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Our Company is recruiting for a dynamic individual to accept the role of a
Storekeeper to operate out of our San Fernando office. The Storekeeper's
primarily responsible for the maintenance of a store or warehouse which
includes but is not limited to, stocking of operational materials and
supplies, inventory control and records, purchasing, and related duties as
Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
• Plans and performs work that involves ordering, receiving, inspecting, returning, unloading,
shelving, packing, labeling, pricing, delivering, and maintaining a perpetual inventory of
forms, office supplies, and various types of equipment.
• Rotates stock and arranges for disposal of surpluses
• Keeps records to maintain inventory control, cost containment and to assure proper stock
• Coordinates freight handling, equipment moving and minor repairs.
• Operates simple office machines (which may in some cases include computer assisted
inventory, automotive equipment, and may operate a forklift or other light equipment used
in moving heavy items)
• May participate in the selection, training and supervision of subordinates, when applicable.
• Performs related and peripheral site-specific duties as required.
• 3-5 years of experience in storekeeping, inventory control, and recordkeeping; or,
• A combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required knowledge
• Knowledge of storekeeping and inventory control procedures; recordkeeping and other
• Care and maintenance of equipment and supplies; safety and security practices; basic
• Must be physically able to lift heavy items above and below shoulder height, and perform
continuous standing, walking, reaching, and bending.
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and meet deadlines.
• Exceptional communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
• Prepare and maintain routine records; estimate department needs;
• Determine the quality and quantity of materials received in relation to prescribed
• Performs accurate arithmetical calculations;
• Ability to work under pressure; maintain good working relationships with team; organize
and prioritize work;
• Interpret information contained in parts and service manuals
• Understand and utilize technical repair terminology and concepts;
If you are seeking personal and professional development in a challenging dynamic
environment please send your resume to
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
P.O. BOX 25 SAN FERNANDO.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015
"What's your greatest strength?"
is an often-used job interview
question. It is often paired with
the greatest-weakness question.
This question is also an invitation
to explain why you are the best-qual-
ified candidate for this job.
Don't simply pick any random strength
you've been told you have (a great cook,
good with kids, able to leap tall buildings
in a single bound, etc.).
If those strengths aren't relevant to
the job, they really don't matter to the
Being a good cook isn't relevant to
most office jobs, unless the job is writ-
ing or editing a cook book or cooking
Answer the Real Question
Look to address the real concern
behind the greatest-strength question,
which is "Are you a good candidate
for this job?"
They are thinking: What is the per-
son really like? Will this person be a
good fit into our organization? Can
this person do this job well? Does this
person communicate well? Is this per-
son confident enough to work well in
Hopefully, you are reading this article
because you understand the impor-
tance of preparing for a job interview.
Walking into an interview expecting
to succeed without preparing is a waste
1. Develop a List of Your Strengths
Since the same strength won't neces-
sarily work for every job opportunity, even
in the same company, develop a list of
three to five (hopefully, more) strengths
that you can use appropriately for an
Be sure to have a couple of examples of
accomplishments that prove those you
have those strengths.
What Do You Think Are Your
Think about the aspects of your work
that make you feel the most successful,
and write them down:
• What accomplishments are you proudest
of (even if no one else seemed to notice)?
• What have you been recognized for by
an employer -- either in a performance
review, a salary increase, or a bonus?
• What other internal reward or recogni-
tion have you received -- like employee
of the month?
• What external reward or recognition
have you received?
Which of the characteristics employers
value (above) are reflected in your accom-
plishments? Connect your accomplish-
ments to those highly valued character-
These strengths can be a simple as never
missing a day of work or never being late
for work (reliable).
What Do Others Think Are Your
Often, we are not the best judges of our
strengths. We think we are, but a view
from the "outside" is often more reflective
So, after you have developed your list
of strengths, ask a friend or former co-
worker (more than one, if possible) if those
are the strengths they would choose to
describe you. Their answers could surprise
you, and, probably, will be very helpful.
Ask for examples of when you demon-
strated that strength. Then, put together
a very short narrative of why something
is a strength for you. Have additional proof
Choosing Your Best, Most Appropriate
Strengths for Each Opportunity
Before each interview, pick the strengths
that are directly relevant to the positions
you are seeking. Help the interviewer
understand how your qualifications match
their requirements. Which of your
strengths fits this job and this organization
If the description is so short or vague
that the requirements are hard to figure
out, scan the lists of "Characteristics
Employers Value" and "Skills Employers
Need" (above) to find the ones that seem
most appropriate for you and the specific
2. Demonstrate Your Strengths with
Your Relevant Accomplishments
Make a list of the times when you
demonstrated a strength on your list:
• Issues you recognized and addressed?
• Problems you solved?
• Processes you improved?
• Expenses reduced as a result of your
actions or ideas?
•Profits were generated as a result of your
• Other improvements that resulted from
your ideas or actions?
When you have a list of three or more
examples of a strength, think about exactly
what happened -- what was the reason
you did the action, how did you do it, and
what was the benefit of your work. Apply
the principles of the structured C.A.R.
(Challenge - Action - Result) or S.T.A.R.
(Situation - Task - Action - Result) method
to describe your accomplishments.
Be prepared to describe your strength
and the accomplishments that prove you
have that strength. Also, be sure that both
the strength you choose and the accom-
plishments that illustrate it are relevant
to the job you are interviewing for.
Your CAR/STAR descriptions will help
you with your resume and LinkedIn profile
as well as with your job interviews.
Possible Strengths: Characteristics
Look at this list, below, of characteristics
that employers prefer for their employees.
Relate the characterists you choose to the
requirements of the job, with examples of
how you have demonstrated the charac-
teristic in the past:
• Independent (vs. needing close man-
• Team player
• Quick learner
• Good communicator
• Passionate about doing a good job
If the job also involves managing people,
like a department or project team, add
"leader" to that list of strengths you con-
Possible Strengths: Skills Employers
Don't forget your skills that apply specif-
ically to this opportunity, like your expe-
rience with or education in:
• A type of customer
• A type of business
• An aspect of business (marketing,
finance, law, and so on)
• A skill (writing great blog posts, selling
a specific product, writing great pro-
posals, designing excellent products,
• A technology (OS10, Bluetooth, AWS,
CISSP, and so on)
Don't limit yourself to the skills you
have developed only in school or in a job.
You may have also developed skills in any
volunteering you may have done, too.
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