The manufacturing business isn't exactly in hiring mode right now, and in that way, it's hardly unique among major industries for that reason. However, if your individual company is bringing more workers aboard, you still need to have a strong hiring strategy. That often starts with knowing exactly what you should be looking for in ideal candidates.
That should certainly include the following, all of which will set up both you and your new hire for plenty of success in the years to come:
1) The right skills (or the willingness to learn them)
The skills gap is a major issue plaguing the sector as a whole these days, and you need to have a strategy to deal with it, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Certainly, if a candidate comes along with all the skills you're looking for, they are probably ideal for the job, but even if they don't have everything you're looking for, it's important to be willing to train them if they bring a lot of the other qualities in this list to the table.
2) A good attitude about the business
Another major issue many companies in the manufacturing sector face these days is there just aren't many workers to choose from, in part due to negative perceptions about the future of the industry, the SHRM advised. For that reason, you want to find someone who is enthusiastic about the kind of opportunities a career in this highly competitive field can provide.
3) A details-oriented approach
As for the kind of work these hires will inevitably do, try to avoid someone who can go things right the first time and has an eye for catching errors before they become a problem, according to Thomas. This skill isn't always easy for candidates to demonstrate, of course, but it's certainly something you can talk about at length during the hiring process.
4) A flexible attitude
Especially in this industry, things can change in short order. You must be able to adapt just as quickly — and that might be especially true for workers who are just coming into their roles, Thomas added. Whether it's being asked to take on an extra shift or quickly pivoting from one job to the next, prioritize workers who welcome the opportunity.
5) A willingness to stick around
These days, many hiring managers bemoan the tendency among workers to "job hop" or even "career hop," so you need hires who you believe will stick around, according to PSI Services. While you won't always be able to guarantee that kind of commitment, make it clear to all candidates that this kind of thing matters to you.
In any role, for any business, you don't want to get into a situation where you have to hold a worker's hand beyond the normal period where they're acclimating to the job, PSI Services said. As such, you want someone who is a self-starter who picks up on concepts quickly.