Six Nonverbal Clues to Be on the Lookout For in Interviews (And What They Mean)

August 24th, 2014

Sometimes what a candidate doesn’t say during a job interview can speak louder than their answers to your questions. Nonverbal cues can provide an inside look at what the candidate is actually thinking ─ rather than basing your decision solely on their well-rehearsed responses.

Before conducting your next job interview, be sure to familiarize yourself with the following six important nonverbal cues:

1)      Handshake: Not only is it polite to greet the candidate with a handshake, it can also tell you a lot about them. A firm, solid grasp is a sign of confidence, while a weak grip can indicate insecurity.

2)      Grooming: It goes without saying that candidates are expected to look professional for a job interview. Those who show up appearing flawless, clearly respect you and want to make a good first impression. However, if a person is dressed inappropriately or appears disheveled, they don’t really want the job.

3)      Eye Contact: Maintaining good eye contact throughout the interview is a sign of honesty and respect. While the candidate should not stare at you intensely, they should look you in the eyes as much as possible when either of you are talking. Anyone who fails to sustain a proper level of eye contact may be dishonest or filled with self-doubt.

4)      Smiling: While it may appear insignificant, the amount of times a person smiles during the interview can be very telling. Candidates who are excited at the possibility of coming to work for your company will smile at least a few times during the interview, displaying their enthusiasm. If a person fails to smile at all, this may indicate a lack of interest in the position.

5)      Posture: The way a candidate chooses to sit can speak loudly on their confidence level. Anyone sitting on the edge of their seat likely feels insecure, while those who slouch may be disinterested in the interview. The best candidates will sit up straight, in a natural looking manner.

6)      Arm Crossing: It may appear harmless, but when a person crosses their arms during a job interview, this can be indicative of a number of negative characteristics, including arrogance and defensiveness. The best candidates simply position their arms to the side in a relaxed manner.

Searching for top talent in Michiana? Contact Wood Staffing today. We help companies throughout Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana find the best person for their open positions ─ and fast! Contact us to learn more!

General Production in St. Joseph, MI

August 17th, 2014

Southwest Michigan Production Facilities have various job opportunities for experienced and qualified candidates and Wood Temporary Staffing is working hard to fill these positions including many more that are available on our job board.  Currently Wood Staffing is searching for:

Recent Job Opportunities

General Warehouse – St. Joseph, MI

General Warehouse positions are available f or 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift openings.  These positions will involve loading and unloading skids, loading windows for machine operators, visual inspection, packing and using a pallet jack. This is  a physical position doing lifting, bending and twisting and must be able to keep up with the pace of the machine. Pay rate is $8.50 per hour.

Web Press Operators – St. Joseph, MI

Immediate 2nd & 3rd shift openings for a St. Joseph, MI printing company. This position will do line off loading, stacking pallets and visual inspection. Must be able to lift 30-40lbs regularly and up to 70lbs on occasion and be able to keep up with the pace of the machines and be able to work 8-12 hour shifts depending on production needs. A stable work record and reliable transportation are preferred and these are temp to hire positions with a pay rate of $9.25 per hour plus a .45 cent shift premium.

 

Fulfillment Dept Workers – St. Joseph, MI

Local fulfillment center currently has a need for an experienced individual to do counting, packing and visual inspection. This is a long term temp position working Monday-Friday 7am-3pm and overtime when needed with a starting wage of  $8.00 per hour.

 

Mail Dept workers – St. Joseph, MI

Mail department positions available for 1st shift 7am-3pm Monday-Friday with a starting wage of $8.50 per hour. Duties include line tending, putting items coming off the machines into mail bags and mail totes and doing visual inspections for mail addresses, etc. Must be able to lift 30-40lbs regularly and up to 75lbs on occassion and be able to keep up with the pace of the machines.


Maintenance Technician - St. Joseph, MI

Wood Temporary Staffing is looking for a Maintenance Technician to install, troubleshoot and repair equipment problems both electrical and mechanical while working with other departments to ensure production needs are met. Qualified candidates must be able to weld, braze, do plumbing, carpentry and sheet metal work. A master level electrician and HVAC Tech with a one year certificate from a college or a technical school are highly preferred. Hours are 7am-3pm Monday-Friday and the starting wage is $21 per hr.

Look to The Wood Companies to fulfill your career dreams and feel free to browse our many other open jobs that are currently available.  Our experienced staffing coordinators know exactly how to find the right fit for you and our clients. If you would like to apply for these positions or any other positions we have available, please go to woodstaffing.com/apply to apply online or call us at 269-925-6767 to inquire.

How to Transition Your Career into Management

August 10th, 2014

Some people are born leaders. If you’ve spent years mastering the skills needed to excel in your field, you might be ready to take on a new challenge ─ a management role.

Managers are needed to lead and inspire employees in all industries and professions. While everyone doesn’t have the skills or desire to work in a leadership or supervisory position, many people find such positions deeply rewarding. However, these roles can be very competitive, so it’s important to position yourself as the best possible candidate, to make it clear that you’re definitely leadership material.

Trying to work your way up the career ladder? Use the following five tips to position yourself for management:

1)      Behave Like a Leader: Volunteer to take on additional work to show your manager that not only can you handle additional responsibilities ─ you can thrive. Position yourself as the employee who can be counted on to always get the job done right.

2)      Make Yourself Known: Increase your chances of advancing to a management role by making a name for yourself in the company. Seek training or certification opportunities to advance your skills, to make a name for yourself as someone who excels at their job. It’s also a good idea to take every opportunity to network, such as attending work happy hours, group lunches and other company-sponsored social outings.

3)      Empower Others: As a manager you’ll need to learn to motivate your team to do their best work. Start practicing for this role now by becoming a source of encouragement for your colleagues. Determining the best ways to inspire others now will help you down the road.

4)      Seek Feedback: Talk with a trusted advisor, such as a former manager, to discover areas where you excel and those you should work to further develop. If you’re able to identify places for improvement now, you can seek the necessary experience to gain a competitive advantage in the future.

5)      Mirror Qualities You Admire: Think about the positive qualities of your former managers and try to incorporate them into your behaviorisms. Try to remember things like how they earned your trust, treated you with respect and listened to your ideas. Model yourself after these admired leaders and you’re sure to be noted as a top contender for management.

Looking for a challenging new career opportunity in Michiana? Contact Wood Staffing today. We help thousands of job seekers throughout Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana find rewarding new positions with the area’s top employers each year. Browse our open jobs in Michiana today, or contact us to learn more!

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Production Maintenance Positions

August 3rd, 2014

Wood Temporary Staffing has various job opportunities for experienced and qualified candidates to fill the following skilled positions including many more that are available on our job board.  Currently Wood Staffing is searching for:

Recent Job Opportunities


Maintenance Technician – South Bend, IN

Maintenance Technician needed to report to the Maintenance Manager. Responsible for maintaining and monitoring process equipment and general maintenance responsibilities. Duties include changing filters on APU’s, dye tanks, nickel seals and any process equipment needed. Also performs other miscellaneous job duties and related functions as directed by the Supervisor or other designated persons, such as painting, snow removal and grounds maintenance. Also cart wheel maintenance, cooling tower and general equipment maintenance. Wages starting between $12.00-$16.00/hr.

Maintenance Mechanic – South Bend, IN

Maintenance Mechanic needed to report to the Maintenance Manager. Responsible for job duties and assignments as they relate to maintenance, repair, installing, fabricating, adjusting troubleshooting and any other maintenance duties as needed.  Scheduling preventive maintenance checks and departmental inventory control and responding to emergency calls on a twenty-four hour basis. Must be able to lift 30-50 lbs and able to wear respiratory protection when required. Requirements include a technical degree with minimum of 2 years work related experience as well as knowledge of electrical, mechanical and plumbing acquired through hands on training.

2nd Shift Maintenance Technician - Niles, MI

Must have a minimum of 5 years in the maintenance field and experience with troubleshooting and programming of Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers and H.M.I systems. The ability to program and troubleshoot CNC equipment, proficiency with trouble shooting and repair of all equipment including electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics and experience with PLCs.  This is a 2nd shift temp to hire position working 2pm-10pm Monday – Friday plus overtime as needed. Wages $18.00/hr – $20.00/hr depending on experience.


Machine Maintenance – Berrien Springs & Dowagiac, MI

1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts available for both the Berrien Springs and  Dowagiac plants. A good work history is required with a High School Diploma and machine maintenance experience. Wages start at $12.00-$15.00/hr with potential after 90 days with a temp agency to increase up to $25.00/hr. Please submit your resumes for these immediate openings.

Maintenance Technician – St Joseph, MI

Local printing company is looking for a Maintenance Technician to install, troubleshoot and repair equipment problems while working with other departments to ensure production needs are met. Troubleshoot all equipment both electrically and mechanically and detect malfunctions to diagnose problems to repair the machines.  This job also entails manufacturing and repairing parts as needed as well as welding, brazing, plumbing, carpentry and sheet metal work.  A Master level Electrician and HVAC Technician  are highly preferred and a one year certificate from college or technical school is also preferred.

Mechanical Maintenance – Mishawaka, IN

A 1st shift Mechanical Maintenance position working 6:00am-2:00pm Monday – Friday plus overtime as needed. Must be mechanically inclined and have experience with mechanical maintenance on production machinery as well as be well versed in hydraulics, pneumatics, plumbing and electrical. Experience with forklift repair is preferred. Will work an 8-12 hour shift based on the production needs for the facility. This is a temp to hire position with wages starting at $16 – $18/hr depending on experience.

Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance – Elkhart, IN

A 2nd shift position is available working 3:30pm-1:30am Monday – Thursday and 4pm-12:30am on Friday for an Elkhart manufacturer. Responsibilities include performing preventive maintenance on production machinery as well as performing emergency repairs and assisting in installing new equipment.  Also building specialty equipment from drawings and blueprints. Must have a minimum of 3 years experience in maintenance in a manufacturing environment and be able to weld using gas, stick and wire welders, operate metal lathes, vertical mills and drill presses, read blueprints and have familiarity with steel and wood fabrications, plumbing and basic carpentry. A High School Diploma or GED is required. This is a direct to hire position starting at $19.75/hr plus a 75 cent shift premium.

Maintenance – North Liberty, IN

Openings are now available on all shifts for experienced maintenance employees. Qualified candidates must have a well-rounded background in production equipment maintenance with experience in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical and plumbing as well as Allen Bradley PLC troubleshooting and programming. Extrusion maintenance experience is desired. Must be available to work up to 12 hours a shift and up to 7 days a week.

3rd Shift Maintenance Technician – Niles, MI

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 5 years in the maintenance field and experience with trouble shooting and programming of Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers and H.M.I systems with the ability to program and troubleshoot CNC equipment, proficiency with trouble shooting and repair of all equipment including electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics plus have experience with PLCs. This is a temp to hire 3rd shift position working 10pm-6am Sunday – Thursday plus overtime as needed. Wages starting at $18.00/hr – $20.00/hr depending on experience.

Qualified candidates can apply online at woodstaffing.com/apply. Look to The Wood Companies to fulfill your career dreams and feel free to browse our many other open jobs that are currently available.  Our experienced staffing coordinators know exactly how to find the right fit for you and our clients.

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