Archive for February, 2011

Wounded veterans tapped for truck driving jobs

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Federal agencies are learning that wounded veterans would be excellent candidates for things such as truck driving jobs.

Hiring representatives from two dozen federal agencies gathered Feb. 23, at Fort Belvoir, Va., for a two-day event designed in part to help them meet new requirements to increase hiring of veterans and disabled Americans.

“We structured the event to educate our federal agencies about the wounded warrior programs, about how we’re organized and what our missions are,” said Col. Gregory D. Gadson, director of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, known as AW2. “We are starting out just from an education standpoint. It’s important for federal agencies to understand the services’ wounded warrior programs.”

President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13518 in November 2009, which focused on employment of veterans in the federal government. In July 2010, the president also signed Executive Order 13548, which focused on increasing federal employment of individuals with disabilities.

Gadson said he hopes federal employers represented at the event — which was co-hosted by the wounded warrior programs from all services — would come away with a better understanding of how to and why they should look to wounded servicemembers when fulfilling the requirements of President Obama’s executive orders.

“At the end of the day, I hope that the federal agencies in attendance can develop their operational and tactical plans to try to meet these executive orders,” Gadson said. “And that amongst themselves they will have created a network of contacts that they can share and communicate with each other so when they come across problems, they can call their sister federal agencies and see how they overcame it — and to also continue to share best practices.”

Sean Lenahan, a veteran’s employment program manager with the Department of Commerce, and himself a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, was one of those who attended the event. He said he knows veterans, and wounded warriors, can be a valued addition to any team, and that he tries to convey that information to hiring managers within his department.

“They are one of the most undervalued and under-appreciated commodities that can be hired,” he said. “One of the things I believe that is different is that as a veteran, on active duty, you may have had a specialty — but everybody that has served knows that’s just your primary duty. You may be doing six or seven other things as well. As a veteran and as a servicemember you are tasked to do a variety of collateral duties — that’s a diversified set of skills you bring to the table as a veteran.”

Lenahan said that elaborating on those skills is something he thinks veterans should know how to do when building their federal resumes.

“On federal resumes, we want them to be lengthy and to explain as much as possible,” Lenahan said. “Put as much information on your resume as you can. You may have been an assistant to an officer or senior enlisted on some kind of committee, or task force or something like that. Put everything you can think of on the resume. We want to show the diversity you have.”

Kelly S. Woodall, a veteran employment program manager at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, also attended the event. She too is a veteran, and retired as a master sergeant from the Army after having served 27 years.

Woodall acts as a back end to requests for employment assistance made by disabled veterans through the Office of Personnel Management veteran employment website at www.fedshirevets.gov.

She said she notices that veterans often know they want a job, but they don’t always know what they want to do, or what they can do. She said they don’t know how to translate their skills from the Army, for instance, into something the federal workforce is looking for.

“They don’t clearly articulate the vast amount of skills they bring, especially some of the soft skills, the leadership skills, and things of that nature,” Woodall said. “I say take me through your typical day. When you wake up the morning and go to your job, what do you do? I have them write it all down. Then we take that information and we plug it into a resume format.”

She said a truck driver in the Army, for instance, doesn’t just drive a truck. They also are responsible for ensuring preventative maintenance on those vehicles, for planning routes, and for understanding and complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Department of Transportation regulations.

“If you understand all that, when a job requirement says you need to demonstrate knowledge of federal regulation, well, you do,” she said. “When you drive a truck you follow OSHA and DOT regulations.”

Female truck driver jobs protected after lawsuit

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Female truck drivers can breathe a sigh of relief after a ruling that may protect their truck driver jobs.

Following a complaint before the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, the Qu

ShipRightNow recruits for truck driver jobs

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

ShipRightNow is a newly established company that employs people for truck driver jobs.

“People moving often find themselves in a jam when it comes to locating an affordable and experienced transportation company. Everyone knows to use UPS, FedEx, or the USPS to ship small packages, but when it comes to shipping larger items like furniture, where do you go? And how do you make sure you’re getting the best price?”

Weaver recently launched his online company ShipRightNow.com to address this problem. ShipRightNow.com connects consumers with independent carriers–“independent owner/operator truck drivers who have the leeway to set their own prices.

“My company helps to keep shipping prices lower for the consumer by allowing shippers to anonymously list their jobs and have different carriers bid on the job. The shipper can get all the information they need from each carrier and then make a selection based on the best prices and overall service.”

Carriers benefit by being able to fill empty cargo space with freight that needs to be delivered along their scheduled route. “Using ShipRightNow.com to find loads along your route saves truckers from experiencing empty miles. If the delivery is along a route they’re already running, they can afford to bid it out for lower than a big freight company would charge and still make a profit.”

ShipRightNow.com is also a profit enhancer for auction houses, car dealerships, and other small businesses that ship large freight on an irregular basis. Companies like these may not qualify for rate discounts with large freight companies like FedEx or UPS because of their irregular shipping patterns. Because of this, many of these companies turn to shipping brokers to find the best shipping deals.

“The problem with brokers,” Weaver says, “is that most of them are on a commission. It’s not in their best interest to get the lowest shipping fee because that makes their commission lower.”

“Using ShipRightNow.com, carriers are dealing with you directly and they know to win the job they need to make sure you get a reasonable, affordable shipping rate. It’s a win-win system for everyone.”

Small businesses anticipate more truck driver jobs

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

A slew of new jobs, including truck driver jobs, are coming, thanks to small businesses.

Small business managers are expecting hiring activity within their organizations to improve in 2011, but say it will likely be hindered by continued challenges related to accessing credit, government regulations and health insurance costs.