Since 2006, Saroem Soem has placed thousands of manufacturing candidates in positions where they can thrive, grow and find value in themselves. Here he shares some must-have tips for candidates interested in pursuing manufacturing work and why working with a recruiter can offer candidates a competitive advantage.  

What can manufacturing job seekers expect in 2023?

Answer: Our clients are continuously catching up with the demand left over from the COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. So, from a logistics, production, and engineering perspective, there’s plenty of opportunity.  We have stock room work, shipping and handling opportunities, and engineering and quality assurance tasks – especially as the manufacturing industry catches up with supply chain disruptions for parts, electronic chips, and components. 

What’s the most important trait you look for in manufacturing job candidates?  

Answer: Aside from having relevant experience – personality is the biggest trait I focus on. I want to know who I’m talking to is reliable because our clients hire us to find not only a match but also workers who show up ready to work every day. So, in that aspect, availability and consistency will go a long way in this work.  

Do manufacturing jobs require previous industry-related experience?

Answer: Entry-level work requires no experience other than a willingness to work. As mentioned above, it’s another example of where personality plays a significant role in job success. I like to say a good attitude can take someone as far as they’re willing to go.   

What are some ways to gain manufacturing work experience?

Answer: You can’t go wrong with attending a trade school; if that’s not possible, a lot can be learned from firsthand experience. I advise candidates to spend time on hobbies they enjoy, like auto mechanic work, welding, and HVAC know-how.

What are some of the benefits of working in the manufacturing industry?

Answer: It’s no secret that we’re going to keep hiring, but the plus side is job security is better than ever in the manufacturing industry, especially if you’re a good worker.

Do you hire for temporary or permanent, full or part-time manufacturing jobs?

Answer:  99% of positions are temp to permanent full-time contract positions. After a set amount of time, full-time employees receive benefits from the client.

Should manufacturing job applicants have an updated resume?

Answer:  Yes, getting a job without a resume is almost impossible, but we work with candidates to maximize the context.  It’s also important for job candidates to post their resumes across multiple job boards and LinkedIn. For individuals needing resume and interview advice, FootBridge can help prep candidates. Or, they can visit the resource page for helpful advice.

What’s it like to work on a manufacturing job floor?

Answer: There’s certainly a lot of time on your feet, as well as bending, walking, retrieving parts, lifting, and walking to the stockroom. Alternatively, it’s not a race, but candidates should be able to keep up with their daily goals.  

Is there potential for growth and career development in the manufacturing industry?

Answer:  Yes, there’s always potential. For instance, we have a manager who began their career working in the stock room. In two years, they became responsible for the entire repair department. Another candidate worked as a shipper and became a manufacturing engineer without a degree, so there are plenty of opportunities for advancement. In some cases, they are very Cinderella-like moments.

How does FootBridge differ from other recruiting agencies?

Answer: Our proximity to our manufacturing clients along the 495 corridor in Massachusetts means we can be on-site and ready to check in on candidates to ensure their success, answer questions, and resolve any problems should they arise. Additionally, our clients have positive brand recognition, so every time we mention them by name – there’s no question people know and respect them. Where other recruiting firms are one-size-fits-all, we’re an industry-specific staffing agency with an entire manufacturing team, and it’s the one thing they do.

What’s the advantage of working with a recruiter?

Answer: People don’t realize how much a recruiter can help them find jobs and put them in favorable situations where they can succeed.  Additionally, we do a great job of putting ourselves in the candidate’s shoes and ensuring the best job environment. All job seekers must be seen as real people who deserve a work-life balance and be given opportunities where they can succeed.

Is there a preferred method of communicating with recruiters?

Answer: We use every tool available to us in the industry. However, mass texting and emailing can be done in a matter of minutes, proving to be convenient for most job applicants.

What do you enjoy most about being a manufacturing recruiter?

Answer: I enjoy getting to know people and their stories, including how they have overcome hardships through job placements that I’ve worked hard to ensure are an excellent match for candidates and clients.

As always, FootBridge continues to hire for manufacturing positions, especially right here in Massachusetts. To view a list of available manufacturing jobs, visit the job search page. From assembly technicians to customer service agents and more, FootBridge has plenty of opportunities for the right candidate.