As the country continues to rebound from the economic downturn, there are
almost every day about companies looking for applicants who have the right
qualifications on their resume to fill thousands of new job openings in the
With more businesses reshoring jobs or setting up operations in the U.S.,
including China's largest PC manufacturer Lenovo Group, which will open its
first stateside plant in North Carolina, the industry is in dire need of workers
with advanced skills.
"Five percent of manufacturing jobs go unfilled every day because we can’t find
the skilled workforce," Jay Timmons, president of the National Association
of Manufacturers, told McClatchy News.
In 2010 manufacturers began pushing for the creation of a portable skills certificate
that could be recognized across the country, As a way to close the ever-growing skills gap. The association set a goal of 500,000 portable certificates by 2016.
If you are looking for a job in the emerging manufacturing industry, you may
want to take an online aptitude test to determine what skills you have that can
enhance your resume, or if you will need additional training in order to enter the field.
- Advanced skills
Modern manufacturers are looking for workers who are not only skilled laborers,
but who also have critical thinking skills.
"Today’s lean manufacturing companies are looking for skilled workers who think
like engineers and who bring to the job each day a broad knowledge of product
design and product development," Perry Sainati, the chief executive officer of universal
joints manufacturer, told resumewriterreview.net .
Some of these advanced skills also include the ability to operate and maintain
computerized equipment, blueprint reading and higher machine proficiency.