A Professionals Story – Slip Sheet Operator – Looking for Work

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Here we are at Episode 57 of Warehouse and Operations as a Career, I’m Marty and I of course want to thank you for listening in again this week.  I hope we’ve all had a productive and prosperous one so far and it wraps up the way we’d like it too and in our favor!  We’ve talked a few times about looking for work, how to build our Resumes and how to handle the phone interview and that all so important face to face meeting, many times the determining factor to us getting the position we applied for.  We had a question presented to us last quarter about seeking employment and I wanted to talk about it today, maybe reach out to each of you for some thoughts and advice?  A gentlemen is an experienced slip operator, he’s done it for 6 years and it sounds like, or I’ve assumed his old employer had a layoff or maybe closed the business.  Anyway he’s now looking for a job, a slip sheet operator position and hasn’t been able to find one locally.  He stated there’s a lot of warehouses that is using the equipment but no openings.  This is a tough situation, we’ve worked our way to the position we really enjoy and we’re good at it, top rated if you will but find that that job is gone, and now we’re out looking for a new job.  It’s hard to accept but that’s the facts, our old position is no more & now we have to go back out into the world and find us another one. In his particular situation there’s no one, presently, hiring for that position.  He said he’s filled out 7 applications, had 3 interviews and no one is calling him back. He’s been looking for work about 6 weeks now.

I asked for a copy of his resume and interviewed with him.  I left the interview knowing he knew his stuff, he described the attachments operation thoroughly and shared several experiences with me on how he had handled the different situations that can come up while performing that task to a T.  I knew he was great at his job, had a great outlook on attendance and working within the rules and policies of about any facility.  What I found was he is interviewing for only the slip sheet operator position.  You know, it’s so easy for us to stereotype ourselves so strongly that our hiring agent may feel that that’s all we can do or want to do.  It’s hard to accept that we’ll have to perform other tasks but that old job is gone, we will certainly put in the time with our new employer to prove ourselves and show them we’re the best slip operator in their employ and that may be exactly what we have to do.

Our Resume needs to reflect what we have done, what all we’re good at, it should list all the equipment we can operate and not just the one thing we want to do.  After speaking with him about how many warehouses were using the equipment he liked and doing a little research on each one he identified the 3 that would be the best fit for him.  We looked at the hours of operation or the shifts they ran and the different pay rates, location and opportunities for advancement and he narrowed it down to these three.

I think step one is we need to look at our Resumes, we’ve had the same job for 6 years so we’re going to have to think back, include all our experiences, and list everything we’ve done, and make sure all our talents are on there.  If we’re not sure about the formats used today we can check online, many sites can give us templates for the modern ones being used today.  As we’ve learned in earlier episodes and from speaking with JG our go to recruiter it’s important to list our address and phone numbers we can be reached at during the day.  It seems an email address is all so important as well these days as that may be the first forum used to reach out to us by many agencies and HR departments.  If we’re utilizing an online application be sure to fill in every line, it’s probably there because it was important to someone!  And if we’re asked to upload our Resume we need to do it.  We’ll know someone that can help us with this if we don’t know how or don’t have a scanner at home.  One resource I’ve heard about are Library’s, I’m told they’d be happy to help with things like this.

Next, lets make sure we’re prepared and can nail those phone interviews when they start coming in.  I hate to use the word script but I guess that’s what we’re going to be doing or we’ll need.  I feel this is the 5 minutes we have to sell ourselves to the person calling us.  We have to quickly show them our personality, speak to our experiences and convince them we know the importance of attendance, following directions and our desire to work for their company.  If we have a strong recruiter they’ll probably ask all the right questions and learn all that but if our recruiter isn’t asking it’s going to be up to us to give them the information they’ll need to want to bring us in for the face to face interview!  It sounds hard or difficult but really it’s just about being prepared.  We can just jot down a few notes, things we want to say and simply review them before our call.  It’ll be fresh on our minds and we’ll get our points across!

With the time we’ve invested researching our target company, and working our resume to really include all our talents and nailing our phone interviews I’m certain we are going to have those face to face opportunities!

Now this is where we want to shine, there’s no reason to be anxious, we have confidence in ourselves, we’ve just written out all our strengths, worked around any weaknesses and probably already shared them with the phone interviewer. This face to face should simply be for them to meet us, see our energy and feel our commitment to the position!  We’ll need to fill out the orientation packet next because we’re going to ace the interview!

As we start the process we just spoke too I think its important that we accept that our old position is just that, an old position, it’s the first one listed on our resume.  But, we’ve researched our targets so our objective is to get hired on with them and start showing our management the kind of worker we are, let them know our talents and what our goal is BUT I believe we should get hired on first.  We’ll get back to what we enjoy, in this case a slip sheet operator but we’ll have to get our foot in the door first.  So remember lets sell our experience first and then our wants.  I can’t help but believe, in this case, that if our hiring agent gets the impression we only want to be a slip sheet operator they may pass on us as there’s not an open position right now.  Our experiences in the warehouse will get us a job and then we’ll work towards our Career right?

I mentioned our Orientation a little bit ago and I want to again talk about its importance for a minute.  We’ve learned it’s so important to really pay attention and understand everything presented to us and ask questions if we don’t understand something.  We’ll be signing papers documenting out dependents, our tax obligations and maybe Insurance choices.  Those things are important, can be confusing, but there important to us and our families.  We’ll want to take advantage of any benefits the company may be offering & of course their employee policies and procedures so we get started off on the right foot.  Talking to different recruiters, hiring agents and HR Managers I’ve learned just how important the Employee Orientation is and that it’s a portion of the hiring process we as applicants sometimes don’t take serious enough.

This whole process is going to be rough for us but we have to stay positive, keep our good attitude out front of us and present ourselves in a positive manner.  Its change and change can be hard, in this case it was out of our control but it’s up to us to turn it around.  Shoot, I believe everything happens for a reason and our new endeavors will probably make our work lives better anyway!

I hope this helps others in similar situations, and I’d like to add that after a little over 2 months in his new job this gentleman was asked, based on his experience if he’d like to be the backup operator for the slip sheet! If you have a story you’d like to share please shoot us an email to host@warehouseandoperationsasacareer.com and we can talk about it.  We’d love to interview you so you can share with our group too!  I’d like to thank everyone for listening in again this week, especially our new listeners that check in with us last week, and a quick shout out to our friends in Brazil, Germany and the United Kingdom, and a little closer to home our friends in Wisconsin and New York.  Please subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play Music or any of the Podcatchers out there and never miss an episode!  Oh and don’t forget about our give away in two weeks, send us a topic or subject you’d like discussed and put Shirt in the subject line to be entered into our drawing for a free WAOC Tee-shirt.  We’ll announce a winner next Thursday!  Until next week Please keep Safety in the forefront of our minds, use our equipment properly and see that others do the same!

Q & A – Careers – Pallet Jacks & Forklifts – Counterbalance & Reach Lift – Order Selection

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Hello everyone, Marty with you here at Warehouse and Operations as a Career.  Today I’d like to get caught up on a few questions we’ve received over the last couple of weeks, I love all the interest in our episodes and the thoughts generated here the last couple of months.  I know I’m learning a lot from each of you and like the opportunity to look at things from several different perspectives.  Before we get started today I’d like to welcome a few new listeners into our group, last week we had Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Utah round out our top 5 here in the states and I’d like to thank our new listeners in Germany, Philippines, the United Kingdom and Israel for joining in on the episode and all ya’ll check our feeds on Facebook and Twitter, like our page if you have a moment and follow us on twitter, you can find us at @whseandops.

 

So, our first question today let’s start with a hard one at least for me. “Why do you feel it’s important I get noticed and want to be a manager”?

Every job in the warehouse and transportation or operations world is an important one.  I feel each of us, as we’ll probably be needing to work the rest of our lives, should love what we’re doing, really enjoy getting up before our shifts each day and look forward to going in and accomplishing our goals and duties.  If our motivation is and our pride comes from keeping the most organized and clean warehouse there is for our inbound and outbound associates, make sure any and all our industry’s regulatory and standards are met and we learn to be the best at Sanitation then I feel that’s the most important position in the building for us.  As I’ve mentioned before some of my closest friends are order selectors and fork lift drivers, been doing it for all their working lives and love what they do.  If you like what you do, live for doing it then you have a Great Career and that’s what us here at WAOC are all about.  Any position can be your career!  I personally think it’s great if you’ve found the perfect position and job that gives you that passion to work towards.  We here at WAOC enjoy talking about every job in our Industry and just kind of discuss to the topics and thoughts we run into or are asked about!  I hope that answers the question and I hope none of us feels we have to take on or do anything Career wise that we don’t enjoy or love to do.

Question 2 – I’ve been driving a counterbalance forklift for over 15 years and my company is redoing the warehouse, changing the aisles up and I’m being told we’ll be using something called a narrow aisle standup reach lift.  Are they hard to learn or that much different than what I’ve done all my life?

Their different, they drive differently and placing product feel’s differently but there’s no reason to stress about it.  I feel 90% of being a forklift operator is Safety practices, you’ve been doing it for 15 years, you know the walkway areas, what and where all the employees will be working and I assume you’ve had no serious accidents or incidences as you’re an operator today.  I had the exact same experience 1992, we went from sit-downs to reach forks.  One thing, I think the biggest thing is Shoes, get a comfortable and supportive pair of steel toe boots or shoes, you’ll be standing on your fork platform, probably on some sort of deadman break and I found standing all day a lot different than sitting most of the day in my equipment department.  When placing a pallet you should learn to use the outriggers, or the toes on your lift.  That’s the two arms that extend from either side of your lift with the load wheels.  In a standard bay you can set them up with the bay or slot on the ground, it’ll give you a good indication of where your forks are when raised.  Also I found the feeling of the load will feel differently, we get use to looking up from our seat and that feeling feels different when we’re standing and looking up.  The reach part is just an additional function like the side to side adjustment we’re used to, it extends the pallet away from the body of our lift out through the outriggers, it’ll feel different lift wise when your stabbing a pallet up on like the 5th or 6th level but it’s not bad.  Oh, and turning into an aisle will take a couple of hours to get use too, just watch the outriggers closely.  And you want to understand the steering, play with it a while, if its reverse steered just go slow for a while, our brain rewires pretty quickly.  It’s change, but you’ll be fine and honestly I enjoyed working with the standup, and the warehouse reconfiguration sounds like it’ll make your job easier too.

Question three, and this one has come up quite a bit recently.  “What if I take a step into management and decide I don’t like it?”

It’s just a job, I look at it as a New Job, and it really is.  We’ll have a lot to learn, and we’ll be trained by someone or maybe it’ll be a bit of a learn as we go situation. In any event we’ll acquire more knowledge about something, and that’s always a good thing.  As with any situation I’d suggest we understand our selves why we don’t like something or why it’s just not working for us.  It could be something that stronger communication either from us or from our Manager could resolve.  It’s so easy to get frustrated and over whelmed in a new position, shoot even just a new task.  A lot of times, and I do this almost weekly at some point for one reason or another, a short break from the scene, a stroll outside or even just walk another department can ease that  frustration, at least kind of reboot us to where we understand it a little better.  Once we identify what’s holding us back or why we don’t like something we can go speak with our boss about it.  Should we not be able to get things resolved and know that our new position is just not for us we can move forward.  We can always go back to what we were doing, maybe even within the same organization, and if not we’re good at what we do and can always go do it someplace else!  Like we’ve discussed in past episodes, communication on the front side, asking questions and educating ourselves properly can help us make these types of decisions too.

Another question, Do you prefer Crown or Raymond Equipment.  Honestly as a warehouseman I don’t have a preference, they both build outstanding products, their electric forklifts and pallet jacks, even all the more specialized equipment are built well, engineered for the Operator and built with our Safety in mind.  I think I prefer whichever I’m working with at the time, I’m kind of loyal that way.  I find myself using the same laundry detergent and dishwashing soap that was used in my home growing up, unless another national brand is on sale and then it can easily become my choice.

I figured who better to explain to us which is better than those responsible for their maintenance and working on them for us right?  I’ve asked two different mechanics for their opinions and I got just that, their opinion.  One liked Raymonds and the Other Liked Crowns, both I think had a preference because of how their companies stocked parts in house.  Both gentlemen held the 2 manufactures in the highest regards and pretty much felt operationally we should be comfortable with whichever we’re on as their both to of the line!

In answering the question I’d say that we do our part by properly recording our pre- and post-trip equipment reports, and help our maintenance depts keep our assigned equipment in great working order oh and never running over wood or pallet pieces or shrink wrap and we’ll be on the best equipment!  I’ll reach out to Raymond and Crown too, maybe we can do an episode on each soon!

And here’s a good one, I get in trouble for not wearing my Steel toes or Vest, can’t it be a personal preference?  I’ve got to go with a flat NO there.  It’s always a good idea to follow any direction given and where Safety is involved it’s going to be for our own good.  If you’re around pallets or any type of equipment at some point in your career you’ll be thankful you have on a good pair of work boots or a pair of steel toe shoes and a Safety Vest is always a good idea, that’s probably why so many companies are requiring their use now.  And it could be for insurance purposes or state or federal regulations as well.  I hope we all understand how important our PPE’s are from boots, vest, eyewear, respirators or even hard hats, wear them, it’s to protect ourselves, our co-workers and our companies!

I think we have time for one more maybe, let me see, oh here’s a good one about order selecting. I’ve been order selecting for about 3 months now and I’m doing ok but I need to go faster, how do those guys pull 80 more cases an hour than I am.  I’m killing myself out there?

Very good question, an order selector has to of course work hard but they could be capitalizing on experience a bit here.  As order selectors we have to remember we’re racing the clock, it’s all about minutes and cases. 60 cases an hour is one case a minute, 120 cases an hour is 2 cases a minute or a case selected every 30 seconds, 180 cases an hour is 3 cases pulled a minute.  We can’t control our travel time between slots or the orders we’re pulling so we have to, in many instances, work smarter not harder! When we’re stacking our pallets properly we’re saving seconds and minutes. If we have to rehandle a case once its placed on our pallet it’ll cost us time, now sometimes that can’t be avoided due to weight or crushability but it will cost us time so we have to learn and remember those cases so we think ahead next time and plan for them.  If we stack poorly and have to stop to pick up a fallen case we’ve lost that time against our productivity.  Knowing our Aisles, how to skip them, or not have to drive down one if we don’t have a pick there saves a tremendous amount of time.  Not socializing during our batch can save us some time and avoiding a bottleneck or blocked aisle will shave time off our clock as well.  Making sure we know where to drop our completed off or stage it and taking the shortest path possible is a time saver as well.  All those points involve planning, not working harder at all.  Many of the top selectors I know look like they’re just coasting when I’m observing them, they’re simply focused on what they’re doing, planning and carrying out that plan!  Remember over working or trying to go fast is unsafe and really not needed.  I know 3 months seems like a long time to you but those numbers will come with experience. Watch the veterans and learn from them, they’re not necessarily working harder, they just have the experience and are working smart!  You’ll get there just stick with it!

I hope I got a few of your questions answered and you enjoyed todays episode.  Send me some more thoughts, we love getting mail at host@warehouseandoperationsasacareer.com.  Send us in a topic or question in the next two weeks and we’ll have another giveaway, this time for a WAOC Tee-Shirt this time, just put Shirt in the subject field and we’ll have a drawing for the winner!  Until next week, check our Twitter and Facebook feeds @whseandops for job postings & thoughts!  Wear those PPE’s, Think Safe & Be Safe at work and at home with the Family!

WAOC on the Road – Discussing & Sharing a few First Steps into the Lead and Supervisor Roles

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And another great week is upon us here at Warehouse and Operations as a Career!  Marty with you again and WAOC is on the road this week, a bit farther north than you’ll typically find me but what great weather up here in Pennsylvania.  I’m quite the warm weather soul but I have to admit these 50 and 60 degree days are really nice and this is some beautiful country, being the fall season with the leaves turning, cool mornings and great people I can see the appeal.  I’m traveling with John, a quick business trip and taking the opportunity to visit with Rodrigo and Joe today, there working together on a project up here for a week or so.

Welcome to WAOC today Gentlemen, we’ll I guess I should say this evening as we’ve kind of gathered in the Hotel lobby.  Thanks for coming down and talking with us!

Rodrigo –

Joe –

We’ve be discussing that step into management, specifically the Lead and Supervisors rolls recently and  I love all the questions and thoughts being sent in, there’s a lot of excitement and interest in advancing our careers out there, kind of inspiring to an old Op’s guy like me!

One concern I’ve heard several time’s is along the lines of or regarding pay.  When talking about salary vs hourly, yep, in some instances we could see a difference in our weekly paycheck, overtime can play a part when we’re coming off the clock.  As we’ve learned there’s a lot of different pay structures, hourly, pieces pay, case pay, best between pay, project pay, exempt and non-exempt salary etc.  Each state or your community rules and laws can be different and I’m sure there’s some none of us have even heard of as well.

I know for me, when I was first offered an exempt position I was very hesitant.  I was working the warehouse side of Inventory Control, working with inventory reports and receiving product into the systems, checking or verifying the selection shorts and misships and doing a little driver check in and returns also.  This was a day job, I’d been doing it about 2 years, before this I had come from the night shift as an order selector primarily but I was fortunate enough to get to mix in some sit down lift driving and High Rise or cherry picker work as well.  So I had grown quite accustom to those 45 to 55 hour checks, sometimes even more, sometimes to many.  I’m glad I  someone to coach me or push me into it as it worked out, I loved the job and it did pay off at the end of the year earnings wise.  It’s something to learn, we need to understand it and make it advantageous for us.

Did ya’ll have any concerns coming off hourly and into that first salary position?

Joe –

Rodrigo –

It was great visiting with ya’ll this evening, we appreciate you taking time out to share with our WAOC listeners and best of luck on your project up here!

Rodrigo –

Joe –

As always I want to thank you our listeners for checking in, remember you can reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook @whseandops and email us host@warehouseandoperationsasacareer.com with any questions, thoughts or suggestions!

Joe, being our WAOC visiting CSHO would you like to wrap us up with our ending Safety Thought Sir?

Joe –

Personality – Professional – Professionalism – Words to Live by and Build your Career

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  • Professionalism – the competence or skill expected of a professional: “the key to quality and efficiency is professionalism”
  • the practicing of an activity, especially a sport, by professional rather than amateur players: “the trend toward professionalism” Oxford Dictionaries

Welcome to today’s episode of Warehouse and Operations as a Career, I’m Marty and I’d like to share a question I posed to a young lead earlier this week.  I had a topic in mind and was going to use this question to lead us into a discussion of personalities or differences between his thoughts of a Lead and the supervisor positions.  My question was “what do you feel is the main difference between a lead position and the Supervisor position?” He answered, there shouldn’t be a difference, both have a job to do and that’s to get the job done as efficiently as possible, teach our team to be better, give them the tools to improve and make sure they practice Safety & understand it while displaying the professionalism they deserve.” I was a bit taken back by that answer and had to pause and think about it for a moment.  A couple of days later the same word came up in an operations meeting I was attending, “We all need to act like professionals towards each other and other departments” was the sentence that caught my attention.  I’m certain I’ve used the words professional and professionalism before, probably too often as their great words, but for the life of me I couldn’t tell you the last time I pushed them towards anyone else.  It’s really the definition, for us anyway, and a better topic than my word personality I wanted to discuss.

I was thinking personality, you know we’re all a little different in the way we approach or handle things, would make a great topic to discuss regarding a noticeable difference in a lead and a supervisor.  I mean don’t we find ourselves acting a little differently when we’re given more responsibility and more tasks to get done?  I think we do but his answer made me rethink wither we should and maybe that’s a flaw in us instead of something we should be trying to control.  Professionalism helps us control ourselves, if we understand being a professional our personality wouldn’t change as we grow and take on more duties and responsibilities.

I went out on the floor at several different facilities and asked what professionalism meant to a few different associates in several different jobs and I have to admit I was quite impressed with the answers and I’d like to share a couple of them:

A Sanitation associate answered, “I want to make sure the aisles are kept clean for my selectors and fork’s, they shouldn’t have to drive around shrink wrap and strapping tape, it just slows them down.”

A returns agent stated “It’s her job to help the drivers get their product checked in and the customers invoice adjusted.  She laughed and added a lot of her job is to let the delivery drivers vent to her a bit about having to round trip the product because it was selected wrong, or ordered wrong, or the customer just didn’t want it and the driver had to work around it all day.  She needed to keep her cool and show them respect even when she didn’t want to hear their stories”

I really liked this reply by a pallet runner, he said “I need to make sure I keep the front docks cleared so my receivers can tag their products and keep their productivity numbers up.  Also I need to make sure and place the pallets right in the aisles so my forklifts can grab them and get’em racked, they have productivity numbers too.  I try and help everybody without getting mad or yelling at others.”

And check this one out from a Delivery Driver. “Professionalism means respecting someone that’s mistreating you and they don’t have all the facts or know what they’re talking about.  I’m the last one in the chain, I didn’t take the order, pull the cases or load them but I’m the one handing it to them so if somethings wrong it’s going to be my fault.  I just grin and bear it and let them know I’ll get with whomever can help them.  In the end they’re my customer so I’m responsible for them.”

I noticed a recurring theme real quick.  Everyone I spoke with knew the word and felt it was a responsibility in their profession to act professionally.  Everyone mentioned helping the next person, staying calm, and listening to others. And more importantly they felt they had a responsibility to do the right thing.  Think about it, I was speaking with men and women that were in a hurry, many had productivity numbers to meet and all of them dealt with many others each shift yet it was important to try and respect others all day long and it was recognized that it was an important part of their job.  It seemed each person wanted to be professionals at their task.

The second part of our Oxford definition stated:

the practicing of an activity, especially a sport, by professional rather than amateur players: “the trend toward professionalism”

If we replace the word sport with job and players with the word workers I think we’ve defined Professional in our world!

I really enjoyed this exercise and speaking with the different Associates and it was so refreshing to rethink what I thought about Professional and Professionalism.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up with our tasks and get to thinking our job is to keep the floors swept, or the orders pulled and the dock cleared or the product delivered, get our pay checks and we’ve done our part.  It’s easy to think of Salesmen or our Management teams as Professionals, maybe people or positions that carry some kind of a license or certification as professionals.  In reality I learned everyone is or should be a professional at their task.  We’ve been trained and we receive pay for performing a duty right?

If we check out another one of my favorite sites, my Merriam Webster Dictionary it explains Professional to us as:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession

b :engaged in one of the learned professions

(1) :characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

(2) :exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

2a :participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs

  • professionalgolfer

b :having a particular profession as a permanent career

  • professionalsoldier

c :engaged in by persons receiving financial return

  • professionalfootball

3:following a line of conduct as though it were a profession

  • professionalpatriot

 

It’s hard to be Professional all the time though but man it can be so rewarding.  Not just monetarily but even personally.  I know when I can maintain my professionalism when someone’s really acting unprofessional towards me I feel better about myself and I’d like to think I come across as much more professional in front of any bystanders too.

So getting back to my original thought, do we act differently than we did coming from a lead position and into a Supervisor role?  My new answer is I really hope not, of course our job’s and duties, our responsibilities will change, we’ll probably have more to do or oversee but our personality shouldn’t necessarily be affected, as no manner where we started out we’re Professionals and we will act with Professionalism at all times right?

 

I was originally wanting to look at our personalities today and did or would they change as we take on more duties and responsibilities.  Looking up Personalities at Merriam Webester I learned as it states in part:

the quality or state of being a person

b :personal existence

2 a :the condition or fact of relating to a particular person; specifically :the condition of referring directly to or being aimed disparagingly or hostilely at an individual

b :an offensively personal remark angrily resorted to personalities

3 a :the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or group; especially :the totality of an individual’s behavioral and emotional characteristics

b :a set of distinctive traits and characteristics the energetic personality of the city

4 a :distinction or excellence of personal and social traits; also :a person having such quality

b :a person of importance, prominence, renown, or notoriety a TV personality

For our purposes I do like the word Professional over Personality, both are very important within our Careers buy hey, if we’re being Professional we’ll have a strong and positive Personality, which will just create Opportunity for us.

We discussed in earlier Episodes the importance of representing ourselves in a positive light, and being honest when writing our Resumes and being a positive force during that face to face interview.  I think being the Professional we are at whatever we do, all the time in our daily lives will get us noticed and open those doors for us!  Oh, and here’s a good spot to throw in something about our social media feeds again, I know we’ve mentioned it a couple of times already here through WAOC but just this week I heard a Recruiter talking about a Light Industrial Candidate, had more than enough experience for a position but whatever was on their social media feed presented concerns to them.  Let’s pay attention to what we post and what pictures we put up, people other than our friends may have a reason to look at them and we need to remember they don’t really know us.  We don’t want them to form opinions about our personalities or our professionalism from a post or picture!

Last week’s Roundtable Discussion sparked a lot of great questions we’re going to get around to answering and talking about over the next few weeks but one of them had a couple of us to check out the vast amount of You Tube videos on the web about several of the positions and tasks we discuss here at WAOC, forklift driving, order selecting an there are ton’s of videos out there on Safety in the workplace. I bet there’s several on being Professional and Professionalism in the workplace!  Many of them are really informational, some comical but all are interesting and educational to some degree.  When you’re bored or have a few minutes head over to You Tube and check’em out, we’ll learn something from each one watched.

I learned a lot this week from all the individuals I spoke with and I know myself anyway, I’m really going to focus on my Professionalism and how I present myself to others every day! If you have a thought or would like to comment or suggest a topic email me at host@warehouseandoperationsasacareer.com, I just love following up!  I hope we each learned something and enjoyed todays talk, and for our Safety thought this week – lets each look up and forward a Safety video to a friend or Family member, it just might help them out of a tight or unsafe situation!