DENIS THIBAULT: Tips on how to land a job in logistics

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Even though the supply chain & logistics industry is growing with such companies as SCM, Eleven Points Logistics (Target), Shoppers Drug and Benson Enterprise, etc. Now be prepared! Here are a few ideas to help you get a foot in the door.

It’s true: It’s not what you know; it’s who you know (though knowing stuff definitely helps). Discuss your career aspirations with someone who currently works for one of the large companies now located in Cornwall, such as a family friend, or a connection made through networking.

If you currently work at a logistics company, have a discussion with your boss or a human resource person about what you need to do to earn a promotion and set yourself on the right career track. Ask your contacts to introduce you to others at specific companies you’d like to work for. If you attended college, ask them for advice and connections.

Some of the entry-level job titles in logistics include van driver, dispatcher, scheduler, expeditor, and clerk for distribution, operations, traffic and many others. Some entry-level jobs, such as operations research analyst or process associate, may require a degree or other certifications, so determine your skill sets and educational needs before you begin applying for jobs. You’ll save yourself time and rejection-related heartache if you limit the scope of your search to what you can realistically accomplish at this point in your career.

If you’ve been working in the logistics field for a year or more, assess your experience based on your inside knowledge of the industry. Go online and read newsletters and trade publications on Supply Chain, Transportation and Logistics.

It will help you gain a working knowledge of what these jobs are all about, take it a step further: Research educational programs at St Lawrence College who offer some supply chain management & logistics programs. Job Zone d’emploi is an excellent resource for researching job descriptions, requirements, and expected salaries.

These days, logistics professionals depend on computer system skills to get their jobs done. Learn to work with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Many companies also use computer management systems to keep track of inventory and transportation, so seek out opportunities to work with those systems as soon as possible.

Visit the websites of the companies you’re interested in. If the company looks good, check whether they post employment opportunities on their website. Major companies have entire pages dedicated to logistics and supply chain employment opportunities.

A clean, professional resume is crucial to landing a job in the supply chain management & logistics industry. Career services offices and resume help centres can lend plenty of advice.

Once you land an interview for a job in logistics, take time to prepare. Dress appropriately and display confidence in yourself and your skill set. Remember: You need to be the right fit for the company, but the company needs to be a fit for you too. Good luck!!

Organizations: St Lawrence College, SCM, Shoppers Drug and Benson Enterprise Microsoft Office PowerPoint

Geographic location: Cornwall

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