According to data analysis by CareerBuilder, transportation job growth outpaced the national average in the years following the economic downturn. Employment in transportation, including workers who consider themselves self-employed, grew 6.1 percent.
The transportation industry continues to grow as the economy strengthens and other industries regain confidence. Due to its integral role in supply chains of many industrial and consumer sectors, this industry reaps the benefits of outside industry growth.
This is a field with impressive job security, plentiful career opportunities and a range of salary options. And as more good news for job seekers, the transportation industry is extremely accessible to newcomers. Most jobs require a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as special licensing or certifications for some occupations. Hands-on training and apprenticeships are also offered.
Top Transportation Jobs
What follows is a list of the 10 fastest growing transportation jobs:
- Bus Drivers
- Motor Vehicle Operators
- Captains, Mates and Pilots of Water Vessels
- Sailors and Marine Oilers
- Transportation Attendants (except flight attendants)
- Installation, Maintenance and Repair Workers
- Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
- Transportation Inspectors
- Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
All of these occupations are necessary to the daily lives of people here in the U.S. and around the world. From logisticians who are responsible for “big picture” organization to installation, maintenance and repair workers who keep equipment in working order, joining the transportation industry is a major contribution to moving the world forward.
About Andrews Staffing
For over 15 years. Andrew Staffing has been connecting job seekers and employers. We serve companies ranging from Fortune 100 to new start-ups, placing people in Light Industrial jobs at every career stage, from seasoned pros to those just beginning in the job market. Whether you are looking for a job, are adding to your staff, or need hiring advice, we will do what it takes to help you succeed. Contact us today to learn more.
When interviewing for a light industrial job, know that safety is a huge priority, especially in a manufacturing and warehouse environment where you may be dealing with hazardous materials. Demonstrate your knowledge of all of the best practices for occupational health and safety. And be sure to bring along any certifications or licenses along with a copy of your resume.
To show that you can thrive in a manufacturing and warehouse environment, review these questions before your next interview:
Do you work well in a team?
Can you work with little supervision?
Are you self-motivated?
What kind of organizational skills do you have?
Tell me about a time you noticed a mistake, and what did you do to fix it?
How do you avoid mistakes in the first place?
Tell me how you keep safety in mind at all times, especially when you’re in a rush to meet a deadline.
If you hurt yourself while working, what would you do?
Can you handle being on your feet for 8 hours per day?
How did your past experiences prepare you for this position?
What special equipment or machinery can you operate?
Would you be willing to learn to operate new machinery?
Do you have reliable transportation to and from work?
What would you do if your ride was late?
If hired, how long would you expect to work for us?
Make sure you are prepared before the interview. Practice answering these questions and ask a friend or family member to help you prepare by quizzing you.
About Andrews Staffing
Andrews Staffing is a locally owned recruiter with more than 15 years of experience helping job seekers find rewarding light industrial career opportunities. Whether you’re embarking on a new career, looking for the next step up, or just starting out, Andrews Staffing can be your career partner. Contact us today to learn more about our open job opportunities.
In Chicagoland there are numerous distribution centers and light industrial firms, all of which need at least one forklift or pallet jack operator. What follows are some questions you should ask candidates for these positions:
- How much experience do you have operating a forklift?
- What types of forklifts are you certified to operate?
- In what types of industrial environments have you operated a forklift?
- What shifts have you worked?
- Can you work second or third shift?
- Why did you leave your last job / why do you want to leave your current job?
- What do you like and dislike about being a forklift operator?
- What, in your opinion, are the most important qualities in a forklift operator?
- What motivates you to do a good job?
- Do you prefer to work in a small, medium or large warehouse / distribution center environment? Why?
- What do you see as your best characteristics? Your worst?
- How would your current or last supervisor answer the above question?
- How will your best characteristic help you perform in this position?
- Where do you see yourself in your career / job in one year? In three years? Ten years?
- How many accidents have you been in while operating a forklift in the past year?
- Of those, how many can you honestly say were your fault?
- What could you have done differently to avoid the accident?
- Did the accident result in any lost productivity or revenue for your employer (that you know of)?
- What are the good characteristics of a leader?
- When have you placed yourself in a leadership position?
- What kind of work situations make you feel stressed?
- How do you handle stress on the job?
- What kind of co-workers do you find yourself having trouble with?
- How do you handle working with someone whom you don’t like / grates on you?
- Have you found any ways to make the job of forklift operator easier or more productive?
Although these questions should help, finding and interviewing forklift operator candidates can take plenty of time from your day-to-day activities. Why not look to Andrews Staffing to source, vet and place reliable forklift operators in your business? Contact us today.
To help ensure your temporary workers succeed in their jobs, prepare them for success by easing their entry into your company. Keep these five steps in mind:
- Make the temporary worker’s job clear. Most conflicts between temp staff and your regular employees arise when a staff member is not clear about the role of the temporary help. Avoid these conflicts and prepare your temporary staff for success by making clear why the temp help is there, what job duties the temporary staff are expected to perform, and what regular staff should do. If temp workers are on board to complete a particular project, ensure their work focuses on that project and that regular staff stick to their day to day work. If temp staff handle overflow, set up processes for identifying “overflow” versus “daily work” and for deciding who will assign “overflow” tasks to the temp.
- Provide a specific workspace for temp help. Make sure temporary staff have a workspace to call their own, just as regular staff do. If temps are focused on a particular project, you may want to create a “project-specific” space in which they can work, keeping them out of the day-to-day workflow.
- Offer effective onboarding. Temporary staff need onboarding that orients them to the particular details of the work and how it should be done. Work with your staffing partner to divide the tasks so that your staffing firm provides general background and your organization provides job-specific details.
- Hold exit interviews. You can learn a great deal about the effectiveness and success of your temporary staffing by asking temp workers about their experiences in an exit interview. Ask them how well their onboarding prepared them, how well their daily workflow was managed, and how successful they felt their work was as a result. Your staffing firm can help you structure and execute these interviews.
- Communicate with your staffing firm. Think of the job order you submit for temporary help as the first point of contact with your staffing partner – not the last. Regular feedback about your temporary staff’s progress, productivity, and effectiveness can help your staffing firm provide helpful tips to improve success. Your staffing partner will note your feedback when recommending future temporary workers, thus improving their.
At Andrews Staffing, our experienced recruiters strive to ensure that every hire our clients make is successful. We focus exclusively on the Light Industrial market and have designed a variety of customizable staffing solutions specific to the skill requirements, time constraints and cost sensitivity of your business. Contact our experienced business development professionals today.
There are many traits to consider when bringing on new light industrial employees. What follows is a list of the five key traits hiring managers should keep in mind when hiring a light industrial worker.
Already Trained in Safety Protocols.
A light industrial worker that is already trained in the appropriate safety protocols can be a valuable asset. While other training may be necessary, those candidates that already have the knowledge of proper safety methods can be easily assimilated into the company.
Excellent Listening Skills.
When it comes to a job site, a light industrial worker must be able to listen to experts and execute what they’re being told in order to get the job done in a professional, efficient manner. This is a valuable skill that not every candidate has.
Ability to Demonstrate a History of Completing Successful Projects.
A light industrial worker that can present a portfolio of the completed projects can be counted on to complete successful projects in the future. Employers should definitely validate these past projects before hiring the candidate.
Candidate Has Reliable References.
In order to bring on an experienced industrial worker, hiring mangers should ask for at least two professional references, which must be validated. A reference is important for demonstrating past success and can help supplement an existing resume or portfolio.
A good communicator is important for maintaining safety at all times on a job site. When interviewing potential candidates for an industrial position, the candidates should be able to speak clearly and loudly. Being able to express themselves clearly and loudly is crucial when dealing with loud machinery.
Finding top-notch talent takes time and effort, and Andrews Staffing can help fill your light industrial contract, contract-to-hire and direct placement needs. We specialize in connecting local companies with top talent in Manufacturing, Engineering, Distribution and Skilled Trades. When it comes to managing your workforce, we offer solutions that can scale according to your needs. Contact us today to learn more.