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February 2019
Featured Industry: Logistics
A career in logistics – what does that even mean? Logisticians are in charge of a business or organization’s supply chain, so they generally work in supply chain management (SCM). Typical job duties include developing relationships with suppliers, insuring all materials are transported in a timely manner, understanding customer needs and finding ways to minimize the cost of moving goods and materials. Logistics is a BIG business, although it's not a field that many people are aware of. The logistics industry plays a HUGE role in our economy.
The logistics sector is thriving, and it is fast becoming an area of interest for a new generation of college graduates. Logisticians populate almost every field, from retail to finance to government. In the private sector, they handle shipping, distribution, warehousing and quick deliveries to customers. By the end of this year, the logistics business will be looking to fill roughly 1.4 million jobs. The increase in jobs combined with a shortage of qualified candidates means one thing – exciting opportunity in a fast-growing field.
Featured Employer: WESCO
WESCO is a Pittsburgh-based Fortune 500 company with more than $8 billion in annual revenue and a global leader in providing supply chain solutions to help businesses operate more efficiently. WESCO’s market leadership and broad product portfolio provides value-added services in addition to the relationships we form. Getting to know our customers, anticipating their needs, improving their operations, and reducing their costs is our business.

F EATURED JOB: Financial Analyst
Join a finance team of 500 plus strong! As a new Financial Analyst you will come on board to provide business planning, forecasting and analytical support for WESCO’s business units. You will work closely with the businesses to ensure compliance guidelines are met with required accounting controls and reporting requirements. If you enjoy working in a creative and rewarding team environment while utilizing analytical skills to help support an organization’s business functions, this might be the right opportunity for you. 

* Prepare financial forecasts, analyses, and reports for assigned business units
* Support development of unit’s annual budget, track and analyze annual variances
* Provide recommendations and progress reports based on financial data & other pertinent information
* Work with business leaders to prepare sales commission documents, track results and suggest recommendations for improving operations
* Work closely with other corporate & business unit resources to improve standardization
* Serve as the corporate finance department’s point of contact for assigned business unit(s). Please apply to :
Job Search Tips: Using LinkedIn

You may have  built your LinkedIn profile and network  over the course of years–or you may pay little attention to it at all. Either way, your profile may have red flags to recruiters or hiring managers, undermining your job search. But  refreshing it doesn’t have to take long . In addition to keeping your contact information up-to-date, here there are the first 3 red flags to keep in mind.

The headline next to your photo is one of the most valuable pieces of LinkedIn real estate you have. If you have aspirations of moving up, don’t use your current title in your headline. Instead, opt for something that reflects the job you want without being misleading. Try using something that encompasses your current role and where you want to go, along with your unique value.
Another issue that can get you easily dismissed is incomplete degree information, says Debra Boggs, a LinkedIn profile strategist. “Clients will be really vague about the type of degree they got,” she says. Instead of specifying that they have a bachelors or master’s degree they’ll say they studied biology, for example. “That’s a big red flag to recruiters that they don’t actually have a degree,” she says, which can be a deal-breaker to some prospective employers.
When recruiters are scouring LinkedIn for prospective candidates, they use filters. If you haven’t updated your industry information recently, recruiters may not see you as appropriate for the job. For example, if you were in biotech and now you’re in tech, and a recruiter’s looking for someone in tech, they might not see you.

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