In partnership with several trade associations in the marine industry, Boating Industry is launching the Marine Industry Career Network.
"A shortage of qualified employees is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today," said Boating Industry Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Sweet. "We believe this new collaboration with the leading trade associations in the industry will help dealers, manufacturers and others address this issue through our highly targeted audiences."
The new interactive career center can be reached at careers.boatingindustry.com. With its focus on marine industry companies, the career center offers the marine industry an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.
Besides Boating Industry, the Marine Industry Career Network includes the American Boat and Yacht Council, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the National Marine Distributors Association. Each individual group will host a career center which will then feed into the larger network, delivering the industry's widest audience for employers and job seekers.
“We are excited to launch the NMMA Career Center and to be an active participant in the Marine Industry Career Network (MICN) alongside several industry partners” said Robert Newsome, vice president, Engineering Standards, Membership & Association Marketing for NMMA. “Attracting skilled employees continues to be a priority of marine manufacturers with continued industry growth, and the MICN will help connect employers to a larger pool of candidates.”
The MICN was built exclusively for professionals working within the marine industry to provide an effective online recruitment method on a single network.
“Our dealers are struggling through what we see as the greatest workforce crisis this industry has ever seen,” said Matt Gruhn, President of MRAA. “We’ve heard it anecdotally, and our soon-to-be-published Workforce Assessment Report clearly demonstrates that we have an enormous shortage of qualified job seekers in the marine industry. Our Career Network partnership with ABYC, NMMA, NMDA and Boating Industry is one of several steps MRAA is taking to help our members confront this problem head-on.”
Employers can post jobs online, search for candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email candidates with matching profiles daily. Employers also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
“ABYC’s members consist of marine technicians, boat builders, and manufacturers who have gone above and beyond to build their skill set,” said Kevin Scullen, ABYC membership director. “The Marine Industry Career Network will help match up those looking for job with those who are hiring and have the same goal of maximizing customer satisfaction through safety standards for products, service and repair.”
For job seekers, the career center is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the marine industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their needs and save those jobs for later review, if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of opportunities that match their requirements.