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Continuous Learning at Toledo Molding and Die

So, you’ve got the job. Or maybe you haven’t, and you’re still looking! No matter where you are in your career, if you’re an entry, mid-level, or senior employee, one should always strive to grow and develop their skills. At Toledo Molding and Die, we are always providing our employees with opportunity for growth and development. If you check out our testimonials page, one of the most frequently cited benefits of a career in Toledo Molding and Die is the opportunity for continuous learning.

Toledo Molding and Die is a company that believes in consistency. We desire to treat all of our employees the same, regardless of their position. There are endless opportunities to learn new positions, skills, and departments. Toledo Molding and Die encourages professional growth in their employees through promoting internally. We know that we have the talent to get the job done right within our four walls, so we’re going to look inside for the right candidate, rather than bringing in an outside hire first.

We care about personal growth and development in the workplace because, as a company, we’ve grown a lot. Toledo Molding and Die began in 1995 as a single model and pattern shop. We’ve seen the complete spectrum of the industry evolution. This industry evolution spurred us to grow and develop as a company. We might have began as a small shop, but Toledo Molding and Die evolved into a global Tier 1/Tier 2 full service supplier of interior and air/fluid management systems. We started as one shop, but now we have plants all over the United States and one in Mexico.

We have our employees to thank for our rapid growth and turning TMD into the organization it is today. We operate completely in a team-based structure. This teamwork allows every person to share their experiences and wealth of knowledge. At the heart of the team structure is the desire for the highest customer satisfaction. There is no better feeling than when a part that a team has been working on designing and molding finally ends up in a vehicle or HVAC system.

Many of our employees begin as entry-level employees and work their way up. This is due to the promote-from-within strategy that we talked about earlier. At Toledo Molding and Die, we are all about innovation leading to customer satisfaction. The best way to learn is through doing, and that’s how our employees become quick problem-solvers, go-getters, and ready to work through their next set of challenges to advance to the next level of innovation.

No one wants a dead-end job. Even after you’ve been hired, there’s always a possibility to strengthen your skills and even to learn new ones. If you choose Toledo Molding and Die, you’re not just getting a job. You’re getting a career with possibility for advancement and lifelong connections.

The Future Of Manufacturing

As we are poised to enter 2020, the workplace has become more digital and robotic than ever. With these advancements in technology, there is a large amount of skepticism and even fear that human workers will soon be replaced by robots. When we consider the fact that many screens greet consumers at McDonalds rather than human faces, our fears that we might all one day be replaced by machines in the workplace seem well-founded. And while its true that perhaps computers are well employed in many service jobs, manufacturing employees can rest assured that they will not be replaced by digital workers.

It is true that career paths and trajectories change in a digital age. Technology evolves, and the workplace evolves with it. As the field of manufacturing evolves, three things will happen to keep our employees up to speed.

  1. People first!It’s true that some business models are moving towards automation. This doesn’t mean that they are seeking to limit the number of people they employ. It does mean that they are seeking to reduce the number of mindless tasks that a human must perform. Reducing routine tasks also cut costs, and adds value to the lives of customers and employees alike. If routine tasks are automated, it leaves the truly interesting tasks to the minds of human beings. 
  2. Emphasizing soft skillsThis is a trend that we are seeing in the workplace even now. Manual physical tasks can be trained. It’s much more difficult to teach “soft” skills. What is a soft skill? It’s a skill that’s completely unique to human beings, something a computer can’t do. Soft skills are things like interpersonal communication, people-management, creativity, and critical thinking. A machine can do automated tasks, but it can’t communicate why a project is no longer working or a potential issue with a product. Only people can do that! Computers can do repetitive tasks, and humans can be trained to do a job, but it’s very difficult to train them into being a great coworker. As manufacturing moves into the future, soft skills will be more important than ever.
  3. Building the digital toolboxAlthough it may seem contradictory to the last point, as the workplace moves towards automation, yes, humans will have to be more comfortable using technology. The days of years’ worth of paper filing systems are mostly behind us, and sometimes, your coworker might be across the country instead of in the cubicle next to you. Using social media for work, team-management software systems like Slack and Basecamp, and instant messaging systems are now very common in the workplace. The ease of instant digital communication can yield higher productivity.

The evolution of manufacturing is happening, but not in the way that many people fear. The workplace will evolve, and human employment will evolve along with it. These processes are already in place for many–encouragement to use LinkedIn, work group chats, networking events, and the encouragement for personal and professional development. Remote work is also more prevalent than ever. Rest assured–work in the manufacturing industry isn’t going anywhere.

Want a Job at TMD? Here’s How To Prepare

Job seeking can be a long and cruel journey. If you’ve been job searching for a long time, it can be easy to take rejections personally. If you’re wondering why you haven’t gotten a job yet, it can be hard to say. Many times, it has more to do with the position or the company than it does for you, as the applicant. Maybe that position is more subtly complicated, or that company requires a different sort of personality for their cultural fit. Office politics can sometimes play a role in the hiring process, but at Toledo Molding & Die, every individual is valued, regardless of their position. In fact, many of Toledo Molding & Die’s current supervisors started out in entry-level positions and worked their way within the ranks. Whether a person is a materials handler or a supervisor, their job at Toledo Molding & Die is essential to ensure ultimate customer satisfaction, which is what TMD is all about. If you’re still looking for a job and think you might find one at Toledo Molding & Die, here are some tips to help you prepare for your interview.

  1. ResearchThe best way to prepare for a job interview is to research the position and company. Know what you’re talking about and how to talk about it. Use all of the resources available to you to discover as much as you possibly can about the position and company. A recruiting website, such as http://jobs.tmdinc.com/ is a great place to start, but don’t forget to check out https://www.tmdinc.com/ as well. Also check out our online reviews–what are our customers saying about us?
  2. Practice Your Talking PointsMake sure you are familiar with your own resume before beginning the interview. There’s nothing more awkward than an interviewer asking a candidate for clarification about something on their resume, and they can’t answer, because they don’t remember what was on their resume. Pick a few of your best achievements and practice talking about them. This doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor in the mirror–try enlisting a best friend, or finding someone in your field via LinkedIn or another networking tool to share your accomplishments
  3. Prepare Questions Ahead of TimeIt’s important to ask your interviewer questions at the end of an interview. This shows that you were listening and paying attention, so you know what has already been said. Not to mention, a job-seeking process is ultimately about you, too. This is going to be your everyday-in-and-outs for the foreseeable future, so it’s important that you feel comfortable understanding its responsibilities. It’s much easier to think of potential questions ahead of time than it is to create them while the interviewer is staring at you at the end. If you prepare questions ahead of time, your interviewer will know that you were thinking ahead.

Job seeking can be a long and stressful process. Preparing for an interview is half the struggle. At Toledo Molding & Die, we want to be more than just a job. We strive to become a workplace home, with coworkers that are friends and family. Jobs at Toledo Molding & Die are about personal development. We invite you to grow with us! Check out our open listing right now at https://jobs.tmdinc.com/search-open-jobs/