What is the state of hiring and recruitment in the rubber industry?
It depends on whom you ask.
Some sources are very upbeat, saying they are having little trouble placing young polymer science graduates or finding qualified personnel.
Others, however, say it is very difficult to find applicants who are either qualified or willing to fill a specific position.
Such is the case with Prochimie International Inc., which has been seeking to fill a sales position for more than a year.
The main problem is the expectations of applicants versus the needs of the company, according to Lloyd Willey, a consultant for Prochimie and the company's retired director of intermediates and industrial chemicals.
"Qualifications are difficult," Willey said. "We have a rather limited set of things we need from an applicant for this position. Also, it's a matter of finding people who are interested in sales."
Young applicants trained in polymer science are more interested in research positions than in sales, according to Willey. And even with experienced personnel, the specific requirements of the job might not be acceptable.
"Sales is a difficult career," Willey said. "You've got to have a certain type of personality for the job. You could be rejected on an ongoing basis, and you have to learn to live with that."
Also, Prochimie requires the successful applicant to work out of the company headquarters in Connecticut, which is an expensive place to live, Willey said.
"Even with today's remote access, with visiting clients via Skype, the company still requires a presence at headquarters," he said. "Someone with experience will also have a family, and picking up and moving is something people don't want to do."