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The Skills You’re Hiring for Should Be Changing

A good hiring manager already knows what they are looking for in a recruit before they even begin interviewing new applicants. There was a time, not long ago, where workplace independence, career dedication and diligence were all that was needed in order to lead a successful career in the industry. While the desirability for these skills has, for the most part, remained the same, there are a plethora of new skills and proficiencies that are also sought after in 21st century talent.


Communication is essential in this day and age. Moreover, with the numerous options available for communicating between employees, peers and industry contacts, there’s really no excuse for late or untimely communications.

It’s also important to keep in mind that communication involves more than the conversations you have with your co-workers. Nonverbal communication, such as your body language, as well as your listening skills all play a part when determining your overall ability to communicate effectively in the workplace. Refining these skills is always a great idea when trying to set yourself up for a future promotion or advancement.

Although email, online message boards and even text messaging is becoming more commonplace in the workplace, you don’t want to forego face-to-face communications altogether. There are certain non-verbal queues, including your body language, that just cannot be expressed through online communications. While such options are useful in certain circumstances, they certainly shouldn’t be used as a substitute for traditional communications and direct, face-to-face contact in the workplace.


Next, it’s important to look for new recruits who are able to collaborate with their co-workers. While workplace independence and self-motivation are still highly desirable traits, team-based collaboration is essential to success in the 21st century. As such, you should be targeting applicants who have prior experience working in team-oriented environments. Those with team leadership or supervisory experience are even more sought after, as their skills have already been proven in the field.

Familiarity With Technology

Given the manufacturing industry’s increasing usage of information technology, including automation systems, hardware and software, it’s important that your new recruits have some level of familiarity with the latest in information technology. They don’t need to be computer geniuses by any means, but a basic understanding of today’s technology can go a long way in cultivating a productive employee.

If necessary, don’t hesitate to offer hardware- or software-specific training to your new employees. Not only does this ensure their familiarity with the systems they’ll be using on a day-to-day basis, but, in some cases, it can go a long way in preventing workplace accidents or incidents.

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With 20 locations, Mega Force has developed great relationships with companies as a leader in staffing in North Carolina. Contact our team of recruiters today to get started on filling any of your employment needs.


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