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How to Attract (and Keep) the Best Talent

It can seem like you’re trying to find a needle in a haystack when it comes to hiring skilled manufacturing workers.

The competition for skilled labor will only increase, as Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute has projected that “American manufacturers will need to fill 3.5 million jobs by 2025, but they predict 2 million spots will go unfilled due to a lack of skilled manufacturing workers.”

We have made it our mission to match the best candidates with manufacturing positions that will meet their skills and that also benefit our clients. Here are a few tricks we have found to make your company a place where everyone will want to work:

  1. Recruit early: A mistake manufacturers can make is only looking at candidates who have many years of experience. Freshly trained candidates often have the enthusiasm, dedication and passion that can be hard to find in more seasoned workers. Many want to grow with their first company, saving the employer from having to replace them a few years later.

  2. Establish your brand: Let it be known that your company is the place to start, continue and finish a long, happy career. Use social media to engage and captivate your potential hires.

  3. Make sure HR is accurately reflecting the working environment: If your company boasts about many benefits, perks and opportunities for growth but your HR staff doesn’t reflect or share this, you stand at risk for a quick hire with a quick exit.

  4. Find an experienced company to help: This is where Rust Belt Recruiting comes in. Our entire focus is on knowing the talent out there, and matching it with a client who is seeking those exact skills. By letting us do the work you’ll save time and have confidence in hiring the perfect candidate to help your company grow.

  5. Create a vibrant work environment: Break up the monotony of a day and invigorate your staff with a few of these ideas.

The best and brightest workers are often picky when it comes to selecting their next employer, so let us help you find and keep them. Contact us today to start the conversation!