Category: Advice

IoPP’s 2019 Salary Survey: Youth optimistic on salary

Earlier this year, MBS partnered with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) in a salary survey focused solely on individuals in the packaging industry. The results were strongly optimistic for young people in this sector. Though the demographics skew younger and less experienced than in previous years, optimism about the expectation to earn more than last year is stronger among those responding in 2019 than it was for those responding in 2018. Raises are correlated to age, with those at... more

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Perfume or liquor?

Our friends at Packaging Digest created this fun short quiz. They noticed how similar the packaging was for perfume bottles as it was for liquor bottles. The quiz shows you a picture of each with the logo removed and you have to guess if the bottle you are looking at is designed for perfume or liquor. See if you can tell the difference. It only takes a few minutes. Take the quiz. https://www.packagingdigest.com/packaging-design/perfume-or-liquor-does-the-package-tell-you-2018-08-28  

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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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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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