Archive for March, 2016

OHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament

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The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase was proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 Ohio Athletic Association (OHSAA) Boys Basketball State Tournament, which took place this past weekend at The Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. The event hosted 16 high school basketball teams from Divisions I-IV. Thursday and Friday each division held two semifinal games and on Saturday, four champions were crowned in each division.

Hometown hauler outside OHSAA State tournament

Fans gather around the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase hauler prior to a OHSAA high school basketball game.

The 53-foot interactive Hometown Showcase hauler was on display and provided family-friendly tailgating activities to fans as well as information on career opportunities at R+L Carriers.

About OHSAA Basketball Tournament

Over the three days of tournament action, 16 teams battled it out on the court for a chance to be crowned OHSAA Division Champions. Two local schools close to the R+L Carriers headquarters made it to their division semifinals. Lynchburg–Clay made it to the Division III Semifinals and Wilmington made it to the Division I Semifinals. Both teams lost their respective semifinal games, but it was great to see our local teams on the court and community members in the stands. On Saturday, four teams won Division Championships.

OHSAA student section

Students from around Ohio packed the Schottenstein Center to support their school!

Congratulations to all of the high school basketball teams that made it to the tournament and for a successful season!

Hometown Showcase at OHSAA Tournament

Our Hometown Showcase hauler was hard to miss outside the Northeast Entrance of the Schottenstein Center! Crowds gravitated to our interactive hub for entertainment, games and to learn more about the many career opportunities at R+L Carriers. Several R+L representatives were on hand to pass out literature about the Hometown Showcase, assist guests in completing an online survey that resulted in a free t-shirt, and guide guests through the trailer. Perhaps the biggest hit of the three days; besides the great basketball games, was the cornhole challenge outside of our trailer where guests could win official Hometown Showcase gear. Guests also enjoyed our HD video displays that gave them the chance to catch up on their college basketball brackets in-between and after games.

Cornhole winner

Fans were able to participate in our cornhole challenge for a chance to win official Hometown Showcase merchandise.

We thank the Ohio High School Athletic Association for letting us be a part of such an exciting weekend event. Are you interested in having the Hometown Showcase attend your next sporting or community event? If so, we are actively scheduling upcoming events. View our 2016 calendar and contact us today if you’d like us to attend your next event!

5 Steps to Landing a Software Development Job

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software developer looking for a software development job

You need a solid portfolio that stands out from the rest to land that software development job, along with a Github profile that lists your own projects and open source contributions.

College graduation is looming and reality is setting in. You need to start looking for a job pronto or you’ll end up back at your parents’ house for the summer. If that doesn’t scare you into getting it together, nothing will.

R+L Carriers has the 5 steps to landing a software development job. So let’s get started.

Clean Up Your Social Media

First things first. You’re a professional now so you have to act like it. Check all of your social media accounts and pretend you’re an employer that’s checking you out. After you let that sink in for a minute and start sweating, delete all inappropriate content and consider adding some new content. What do we mean? Link to interesting articles you’ve read about programming and show employers how you keep up with interesting trends in the industry. Doing so could give you the extra edge over another candidate.

Start Blogstorming

software development job

Drop off your resume in person to companies you want to work for and make a great first impression.

You need a blog if you don’t have one already. More importantly, you need a developer blog. It’s the place to direct employers so they get a glimpse into your work and how you think about all things technology. Plan on at least two to three posts, tutorials on different software subjects and reviews of different concepts about which you’ve learned. Let your future employer know you’re on the ball.

Provide a Portfolio

You need a solid portfolio that stands out from the rest, along with a Github profile that lists your own projects and open source contributions. It can consist of everything from well thought out code snippets you’ve written to comprehensive web applications you’ve designed. The icing on the cake?  Put the portfolio on your own personally designed website that includes a short biography
and explains what kinds of roles and challenges you seek in your next job opportunity. This is sure to impress any prospective employer.

How to Stand Out

If you land a software development job interview, do your homework. Show up with a list of clients the company already has and ask relevant questions about the work they do for those clients. Then offer suggestions on what you would do differently with those clients and watch them salivate over your words as you talk.

Pound that Software Development Job Pavement

Now what? Don’t wait for your cell phone to start ringing off the hook. Be a go getter and go pound that software development job pavement. Drop off your resume in person to companies you want to work for and make a great first impression.

R+L Carriers is looking for talented entry level software developers! Being family owned and operated for 50 years, we see each employee as a member of our family. We offer a work environment that is fun and challenging. If you’re looking for a software development position in a company that values family, apply today for a position in our IMT Department at career.rlcarriers.com/imt.

Wright State Career Fair

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The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase Hauler rolled into Wright State University Wednesday morning to deliver career opportunities to students and alumni. The Spring 2016 Wright State Career Fair gave students a glimpse of potential career choices available at R+L Carriers.

Wright State Career Fair

Outside of the Wright State Student Union the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase Hauler was on display. Students had the opportunity to receive an interactive tour of the hauler and take a career exploration survey. Completing the survey resulted in receiving free official Hometown Showcase Apparel.

R+L Carriers Career Fair Survery

R+L Carriers Marketing Coordinator Daniel talks with Jessica after she completed a Hometown Showcase survey.

Inside the Student Union, representatives from R+L Carriers spoke with students at our career fair booth about career opportunities available within the company. Approximately 146 positions are currently available nationwide at R+L Carriers including careers in:

R+L Carriers Career Fair Booth

Inside the Student Union, representatives from R+L Carriers spoke with students at our career fair booth about career opportunities available within the company.

To learn more about these career opportunities or to apply for a position, visit careers.rlcarriers.com.

The next stop for the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase is the Cincinnati LaSalle High School Track Invitational March 25-26. If you are interested in having the Hometown Showcase come to your school or community event, contact us today!

Career Fair Basics 101

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If you take the time to prepare and follow some career fair basics you’ll stand out from the crowd and make a great first impression with potential employers.

If you take the time to prepare and follow some career fair basics you’ll stand out from the crowd and make a great first impression with potential employers.

There’s a career fair coming to your campus and you’re planning to attend, in between classes and grabbing coffee with friends. You’ll just head over there and pick up some company swag right? Impress them with your sparkling personality. No preparations required.

Wrong.

If you take the time to prepare and follow some career fair basics you’ll stand out from the crowd and make a great first impression with potential employers.  Let’s land that first big job!

What to Take To a Career Fair

 

Printed Copies of your Resume

After you have identified the companies at the job fair you want to target and researched companies to understand what they do, it’s time to get moving. Expect to carry approximately 30-40 resumes based on the size of the career fair.  You need at least one resume per company. Print the resumes on white paper so they are clean and easy to read.  If you are looking at more than one career path, be sure to have a slightly different copy of your resume with you, targeted to the career fields you are interested in pursuing. Your objective and profile summary should be targeted to the specific position for which you are applying.  Be direct and get to the point quickly in the summary.

Career Fair Basics

After you have identified the companies at the job fair you want to target and researched companies to understand what they do, it’s time to get moving.

Keywords are very important when highlighting skills, experience and accomplishments on your resume.  The resume should be one page if you are new to the job market, two years if you have some work experience, and three pages if you have more than two years of work experience and education. A few days before the career fair be sure to proof your resumes and cover letters for any grammatical and spelling errors before you print them.

References

We recommend bringing three recommendation letters per company. Recommendations that stand out include those from professors, companies where you had an internship or from former employers. The letters of recommendation should have the name of the reference, their contact information and their qualifications.  Expect a future employer to contact all the persons listed to inquire about your work and behavior ethics.  Be sure your references or letter of recommendations are people that will respond to the employers inquiries. Also be sure to get their permission first before listing them as a reference.

Educational Documents

Academic transcripts can be requested by a potential employer in case of first-time and entry level candidates. This also applies to non-traditional students who have recently graduated.  This gives the potential employers an idea about the subjects you have taken and your background.  Be sure to carry photocopies of your transcripts. You do not need originals at the career fairs.

Appearances Matter

 

Your Bag

Do not show up with loose resumes and other paperwork.  Carry a small briefcase or portfolio with all your resumes and references neatly placed into the case.  Use multiple files within the case to keep the resumes separate and distinctive if you have more than one style of resume.  Carrying a briefcase or portfolio will make you look more professional and allow you to shake hands on introductions. Juggling bags and loose papers will definitely be a turn-off to potential employers.

What to Wear

Career fairs can be your first interview with a company.  Dress as if you are going on a first interview. Your attire should be a step above business casual.  It is better to error on the side of professionalism and be a little overdressed than be underdressed and under confident.  Remember you will only have a very short time to make that great first impression.

Speaking With the Employer

A confident handshake, smile and a positive attitude are the best way to make that great first impression on a potential employer.  Approach each employer with a smile, and then introduce yourself and give a brief overview of your skills and education.

The “Sales Pitch”

When you give your resume to the company representative be prepared to quickly expand on the basic information about who you are and your career interests such as:   “Hello, I’m Matt Beck. I’m a senior here at Florida State University and I’m majoring in Computer Programming. I’m very interested in an IMT career. As I have shown on my resume, I just completed an internship in the IT Department of XYZ Company. I would be very interested in speaking with you about career opportunities within your company.”  Prepare your introduction so that it is no longer than 30 seconds which is about the time of an elevator ride.  This is known as the elevator pitch and is a quick highlight of your background.

Wrapping Up the Career Fair

Be sure to offer a final reminder by revisiting the employers with which you made a connection and leave a lasting impression if you would like to work for them such as:   “I’d love to stay in touch with you. What would be the best way to get in contact with you?” Swinging by a second time reinforces your interest in their company. Understand that no job offers will be made at the Career Fair. Following through with all the career fair basics will help you on your way to a successful interview at the company of your choice.

We’re looking for talented people to join our technology team. Learn more about opportunities available and apply for a position today. We offer a work environment that is fun and challenging. If you’re looking for a software development position in a company that values family, apply today for a position in our IMT Department at careers.rlcarriers.com.