If you want the job you have to go after it! It amazes me how many people are looking for jobs in a non-organized manner. They are wandering around with little plan in place on what they want, what they are looking for, or how they plan on attaining it when they do come across it. As I talked to people at a local truck show recently I found that many didn’t know basic information that they should have known before even arriving. Getting a job takes a structured plan and dedication for success. That means researching companies ahead of time and knowing who you want to apply with.
I had a gentleman come up to me asking where he could find part time work in trucking. He already had a job that was giving him some work and wanted to add to that without quitting. I told him that if he got a job with a good carrier he wouldn’t have to work for two companies. As we were chatting I asked him the type of work he was looking for? He began to talk about his criteria and when he finished, I pointed to the carrier in the booth next to me. The carrier I directed him to was one of the top carriers in Ontario and he didn’t even know they were at the show.
Another person looking for work wanted me to introduce them to people at the show. When I asked how much research and applying they had done before the show they said none. Whether I knew people at the show or not they should have known who was in the room at that show.
These examples show me a lack of investigation and research. As I have mentioned in all my training classes and past articles research is very easy with today’s world of technology. Once you know about a show the first step in the research phase is to look up the vendors, sponsors, and other businesses attending the show. At that point you can go to their website and find out what they do, positions they are looking for, where they are located, and who the main contacts are. Once you have that information you can start creating a plan of who you want to meet at the show. If you personally know someone at the show you could reach out to them to see if they know people at the companies that you plan on meeting. Make sure you have your resume package together and have it ready to present to those interested. Have a note pad to take information and keep track of people you contacted and when you should follow up.
Here is a summary:
- Research who will be at the show
- Research individual websites
- Make a plan for the show
- Research who you know at the show
- Have your resume ready to present
- Be ready to track contacts and information
Getting a job is a systematic process and many common questions and information can be found with some basic research before the show. It will make your job search much more efficient and successful. Good luck with the shows this summer.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, podcast host, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com