Recruiting Blog

Best Practices to Avoid a Costly Bad Hire

Our friends at Mueller Prost recently posted a great article entitled False Resumes are on the Rise: Top 5 Best Practices to Avoid a Costly Bad Hire. The article goes into detail about what you should do BEFORE you hire that too-good-to-be-true candidate, touching upon topics from background checks to standardized testing. Incorporating some of these ideas could save you from hiring the wrong person and help you hire the right one! (Of course, we can help with your selection... more

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Is it a plastics problem or a recycling problem?

Having only been in the plastics industry for 5 short years, I have conflicting feelings on the use of plastics. Of course, I want to save the environment–who doesn’t? I hear all the anti-plastic media hype with pictures of sea turtles that are trapped in the beer can holders. I see the pictures of plastic waste in the ocean and it breaks my heart, and it should. But, what I don’t hear about is how much plastic has changed our... more

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2019 PLASTICS SALARY SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN

FLORENCE, MASSACHUSETTS, April 29, 2019 – Compensation of professionals in the plastics industry posted another healthy gain last year, according to the 2019 Plastics Salary Survey conducted jointly by SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals and MBS Advisors. This year’s participants reported their base salaries at an average of $106,354 and their total compensation (including performance incentives) as $134,229. Those numbers are greater than 5% and 12% respectively from the previous year’s survey result. A total of 1,439 plastics industry participants contributed their... more

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Gig me here, gig me there

The juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated news stories caught my eye. My newsfeed list presented an article about the FASTEST DISAPPEARING JOBS just above GIG WORKERS ARE NOT EMPLOYEES. In my opinion, these stories are related. The first article lists postmasters, telephone operators, and watch repair technicians in the vulnerable list. I would add taxi drivers, fast food cashiers, and travel agents. Oh, sorry, travel agents are already extinct. The second news piece addresses the case of people who accept... more

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I’ll give you an answer tomorrow.

At the point of an offer, employers and candidates have a huge investment at stake. Interviews, time, travel, staff time, productivity, and more. So now candidates want offers and employers want the new employee. Here are the major considerations we hear from candidates who respond, “I’ll give you an answer tomorrow.” How was I treated during the interview? Was the hiring system reasonable? Did I understand the reason behind each interview step? Or does the employer appear disorganized? Does the... more

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IoPP 2019 Packaging Salary Survey

This survey is now closed. Thank you, everyone, that participated. Your feedback helps ensure that we are reporting on the most accurate data. Once again, MBS Advisors has teamed up with the Institute of Packaging Professionals to offer you the opportunity to participate in the 2019 salary survey dedicated strictly to packaging professionals. Click here to participate in the survey.

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Corporate Culture: Is it a fit?

I once took a job at a manufacturing company after one interview with the president of the company. Shame on me for not doing much research on the company or the corporate culture ahead of time. Never in a million years could I have imagined the drama this company had within its walls. Don’t get me wrong, the company was great at what it did and produced a quality product. However, the behind the scenes drama was much more than... more

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It’s Sales. It’s always Sales.

Guess which job function is predominant in our list of current projects? Well, I guess you got the hint. Sales jobs outnumber the next category, 2 to 1! Second on our list is Production related jobs, from plant management to technician. Following that are categories of senior management and quality. Are you surprised?  

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