Category: Advice

How happy are you with…

Temporary workers. You hope they will get you through the busiest periods of your business cycle. How do you feel about the reliability and productivity of your temp staff? Compare your viewpoint to that of your peers, by answering a one-question survey. You’ll see the poll results live. Take the survey.    

Read Full Post

The hottest event in the plastics industry

Prediction: The hottest event in the plastics industry in 2020 will be this one: The Plastics Recycling Conference. We’re just saying…because everyone else is saying…RECYCLING. Yes, we will be there also. Link to: http://www.plasticsrecycling.com/ The Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show is the focal point for the increasingly complex and international plastics recycling industry. The event, now in its 15th year, brings together plastics reclaimers, equipment manufacturers, brand owners, brokers, government officials and leading sustainability voices from around the globe to... more

Read Full Post

Legal Interview: Crack the code-Part 2

That’s a weird way to ask a question. Why can’t you just speak plain English? Why? Because plain English is not the language of a legally clean interview. EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) interview regulations mandate the use of code language, often stilted and difficult to decipher. Here’s a pocket translator. Keep reading…  “This job requires that you stand for up to 4 hours per day, and carry a 40-pound case of samples from one location to another. Can you... more

Read Full Post

Code words for a legal interview, Part 1

That’s a funny question…why did she ask that?  Interviewers SHOULD know, and SOME job applicants know, that legal guidelines interfere with the exchange of information between candidates and interviewers. In this and upcoming posts, we’ll help you break the code. Are you new to interviewing? YOU’VE GOT TO READ THIS! Note to job-seekers: This post is intended to be helpful, but it’s not legal guidance. We do not advocate answering the question as parsed below. Your answers are up to... more

Read Full Post

Age? They’re discussing age?

Former President Jimmy Carter proclaimed his wish for an age limitation as a qualification for President of the United States. Age? Do you believe anyone thinks of age when considering a person for a job? Isn’t it interesting that if an employer considers age, that employer runs the risk of an age discrimination suit. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/politics/jimmy-carter-presidency-age-limit/index.html https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/discrimination/agedisc

Read Full Post

Can you pass this simple test?

Candidates need to know how the rules of interviewing might chill a conversation within an otherwise warm interview session and managers need to know these regulations, so they do not cross the line as to what is acceptable and what isn’t. Managing legality during the job interview process is a slippery, treacherous slope. Here’s an example: On the resume, the candidate indicates she speaks Japanese. In a casual comment over a cup of coffee, the manager comments, “I’m impressed! How... more

Read Full Post

Are Interns the Way to Go?

Does your company hire interns? If you don’t, you may want to reconsider. Internship programs offer many advantages for employers. A recently published article in Plastics News suggested internships can help fill the skills gap in our industry. As recruiters, we see the skills gap on a daily basis. So, of course, this sparked our curiosity. It’s interesting to see that more and more companies are hiring interns, and now at even younger ages. Some companies are hiring interns in high... more

Read Full Post

Workforce Drug Screening – What About Weed?

In eleven states, recreational use of marijuana is now legal. In 33 states, cannabis is legal for medical use. Where does your state fall? And how does it impact your company’s drug testing policy? We recommend the following information for guidance, from the employment screening service named GoodHire. https://www.goodhire.com/blog/video-new-employee-protections-may-impact-your-marijuana-screening-policies

Read Full Post