This is one as Today’s Trucking, in partnership with the Canadian Trucking Alliance and Ontario Trucking Association published a series of profiles with industry frontline workers to celebrate National Trucking Week, Sept. 5-11.
Caroline Blais, Recruitment Manager, Kriska Transportation.
What can you tell us about your job and the work it includes?
I manage the hiring programs for our fleet of owner operators and company drivers. Essentially it comes down to making sure that applicants know who we are, can find us, can easily apply to our company, and that we are responding quickly and professionally to every person that contacts us about potential employment.
I respond to requests from our operations team to fill specific requisitions, and ensure that we keep a pipeline of drivers for our main line of work, which is drivers for our U.S. open board. This means that there is constant communication between the recruiting department and our safety and training teams to make sure that we are hiring the safest drivers we can find, and then giving them the training that they need to be successful.
How did you come to work in the trucking industry?
My father was involved in transportation, and when I was little he would sometimes take me to the office with him. Later I was able to work with my father during summer vacations and used to pepper him with questions about what I had heard or learned that day. Throughout university and then afterwards I stayed in the industry, although not for the same company and not in the same role.
For the full interview and more profiles in the Today’s Trucking series, click here.