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Manufacturers share tips on successful job candidates

More than 100 people came to learn what incoming employers want in new hires. (Source: WAFF) More than 100 people came to learn what incoming employers want in new hires. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

More than 100 people came out to the Richard Showers Center to hear representatives from Remington, Toyota, and other organizations tell them what they want to see as they push to hire thousands of new workers in the coming years.

There was nervousness from some at the Tuesday night session, but also the eagerness to hear what these companies look for in potential candidates.

Just about everyone who attended had one thing to say to the prospective employers: "Hire me."

When Lamont Rice heard manufacturers and companies including Toyota and Remington were holding a panel on what they want to see in new candidates, he jumped at the opportunity.

"It's very tough, especially for those looking to get into the entry-level position," Rice said. "A lot of jobs require you to have two to three years' experience even at an entry-level position, so it's pretty tough out there right now."

But help may be on the way for these people and others wanting to work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new numbers, which show the manufacturing industry leads the way in providing jobs in seven states - including Alabama. In 1990, more than 30 states had that distinction.

There are actually companies looking to bring more jobs back to America, and what's precluding it now is an educated workforce.

Economist Dr. Tom Pieplow said because Alabama is one of only a few states pushing for those manufacturing jobs, companies are more inclined to come here. He points to Toyota and Remington as examples. 

Pieplow said he expects more companies to come, which is exactly what the more than hundred at the Showers Center want to hear.

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