Posts Tagged ‘career fair’

Investing in Technology

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Technology is a driving force in the logistics industry and it is undeniable that we must invest in students, the next generation who will lead freight logistics and supply chain management. During the months of April and May, our recruiting team visited multiple technical colleges across the nation. Our goal was to educate students about technology-centric career fields at R+L Carriers.

Universal Technical Institute – Boston

Universal Technical Institute is an Automotive & Diesel Technical School. We visited the Norwood, Massachusetts campus to discuss automotive career opportunities available at the R+L Carriers Service Center located in neighboring Canton and around the country. Following the information session, students toured the interactive trailer and continued discussing logistics technology career opportunities.

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Diesel Mechanic Jobs

Laurel Oaks

Laurel Oaks, located in our Hometown of Wilmington, Ohio, specializes in technical education for both high school and adult students.  We had a blast with the high students and were thrilled to see their interest in mechanic and technology careers. The opportunity to interact with students in the classroom and at the hauler was exceptionally valuable. It was also thorough with the assistance of R+L Carriers employees who were on-site to provide a candid perspective of various technology career fields within the logistics industry.

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Scarlet Oaks

After visiting Laurel Oaks, our team traveled to Scarlet Oaks located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The weather was beautiful and the campus was full of students enrolled in technology programs. Those programs included Automotive Technology, Industrial Diesel Mechanics, Web Applications, and Digital Arts and Design.

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Lincoln Tech – Nashville

The Hometown Showcase hauler is no stranger to the Lincoln Technology campus located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is always an exciting time to visit the staff and students at this automotive college, which features real-world training facilities.  Over 400 students toured the hauler and interacted with our staff.  After looking inside the hauler and speaking with our recruiters, students were eager to apply for mechanic careers at R+L Carriers.

UNOH Career Fair

Founded in 1920, the University of Northwestern Ohio located in Lima, Ohio is one of the top diesel mechanic schools in the country. We parked our interactive hauler outside of the career center and set up a table inside so students could easily access our team to ask questions and enter a drawing to win $50 gifts cards for industrial tools manufacturer, Snap-on.

Technology will continue to be a critical part of the logistics industry and R+L Carriers will continue to educate students about the various career opportunities. If you are interested in the Hometown Showcase visiting your school or institution, contact us today!

 

Wilmington College Career Services Talks Careers

Published: | Author: HometownAuthor

It is always a pleasure to engage with the students of Wilmington, Ohio. The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase hauler was welcomed at the Wilmington College – Spring Career Fair which took place Wednesday, April 18, 2018. It may not have felt like Spring, but despite the unseasonably cold temperatures, we successfully delivered a preview of professional life and various career opportunities with R+L Carriers.

Wilmington College – Career Fair

Displayed outside of Herman Court, the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase hauler and recruiting team weathered the snow flurries while speaking with students of Wilmington College who were excited to tour the hauler, participate in a scavenger hunt and take our career exploration survey.

Approximately 418 careers are available nationwide with R+L Carriers:

Wilmington College Career Services

Nina Talley, Director of Career Service at Wilmington College was kind enough to talk to us about how students prepare for the workforce before, during, and after graduation. Ms. Talley shared her expertise and helped us understand what qualities are most attractive to a potential employer when new graduates set out on their professional career path.

If you are interested in career advice and tips, check out the R+L Carriers – Career Blog.

To explore opportunities within the logistics field, visit the R+L Carriers – Career Center.

 

 

 

 

Little Miami College & Career Fair

Published: | Author: HometownAuthor

The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase made a stop at Little Miami High School, on Thursday, February 9, 2017, to attend the College and Career Fair. We were there to discuss careers in logistics with the students and help them with their career path choices.

Why Choose a Logistics Career?

Career Fair

Logistics jobs are expected to grow 22 percent a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

High school students are at a critical stage in life and some are deciding whether or not they plan to attend college and if so, where that may be. It is also time for them to consider a career path, and these major decisions can feel daunting. That’s where the Hometown Showcase can help. Logistics jobs are expected to grow 22 percent a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is twice the 11 percent average growth rate when compared to other occupations. Logistics and transportation is more than truck driving, although R+L Carriers has career opportunities nationwide for drivers! Think about the other steps it takes to get a shipment from point A to point B. There’s a career associated with each of those steps. A few of the careers in logistics include:

You can explore all of the different logistic careers at R+L by clicking our Careers tab.

Career Fair

R+L Carriers was delighted to participate in The College and Career Fair and have the opportunity to speak with students and parents about the various career paths with R+L Carriers. It may have been cold, but weather didn’t stop students and parents from walking outside to experience the Hometown Hauler. Visitors of the trailer were able to talk to R+L representatives as well as watch videos and read material about R+L and the transportation industry.

hometown showcase

Delivering opportunities to students across America through community engagement is the purpose of the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase.

Delivering opportunities to students across America through community engagement is the purpose of the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase. If you are interested in having our team and hauler at your next career fair, sporting event or community event, let’s get rolling and contact us today!

 

10 Coding Interview Questions You Need to Know How to Answer Immediately

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Interviewing isn’t easy. It’s an even more difficult challenge when your first impression as a soon-to-be college graduate is at a job fair, where you have just five minutes to impress a recruiter and stand out in a sea of wannabe EDI, .Net, Web and Oracle developers. To impress those recruiters, we have 11 interview questions for which you need to know how to answer immediately to impress.

interview questions

To impress recruiters, we have 11 interview questions for which you need to know how to answer immediately to impress.

Why Do You Want to Get Into This Field?

Answer this question with sincerity and explain why you truly want to get into this line of work. Maybe you took apart a computer when you were six-years-old or you were messing with website coding before you could ride a bike on two wheels. Make a recruiter laugh and show them your personality with this question.

What Do You Love to Do?

Be frank with your interviewer and tell them what you are passionate about to help them realize your true calling. Allow them to picture the type of projects you’ll be assigned.

Have You Led People Before on a Team?

Can you see yourself leading a team to bring a project to completion? If you like being a member of a team but don’t picture yourself being a leader, there is no shame in that. This is your opportunity to help an employer see where you fit on a team and if you have aspirations of being a future leader. There are spaces for everyone on the team so do not sweat over this question.

Where Would You Like to be in 10 Years?

The question that makes you want to groan, right? “I haven’t even finished college yet, so how can I answer this?” We know. Employers are seeking an answer that shows you have a clear career plan and a vision for your future. They also want to see if you are loyal, reliable and serious about your job search. Answer this question without hesitation and they will be impressed.

coding interview questions.

Answer questions with sincerity and explain why you truly want to get into this line of work.

What Programs Do You Like Best?

This is the easiest question of the day right here. Have a list of programs and software you enjoy working with in the back of your mind and let it rip. You might even impress a recruiter with your knowledge and earn bonus points.

Do You Have a Website or Portfolio?

If your answer is no, you are not ready for this interview. Employers aren’t looking for a long and detailed website or portfolio, but at the very least, you should have a website where recruiters can go to view some of your work or a detailed resume to show you are serious and planning for your career.

What Do You Do Better than Anyone Else?

A recruiter is trying to identify quickly what you like to do with this question. Recruiters don’t want you to list false strengths here. Be real and outline your skills so they can picture you as part of their team.

Do not be afraid to boast about what you love and what you think is your specialty when answering interview questions. Are you an Oracle Master or a .Net Ninja? Make it known here and watch the smile come over the recruiter’s face as you earn a positive checkpoint on their clipboard.

interview questions

Answer this question with sincerity and explain why you truly want to get into this line of work.

How Do You Feel When You Are Faced with Adversity?

We all know that as developers we work in a business of trial and error. Not everything works right the first time. Stay calm and explain to an employer how you deal with stressful situations. Give them an example of how you overcome adversity during a college project so they can picture you overcoming the same issues with their company.

How Do You Collaborate with Coworkers Having Different Skillsets?

Recruiters want to make sure you can work well with others. They also want to know you are not threatened if someone else challenges your work in order to come to the best conclusion for the sake of a project’s best outcome.

At the end of the day, technology and logistics employees work together as a team to bring projects to fruition and get the job done. You should have a positive answer to this question to show you can be a team player.

Apply Now

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 more than 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.

Hometown Showcase Supports Veterans

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2017 is here! That means Hometown Showcase is hitting the road and traveling the country to provide career opportunities. The first two stops of 2017 were in Dayton, Ohio to support local veterans by offering jobs in a variety of career fields including professional driving, mechanical, IT, and more.

Hometown Showcase

USAR Command Depot

Hometown Showcase visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Sunday, January 8th to talk to more than 100 active reservists about the different career opportunities available to them at R+L Carriers. Representatives presented a short 20-minute presentation to give the reserves some information on the history of R+L, review the multiple jobs and careers that are available to them locally as well as around the country and the benefits and perks of working for the company. The reserves were able to visit the Hometown Showcase Hauler and get a glimpse of what R+L is really all about: Family and pride in performance. They were also able to talk to Human Resources representatives about how they could apply for jobs currently available.

New Year, New Career Military & Veteran Recruiting Fair

Military & Veteran Recruiting

Inside the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, veterans and military personnel had the opportunity to connect with R+L Carriers employees, where they could learn more about the company and have an interview conducted on site.

Sponsored by the Military Veterans Resource Center, our hauler was on site to give veterans and military personnel an interactive look at the transportation industry.  Inside the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, veterans and military personnel had the opportunity to connect with R+L Carriers employees, where they could learn more about the company and have an interview conducted on site. This is our second year attending Military Veterans Resource Center’s New Year, New Career event and we look forward to another great event next winter!

Supporting Veterans Year Round

Lima Company Memorial

Life-size mural paintings of the 23 fallen soldiers in this battalion travel the entire country, honoring all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

It was an honor to support our nation’s veterans and service men and women at our first events in 2017. Veterans have a special place in our hearts, as R+L Carriers is proud to support the Lima Company Memorial, a traveling memorial of the Marine infantry reserve unit based in Columbus, Ohio, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines (Three Deuce Five or 3/25). Life-size mural paintings of the 23 fallen soldiers in this battalion travel the entire country, honoring all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. A complete schedule of events can be found on their website if you are interested in seeing the memorial in person. We highly recommend it.

If you are interested in having the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase visit your school or community, contact us online today!

What Kind of Work Environment Will You Thrive In?

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work environment

We have 4 tips to help you decide what kind of company work environment will make you happy.

Your graduation day is around the corner and you’re about to head into the work force. Full Time. You’re going to be spending between 40-50 hours a week at work, meaning you’ll be spending more time with co-workers than most family members or college friends soon. Once you take a deep breath and let that sink in, you’ll realize a company’s culture has a lot to do with how happy you’ll be during those hours. Here’s 4 tips to help you decide what kind of company work environment will make you happy.

Check the Company’s Web Site

Part of your job interview research includes checking out the company’s web site. When you’re doing your research, look for dedicated pages that explain what the company does, explains who they are and their values and company culture. Many company web sites have these pages buried in and around the job employment or job openings web pages. Do some digging.

Check the Company Social Media Presence

You’ll also want to scan a company’s social media accounts. These are great sites to investigate what the company is really doing behind the scenes and what they share with the public. Companies that post get- togethers with employees participating in basketball free-throw tournaments, crazy hat and crazy sock day and other fun rituals might make you realize this is a company that’s able to have a little fun while they work. How open are they to dialogue on the pages too? Are they responding to comments and questions? This will tell you a lot about the company’s philosophy and customer service culture.

Ask Questions During Your Interview

We know you’re prepared for your interview with questions about the company that will impress prospective employers. But dig a little deeper to learn about their culture. Here are some questions to try and find out more:

If you’re being interviewed by several different people, make sure you ask these questions and other questions to as many employees as possible so you can get a better feel for the company’s culture.

Work Enviroment

R+L Carriers is looking for talented software developers among other positions.

You’ll also want to find out as much as possible about the company’s work assignments during your interview. Find out what kind of projects the company is working on to gauge if you’ll be a good fit. Get examples of projects and assess them so you’re comfortable that you can make an impact with the work assignments handed to you.

Movin’ On Up

Not only do you want to find out more about the culture of the company for new hires, but you want to know if you have a future there too. Whether it’s a family-owned or privately owned company, you want to make sure there’s room for you to grow, by exploring options for both technical advancement and achieving leadership roles. Employers are looking for employees that want to grow technically and become more proficient.

Apply Now

R+L Carriers is looking for talented software developers among other positions. Family owned and operated for 50 years, we offer a work environment that is both fun and challenging. If you’re looking for a technology position in a company that values family and fun, apply today for a position in our IMT Department at careers.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.

Hometown Showcase Visits Career Fairs

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The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase Trailer visited two career fairs this week at the University of Dayton and at The Ohio State University. Both career fairs were open to current students and alumni. R+L Carriers employees were there to deliver the many career opportunities we have available.

University of Dayton Career Services

Wade, one of our drivers for the Hometown Showcase Trailer poses for a picture with members of the University of Dayton Career Services Team.

Hometown Showcase at Career Fairs

At both the University of Dayton on Monday, February 22 and The Ohio State University on Wednesday, February 24, the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase Trailer was available for tours and interactive experiences. Outside of UD Arena at the University of Dayton, attendees had the opportunity to learn about the logistics industry, the history of R+L Carriers and the many community projects we support. Although Wednesday was rainy at The Ohio State University, attendees still had the opportunity to tour the hauler outside the Ohio Union on campus.

Our Hometown Showcase team also had a booth inside at both career fairs to talk about the specifics of the career opportunities available at R+L Carriers.  Right now, there are approximately 146 available jobs within our company nationwide including:

Ohio Union

The Hometown Showcase Trailer outside of the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University.

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

If you are interested in having the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase come to your school, career fair or community event, contact us today! We are actively scheduling events for the future. Check out our calendar of events to see where the Hometown Showcase will be rolling into next. You can also follow the hauler under #RLHometown on twitter.

Veterans Career Fair at WPAFB

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The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase Hauler visited the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Thursday, January 14th for the 3rd Annual New Year, New Career Job Fair. The event, sponsored by the Military Veterans Resource Center helped job seeking veterans, active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserves and spouses find new career opportunities.

R+L Hometown Showcase

The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase Hauler visited the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Thursday, January 15th for the 3rd Annual New Year, New Career Job Fair.

New Year, New Career

R+L Carriers was one of over 50 employers attending the New Year, New Career Job Fair. Career seekers attending the job fair had the opportunity to talk with representatives from the different companies and apply for open positions. Our booth was located inside the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, offering all who attended the chance to apply. The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase Hauler also provided the opportunity for all in attendance to learn more about the company inside our 53-foot hauler.

R+L Carriers Career Fair Booth

Our booth was located inside the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, offering all who attended the chance to apply.

Supporting Veterans Year Round

It was an honor to support our nation’s veterans and service men and women at our first event in 2016. Veterans have a special place in our hearts, as R+L Carriers is proud to support the Lima Company Memorial, a traveling memorial of the Marine infantry reserve unit based in Columbus, Ohio, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines (Three Deuce Five or 3/25). Life-size mural paintings of the 23 fallen soldiers in this battalion travel the entire country, honoring all the men and women who have served in the United Stated Armed Forces. A complete schedule of events can be found on their website if you are interested in seeing the memorial in person. We highly recommend it.

The next event for the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase will be at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio on February 9th – 11th. If you’re interested in having the Hometown Showcase deliver career opportunities to your community, contact us and let’s get rolling!