What to Look for When Hiring Skilled Trade Workers


Hiring in the skilled trades has become increasingly competitive. Whether you’re looking for a qualified electrician, machinist or welder, locating the right candidates has become more difficult throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Despite the competition, however, your company doesn’t have to settle for mediocre candidates. Instead, companies can adjust their hiring lens to help them pinpoint the candidates with the most desirable mix of education, experience, and personal characteristics.

Here’s what to look for in outstanding skilled trades workers:

1. Communication Skills

Good skilled tradespeople know their work; outstanding skilled tradespeople can communicate what they do to others in a clear and concise way.

Since skilled trades workers interact with a wide range of people, it’s important to choose candidates with the ability to speak about the technical aspects of their job and to translate these into clear language for non-technically minded individuals.

2. Problem-Solving Skills

In the skilled trades, any number of problems can present themselves during a job. When a problem comes up, workers may not have the luxury of asking a supervisor for help in the moment.

Skilled trades workers who can solve problems without bending safety rules can maintain their level of productivity. They can help get the job done correctly and on time, even when outside help isn’t readily available in the moment. And when they do stop to seek help, it’s because the problem genuinely requires more than one mind to solve.

3. Academic and Competency Skills

Naturally, the best skilled trades workers know their work inside and out. They also have the ability to apply a wide range of general academic skills to the job they do.

Look for candidates who understand how to use the products, equipment and materials presented in a safe and effective manner. Then, delve into the way they approach tasks like understanding a project plan, doing the math required to bill a customer correctly, reading and understanding laws and regulations that apply to the job, or learning a new skill or technique.

Hire the Best Talent Today.

At Eclipse Professional Services, our recruiters help our clients connect with workers in the skilled trades, so you can reach your business goals. Contact us today to learn more.

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