constant interaction between people and machines. This creates an amazing productivity opportunity. However, it has a dark side as well. All that human/equipment interplay poses a potential safety risk.  The forklift represents a great example of this. It’s fundamental to running your day-to-day operation. At the same time, all that driving around… Read more »

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Keeping your best employees allows you to maintain stability and drive innovation. On the other hand, retention problems can ripple through your company. Continually lose your best employees, and you’re likely to suffer significant consequences. It makes reducing turnover a priority if you want to sustain long-term growth.  High turnover will cause your recruiting expenses to rise,… Read more »

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Early in the job-search process, getting an interview prompts real excitement. Like champagne popping-level excitement. However, as the interviews continue to roll in, but the offers most definitely don’t, that level of enthusiasm starts to fade. What once seemed like the last step before landing a job has become a frustrating purgatory.  But why is… Read more »

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Think of the old adage: “you learn more from failure than you do from success.” There’s a job-interview twist on this to keep in mind. You learn more from asking about failure than you do from asking about success.  Most candidates can easily talk about the highlights on their resumes and the times they achieved success. And this… Read more »

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You’re trying to get back into the workforce after a long absence. However, you face a challenge, a kind of prejudice. People are reluctant to hire you. The gaps in your resume are scaring away prospective employers.  It can feel like you are back in your early days, just getting started. All the hard work you put… Read more »

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Running a successful staffing agency involves excelling on two fronts simultaneously. First, you have to build a strong collection of highly-skilled workers. Second, you have to cultivate connections with employers who need the kind of talent you have to offer.  Those two sides have to stay in balance. If they get out of whack, you… Read more »

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Welding poses obvious safety risks. It uses extreme heat to melt metal – the possibility of severe bodily damage is clear from a basic description of the activity. In other words, it’s a very dangerous job. However, as with any hazardous endeavor, though, those dangers can be avoided if you identify the risks and take proper precautions to… Read more »