How to Find a Skilled Trades Job in 2015

December 14th, 2014

Ready to start 2015 with an exciting new skilled trades job? Companies rely on trained professionals like you to complete highly technical jobs like mechanic, electrician, welder, machinist, installer, maintenance tech, engineer and other similar positions. If you want to find the best opportunities available, you just have to know where to look.

Four Ways to Find a Skilled Trades Job

Looking for a skilled trades job but don’t know where to start? Use the following four techniques to find a fulfilling new position:

  1. Attend a Career Fair: Search online for a skilled trades career fair in your area and attend to have the opportunity to meet with countless employers. Practice a 15-to-30 second elevator pitch explaining your past experience and what you’re hoping to find in a new job. Don’t forget to bring plenty of copies of your resume!
  2. Partner with a Staffing Firm: Join forces with a staffing firm, like Wood Staffing, to find your next skilled trades job. Recruiters often gain access to highly coveted positions that may never be posted publicly, so this is your chance to enjoy exclusive access. Not only will your recruiter work closely with you to find the position that best meets your career goals ─ they’ll also help you prepare for the interview, so you’re sure to make a great impression.
  3. Join a Trade Association: Most trades have at least one dedicated association designed to help members find work and receive fair pay, such as the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and the American Welding Society (AWS). Many companies look for members in these organizations when hiring, so opting to join can serve as an extremely beneficial move.
  4. Find an Apprenticeship: Are you just starting out or looking to increase your skills? If so, consider seeking an apprenticeship. You’ll gain valuable skills that can help you become a much more competitive candidate at the end of the training period. You never know ─ if you make a good impression, the company may even extend an offer for employment upon completion of your training.

Ready to make a big career change in 2015? Contact Wood Staffing. We proudly help thousands of Michiana job seekers find exciting new positions each year and would welcome the opportunity to partner with you in your career.

Production Jobs/Employment in Michiana

December 7th, 2014

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

Recent Job Opportunities


CNC Lathe Machinist/Setup/Programming – Mishawaka, IN

Experienced CNC Lathe Machinist/Setup/Programmer is needed for 1st shift positions working 6am-2pm Monday-Friday plus Saturday overtime as needed. Qualified candidates must have previous CNC lathe machining experience and must be able to perform own setups, read blueprints and perform quality checks using measuring tools including manual calipers. Conversational programming and G&M code experience on lathes is a must! Wage is $17.00 – $18.00/hr depending on experience. This is a temp to hire position and must supply own steel toe boots. To apply go to woodstaffing.com/apply.

Parts Cleaning/Shipping Assistant – South Bend, IN

Parts Cleaning/Shipping Assistant is available for a 1st shift position working 6am-3:30pm Monday-Thursday and 6am-10am on Friday. The primary role will be doing parts cleaning which could include sandblasting, baking parts and using Q-Tips for detail cleaning. Also, will assist with shipping and receiving in helping pull and pack parts to prep to ship. Must have previous parts cleaning and shipping experience as well as forklift operation experience and a valid driver’s license to do company deliveries as needed in the company vehicle. Wage is $9.00 – $10.50/hr to start depending on experience. For more information please contact Teresa McCubbins at tmccubbins@woodstaffing.com or call 574-968-1410.

Brake Press Operators – Mishawaka, IN

Brake Press Operators are needed and must have prior brake press operation experience with setup experience a plus. This position will be working 2nd shift hours 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday plus overtime as needed and will train on 1st shift working 6am-4pm Monday-Thursday plus overtime as needed. Steel toe boots are required and this is a temp to hire position.  Apply today 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.

Skilled Trade/Office Jobs/Southwestern Michigan

November 30th, 2014

Southwest Michigan and Michiana have various skilled trade and office opportunities for experienced and qualified candidates and Wood Temporary Staffing is working hard to fill these positions and many more that are available on our job board. Currently Wood Staffing is looking for:

Industrial Maintenance Lead – Buchanan, MI

Qualified candidates must have 5 plus years experience with Lead Maintenance in the industrial manufacturing environment, 5 plus years of electrical experience, a journeyman license is preferred as well as fabrication/welding experience. Must be motivated with the ability to meet deadlines, be dependable with excellent communication skills, flexible with schedule and daily tasks and must be able to be on feet for a full workday. Job duties include, but not limited to: plan, coordinate and oversee the maintenance of equipment, buildings, facilities and grounds. Ensure all preventive maintenance requirements are performed and records are up to date. Establish priorities and work schedules for maintenance department. Wage range starts at $17.00-23.00/hr depending on experience. Please contact Rena Graham at rgraham@woodstaffing.com or call 269-605-4131.

Accounting – Riverside, MI

Seeking a qualified candidate with an Associates degree in Accounting. This position requires experience in accounts payable/receivable and knowledge of Great Plains software would be preferred. Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm with flexibility. Pay is depending on experience and must submit a resume. For more information please contact Stacy Bower at 269-605-4133.

Buyer/Procurement Specialist – St. Joseph, MI

A local manufacturing company in St. Joseph, MI has a temporary opening for a Buyer/Procurement Specialist that has previous experience. This individual should have excellent computer skills, communication and able to multi-task. This position will only be through December 2015. Must submit a resume and pay is depending on experience. Please apply at woodstaffing.com/apply

Wiring/Schematics – Benton Harbor, MI

Seeking experienced individuals to wire panels per schematics. Must have previous wiring experience and proficiency in working with schematics. Must be available to work overtime hours as needed. This is a 1st shift temp to hire position working 7am-3:30pm Monday-Friday. Wage is $11.00/hr-$11.50/hr depending in experience.

Look to The Wood Companies to fulfill your career dreams and feel free to browse our many other open jobs that are available. Our experienced staffing coordinators know exactly how to find the right fit for you and our clients.

Bad Candidate? Or Just a Poor Interviewer? How to Tell

November 23rd, 2014

It’s important to know that not every bad job interviews should be taken as a red flag. For many candidates, job interviews are beyond stressful. The need to formulate the perfect responses to questions and try to impress a variety of new people can cause even the most talented candidates to succumb under pressure. A person may seem like a bad candidate at the onset, but it’s always wise to dig a little deeper.

Three Ways to Tell a Good Hire vs. a Bad Hire

There’s a huge difference between a bad candidate and a great candidate with poor interview skills. It’s important to know the difference so you don’t inadvertently pass up someone with great potential.

If you recently conducted a less-than-stellar job interview, use the following three techniques to determine whether or not to give the candidate a second chance:

  • Evaluate their Level of Professionalism. Candidates who show up on time, dress professionally and bring extra copies of their resume want to impress you. They’ve taken the time to prepare for the interview and genuinely want the job. Conversely, anyone who shows up late, is casually dressed and appears completely unprepared clearly does not respect the opportunity to be considered for your open position.
  • Assess their Attitude. Did the candidate speak positively about their previous employers and have a great attitude about the job? If not, move on. You don’t want to hire someone with a negative outlook who will bring your team down. Anyone who focuses on what they don’t want to do ─ rather than taking the approach of a team player ─ will not be an asset to your organization.
  • Consider their Knowledge of Your Organization. There’s a very distinct difference between just wanting a job and wanting a job at your specific company. Consider how much the candidate knew about your products and services, company history and philosophy. A person who goes into an interview knowing nothing about the company or doesn’t ask questions to learn more about it may not be truly interested in working for you. Whereas, a well-informed candidate has clearly taken the time to research your organization and asks probing questions to gain more insight and genuinely seems to want to work for you.

Looking for top talent in the Michiana area to add to your team? Contact Wood Staffing today. As experts in staffing, we’re dedicated to doing our part to make your life a little bit easier. Contact us today to learn more about our strategic staffing services.

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