Working for a Greener Tomorrow
April 22, 2015 | Express Scripts
As the nation’s leading pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts strives to make a positive environmental impact through innovations and green policies that ensure a sustainable future.
The company reduces pharmaceutical output by using smaller pill bottles and right-size packing to diminish waste from the pharmacy. Additionally, the Resource Recovery Program assures that company resources are being put to good use. The program evaluates equipment not currently in use and determines how these assets can be reused, sold, or set aside for the future.
Facilities at Express Scripts’ headquarters in St. Louis play a big role in our sustainability efforts. The LEED-certified buildings are constructed with recycled and renewable materials and specially designed to reduce greenhouse emissions. To create renewable energy, we use solar panels and also sponsor panels on the adjacent campus of the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
The company also encourages employees to reduce their carbon footprint. Our security team drives electric vehicles, and plug-ins for electric cars are provided in the parking garages. In addition, Express Scripts offers complimentary shuttles to public transportation hubs.
We encourage all of you to take care of the earth and your loved ones by properly disposing of your medications according to the DEA, FDA, and EPA guidelines. Learn how you can take advantage of the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
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Love it or Leave it – A Recruiter’s View on what Makes a Great Resume
April 21, 2015 | Matthew Wilder
I have spent 8 years as a recruiter and during this time have reviewed countless resumes for candidates seeking positions ranging from entry level to management roles. After considering thousands of resumes, you begin to see what gets a candidate to the next step in the application process and what doesn’t.
1. Consider the role you are applying for and the culture of the organization when crafting your resume. Creative functions allow for more out of the box thinking and professional roles expect more traditional resume styling.
2. Choose an easy to read font style and size. Arial, Tahoma and Franklin Gothic Book are good choices. With the exception of creative roles, stay away from designer or cursive fonts. Font size shouldn’t smaller than 10 point or bigger than 12 point.
3. Omit the objective. Your objective of finding a job with the company you’re applying to is implied. Instead, consider a career summary that will allow you to highlight your skills in a few sentences or bullet points.
4. Consider using bullet points to highlight your experience. I prefer bullets over paragraphs because it makes it easier for the recruiter to hone in on the candidate’s skills and abilities.
5. Focus on your achievements instead of job duties. I like to see what you’ve accomplished in your current and previous positions because it helps me evaluate what you can bring to Express Scripts. For example, you can include the number of direct/indirect reports, percentage cost savings achieved, etc.
6. Don’t forget about your education. Your education can qualify you for specific levels of roles. It also gives insight into your interests. Make sure to indicate if the degree is complete or in progress.
7. Attach the correct files. You may choose to tailor your resume to various positions you apply to, resulting in multiple versions of the document. Upload the correct versions to ensure the intended information is received by the recruiter. For example, you could save the document with your name, date as the title (MWilderResume1.10.15). I once had an applicant upload a PDF file with the title “Resume” to an application. When I opened the attachment, it was a picture of a cat.
8. Double check spelling and grammar before submitting your resume. Spell check is helpful, but it doesn’t catch everything. The human brain can identify errors the computer doesn’t. Have a friend or peer assist you in reviewing your resume to fix any mistakes. For example, Manager and Manger are two very different nouns. Remember that one simple letter can help your career.
Want to put your new resume-building skills to work? Try applying for a job with Express Scripts.
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Helping Autism Find a Voice
April 9, 2015 | Express Scripts
April is Autism Awareness Month. Express Scripts partners with Autism Speaks, a nationwide autism advocacy group that sponsors research and awareness activities. Guest Blogger, Melissa Russell, Director Sales & Account Management Operations, shares her story about her experience supporting a family member with Autism.
As a teenager, my younger sister Tiffany was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s is a form of autism which is considered high-functioning on the autism spectrum.
After Tiffany’s diagnosis, my family and I went through extensive counseling. We learned approaches and techniques for decoding the communication cues unique to Asperger’s. This allowed us to understand her perspective, what she was trying to say, and also engage in an ongoing dialogue.
It was a journey of many steps that consisted of years of counseling and education with trained professionals who understood the many dimensions of autism. At times, I became frustrated as my sister struggled to adapt. With support from professionals and my peers at work, I’ve learned how to navigate and establish a thriving relationship with my sister.
Tiffany truly is an inspiration to me and I enjoy sharing her story with others to give them hope for their loved ones. I discovered many other stories like hers when I joined WE LEAD, the Women’s Employee Resource Group. I also discovered Express Scripts Advocates, a group that supports Express Scripts employees with family members who have autism. In both groups, I found kindred spirits who had faced similar challenges.
In recent years with support from family, committed professionals and volunteers, Tiffany lives on her own, has a steady job and just returned home from her first trip via airplane. I am both amazed and gratified as I watch her continued growth as a person. Now 31, my sister is an intelligent woman who is gaining confidence, facing new challenges and getting more out of life every day.
Every year, research reveals more about autism and effective ways to engage, understand and empower those individuals we know and love who are living with autism. The common component to all these solutions is communication. Only communication and a multitude of compassionate voices can break down the walls, create connections and build bridges based on understanding.
I am so thankful for the tremendous support Tiffany has received that has led her to many accomplishments. I am proud to be part of an organization with so many caring individuals — people who care enough to make sure autism has a strong and clear voice at home, at work and throughout the community.« Maximizing Time at a Career Fair| Love it or Leave it – A Recruiter’s View on what Makes a Great Resume »
Maximizing Time at a Career Fair
March 24, 2015 | Hazel Cormier
If you have been to a career fair recently, you know it can be an overwhelming process. I have some tips to help you make the most of the experience and make a lasting impression with recruiters.
1. Dress for Success. I recently attended a fair where all attendees dressed in a range of business attire. I was definitely impressed and I know that other employers were too. For a simple rule of thumb, you should dress for a career fair like you would for an interview. Want more dress for success tips?
2. Be Prepared. Do your homework before you attend the event. This includes researching employers of interest and understanding what they do and what kind of people they hire. You should also organize and update your resume. You can leverage your resources, whether it is, your school’s career center, outplacement services or a trusted colleague to provide critique.
3. Be Genuine. First, introduce yourself with a smile and a handshake. The people I remember most are those that are enthusiastic about sharing their background and learning more about the opportunity. Engage in a conversation with the recruiter. Don’t forget to listen – recruiters will provide insight and feedback.
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6 Questions to Ask in an Interview
March 12, 2015 | Chris Reed
I am often asked, “What should I bring to my interview?” While I appreciate the effort to be prepared, bringing physical items is only a small piece of being ready to nail your interview. An interview should be a two way conversation; therefore, you also need to ask questions. This shows that you are not only prepared, but interested and curious about the role and how you may fit in the role and within the organization.
Some of my favorite questions candidates ask include:
1. What does your team/organization need to start, stop or continue doing? This will give you tremendous insight into culture, challenges and opportunities.
2. What are the immediate obstacles that will need to be addressed? With this, you know what your agenda could be coming in the door. This will help you put your plan together later in the interview process should you be asked.
3. Why is this position open? Getting an answer to this question, you will learn if you are taking over for someone who has left the organization, was promoted, or if this is a new role. This could reveal what type of environment and relationships you might inherit.
4. What does success look like for this position? You will learn what is expected of you should you be hired.
5. Once success is attained and maintained, what does future career path look like? It’s important to understand your future opportunities. A career is a long term relationship and investment by both parties.
6. Is there any other information I can provide to help you assess my fit for this position? You will be able to hit on things that may have been missed during the discussion, but are important to the hiring manager. This will also help you self-evaluate.
You can use my favorite questions as a jumping off point to create your own. Do your homework and research the company and the people who will be interviewing you. Once you have solid background information, form strong questions for your interviewers. Your questions should address your needs and motivators, as well as the company’s.
Keep in mind, you should interview the team and company just as much as they are interviewing you.
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