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If you don’t believe in yourself and what you can do, it’s hard to make others believe that about you. When you go into an interview, you need to be able to speak confidently about your experience and accomplishments so the employer can have confidence in you as a potential employee.

This delicate balance can quickly move from confidence to cockiness, causing the interviewer to develop a negative opinion of you. Most people aren’t looking to hire someone who’s overly arrogant, despite their qualifications. Try these four ways to show off your confidence without taking it too far.

1. Start with your appearance

How you’re dressed is the interviewer’s first impression of you. You know the basic rules, but sometimes looking sharp can carry into the excessive. When you cover yourself in noticeably expensive brands, you aren’t letting your demeanor speak for itself. You’re immediately shouting, ‘look at me I buy nice things!’ Let your skills speak louder than your expensive watch.

2. Speak carefully about yourself

There will be several moments where you can either be too self-deprecating or too self-promoting. If complimented, don’t immediately go into a thousand reasons why it isn’t warranted. You also don’t want to explain to them why it is necessary based on how awesome you are. Again, it’s about finding humility in your accomplishments and recognizing how you received help without giving away all the credit.

3. Watch your tone

Speaking loudly doesn’t make you seem more authoritative; it simply makes you seem a little annoying. If you come in speaking louder to exude confidence, the interviewer will likely see right through it. Similarly, being too quiet can hurt you as well. The key is to speak clearly and confidently, not loudly.

4. Answer with real weaknesses

The old trick when asked about weaknesses is to turn them into strengths, but sometimes this can hurt you. It can make you seem arrogant because you aren’t being vulnerable or honest. Everyone has weaknesses that don’t translate into strengths. A confident person can discuss these and their impact on the job without trying to overcompensate.

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When considering how to advance your manufacturing career, there are a few options to consider, like additional training and more education. A more individualized approach is finding a mentor.

Mentors can guide you in several ways, whether you’re looking to grow personally and/or professionally. You identify them because they represent who you’d like to become and based on your shared beliefs. Once in place, a mentor will help navigate different areas of your life and share the wisdom they’ve learned. Here are three benefits to having a mentor in the manufacturing industry.

Help advance your career

Having a mentor in manufacturing will help you map out where you’d like your own career to go. Because they’ve already gone through it, they can help advise you with next steps and the right opportunities to pursue.

Beyond helping you navigate your current organization; they can introduce you to other employers and companies. By doing this, they are giving you an in that will help your application get noticed.

Hold you accountable

Goal setting is an important piece part of career advancement, but sometimes sticking to them can be challenging. With a mentor, you’re held accountable for what you wanted to accomplish. Their attitude isn’t mean or judgmental; instead, they’re trying to help you be your best and want to make sure you get there.

Provide vital insight

Because they’ve been through it, your mentor will help you gain a larger perspective on each situation and impart wisdom that will help you persevere. The more time you spend with them, the more likely you’ll experience both personal and professional development. You want to learn all you can from your mentor.

Empower yourself for a better tomorrow

Pursuing a mentor is one of the best ways to give yourself a brighter future in your manufacturing career. Partnering with Workbox Staffing is another wise decision. We don’t view people as ‘one-size-fits-all’ and want to make sure we’re placing you in the right role. That’s why we pair you with a personalized career coach that gets to know you the individual. Our simple process helps us find the job that’s perfect for you. Request a call today to get started!

Forklifts are an important piece of equipment in many warehouse and manufacturing operations. Like all heavy machinery, they present certain risks to safety when not properly cared for or operated. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that approximately 25 percent of all deaths related to forklift accidents are caused by the forklift overturning. Here are eight forklift safety tips to help you avoid damage, injury, and death on the job.

1. Inspect forklifts frequently

Safety inspections for forklifts should be done daily before every shift. This way your team is aware of any changes or potential issues. If the safety checks turn up anything unusual, report it to the shift supervisor and do not operate the forklift until it’s resolved.

2. Limit use to qualified operators

Operation of forklifts should be limited to workers who have been trained, authorized, and licensed to use.

3. Plan your path

Before operation, make sure your path is clear and there’s enough room to navigate while carrying your load. This includes looking at overhead clearances depending on the size of what you’re carrying.

4. Follow your company rules

Outside of the general rules, make sure you’re aware of your company’s specific safety procedures. These may include information about seatbelts, passengers, speed limits and the proper equipment to wear.

5. Make sure you can see

Always adjust your load to maintain optimum visibility. If it is too high, drive the forklift in reverse slowly. Ask your fellow workers for assistance when surrounded by corners and high stacks to aid in navigation.

6. Pay attention to your forklift’s capacity

One of the easiest ways to cause an accident is to overload a forklift. Know the weight restrictions and don’t try to add counterweights to carry a heavier load.

7. Monitor load stability

In addition to weight, you want to make sure your load is stable. If you pick it up without verifying, it may cause the forklift to become unbalanced. When going up ramps, make sure the load is held higher than the body of your machine, and you should go up moving forward and go down moving in reverse.

8. Watch for pedestrians

When approaching a busy pedestrian area, slow down the forklift and be on the lookout. Don’t risk any blind spots or crosswalks, including intersections, stairways, exits, doors, entrances, and corners. Always stop and sound your horn before continuing.

 Jumpstart your job search

When you’re ready to find a new job, trust Workbox Staffing for help with light industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse operations positions. We’re committed to finding the right fit based on your skills and experiences. Apply online or call us today to begin your journey to a better tomorrow.