How is the pandemic is affecting the job market?

How are you seeing the pandemic affect the job market?  Although a lot of manufacturing companies in Canada are still up and running for the time being.  Have companies put hiring on hold?  Are the processes dragged out?  Or is it business as usual and you’ve found a new job?   We have seen a combination of all of the above.  Having said that, in the markets that we have been doing work in recently (general manufacturing, industrial manufacturing, building materials, construction services, aerospace, automotive), hiring has almost come to a standstill.  It makes sense.  Feedback has been that they would rather be able to put that cost to keeping their current employees but that means bringing new people on board has to be put on hold.  If it is a key position?  Companies seem to be moving forward but still at a cautious pace.  And I’d say that started before things got to where they are now.  You could see it in January and February.  Construction & Building Materials do seem to be moving forward.  Infrastructure is a focus and these projects are going to keep needing people and need to be completed.  I still think thats a small percentage though. If you are in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, logistics and/or CPG industries to name a few, I can see it as being busy.  We have not seen this directly ourselves but it does make sense. What can you do if you are effected as a job seeker? Ensure your resume is up to date and can make an impact by using services like manufacturingresumes.ca.  You want to...

Handling Negative Feedback

Putting this in our blog as its a great article from Undercover Recruiter and I do not want to lose it.  How do you handle negative feedback or constructive criticism?  Are you equipping your employees to handle it properly?  #negativefeedback...

Charity

Here at JP Recruitment, we make a monthly donation to Sick Kids hospital and we think you should too!  It’s pretty easy and you can pick how much your monthly donation is.  Even $10/mth would help – how hard would it be to drink 2 less pints or rent 1 less movie? #sickkids #thisiswhy...

Leadership & Inspiration

Leadership & inspiration come hand in hand.  Below is a great video on getting buy in from both your employee’s and your customers.  Simon Sinek breaks it down very well and it is actually quite simple – definitely worth the 20min watch.  As per the video, this can be applied in every industry from engineering & manufacturing to banking to construction. I’ve shared this because the ability to get the buy in from people is the top trait that company’s are looking for today.  Every role we do at JPR, whether it is a Quality Manager, Production Manager, Process Engineer, Plant Manager or Director of Operations…requires continuous improvement/lean manufacturing/process improvement experience.  To be able to make change, you need buy in.  You need to be able to lead your team to success and inspire them to do better.  I’d be keen to hear other good books, videos or even just thoughts on how you inspire your team. Like articles like this?  Feel free to follow us on LinkedIn for industry news &...

Leadership | Attracting Talent | Building Teams | Recruitment

Leadership is such an important topic when is comes to attracting talent and growing your company whether it be in the engineering & manufacturing sector or not.  This is a great article written on LinkedIn by Mack Story on leadership.  In manufacturing recruitment, putting the right type of leader into a business is crucial.  Today at JP Recruitment, every position we fill has an aspect of lean manufacturing/process improvement/continuous improvement.  If we didn’t focus our searches on the traits of a secure leader, these people would not be able to go in and have the positive impact we expect on those manufacturing companies.  The main points in Mack’s article are: Delegation Decision Making Trust Teamwork Thinking Belief Support Credit Control Process Are you looking for these leadership traits for people on your team?  Do you think there are other leadership traits that have been left out when it comes to being a secure leader?  In general, where do people need to improve in the manufacturing workplace right...