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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $1 billion in infrastructure funding in the latest round of its long-popular RAISE grant program.

The new infrastructure statute boosts RAISE's funding to $1.5 billion per year for the next five years, up 50% from the 2021 level of $1 billion, according to figures compiled by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

According to the 2022 Bridge Report by Dr. Alison Premo Black, Chief Economist of ARTBA (American Road & Transportation Builders Association), 1 out of 3 U.S. bridges need to be replaced or repaired. That is 36% -nearly 224,000 of all bridges in the country. 78,800 of those bridges should be replaced completely. More than 43,500 bridges were deemed "structurally deficient". This number declined by 1,445 compared to 2020. However, at this rate, it would take nearly 30 years to repair them all.

The states with the largest number of bridges in poor conditions (as of the year 2020) are:

  1. Iowa - 4,504 bridges

  2. Pennsylvania - 3,198 bridges

  3. Illinois - 2,405 bridges

  4. Oklahoma - 2,296 bridges

  5. Missouri - 2,218 bridges

  6. New York - 1,672 bridges

  7. Louisiana - 1,631 bridges

  8. California - 1,493 bridges

  9. West Virginia - 1,490 bridges

  10. Ohio - 1,334 bridges

It is for this reason that construction contractors and DOT certified companies are shifting their efforts to tap into the benefits that road and bridge repair will bring, providing job security for many years to come.

This information has been curated by Vicky Strand from White Cap.

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Having a professional LinkedIn profile is key, as this is a social platform where you can connect with colleagues as well as industry recruiters. It is an essential tool for your career, so you want to make sure your profile is detailed, comprehensive and well written.

Here are some helpful tips that will enhance your LinkedIn profile:

Use a professional photo

Compelling profiles that use a professional photo are seven times more likely to be viewed.

Write a persuasive headline and summary

This should be your "elevator pitch". Aim to be catchy, memorable and informative. Make sure to be yourself, highlighting the benefits and accomplishments you have brought to your previous employers. And do not write these in third person.

Use keywords - not buzzwords

Avoid using buzzwords like "dynamic leader with proven track record of high accomplishments". Instead, make sure you are using facts:

"I posses 10+ years of experience in conducting sales with over 25 accounts, which yielded over $2.5M in profit. I have accomplished 200+ hours of technical training on subjects including innovation, project management and construction trends"

Update your summary consistently

Your career changes with time - so should your summary.

Avoid copying and pasting from your resume

Recruiters and colleagues can read your resume. You want to tell a narrative on your career. However, avoid dense paragraphs and too much detail, and do not use humor. Be strategic in what you want to include.

Build a professional network

Follow key companies within your industry. Request recommendations from your colleagues or past managers. Join relevant discussion groups. Use "LinkedIn Answers" to increase visibility.

Follow Forbes' guidelines

Follow guidelines from “How to Write a Stellar LinkedIn Summary” published in Forbes.

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Join Target recruiters in an interactive workshop on how to impress the hiring manager.

About this Event In this session we will discuss:

  • How to Build an Effective Resume

  • How to Professionally Network

  • Virtual Interview Tips & Tricks

  • How to Answer Behavioral Based Interview Questions

We will have lots of time for Q&A so bring your questions! Lastly, you will have the option to connect directly with a recruiter to learn more about the open leadership roles we are hiring for.

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