According to recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016. That number has significantly increased over the years, meaning more manufacturing jobs are available. The same study concluded that manufacturing and technical workers make up 9% of the workforce.
How to Find Qualified Workers
Since this industry is growing, more candidates are hoping for manufacturing jobs. There are important aspects to look for in candidates to ensure you are hiring the right person for the job. Here are some common factors you should be considering:
- Use Marketing Efforts to Recruit
In today’s society, most of your potential candidates are spending time on the web or social media. Qualified candidates may not know about your job openings if they are only posted recruiting websites. Publish information about your manufacturing jobs on social media to attract a larger audience. Always have this net cast so you can keep a pool of qualified professionals, instead of choosing a candidate in haste.
- Be a Company Great People Want to Work For
Qualified candidates know they are skilled in what they do. Within the growing manufacturing industry, more and more candidates are less than qualified for positions. This gives the exceptional employees the opportunity to be picky about where they work. Show potential candidates what a great company you are and highlights all of the benefits they will receive through working for you.
- Talk to Your Existing Employees
It is common for your existing employees to have relationships with other qualified workers in the industry. Probe some of your excelling employees to see if they have any colleagues that would be interested in making the change over to your company.
- Reach Out to Trade Schools and Universities
The best places to locate qualified candidates are trade schools and universities. These candidates may not have a wealth of hands-on experience, but they have just finished their education and will have updated and fresh knowledge relating to new and improved manufacturing technologies.
- Don’t Make Qualified Candidates Wait
Make someone on your staff from your human resources team responsible for going through applications daily. Qualified candidates are hard to find. When one applies to your position you should respond to them as soon as possible to avoid losing them to someone else.
- Analyze Candidate Interview Techniques
After you have selected a few candidates to interview, pay attention to their preparedness for the interview. You will be able to tell if a qualified candidate will be a good fit for the job is they took the time to prepare and can sell themselves during the interview. A great candidate will show the company how their skills will benefit operations.
Start Getting Qualified Candidates Today
If your manufacturing business is struggling to find qualified candidates, contact JSK Recruiting. Our professionals are skilled at finding the right candidate for any position and would love to work with your business. We can help you find the right long-term manufacturing employees for your company.