Why Impact?

Why should you use Impact Staffing to fill your open positions?

Because we speak manufacturing.

Impact Staffing is a specialized staffing service, dedicated to the manufacturing industry. From packing to procurement and machining to engineering our expertise in manufacturing insures that we are able to match the best candidates with the best companies.

Whether you are a manufacturing firm looking for the perfect welding supervisor, or an engineer looking for the perfect career opportunity, we can help.

Beyond our expertise, we are committed to building long term relationships. We are not an ordinary staffing service. We are a results oriented company that works harder and smarter to truly make an Impact.

Skills Tests for Manufacturing Jobs

When you apply for almost any job, you have to go through a selection process that includes submitting a resume or application and an interview. In some job selection processes, you are also asked to take a skills test to determine if you possess the skills required to perform the job successfully. These tests can vary based on the type of position you are applying for and include technical skills tests, written exams, and working interviews.

Technical skills tests are often given for positions that require you to perform physical tasks. For example, if you are applying for a position as a welder, you may be asked to take a welding test. This test will usually be given at the work site and may require you to perform a certain type of welding, demonstrate your knowledge of welding different types of metal, or ask you to perform a variety of tasks related to the job available. Tests that require less equipment may be given at the agency where you are applying. For example, Impact Staffing offers a measurement test for individuals applying for certain quality control positions.  The applicant is required to measure various metal parts using micrometers and calipers. This helps determine if he/she has the ability to use a measuring device accurately. These types of tests vary greatly based on the requirements of the open position.

Written or computer generated exams are also required for some positions. If you are applying for a position that requires you to use a computer, you may be tested on your computer skills. For example, if you are applying for a Human Resources position at a manufacturing plant, you may be tested on your competency in various software packages or database management. If you are applying for a job working with machinery on a plant floor or warehouse, you may be asked to take a written math or mechanical aptitude test. Like technical skills tests, written exams also vary based on the position, but are not quite as specialized. You can often find online tutorials for basic math, measurement or computer skills exams online. You can use these to “brush up” on your knowledge before the actual exam, if necessary.

Beyond testing, sometimes a company will request that a candidate complete a working interview. Your recruiter or the contact that you interviewed with at the company where you will be working will let you know what is expected during this interview period. A working interview can last one day to several days. This period allows you time to determine if the position is a good fit for you before committing to take the job and allows the company to see if your skill level is a good fit for the position’s requirements. You are of course compensated for the hours worked during the interview process.

The important thing to remember during the testing process is to relax! These tests are important, but are not the only factor that goes into determining the final candidate selected for the position. If you have any additional questions about testing, ask your recruiter. They are more than happy to help you understand the process and help you show up for your test feeling prepared and confident.

Former CEO of Major Manufacturing Company Tapped for Secretary of Veterans Affairs

      Yesterday, Bob McDonald, former manufacturing company CEO, was nominated for the position of Secretary of Veteran Affairs. This position is a member of the Cabinet and is the head of a 300,000 employee organization, responsible for providing healthcare and other benefits to United States veterans.

      At first glance, many found McDonald to be an odd choice. Most of the other candidates that were considered for the position were former military generals or had years of experience working in healthcare. So, why did the President choose someone from the manufacturing industry?

      Well for starters, McDonald actually does have military experience. He is a West Point graduate and served 5 years in the United States Army. He has maintained his ties to the military over the years through the West Point Association of Graduates, the U.S. Army Ranger Association, the 75th Ranger Regiment Association and other affiliations. However, in the ensuing 30+ years, McDonald has been busy working his way up the ladder at Procter & Gamble, one of the oldest, largest, and most well-known manufacturing companies in America.

      From the Tide Brand Manager to the CEO, McDonald truly made his mark at P&G. Those involved with the company during McDonald’s leadership have not been surprised by the nomination. They watched him navigate a company of 120,000 employees through tough economic times and manage to somehow raise the stock price of the company from $51.10 to $81.64 during his time as CEO. He did this through strategic adjustments to product lines, improved efficiency of internal operations, and by encouraging a culture of leadership throughout the organization. In fact, in recent years P&G has been named the “Best Company for Leaders” by Chief Executive Magazine twice, due in part to McDonald’s efforts. So, what does this have to do with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs? Everything.

      Over the past few months, rumors have been swirling around the state of the agency after the resignation of the former Secretary, Eric Shinseki. Just last week, the White House issued a report calling for a complete overhaul of the current VA system. Thousands of veterans have waited months to receive care, some never being scheduled or even placed on a waiting list. Investigators have attributed much of the failure of this organization to what they are calling a “corrosive culture.” They are still determining the level of deception carried out by many different leaders within the organization, but the House and Senate are already proposing legislation making it easier to remove ineffective VA leadership in the future.

      As you can imagine, even once McDonald is confirmed, he will still be under intense scrutiny as he works to fix the many, many issues that have piled up over the years. Many believe that his eventual success will lie in his experience leading a customer driven company. He was successful in achieving high levels of customer satisfaction at P&G, which is not easy when managing a company with more than 5 billion customers. He has been asked to face this challenge head on with the hope that finally our Veterans will receive the respect and care that they deserve.

      So, who knows where a career in manufacturing can ultimately lead you? Bob McDonald probably never imagined becoming a Cabinet member when he signed on to work for a company that makes laundry detergent! It just goes to show that the best way to get the job you want is to work hard at the job you have.



Washington Post Article: Bob McDonald, Former P&G Chief to be Obama's Nominee to lead Veterans Affairs

CNN Video: VA Nomination Bob McDonald

P&G Executive Bio: Bob McDonald