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Why You Should Consider Becoming consider Becoming a Contract Employee

Posted May 05, 2017 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

The pulp and paper industry has been utilizing the assistance of contract hire employees for several decades – especially those specializing in engineering. These temporary hire professionals are effective resources that aid in the design, construction, and maintenance of the paper mill establishment. According to ... read more »

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Are You a Cultural Fit??

Posted March 22, 2017 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

  We all know that company culture is big news. For better or worse, it is how companies define themselves.  Most companies have a culture that  is relatively closed minded and isn’t open to interpretation. You’d better be very sure that you’re a good fit for that culture, because it isn’... read more »

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Questions to ask a Candidate to see if they are a Cultural Fit for your Company

Posted February 27, 2017 in Hiring Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Hiring for a corporate culture or a  cultural fit has become very commonplace and is one of the current buzz-phrases of the HR world. Most companies have become slightly obsessed with the idea that people who are a perfect fit and most like each other are going to provide a better team atmosphere and will boost each other&r... read more »

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How to Stay Relevant in Your Position

Posted February 20, 2017 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

How to Stay Relevant to Your Job and Employer If you are serious about your career, and in this day and age, who isn't, you need to take steps to prepare for your future. It's critical that you do your best to protect yourself and to stay necessary in your job. In order to accomplish that, you'll want to make learning and netwo... read more »

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How to Ask for a Raise

Posted February 14, 2017 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

  Even if you know that you deserve a raise and have a good case for more money, it is very stressful and most of the time downright uncomfortable to ask your boss for more money. It's difficult enough to even talk about money with management, nevermind asking for more of it. In many cases, management becomes resentful, pa... read more »

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What Questions can you NOT ask in an Interview

Posted October 25, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

When seeking a job, you know that you may end up having to answer a few tough questions. The prospective employer or recruiter wants to know what  you’ve been doing, how well you’ve done it and for whom you accomplished these magnificent feats. All of these things will combine to ensure that you’re the ... read more »

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What are the Best Questions to Ask in an Interview

Posted October 17, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Effective interview questions do more than simply rehash the information on a resume. The truth is that when you ask questions, you get to know who the person is on a fundamental level. You want to explore their personality, their weaknesses and even their strengths. These interview questions should help you determine if a per... read more »

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Key Questions to ask in an Interview

Posted October 13, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

When you are brought in for an interview, it is important that you go beyond the questions the individual interviewing you is asking. In today’s competitive job market, people don’t want someone who simply shines on people. They are looking for confidence, commitment, accountability, and a reason you are the best p... read more »

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Future of Paper Machine Clothing in the US

Posted August 25, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

In 1921 Hugh Baker, in The Foundation of the Paper Industry , wrote “Next to food and clothing, the number one item that we manufacture in our civilization is paper. “   Paper is a fundamental factor in civilization.”  The origins of paper manufacturing are shrouded in mystery. ... read more »

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How To Ask The Most Effective Interview Questions

Posted August 23, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The interview is your chance as  a hiring manager to find the right person for the job. You know the cost of a bad hire. To that end, you want to be sure that the person that you hire is the right person. You want to learn more about them and their skills, their demeanor and their attitude. In order to accomplish that ... read more »

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Pulping Technologies for Recycled Paperboard

Posted August 18, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

With the cost of raw materials on the rise, pulping technologies need to look beyond traditional means to produce paperboard. After all, legislation is pushing for stricter changes and waste disposal is a hot topic item in every industry. This means we must find an alternative approach that lowers the impact we are having on... read more »

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Paper and Packaging Recycling Program to Start in 2016

Posted August 11, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

Becoming environmentally responsible is a job for everyone but there are costs accrued, especially to local municipalities tasked with removing household waste and recyclables. In an effort to offset these costs, Environment Minister Herb Cox announced a multi-material recycling program to become effective early in 2016. Prog... read more »

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US Tissue Market in Resurgence Phase

Posted August 09, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The U.S. tissue market has experienced a significant growth in the amount of demand that is in place for it. During the first three quarters of 2014, the industry experienced a growth of the demand by an impressive 2.8%. Products that were then created from the tissue then experienced a further increase. While domestic items ... read more »

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How to Write Thank You Notes to Help you Get the Job

Posted July 12, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

After spending so much time and effort learning about the company and job offer, brushing up your resume to make it the perfect match for your position and getting an appointment with the hiring manager, it's imperative you seal the deal by formally thanking them for taking the time to interview you. Though many think writing a... read more »

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The Canadian forest industry is a leader in green business initiatives, so why doesnt the world know it?

Posted June 23, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The Canadian forest industry is leading the way in global forestry green initiatives  One of the biggest forestry green issues that is causing great concern is climate change and the impact this will have, not only on the Canadian forest industry, but the world forest industry too.  The problem is very much a double-... read more »

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New Technologies in Tissue

Posted June 21, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The pulp and paperwood industry includes products such as office supplies, catalog paper, tissue, packaging and many other things is one of the largest industries in the world. As one of the largest sectors in the business world, the paper and pulpwood industry has a huge influence on the forests today. It uses about forty perce... read more »

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Innovation for Refreshing the Pulp and Paper Industry in Maine with a Focus on the Future

Posted June 16, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

On November 17, 2015, the paper industry in Maine will be participating in a day long summit in Bangor. Each of the pulp and paper mills will discuss things like the innovation and explore new ways to take the industry to the next level. As part of this event, there will be union leaders, engineer, policymakers, loggers, and oth... read more »

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Finding the Right People to Support a Changing Business Focus in the Forest Sector

Posted June 14, 2016 in Hiring Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

here was a time when the paper industry was powerful enough, they could focus on manufacturing enough product to meet paper demands. But in the digital age, fewer items are being printed and that means there needs to be a shift when hiring paper professionals. Instead on looking at those who can simply operate machinery, there n... read more »

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Media Campaign to Promote Industry Growth

Posted June 07, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The paper pulp industry is of primary importance in the manufacture of all types of paper products. The need to motivate consumers to be interested in the industry growth and how it can impact various parts of everyday life. One of the first steps is to identify the area to focus in on. In this case, it can encompass all types o... read more »

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Increasing Bulk and Reducing Basis Weight in Current Paper and Paperboard Grades

Posted June 02, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The production of paper and paperboard begins with the raw materials used. These can be either virgin plant material or recycled material such as other paper or plant material repurposed to meet the need of a rapidly growing industry that has specific demands as to the required paper grades and basis weight needed for the final ... read more »

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Use of Cellulose Based Products to Replace Plastic

Posted May 31, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The breakthrough in the development of Cellulose based bio-products through grade development  Research is now well under way in terms of the use of bio-nano-composites and nano-cellulose as packaging materials, as the trend towards veering away from the use of petroleum based plastics accelerates. By the year 2025, it is ... read more »

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5 Things the iPad Cannot Replace

Posted May 26, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The iPad users tout fact that the iPad can replace any kind of paper. To a point that is true. Documents and other things can be created with the iPad, but that doesn’t mean it can replace everything For example, it’s not going to replace the computer any time soon.  Despite many wonderful things that the iPad ... read more »

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How Kraft Recovery Operations Can Impact Your Mill

Posted May 24, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

Effectively and efficiently recovering BLS and CTO as well as CST from the pulp mill is one of the best ways to improve the throughput and the revenue of the pulp mill.  It's often overlooked through because its not the highest priority, the business of making paper is to most paper companies. The problem is that the proces... read more »

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The New Papermaking Additives and Biocide Chemicals Meeting the Challenges of change

Posted May 12, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The paper manufacturing industry doesn’t have a great track record historically in terms of its environmental friendliness. But in response to the growing concerns of climate change and the environment, the industry has made some significant improvements in recent years through the use of a new breed of additives and inclu... read more »

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Increasing Bulk and Reducing Basis Weight in Current Paper and Paperboard Grades

Posted April 26, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The production of paper and paperboard begins with the raw materials used. These can be either virgin plant material or recycled material such as other paper or plant material repurposed to meet the need of a rapidly growing industry that has specific demands as to the required paper grades and basis weight needed for the final ... read more »

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Does Going Paperless Really Save Trees?

Posted April 21, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

There is a modern green trend known as going paperless. The belief is that this will reduce the number of trees that are cut down. The truth is that you might not actually be saving very many trees. Perhaps most surprising is that the paper industry isn’t behind the study. Instead, the graphic industry has stepped in to sh... read more »

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Recycled Paperboard Mill Waste

Posted April 19, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

Mill shrink and the proper handling of mill sludge is imperative when it comes to the paper and pulp industry. According to numerous studies, a wide assortment of solid wastes and sludges are created. The solid waste is produced, mainly, from the pulping process, the deinking process, and the treatment of wastewater. Waste gener... read more »

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Recycled Paperboard Dryer Operations

Posted March 29, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

There are several drying techniques that are used as part of the standard recycled paperboard dryer operations. Either with a dryer bearing or other essential item, the recycled paperboard is able to strengthen as it dries and create a solid sheet of paper. The most common approach for drying techniques is the use of steam heat... read more »

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Is your social media presence hurting your job search?

Posted March 23, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

A recent survey found that about 2 in 5 companies are checking out social media in order to weed out the wrong job candidates. It's also been proven that law enforcement and other agencies such as pension groups and even are using social media against people who post so that shouldn't come as a huge surprise to any of us. In ma... read more »

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Finding the Right People to Support a Changing Business Focus in the Forest Sector

Posted March 17, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

There was a time when the paper industry was powerful enough, they could focus on manufacturing enough product to meet paper demands. But in the digital age, fewer items are being printed and that means there needs to be a shift when hiring paper professionals. Instead on looking at those who can simply operate machinery, there ... read more »

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Recycled Paperboard Mill Waste

Posted March 02, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

Mill shrink and the proper handling of mill sludge is imperative when it comes to the paper and pulp industry. According to numerous studies, a wide assortment of solid wastes and sludges are created. The solid waste is produced, mainly, from the pulping process, the deinking process, and the treatment of wastewater. Waste gener... read more »

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Paper Market Trends in the United States

Posted March 02, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

While China is the largest producer of paper products in the world, the United States remains the biggest consumer. This demand requires additional resources in order to keep up with the products being made at the pulp mills. While some companies turn to illegal logging for supplies, others are looking at alternative methods to ... read more »

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Helpful Job Interview Tips for the Millennial Jobseeker

Posted February 23, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Millennials may be finding the job market is different from what they were led to believe. For some, this can be a good thing because changes in the market sometimes mean new opportunities. Others might be a bit concerned about slimmer chances at finding a job due to high competition in certain fields. No matter what the jobseek... read more »

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Global Paper Supply Forecast for 2016

Posted February 18, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

  In August 2015, analysts released information pertaining to the global paper and pulp industry for 2016. The initial data indicated that buyers should expect prices in the paper and the packaging markets to increase in a modest manner in 2016. For the past several years, prices have been low and predictable. Price hikes ... read more »

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Answers to Tough Interview Questions

Posted February 16, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Answering Tough Interview Questions To land the job of your dreams, you’ll need to wade your way through some interview questions. While some will be simple and based on your employment history, other interview questions will be hard. Before you become tongue tied and unable to speak, take a deep breath and scan through s... read more »

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Five Powerful Interview Success Tips for Older Job Seekers

Posted February 09, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Acing a job interview past a certain age becomes a somewhat challenging task. Though employers in most countries can’t legally discriminate against candidates on the basis of their age, this phenomenon happens much more often than we’d like to admit. Competing against younger (and eventually more technolog... read more »

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Process Controls and Fluid Fundamentals

Posted February 02, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

  Process Controls and Fluid Fundamentals   The main objective of process control and fluid mechanics as it relates to the papermaking process is to ensure that the main operating processes and their parameters are kept within the bounds of the reference value of the process. Many professionals in the paper and pulp... read more »

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How to Hire Millennials

Posted January 28, 2016 in Hiring Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Learning how to attract, interview, and hire individuals from the generation known as “millennials” has proven to be an exceptional challenge among numerous organizations. For years, various employers ranging from those that run small businesses to those that operate major corporations have discovered that millennial... read more »

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Millennials and Paper Books

Posted January 26, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

Publishers Weekly recently released information from a survey that concluded that Millennials actually prefer paper books to digital books; however, the preference levels did not vary by a very wide amount. The responses were obtained from a social media platform. The study was conducted by a writer, Craig Teicher. He has expres... read more »

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Jobs Still Available in a Changing Paper Industry

Posted January 21, 2016 in Job Hunting Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

Despite the fact that the paper industry within the United States is constantly evolving, there are still many jobs available for those that have an interest in such careers. Over the course of the past ten years or so, professionals in this particular industry have witnessed an increase in exports and tremendous growth in produ... read more »

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IFRS reports Converstion issues unique to the forest, paper, and packaging industry

Posted January 19, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

International Financial Reporting Standards reported conservation issues unique to the forest, paper, and packaging industry  The digital world with its worldwide internet, email, e-Books etc. is threatening the existing demand for paper and paper-based products now and in the approaching future.  But as the Internat... read more »

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McDonald’s Hopes Its New Packaging Design Makes You Feel Better About Going To McDonald’s

Posted January 13, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

While McDonald’s can’t control how your actual insides feel after frequenting one of its locations, the company says it’s hoping that its newly-redesigned packaging will help put your mind at ease about choosing to eat at the restaurant. During the last year, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Offi... read more »

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Why the best hire may not have the best resume

Posted January 11, 2016 in Hiring Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

This TED talk gives a great refresher on what to look for in hiring the RIGHT person.... Resume vs Hire

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Outsource Recruiting

Posted December 18, 2015 in Hiring Tips by Elizabeth Tischer

1. You are Having Trouble Finding Great Candidates Yes, even in this economy organizations are having trouble finding the right people to fill their open positions. No, they don't always have this problem because they are being too picky or because they want to pay a lower-than-standard salary. If the organization is serious ab... read more »

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World's First Incontinence Lingerie Collection Hits the Runway!

Posted November 13, 2015 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Great news for all those people who are excited by the fashions they are seeing at New Zealand Fashion Week. The world's first designer incontinence lingerie collection strutted out in style at New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland today. For broadcast-qua... read more »

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