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Kelly's Resume/Career Quick Tip of the Week
TAYORLING YOUR RESUME FOR A SPECIFIC JOB: It’s not uncommon for some candidates to have two different resumes geared towards different roles, for example operations and sales. Should you tweak your resume before sending to a specific job? Absolutely, if you have a solid job description to work with. If they address specific skills, use buzzwords, define tasks, or even better, the areas/results they want impacted, you have a guide. Make sure those skills and buzzwords are included and appear naturally on your resume. The real opportunity to garner attention is if there are specific areas to impact or results the company would like. This is where you can highlight past relevant experience and accomplishments to position you as a solution to their problem. In most management roles there are hot buttons for the company, work to uncover those points and address them. This will also help tell you what to prep for and focus on in the interview.
Last week we reported on several reliable and unbiased industry volume indices (ATA Truckload Tonnage, Cass Freight Index and MSU Surface Transportation Index), which all indicated overall truckload freight volumes are still down year-over-year. This week we take a look at two more freight volume indices.
Container rates across main and secondary tradelanes are exploding, with no hope of any easing of the pain for ocean freight shippers in the coming weeks, or possibly even months. Today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) comprehensive index value has doubled since May, with several tradelane components recording gains in spot rates in excess of 100%. This week saw another 9% increase in the SCFI for rates from Asia to North Europe, ...
Most people would agree that job interviews can be the stuff of nightmares for hopeful candidates who are keen to impress a prospective employer. It’s true that the interviewer wields a certain amount of power as the gatekeeper to employment, but that doesn’t excuse lazy or arrogant questioning. Interviews work both ways, of course. While the decision to hire may give the interviewer an advantage, a candidate also has the power to choose whether they want the job. That’s especially true when it comes to the most talented candidates, who may be fielding a variety of offers from other companies.