A new firm, Trade Job Placement, is servicing over 100 wood product manufacturers and has access to thousands of wood industry professionals nationwide. The firm helps employers recruit workers for all wood manufacturing positions, along with helping job seekers find a desirable career.

The firm is headed by Ryan Fullerton, a veteran in wood products and general contracting who has worked with numerous manufacturers throughout his career. After witnessing several business models firsthand, he began to take note of what made the successful ones, successful.


Recruiting employees gets tougher as more firms hire

For woodworking companies and small businesses in general, hiring could nearly double in 2015, according to a survey by Manta, an online marketing firm.

"When working with multiple manufacturers, I was always curious of what qualities some business models had, (and) which pushed them to realize success at a higher level than other similar manufacturers," says Fullerton. "The one common denominator that always presented itself was the difference in employee job satisfaction, skills, and relationships with co-workers."

Employers work with Trade Job Placement to identify the skills and qualifications unique to their desires. Trade Job Placement then provides the employer with potential candidates who have been pre-screened and are aware of the qualifications required.

"After submittal of a select group of job seekers, we follow-up to ensure the submittals meet approval. Should the submitted candidates not be properly matched, we will work to identify the misunderstanding and begin our search once more."

Potential for recruitment assistance in the woodworking industry could be big. In 2015, Manta, an online marketing firm, surveyed 1,158 small woodworking businesses. Sixty percent of respondents said they would make part-time or full-time hires - up from 35 percent in 2014. Small business owners told the surveyors that the most difficult aspect is hiring (38 percent), followed by training (22 percent) and then employment law (20 percent).

"Recruiting is definitely the most difficult part of the hiring process," says Mark Whalen of Las Vegas Kitchen Cabinets Co. "To find a promising candidate with a strong work ethic is no easy task."
As leader of one of the first recruitment firms dedicated to the woodworking industry, Fullerton has acknowledged that there will be challenges.
"Slow and steady wins the race," Fullerton says. "Having placements that respect how they are treated, and making them content in their new positions is more important than quick growth. Equally as important is the identification of top manufacturing companies known for their long employee retention and respected for how they treat their employees."
Other challenges including getting job seekers to relocate.
"In this business we are often an instrumental part in getting job seekers to consider relocating. When one considers the implications of this, you quickly understand that it involves selling of homes, placing children in new schools, having a spouse upset their career, among countless other issues. Anyone who doesn’t carefully take these things into consideration or does not put a great deal of their time into assuring that the hiring company and job candidate are a good fit, doesn’t need to be in the recruiting business."



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