The food industry is a valuable industry in the United States for many reasons. Besides the obvious requirement of nourishment and food supply it provides to the country, it is also an important part of the economy. The flexible packaging industry, including food and beverage packaging, directly employs approximately 79,000 people. When you add in food processing equipment positions, the numbers increase significantly, having an even larger economical influence. Even with threats of computerized packaging robots, there is likely to always be a need
In 2013, the primary source for locating job candidates was from applicant tracking systems. After this, qualified applicants were located through referrals and social media. In 2013, it took the following time frames to fill three types of positions:
- Temporary placements: Six days
- Contract placements: Eight days
- Permanent placements: 32 days
In 2014, prospective employers participated in a survey about placing skilled candidates in their positions. It was found that 71% of these employers admitted that there was a lack of skilled applicants. This number was higher in 2013, however, at 76%.
Each industry, of course, has specific skill requirements. While many of these skills may be transferable from similar fields, others may not be.
It’s obviously important