CALEDONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The line was long at Friday's Kraft Plater job fair. About 900 people waited for hours to fill out applications and get a screening interview for entry level factory jobs at Lacks Enterprises' new facility nearby.
60 jobs remain open for the plant that will employ about 200 when it's at full capacity this summer.
We went to the fair wondering, what does a hiring manager want to see in a prospective employee? Michelle Scheidmantel of Lacks looks for five things:
- Good work history/no job hopping
- Previous experience
- Wants to grow and learn.
Conversely, Scheidmantel says large negatives that prevent hiring are people who are "not flexible, someone who does not want to change."
The job fair comes following a new employment forecast from the W.E. Upjohn Institute. It predicts West Michigan employment, fueled largely by manufacturing, will grow 1.3% this year, and another 1.6% in 2014.