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Attractiveness checklist White Paper - Miller Resource Group

The team at Miller Resouce Group has prepared a checklist to help you enhance your employment brand and attract the right talent to you organization.

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Manufacturing Engagement: 98 Proven Strategies to Attract and Retain Your Industry's Top Talent - Insights from Lisa Ryan, Founder, Grategy

Inside this short, concise book are useful tips that will help you find and KEEP employees. The best part? These ideas don’t cost a lot of money. They don’t take a lot of time – and they work!

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The Value of Video for Recruiting and Retaining Talent - Insights from Lisa Ryan, Founder, Grategy

Using video in your recruiting and retention strategy is a terrific way to attract today’s top talent. You may be asking, “What’s the big deal? Why do we need to incorporate video?” Here’s a little food for thought.

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Keeping Your Top Talent from Becoming Someone Else's - Insights from Lisa Ryan, Founder, Grategy

If you have had more than two jobs in your career, you have probably had several bosses to go along with those positions. Most manager personalities can be broken down into three categories.

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Attracting, Developing and Retaining a Winning Team - Insights from MCAA Member, Gary Miller, President, Miller Resource Group

A focus on people is critical in business, especially in today’s world where the search is always on to find and keep the best employees.

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Education Providing Opportunities for Industrial Automation - Insights from MCAA Chairman, Peter G. Martin, PhD.

The industrial automation profession has a significant dilemma as older professionals who have extensive knowledge and experience are retiring while skilled and educated replacement talent is not available to fill the gap.

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Mastering the Millennial Mindset - Insights from Lisa Ryan, Founder, Grategy

Keep Your Emerging Leaders from Leaving. “The youth of today love luxury. They have bad manners, they disrespect their elders and they prefer chatter in place of exercise.” Who do you think said this?

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Digitization and Why Skills and Talent Matter - Report from ManpowerGroup | Courtesy of MCAA Member Endress+Hauser

‘We are seeing the emergence of a Skills Revolution — where helping people upskill and adapt to a fast-changing world of work will be the defining challenge of our time.’-  Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup

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Modernizing Manufacturing to Attract Millennials - Insights from Lisa Ryan, Founder, Grategy

Why is engagement such a big deal in manufacturing and the skilled trades? Because according to a 2013 industry report, for every four trade positions that workers retire from, the industry is producing only one replacement.

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Work In The Automation Age - White Paper from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Work In The Automation Age: Sustainable Careers Today and Into The Future – Each age in the Industrial Revolution has brought with it a wave of new opportunities and benefits. From steam to electricity to computers—and now to automation—society is transformed by technological advances that increase productivity and prosperity is transformed by technological advances that increase productivity and prosperity and broaden the availability of innovative goods and services. But more than anything, society is transformed by new, rewarding jobs that improve workers’ health and safety and allow them to apply their innate creativity and problem-solving skills.

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What Is Automation? - Video from the Automation Federation

Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017 offers insight on how ISA staff members have recognized the need for a video that explains and defines automation in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The video is targeted to those who are not familiar with the automation industry and don’t live in the technical realm.

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30 Years Experience--Is there an App for That? - Insight from Tom Fiske, Ph.D., Yokogawa USTC

There are dynamic changes coming in the workforce and many differences between the Boomer and Millennial generations and their expectations.  Their views of our industry, its future and how standards and technology can help the Millennials gain the “30 years of experience” they will need to close the so-called skills gap are the subject of this presentation at the MCAA Industry Forum in Atlanta on April 25.

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The Automation Perception - Insight from Edison Research, Peter Martin of Schneider Electric|Invensys, McKinsey and Peter Zornio of Emerson

In a recent poll conducted by Edison Research for, 55% of respondents said they believed the decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs was due to “trade deals” rather than “natural changes in the economy.” However, the forces of automation and increased specialization cannot be overlooked in shaping perceptions about this issue.

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STEM Goes Back to School - Insight from Mike Marlowe of Automation Federation

For the past few years, there has been the increased promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education to increase the number of students pursuing career paths in scientific and technical disciplines. Proponents of STEM-based curricula often cite the need for a future workforce capable of meeting the demands of a data and technology driven world economy.

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Attracting Top Performance in a Competitive Market for Talent - Insight from Gary Miller of Miller Resource Group

Recent US Government reports show the current unemployment rate at 5.3%. In the professional sector one can assume about 2 points lower or 3%—nearly full employment. This, in addition to the retirement of baby boomers—who take with them 40 years of knowledge each—prove that now is the time to strategize about how you are going to attract new talent to your organization.

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AAES Celebrates the Release of the Engineering Competency Model - Information from the American Association of Engineering Societies

The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) and its Lifelong Learning Working Group (“working group”) announced the release of the Engineering Competency Model (“the model”) in July 2015.

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The R&D Tax Credit: Keeping STEM Jobs On American Shores - Insight from Michael Siegal of alliantgroup

One of the many issues discussed during this election season is that of manufacturing and overseas jobs. In his white paper, Michael Siegel of MCAA member alliantgroup, discusses how tax credits can help keep manufacturing jobs in America.

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STEM in Action for Middle School Students - Insight from Crystal Hunt of Endress+Hauser

Endress+Hauser held its first Community Career+Education Forum in 2014. They targeted middle school students who are just at the age when they think about the courses they will take to prepare themselves for a future career. Crystal Hunt of the Endress+Hauser Marketing Communications department has summarized why they undertook this event, including information about how they partnered with other companies in the community, with local vocational and community colleges and universities to attract over 300 middle school students and their parents to get a hands-on experience with our industry and other advanced manufacturing companies. This is a valuable blueprint for use in planning your own local event to position your company and your industry in your community.

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The Long View on Hiring....Partnering With Local Colleges - Insight from Gary Miller of Miller Resource Group

Partnering with a local community college, technical school, college or university could fall under the very important but not urgent category. We’re talking about planting seeds now that you can harvest for years to come, perhaps like fruit bearing trees that produce every year. Today, with the shortage of STEM-oriented students and the requirement for STEM-focused employees, these efforts are growing in importance.

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