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  • The Ever Changing Workplace for Job Seekers

    The forces of technology and globalization are rapidly changing the nature of work. Savvy job seekers know that they need to prepare for these predicted workplace developments.

      In the changing job market you must both anticipate changes as well as prepare in an organized yet flexible manner.
       Flexibility, training, education  and  most important preparation with all of these factors  as well as psychological preparation  of yourself and your mindset .
      What are these changes that are occurring for you to constantly observe and anticipate in your ongoing preparation in this ever changing  employment market ?
             1)  Technology will continue to advance and will affect how, when and where business is done; the pace of work: and how people communicate.
             2)  The global economy will continue to result in some jobs being outsourced to other countries and will lead to more mergers, and management changes.  Resourcefulness, adaptability, and efficiency will be essential for workers to succeed.
             3)  International time differences will demand flexible hours and possibly extra hours to communicate to conduct business.
             4)  A complex and diverse workforce will require workers to be flexible, respect differences, and work together to increase productivity.
             5)  Workers can expect to change jobs about ten times during their working career.

    Managing one’s career is a must.

            6)  Small businesses will prosper, and home based businesses and services will multiply.  Entrepreneurial skills and attitudes will be important.
            7)  The fastest growing occupations are computers, preventive health care, and other health and human services, such as registered nursing , social work , police work and after September 12 security .
            8)  Most of the fastest-growing occupations will require specific post-secondary education, on-the-job training, or a bachelor’s degree. Education and training will be especially critical.-
        To gain a competitive edge, today’s job seekers must know about changes like these and demonstrate a positive attitude that shows that they are ready, willing, and able to take on these challenges.
        There are nine success strategies to follow to help you achieve your full career potential.  These success strategies profoundly affect career success at every step/
             1)   Positive thinking and behavior
             2)   Visualizations
             3)   Positive self talk
             4)   Affirmation self-talk
             5)   Dynamic goal setting
             6)   Positive action
             7)   Assertive behavior
             8)   Self-esteem builders
             9)   Proactive habits
          These nine success strategies and behaviors are major career enhancers that help transform goals into realizations.  Pay close attention to any that are new ideas for you. They provide wide-ranging benefits; you can use them to 
    • Create and sustain your inner drive
    • Increase your confidence
    • generate mental and physical energy
    • Guide you toward your goals
    • Improve your performance
      It is shocking but true:  The most qualified person is not always the one who gets the job or promotion.

      The person hired is the one whom the employer perceives to be the most qualified. Your experience, skills, resumes, and more – your entire job search package – are greatly enhanced when you practice these key job search success strategies.

      The employment scene is changing worldwide in a major ongoing way.

      Prepare for your employment career with both analytical skills as well as psychological preparation thoroughly .

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    Contract Manufacturing

    In every industry today, organizations succeed by focusing on what they do best and leaving the rest to their partners, agencies or outsourced vendors. Contract manufacturing, while it can be difficult from a supply chain perspective, seems to fit neatly into this scenario. In addition to allowing global organizations to focus more on their core competencies, value proposition, and engineering; contract manufacturers provide several other advantages over manufacturing products internally to include: lower costs, flexibility, access to external expertise and reduced capital expenditures.

    However, the question remains and must be addressed: with so much potential and cost savings that contract manufacturing can offer to their partners, why do so many of these relationships fall short of expectations? Perhaps one reason is that many of those expectations are flawed from the very beginning.

    For example, let’s take the first example of cost savings. The fact of the matter is that many of the cost savings that should be passed on to the customers may go to the contract manufacturer’s bottom line instead. This happens more than you think. Additionally, many contract manufacturers don’t always have the supposed influence with their suppliers since the original manufacturers often select the partners from the very beginning. This lack of influence is a key driver for an increase in costs from the contract manufacturer. Also, flexibility can be compromised by the contract manufacturer’s focus (or lack thereof) on low costs and low inventory. And, although using contract manufacturers often ties up less capital, the dollars need to compensate against the inventory holding costs included in contract manufacturers’ charges.

    Even with clear assumptions on the objectives and expectations, it may be a challenge to realize the benefits. That’s largely because it’s difficult to manage relationships with vendors and suppliers; especially when those suppliers were not selected by the contract manufacturer. Essentially, the parties should create clear objectives and expectations from the beginning that would make it possible to manage the relationship through service level agreements linked to a set of key performance indicators. However, these challenges may tempt businesses to keep manufacturing in house, at the sacrifice of increased costs. Instead, organizations need to take a strategic approach to contract manufacturing relationships; one that will benefit all in the supply chain.

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    the Changing Face of Manufacturing

    About two decades ago many larger companies began to move outward, taking their businesses with them and in so doing, damaging the face of America in many ways. The situation today is very different from that even scant ten years ago when those who had not moved out to put their manufacturing plants offshore, were in the process of offshoring. Today, given the many changes, it appears that many of the companies who moved just 10-15 years ago are now considering reshoring, or near shoring and many have already done so.


    There are many reasons for these moves from higher shipping costs, rising wage and production costs in off shore locations to increased efficiency through technology and other such advances. This all means that the cost of manufacturing and operations in the home factories is also lower.


    Today we’re seeing many companies moving their businesses back home as well as changing what they do in the face of massive changes in technology. The technological changes that are taking place include:

    Improved IoT providing for better and faster movement inside the factory as well as the ability to change things inside the factory from miles away. It also allows us to be fully automated. PLCs are available that can change and correct problems prior to their actually taking place, allowing for better maintenance and better flow in the factory and on the factory floor. This saves money for the manufacturing company and allows them to have fewer employees, as well as to have a more streamlined business that can be run in a much smaller space.


    In addition to this, advances in robotics are helping everyone to move products to market more quickly and easily. Robotics are now helping in the warehouses of manufacturing companies while also helping to move the products to the stores. Just a few months ago a fully automated truck drove products to the market place several hundred miles away in a test that changed the face of warehousing, logistics and supply quite fully.


    As advances in technology and lower prices in warehousing, logistics and supply and the factory automation continues to change the face of manufacturing it will provide for the return of many companies to the United States where prior to now they were unable to be as profitable here as they were in offshore areas.


    This is of course the positive news there are however hurdles and headaches that come with these moves.  This is proving to be the largest obstacle and it is talent shortage.  We will be addressing this issue in our next article as well as what steps can be taken to mitigate these issues.


    If you are an employer facing these issues of and need to attract & retain top talent or you are looking for that next career opportunity, we will assist.  Schedule a 15-minute triage call today and discuss what can be done to take you to that next level.


    James Kemper is the president of W. H. Meanor & Associates, an executive placement & training company specializing in engineering & manufacturing careers.  He can be reached at: or 704-372-7640 #102 or visit at

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