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Packaging Professionals’ pay on upward trajectory

Finally!  Some good news on compensation for professionals in packaging!  Gros Recruiters is proud to have contributed to this survey, along with the Institute of Packaging Professionals and Packaging World magazine. Results from the 2017 survey, which examine annual compensation earned in 2016, reveal that the weighted average of combined salaries, incentives, bonuses and commissions for U.S. respondents increased 3.9% overall to $119,710. Here’s the article from PackWorld.com:  https://www.packworld.com/article/trends-and-issues/business-intelligence/compensation-edges-northward-packaging-pros

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Do you google an applicant’s name? Beware!

You might conduct an innocent online search of social sites to learn more about a dog walker or your date for Saturday night. But when you click to the Facebook page of a candidate for employment, you’re triggering an invitation to an EEOC claim. The post linked here uses simple language to describe an employer’s risk of informal reference checks on candidates for employment.  Yes, you’ll have to give them your name.  No, we’re not endorsing GoodHire, although they are one of our reference check agencies. Yes,... more

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Are your employee satisfaction efforts working? Find out what the 2017 Salary Survey has to say…

As an employer, you know that retaining top talent can be a struggle, especially with the near-constant change efforts organizations must manage to compete in today’s marketplace. The 2017 Plastics Salary and Trend Survey, conducted by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers, showed salaries continuing a 3-year negative trend. Companies are finding other ways to make sure their employees are satisfied and remain loyal. The question is, “Is it working?” According to the survey, employer efforts are... more

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Plastics Compensation Down, Employee Optimism Up

APRIL 18, 2017—Despite the continuation of a three-year decline for average plastics compensation, plastics professionals are optimistic about the future, according to the 2017 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey, which reports earnings for the previous calendar year. Average total cash compensation (salaries plus bonuses and incentives) decreased 1% to $112,740 in 2017. 1,351 plastics professionals shared details about their 2016 compensation in the 2017 annual salary survey, conducted by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers. Average base... more

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5 Questions to Ask a Plastics or Packaging Employer During Your Interview

We’ve all been there. We’ve made it through initial phone calls and landed an interview with what we think is the employer of our dreams. Then it happens. The interviewer wraps up her questioning and asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” For a moment we silently berate ourselves for forgetting to prepare these questions, even though we’ve thought of many during the process leading up to this moment. Our minds go blank and if we’re lucky, we can... more

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Significant but not urgent

Workforce development is the most important issue facing processors, according to a new survey.  However, they are not yet willing to invest toward workforce improvements. Why?  Here’s our assessment: The 2017 State of the Industry Report released by the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors quantifies 92% of executives with concerns about “Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Employees.”  However, in a subsequent question about budgets, these same executives identified their top categories slated for spending as capital equipment, not people. As published... more

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Your guess: Money up or down?

Results of the 2017 salary survey of the plastics industry will be released very soon.  What’s your guess?  Up or down?  One click-poll, just for fun.  The survey was co-sponsored by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Moneyupordown  

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5 Steps to Finding Your Next Plastics or Packaging Employee

Finding the best fit for your open position can be challenging. That’s where we come in. See how our Exploration Package can help you streamline your process and free up your time so that you can focus on the candidates, not the minutiae. 1. Solidify your requirements. We’ll help you assess and refine your job requirements to make sure you get the best responses. 2. Advertise your position in the right market. Attracting the right candidates for your position is a lot... more

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