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Kelly's Resume/Career Quick Tip of the Week
I WANT TO GO TO A COMPANY I CAN RETIRE FROM: It sounds great and I still often hear this as a candidate desire. After 20 years of headhunting, call me jaded or a realist, but that’s a tall order these days. Mergers, private equity involvement and all the business pressures on transportation make it a difficult to count on a small to medium company being stable and around for 10-20 years in today's world. I can think of more than one successful company that was chopped up or sold due to a divorce. Large companies may blunt some risks, but you may be back to being a headcount number. I wouldn’t base my career search on finding a company you can spend 10-20 years. Careers have become transactional, I would focus on does this change enhance your career, make you more money or accelerate that step towards the top levels. That’s a much better plan than hoping you are going somewhere that will be your last company if you are more than a few years from retiring.
At a time when it the current federal transportation authorization—the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act—is set to expire, at the end of September, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) this week issued a National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP).