The Growing Manufacturing Skills Gap and the Myths Behind It!

As in the construction and transportation industries, the manufacturing sector is experiencing an ever increasing skills gap which is ultimately resulting in millions of jobs potentially going unfilled in the next 10+ years. What seems to be causing this growing issue and what can be done about it?

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Trillium Staffing Awarded By 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2016!

Trillium Staffing is proud to announce their repeated recognition with West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For, in 2016. The awards competition provides the regional business community with the opportunity to showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. The awards are presented to organizations based on nominations and direct feedback from employees of each organization.

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Keep Your Pets Safe this Winter

We know that most of you work 8 to 12 hour days and it’s hard to keep tabs on your pets while you are at work. After all, pets are family and they need additional care in the harsh winter months. Just like us, they are susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia and other medical conditions.  Here are a few tips to make sure your pets stay warm and safe this winter. Continue reading

Illness in the Workplace

When an illness strikes, we all know that there is a fine line between trying to stand tough and trying to protect your co-workers from suffering the same fate. What is important is when to know that one trumps the other. The following are warning signs to keep in mind when trying to determine if you should stay home or go to the office.

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Cover Letter: The True First Impression

Are you looking for a competitive edge in today’s job market? With the majority of application processes being online and streamlined, many candidates are forgoing cover letters. If you are looking for a simple way to help stand out against other applicants, a cover letter may be your answer.

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How to Land The Job! Trillium Staff Speaks Out!

Have you ever wondered what others did to set themselves apart? Are you missing out on great opportunities that you feel you are qualified for? Here are some great tips directly from our staff to help you land the job!

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Manufacturing Jobs in 2014

While most hiring sectors have increased dramatically in recent years, manufacturing has shown one of the strongest and most stable growth rates. In 2014 alone, manufacturing alone has added 168,000 jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Struggling to Find Production Workers?

A recent study by Monster Worldwide Inc., found that as many as 47% of manufacturing workers were dissatisfied with their current job. They also found that 49% of manufacturing workers noted that there were more job openings now than a year ago. Where does that leave manufacturing employers? Struggling to attract and maintain their staff in many cases.

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The increased recruiting focus on skilled trades and technical manufacturing has left many employers with a void for entry level production workers and inspectors. In addition,  with many entry level production workers being crossed trained into new roles and moving upward within the manufacturing field, vacancies are continuing to grow for machine operators, assembly workers, and general production workers. So where does that leave employers? In a constant struggle for manufacturing workers.

If you are in need of production workers, consider a partnership with an industrial staffing agency, vocational schools in your area, or career counselors. Many have access to entry level workers who are seeking an opportunity to gain full time employment, even if it is seasonal.

Are you a stand out professional, technical professional, driver, or skilled worker seeking contingent, temporary, or long term career opportunities?  Visit our job board  for more information!  Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of professionals and skilled workers? Contact us today!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

 

 

5 Ways To Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired!

Whether you are new to the job hunt or have been beating the pavement for months, it’s never too soon or too late to analyze your approach. Here are five quick areas for you to analyze and improve if necessary to increase your likelihood of landing your dream job!

  • Are You Qualified? If you do not meet the minimum qualifications or requirements of the position, you are far less likely to be considered for the position. Employers are often inundated with applications and resumes in response to their job openings. Want to reach the top of the stack? Make sure you clearly state and demonstrate how you’re qualified for the position.
  • Did You Follow The Application Process? With the large volume of responses that hiring managers typically receive for open positions, they create an application process that best allows them to streamline the process while juggling their other responsibilities. Following the application process as instructed can quickly demonstrate your attention to detail and ability to follow instructions. If the job posting asks you to apply online or requests no phone calls, your chances of impressing the employer will quickly decrease if you try to get around the system.
  • What Does Your Resume Reflect? Is your resume up to date, clear, and concise? Does it quickly demonstrate your qualifications and professionalism? The average employer spends only 6 seconds reviewing a resume. Make sure your resume is clean, without stains or wrinkles, and quickly demonstrates your skills and abilities at first glance.
  • How Was Your Applicant Etiquette? One of the fastest ways to land at the bottom of the applicant list is to be rude or inconsiderate in the application process. Seems like common sense right? While it can be frustrating to not hear back quickly or have an interview booked as soon as you feel it should be, keep in mind hiring managers are often overwhelmed with applicant responses and often juggle other responsibilities. Insulting them, their organization, or their staff can quickly land you out of the running for that and other positions within the organization.
  • Did You Follow Up? Regardless of the outcome of your application and interview, follow up is key. Demonstrating respect and professionalism at all steps of the process can help you stand out significantly. Be sure to thank the interviewer for their time, send a follow up thank you card, and even if you are not chosen for the position remain professional. Your follow up after the fact, may land you the first call back if their first choice for the position does not work out for one reason or another.

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Remember the job search process is different for everyone. If those around you are landing jobs faster than you avoid the temptation to get frustrated. Skills, abilities, and job availability have a large impact on the time it takes to find your next position. If you are struggling or could use some assistance in your job search process, consider partnering with an industry specialized recruiting firm to help align you with a career that best suits your qualifications and ambitions.

Are you a stand out professional or skilled worker seeking contingent, temporary, or long term career opportunities?  Visit our job seekers section for more information!  Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of professionals and skilled workers? Contact us today!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

Are You Laid Off? Read This!

Whether you saw it coming or it was a complete surprise, a layoff is hard to deal with. Struggling with the stress, financial struggles, and the daunting task of where to look for your next career can quickly become overwhelming. In order to best move on in your future career you have to be able to move on from the past. Not sure where to start? Look here!

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