Truck bed manufacturer, Supreme Corp. along with WorkOne, hosted a hiring event Wednesday to find qualified manufacturing and assembly workers to fill nearly 80 job openings.
According to Supreme Corp. CEO, Mark Weber, the new positions were created to meet some late in the season demand for truck beds from fleet customers. Weber explained that economic uncertainty delayed the usual purchased from the beginning of 2013 to the end of 2013.
The positions are temporary for now, but Weber explained the new hires will work for 30-60 day posts with the potential to turn into full-time employment. The job fair allowed the company to meet a large pool of potential employees with the hope that in the future it’ll have a more extensive database to choose from when other jobs vacate.
Weber said he closely monitors the trucking industry to gauge employment and sales. Now, Weber said the demand for ground shipping and trucking is high which means good things for the economy and for Supreme Corp.
Recent job and employment statistics reveal Elkhart County as a whole is improving quickly in terms of wages and job growth rates. However, even though manufacturing jobs are in high demand and the market itself different for those trying to re-enter the field.
“So they're seeking a new job but it's a different environment than what they were used to for 20 years,” said Chuck Knebl, communications manager at WorkOne.
WorkOne tells job seekers to emphasize their skills, both their technical and soft skills to market themselves for open positions. The organization offers assistance for resume review, applications, self-branding and marketing, internet and computer literacy.
One of the key areas employers across the board are looking at besides basic qualifications is “soft” skills. According to Knebl, skills like communication, punctuality, teamwork and problem solving are the type of “soft” skill that makes a job candidate stand out.
Knebl said, “Soft skills are near the top of the conversation when our business people talk with employers.” And Weber agrees, “it’s always good to have employees who have a broader skill base. Just about anything today requires computers and systems,” which makes using new technology all the more important.
The fact of the matter is that there just aren’t many positions that are strictly manual labor. That’s why at Wednesday’s jam-packed hiring event applicants were reminded to market themselves as more than just manual workers.