Jungle Wisdom

Hiring the Rock Star!

How do you find your next superstar?  Here are a few tips, from Entrepreneur magazine:  Hire for the team.   Pre-screen by phone. Look for a history of success.   For more, read the article by Jeff Shore. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235281  

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Desktop? That’s so LAST YEAR!

You’ll notice a new look when you click to our site, GrosRecruiters.com it’s easier than ever for employers to post a job (free!), and for job seekers to apply with just a resume. But the biggest improvement is in the site’s appearance and functionality via a mobile device. Your iPhone. Your iPad. My Windows tablet (Yes, I’m a stodgy Windows nerd). Take a few fun clicks!

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We hit six digits!

Riding the wave of a double-digit increase in compensation, plastics industry base salares surge past $100,000 for the first time. JUNE 3, 2014- Average base salaries in the plastics industry surpassed $100,000 for the first time last year, with average total cash compensation exceeding $122,000 in 2013. That 11 percent rise in total cash compensation is the highest one-year jump in total cash compensation since Gros Executive Recruiters conducted its first salary survey in 2004.  In addition, the nine percent... more

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Time or money?

As writers manipulate words, so do statisticians manipulate numbers.  Now at the close of two major salary surveys, one for packaging and another for plastics, we reflect on the numbers.  And what they mean. For example, here’s the trend of participation over the last four years: UP, DOWN, UP, DOWN.  Why did more people participate in 2011 than in the next three years? Why did the number of respondents fall in 2012, rise in 2013 and fall in 2014? When... more

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Turn a tassel, deliver a pizza

“This is not what I had in mind when I was sweating over term papers and final exams.” The college class of 2014 faces a market of dismal job prospects.  How bad?  Only 17% of graduates had a job promised prior to graduation day, according to AfterCollege Inc. The news extinguishes graduation excitement, and manifests itself in two ugly forms: Unemployment and underemployment.  inability to find a job relevant to the degree, and inability to find a good job.  Yes,... more

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Closer than you think

It’s so distant that we call it “The” Ukraine.  In reality, however, it’s closer than we think.  Click the job board on our website, GrosRecruiters.com, and you’re talking to Ukraine.  yes, they have an office in Aspen, CO.  And the servers are located, well, somewhere else in the ether (who knows where?).  but the programming brains of the technology exist in Kiev. Geographically, right next to Ukraine is Poland–home of the work renown toolmakers.  Your agent may be in the... more

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Definition of job-hopping

When you’re hiring, how long do you expect in tenure of your new employee?  whatever your answer, test you hypothesis against your employee records.  You might be surprised. The typical resume for professionals that tracks across our computer screens today shows a series of 2- and 3-year employment sessions.  At one time, that fluid employment activity might be considered a stigma.  Today, however, it’s the norm.  When you see short stints on a resume, look deeper. The most commonly cited... more

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Who’s interviewing whom?

More candidates have declined offers of employment from our clients in the first quarter of 2014 that in the entire year of 2013.  What does this tell us about the marketplace of employment for professionals in plastics and packaging?  Simple answer: The number of jobs now outnumber the availability of qualified people.  Employers are competing for the top talent. Hiring manager: do you consider that while you’re evaluating THEM, they’re evaluating YOU! Here are interview tips to help you make a... more

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