Candidate Tips

Do you have the essential skills for a career in the Manufacturing Industry?

Manufacturing is a diverse industry that offers opportunities to people with a wide range of backgrounds. Whether you’re interested in production, installation, logistics or engineering, it’s important to understand that businesses seek a specific set of skills from potential employees.

We have put together a list of the essential skills that we believe manufacturers are looking for

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1.Attention to Detail

With speed and precision being a high priority in manufacturing, it’s essential for workers to be focused and detail-oriented. When operating heavy machinery, a lack of attention can spell danger for you or your co-workers.

Attention to detail is also critical when it comes to completing work to a high standard, small details can make the difference in measurement and fittings and if these are completed incorrectly it can cause faults and flaws in the end product or service.

2.Critical Thinking

To succeed in the manufacturing industry the individual has to be able to think on their feet and troubleshoot and resolve problems as they arrive.

Workers must be able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions or approaches to difficult situations.

3.Interest and Aptitude for Technology

Technology is constantly evolving and changing the way manufacturing workplaces operate and coordinate. Advances in technology have altered the way manufacturing is operated.

By demonstrating an interest in technology and a strong desire to learn it, you’re sending a message of your long-term potential to employers.

4.Flexibility

Many manufacturing positions now require knowledge of a wide variety of processes and procedures, so an employee who has been, or has the ability to be cross-trained is hugely valuable to a company.

Today, companies look for candidates that have the ability to be cross-trained in numerous functions, as they will be greater assets to the business.

5.STEM Skills

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills play huge roles in Manufacturing; being able to apply the right principles and techniques to the design and production of many goods is essential.

Many people are not fully aware of their math skills. All they know is that they think it’s not always fun. And admittedly, math and science can be acquired tastes. A career in manufacturing can lead you to discover the true value and potential of these skills.

6.Working effectively on a diverse team

Manufacturers need their colleagues to work together towards a common goal.

Being a good teammate is a good step towards becoming a good leader. The type that can disagree without being disagreeable is the people who can succeed in a team environment.

You should also offer problem-solving skills and ideas and be conscious of others ideas.

7.Adaptability

During a time of political and economic change, the ability to adapt to changing work conditions is essential.

Being able to work efficiently during times of increased workloads and pressure, or the ability switch to a different role when required is fundamental as unexpected situations may arise.

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For a confidential discussion about how we can help your business source top manufacturing talent, or if you are eager to develop your career in manufacturing, please get in touch with one of our specialist recruitment consultants who will be happy to help.

Written by Tom Greaves

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Top 5 Interview Tips

There isn't any exact science when it comes down to interviewing, but you can stack the percentages in your favour by following these simple tips: job interview candidates

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Dress well! Now, I don't mean Mickey Mouse Ties (yes, I’ve had one of these) and bright red and green socks I mean a clean, tidy business suit, plain shirt / blouse and a matching tie - follow this simple rule a little bird once told me; 1 plain and 2 stripe or 1 stripe and 2 plain.

 

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Make sure you prepare well, it’s no surprise that the candidates who prepare the best get the best jobs, it’s a fact and it’s something that there can be no excuse for. The internet has been around long enough to ensure that there is information about the company and sector you're working in, so instead of watching the TV get busy reading and researching.

 

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Have plenty of questions written down for the inevitable "do you have any questions" bit. It will happen and you know it will so make sure you’re ready for it. This bit is so easy and you generate the questions from your preparation time. Don’t forget – Interviews are a two way thing. Asking questions you want to know the answer to is the perfect way to get to know the employer and the interviewer! Make sure that you have enough company information so that you feel comfortable, confident and excited going forward!

 

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Use the STAR method for delivering your answers to questions you’re asked: Now many of you will have heard of this and it’s a common thing. The beauty of this is it allows you to elaborate in context and it opens the door for further questions about the topic you have chosen to respond with. It’s a clear, structured and concise method and the best way of minimising the amount of questions that you just "don't know" so here is a recap:

  1. Situation: The position I was in
  2. Task: What I was asked to do while in that situation
  3. Action: What I did after I was asked to do what I was doing in the situation
  4. Result: What end product of the action.

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DO NOT BE LATE FOR WHATEVER REASON IN THE WORLD APART FROM NUCLEAR DISASTER. If you're going to be late then it would probably best to rearrange the whole thing! A minute here and there I guess isn't going to kill you or the interviewer, but it may be the difference between two equally matched candidates and it’s just not worth the risk!

Written By Lee Narraway and Edited By Natalie Whaley

If you would like to discuss this short article in more detail then please connect with me and let's chat.

Lee Narraway

Phone: 01925 747 712 Email: lnarraway@procorerec.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/leenarraway/ Website: www.procorerec.com/

Want To Get Your CV Noticed? Then Read On

I get asked quite often what the best format for a CV would be, in truth there isn't any one standard I would say is better than another but there are a few things you can do to help. Curriculum Vitae picture with hands

Firstly you have to think what you are trying to achieve, in essence you're trying to get noticed and to do this you have to touch on the things that are important to the reader. The main things in any situation are centred around the four main buying motives:

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Make money 

Save money

Save time

Improve reputation

 

 

So how can you translate this into your CV, maybe you're in a role that you think doesn't touch on these four statements? Well you would be wrong! If you work for any company you do it for a reason and I promise you it will be related to one of the four above.

Numbers are your friend that you turn to first, if you made money then again how much was it ££££$$$$? How did it compare to your target %%%%? Who were the beneficiaries in this case? Why did you do it?

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If you saved money then how much ££££$$$$? What percentage improvement did it give %%%%, who benefited from your work?

If you saved time then how was this reflected? How did this make the process more efficient? How much time did you save ££££$$$$? How did this compare to how it was done before %%%%? Did the time saving save any money? If so how much? and who benefited from this?

With regard to improving the reputation of a company, many candidates get a little confused on how they maybe impact on this. There are many ways in which this could happen, one reason could be an accreditation to a ISO standard or a safety governing body, another could be connecting with the local community in a way which improves local relationships. It could be charity work or social agenda items. You may have saved the environment!!

The real key is to stop and think how and what you do impacts positively on the company you work for as this is where the value is that you could bring to a new employer, it is also the value that they see in you for remuneration negotiations.

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Believe me when I say this but numbers will be there for you in some way so go and find them and highlight them in your CV.

 

If you would like to discuss this short article in more detail then please connect with me and let's chat.

Lee Narraway

Phone: 01925 747 712 Email: lnarraway@procorerec.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/leenarraway/ Website: www.procorerec.com/

Can You See the Light? The Danger Of Hope

Hope is a complicated feeling

It can keep you going through tough times, a ray of light behind the clouds to hint at a brighter future. It helps you to overcome obstacles and learn the painful lessons that lie on the path to your goal. Your belief in your hope inspires others to believe in their dreams – it is contagious, and one of the most uplifting feelings that you can experience.

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However, not wanting to burst the bubble, when hope is irrational, it can also be one of the most limiting feelings that you can experience. It can hold you back at the vital moment when you need to change something, and paralysis can swiftly ensue. Just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best makes you feel good, but sometimes, unless you act to make things happen, your desired outcome is unlikely to come to pass.

Hope is not a strategy when something needs to change

Don’t get me wrong, persistence and hope are still the source of much that is good in the world. However, after a certain number of attempts, when persistence seems to be failing, experimentation has to kick in.

Edison famously invented the light bulb after 10,000 “successful failures.” I might doubt the number involved, but I don’t doubt that he made slight changes to the formula after a few attempts at each iteration. He might have sat in his lab, crossing his fingers for every individual attempt, but it won’t have been his only strategy. It was a scientific certainty that if he tried for long enough, in enough different ways, that he would eventually achieve success. He did.

So, in short, I agree that there is virtue in “try, try and trying again” but the wisest people understand the point when the same action is not going to bring about a different result.

It takes real courage to abandon hope in a certain direction and place your hope in a new one. When you have done this (successfully) a few times, you realise that changing the focus of your hope does not make it any less powerful – with every “new” hope, your resolve becomes stronger.

The danger of hope is when it becomes tired and weak. That is when hope can become destructive. If you have spent years “hoping” for a certain outcome, but never changing anything to make it happen, it can have a knock-on effect on the rest of your life. You stop believing in hope altogether, and the other areas of your life start to suffer. A person with no hopes and dreams lives a life of emptiness.

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Every now and again, I see a candidate come into the room who is obviously on the verge of giving up. They have often been “hoping” for too long, but not doing enough about it. I try to help them with a different course of action.

In a job search, as in life, you have to invest your hopes wisely.

Written by Lee Narraway and Edited by Paul Drury

If you would like to discuss this then please get in touch with me and leave your comments:

Lee Narraway

Phone: 01925 747 712 Email: lnarraway@procorerec.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/leenarraway/ Website: www.procorerec.com/

7 Tips To Deal With Sensitive People

According to research, 20% of us are “highly-sensitive.” This seems high, but the majority of us (especially the men), won’t always want to advertise it. Actually, those people who are more sensitive than others can be a huge asset to any organization – they are astute influencers and are always the first to react to changes.

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However, in order to get the best out of them, there are a number of things that the caring manager should bear in mind:

1. Modify your language

You can be sure that they will read into every word you say, so make sure that you are clear about your message. Take the time to explain the context behind your words so they cannot be misinterpreted and be as direct as possible.

Ambiguity might lead to them drawing all sorts of conclusions.

2. Ask them to set their emotions aside

No one can ignore their emotions, but it is sometimes necessary to point out that they can get in the way of making solid business decisions. By asking them to focus on the logical facts of the matter, they can actively manage their emotional response.

3. Talk about the consequences

The more that they understand the various possibilities; the more innovative they can be as they clearly see the ramifications of each choice.

A lack of information can make a sensitive person nervous, so share as much as you can with them.

4. Identify what causes them stress

If you can move them to a quieter area of the office, ask them if this would help. Give them time to reply in the clamour of a meeting. Ask them about how they prefer to work.

Every now and again, a day working at home can help to recharge their battery and bring the best out of them.

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5. Take care with criticism

They will often be much more aware of their shortcomings than the rest of their colleagues. Often, you won’t need to explain a criticism to them. They will be perfectly aware of it already. Also, take criticism from them on the chin – given their attention to detail, they will often try to make constructive suggestions to improve a certain situation.

6. Be honest about your feelings

They will often be able to tell if you are hiding something, so best to be honest in what you say. If you are having a bad day, don’t say “I’m fine” – best to let them know what is going on, or they may wonder about the reasons why you obviously aren’t fine.

7. Don’t interrupt their focus

They focus best when they are in tune with their own thoughts, and can sometimes lose track if they are pulled from one project to another. Set expectations for timeframes on projects and give them the space and time to deliver the best possible result.

Getting the most out of the sensitive people in your team can make them the barometer of your business. Accept that they need to be handled in a slightly different way, and you will allow them to flourish.

Written by Lee Narraway and edited by Paul Drury.

If you would like to discuss this then please get in touch with me and leave your comments:

Lee Narraway

Phone: 01925 747 712 Email: lnarraway@procorerec.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/leenarraway/ Website: www.procorerec.com/

Should I Quit my Job?

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NO well not yet anyway.

Obviously in my role within recruitment this is a common question that many of my friends and associates ask me.

I always answer with the same response.

Take some time to think about how you feel and write a list.

Look at the black and white elements of your thoughts but more importantly list the 'grey' elements that are maybe not so obvious, the things that make the days and hours pass happily or the reasons for the gloom you may feel.

Following this have a think about what the common causes are, is it you! by leaving and joining another company are you just moving the problem?

And I guess the most important part, think about how you feel on a good day AND a bad day as you may just have the Monday blues.

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Changing jobs is not something to take lightly, you spend a whole lot of time at work and it has to be something you enjoy as much as possible after all the secret to not working is finding a job you love.


If you're speaking to a recruiter then make sure they earn their money by talking in detail about how the potential job will benefit you and your family, what's in it for you and the employer?

What is the potential culture like and how will I fit in to it as there is nothing worse than starting a job and having huge regret.

I left one of my jobs after 18 years, it hurt....a lot. This was to be expected really as having been in one place for 18 years I was never going to have the same relationship with a new company so make sure you think in context about the future and the role you may be looking at.


When I look back it was absolutely the right thing for me to do but I shouldn't have been surprised that I had regrets at the time, its natural to an extent but can be mitigated by taking the time to think.


Good luck and if you need help making that decision then give me a call and leave your comments:

Lee Narraway

Phone: 01925 747 712

Email: lnarraway@procorerec.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/leenarraway/

Website: www.procorerec.com/