Archive for October, 2016

6 Common Resume Mistakes for New Grads

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If you are new to resume writing it is important you avoid these six common resume mistakes to catapult your resume to the top of a recruiter’s list.

 

R+L Carriers has hundreds of available positions listed on our website at any given time, so you can imagine we receive thousands of resumes from potential candidates. Our recruiters will tell you that the resume is arguably the most important document you will ever craft in your life. For new grads, it holds the key to your future and acts as the gateway from student to career. If you are new to resume writing it is important you avoid these six common resume mistakes to catapult your resume to the top of a recruiter’s list.

Formatting is Everything

Whether your resume is being uploaded into an employee website system or you are handing it over in person, formatting is everything. The following formats should be consistent throughout the resume:

Formatting inconsistencies make it hard for an employer to read your resume because it is distracting. It also looks sloppy, and if your resume is sloppy you can be perceived as a less qualified candidate.

Formatting Tip: PDF files work best and give you the least chance of losing formatting when resumes are uploaded.

Your Expected Graduation Date is Missing

Are you a go-getter heading to a career fair to talk to employers, but you still have a year left to go until graduation? While employers appreciate the fact you want to know more about their company, they want to know upfront that you are not a graduate they can hire right now. List the date of your expected graduation prominently on your resume. Also mention to employers that you are seeking a moment of their time at a career fair to prepare for next year. This gives employers a heads up that they should not spend too much time on you this year, but they will be prepared for you next year because you valued their time and you made a good impression a year ago.

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Avoid these six common resume mistakes to have success with your next job opportunity.

Keep Your Higher Education Brief

Your degree, your college and your GPA are all important resume points. List your degree, your related accreditations and internships that beef up your degree. Keep the higher education section brief. When you start listing your high school honor roll and how you ran your own delivery service as a high school senior, you have already lost them.

Hello? Include Contact Information Please

You would be surprised how many resumes are submitted without contact information. Do not make employers search for a contact phone number or email on your cover letter, in an email, or somewhere else besides your resume. That grave mistake will have them searching for someone that is easier to reach.

Keep It Short

We live in a world where the average American skims an article headline online and decides within two seconds if the intro is worth a few extra minutes of their time to click and read. The same can be said for employers looking at resumes. Most employers will know within seconds if they should keep you at the top of the pile by what you have on the first page of the resume.

Keep your points short, sweet and to the point. The resume should be no longer than two pages. If you have a resume that is longer than two pages, you have a book that needs some serious editing.

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A few slips of the spelling and grammar tongue typically have an employer throwing your resume into the waste basket.

Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

You would be surprised how many college graduates have misspellings in their resumes, cover letters and even email headers. A few slips of the spelling and grammar tongue typically have an employer throwing your resume into the waste basket. Avoid common resume mistakes by having someone else read your resume.

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R+L Carriers is seeking to fill open positions in technology and logistics. We have a need for EDI, .Net, Web and Oracle Developer positions along with other career opportunities. Family-owned and operated for 50 years, we offer a work environment that is both fun and challenging.

If you’re looking for a position in a company that values family and fun, apply today for a position at our R+L Career Center.

Two Hometown Showcase Stops

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Last week our Hometown Showcase made two stops; one at a college in northwestern Ohio and one at a high school in Columbus, Ohio. Even though these two locations were different, we shared one goal: to deliver opportunities to students in America.

University of Northwestern Ohio

Our hauler rolled into the University of Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday and Thursday of last week for a Career Fair. Talented students and alumni from the UNOH College of Applied Technologies were able to speak with local, regional, and national companies including R+L Carriers. Our Hometown Showcase hauler was on full display both days and students had the opportunity to learn more about logistics overall and our many career opportunities.

Students also had a chance to win one of eight $50 Snap-On gift card. Snap-On manufactures high-end tools and equipment, perfect for all the students in the Automotive Technology Program studying to be Mechanics. R+L Carriers’ has a great demand for mechanics, as our fleet needs preventative maintenance and structural repair to keep our freight moving.

If you’re interested in a career in maintenance, learn more or apply for our Mechanic positions.

University of Northwestern Ohio

ONOH student Alex won a $50 Snap On gift card.

Bishop Hartley High School

In December of last year, The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase launched during the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s 44th Annual Football State Championships. The three-day event in Columbus, Ohio featured 14 Ohio high school football team competing for a state championship. During that event, the winner of the Division IV Football Championship was Bishop Harley. The team enjoyed a post game celebration in the Hometown Showcase Championship Zone, and was presented with a $1,000 scholarship. In April of this year, we traveled to Bishop Hartley to present that scholarship to Quri Hickman.  Quri is currently playing collegiate football at the University of Toledo.

 

Last week we traveled back to Bishop Harley and this time we brought our Hometown Showcase hauler to a Friday night football game. Fans were able to tour our hauler, win prizes, and learn about logistics careers. Before the game, we presented Bishop Harley student Jerusha with the Hometown Showcase Student Achievement Award. This award is given to students who excel in the classroom and community.

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Bishop Harley student Jerusha won the Hometown Showcase Student Achievement Award.

Are you interested in the Hometown Showcase coming to your school or community? We are actively scheduling events across America. Contact us today!

 

 

Home for Homecoming

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There’s no place like home, and that’s where the Hometown Showcase spent last Friday. Our team rolled into Wilmington High School for an eventful day with students, teachers, and fans.

WHS Homecoming Week

Wilmington High School spent the week celebrating homecoming, and Friday was the last day before the school dance on Saturday, so the students were already excited. Juniors and seniors were given a presentation on the impact transportation and logistics has on everyday life. Transportation is a common word, but the term logistics is more uncommon. Logistics is the coordination behind the scenes that make certain things like trucking possible. Someone has to coordinate a driver’s route and make sure the packages in their truck coincide with their route. That’s logistics. Every day, school bus drivers have a certain route and kids to pick up. That’s made possible by logistics. Every day, people are affected by logistics.

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Juniors and seniors were given a presentation on the impact transportation and logistics has on everyday life.

After the presentation, students then toured our interactive hauler, where logistics was on full display. Students also learned facts about R+L Carriers and the various career opportunities the industry offers. They were also able to win prizes outside the hauler by answering questions about the company.

Fans, Fun and Football

After the students were finished touring the Hometown Showcase and after the school pep rally, it was time to play some football! The Hometown Showcase set up shop near the entrance of the stadium, so fans couldn’t miss us. Our Corn Hole Challenge was a big hit! Several people won an official Hometown Showcase stadium seat and even more won Hometown Showcase blankets and t-shirts.

Before the game, we presented Ely with the Hometown Showcase Student Achievement Award for his excellence in the classroom and community. After an outstanding halftime performance from The Pride of Wilmington Marching Band, we presented Wilmington High School administration with a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a graduating senior at the end of the year.

Ely Schumacher

We presented Ely S. with the Hometown Showcase Student Achievement Award for his excellence in the classroom and community.

It’s always great to be home, but we like to get out of town too! If you would like us to come to your school or next community event, we are actively scheduling events across America! Contact us today for more information.

Two Ohio Schools Experience Hometown Showcase

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It was a busy weekend for the R+L Hometown Showcase and two Ohio schools.  Friday we visited Cardinal High School in Middlefield, Ohio and Saturday, Pickerington High School North in Pickerington, Ohio.

Cardinal High School

Our Hometown Showcase team spent the day with the students at Cardinal High School and Cardinal Middle School. There students were able to get a first-hand look at the logistics industry through education when our team gave a brief presentation in the classroom about the importance of transportation and logistics and how it impacts their daily life. After the presentation students took a tour of our 53 foot interactive hauler, where they learned specifically about the logistics opportunities R+L Carriers offers.

Cardinal Middle School

After the presentation students took a tour of our 53 foot interactive hauler, where they learned specifically about the logistics opportunities R+L Carriers offers.

Logistics is fun but Friday night football is even MORE fun, so our crew stuck around for the Friday night football game. Fans had the opportunity to experience the same tour as the students inside the hauler. We also set up a tailgating atmosphere with corn hole and an inflatable football toss. At halftime, Cardinal High School student Megan T. was awarded the Hometown Showcase Student Achievement Award. This award is presented to a student who excels not only in school but also in the community.

Megan Tucker

Cardinal High School student Megan T. was awarded the Hometown Showcase Student Achievement Award. This award is presented to a student who excels not only in school but also in the community.

Pickerington High School North

Early Saturday morning our hauler rolled into Pickerington High School North for the Panther Cross Country Invitational. With the dew still on the ground, runners lined up to compete. Athletes in their down time and fans attending the invitational came to our hauler to check it out. Everyone there had the opportunity to tour the hauler to learn more about logistics and R+L Carriers. Of course, we set up corn hole and our scavenger hunt, giving people an opportunity to win prizes.

Pickerington High School North

The Panther Cross Country team was presented a $1,000 Hometown Showcase Scholarship that will be given to an athlete chosen by the school administration.

The Panther Cross Country team was presented a $1,000 Hometown Showcase Scholarship that will be given to an athlete chosen by the school administration.

Interested in having our Hometown Showcase hauler come to your school or next community event? Contact us today!