Category Archives: Career Partner

Hire The Best

At Coyote Logistics, a UPS company, it all starts with our people. We are a Pack — we take care of each other and share in each other’s success. That is, and always will be, one of Coyote’s core values.

When looking for new Coyotes to join the pack, it was an easy decision to become a Career Partner with Miami University’s Center for Career Exploration & Success (CCES). Together, we combined our networking abilities to create a successful on-campus recruiting strategy. Our newest recruiter is a key example of this success.

Meet Caitlin Roth.

As a junior at Miami, Caitlin found Coyote at Miami’s Fall Career Fair where she was enamored with the energetic recruiters providing a real-life glimpse into the vibrant culture of Coyote. Ultimately, Caitlin chose Coyote’s summer internship program for the extensive training and opportunity to have the same responsibilities as a full-time sales representative.

Photo of Caitlin Roth assisting with the Coyote display at Miami’s Career Fair.After a successful internship, Caitlin spent her senior year spreading the word about Coyote on Miami’s campus. That fall, Caitlin assisted our recruiters at the Career Fair, where she experienced the strong relationship between Coyote and CCES. Thanks to Miami’s diverse academic programs and the efforts of CCES, Coyote recruiters always meet top-quality candidates who are prepared for their future careers.

Caitlin recognized the opportunity for growth at Coyote from her internship experience. After graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Strategic Communication and Professional Writing, she started her Coyote career as a National Account Manager in 2017. Caitlin learned firsthand the importance of educating students on Coyote’s career opportunities. She is excited to take advantage of the Career Partners Program with CCES as Coyote’s newest recruiter!

Real World

Stoll-verticalYou are about to enter the “real world,” and if you are anything like I was at the end of my senior year at Miami, the two thoughts that are constantly on your mind are: “I no longer have to go to class!” and “I can’t wait to get a job and see that first real paycheck hit my bank account!”  Little did I know that I was about to embark on the longest and most rewarding educational endeavor of my life and that the paycheck is only a small fraction of what gives you satisfaction in your career.

I’ve been gainfully employed for almost a decade now, and have experience working for both a small, closely-held financial planning firm and now, a mid-sized, publicly traded, commercial transportation insurance company.  Each experience has taught me a little something about what it takes to find a career and succeed in it.  For what they are worth, below are a few of my thoughts.

The keys to finding and securing your first job:

  1. Look beyond today. Look for a company with growth potential, not only for the company itself but for you as an individual.  With growth comes opportunity; whether that means a new role within the organization or an opportunity to move to a new city because of an acquisition, both of which happened for me.  At this point in your career you have nothing to lose…so take a chance and look for a company where you think you’ll have the greatest opportunity for personal and professional growth.
  2. Study up! Really get know the company you’ll be interviewing with.  What do they do?   Who do they serve?  And most importantly what sets them apart?  I say the last is most important because it gives you an idea of what drives the organization.  In turn, you can use that information to explain how your skills and knowledge align with the company objectives.  i.e.  What sets you apart from all of the other Miami graduates that come knocking? In today’s world there is no excuse for not doing your homework; you have an abundance of information right at your fingertips.  You may even be able to go as far as to learn a little about the individuals you’ll be interviewing with.  It is quite apparent during an interview who has and who has not done their research.  And I can tell you from personal experience, if you do not have an interest in learning about the company, they likely will not take an interest in you.  Study up.

Succeeding in your career:

  1. Invest In Yourself. Everything you have learned up to this point has been laying the groundwork upon which you are now responsible for building your career on.  Organizations recognize those individuals who continue to invest in themselves and pursue additional education opportunities; some will even invest along with you. Whether it is another degree or a specific designation relative to your field, you should make every attempt you can to broaden your knowledge.
  2. Contribute. This means more than just showing up on time and getting your job done.  As a new employee you have something to offer that no one else does; a fresh perspective.  Don’t be afraid to use it.  If you think there is a more effective or efficient way to accomplish something within the organization, voice your opinion, but be prepared to follow it up with action. I would challenge you to keep this mindset throughout your career.  It is easy to settle into the, “this is the way it has always been done” mentality.  But the truth of the matter is, new ideas and fresh perspectives are what continue to move organizations forward and you can play a part in that.

I have found my career at National Interstate Insurance Company, an organization that sets itself apart from its competitors by offering customized insurance solutions for our clients.  I am excited to come to the office every day, because each day is an opportunity to contribute to the success of our organization.

And did I mention we’re growing!?  When I joined the company eight years ago, we had 300 employees and grossed $300M in revenue, today we have 650 employees and gross nearly $750M in revenue, and we don’t plan on stopping.  If any (or all) of that sounds as appealing to you as it did to me, I’d encourage you to check out our careers page at, for what could be the start of a very rewarding “real world” experience.

And don’t forget, study up!

– Josh Stoll, Product Manager, Truck Alternative Risk Programs – Class of ‘07

How To Find A Great Career

by Chris Mikolay, National Interstate Asst. VP of National Accounts, ’99

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If you were graduating from Miami University 15 years ago, and you could fog a mirror, you probably had at least 3 job offers in hand. Back then the economy was on fire, dot com start-ups promised to change the world, and your bike probably still had training wheels on it.

Luckily for me, I happened to be graduating from Miami in 1999, and, since I conveniently had a pulse, I in fact had several job offers to choose from.  Sadly, it’s not so easy now.  Yet, even though it’s tougher to find a job these days, that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there or that you shouldn’t be discerning in your job search.

As someone who’s been in the “real world” for a decade and a half, and who has worked for a start-up, a multi-billion dollar global corporation, and now, a mid-sized publicly traded company, I’ve learned a few things about what it takes to find a great career.  And so I humbly submit a few thoughts on how you should approach your job hunt. Consider these pro tips from a guy who has sometimes learned the hard way:

Take a risk

You’re what, 21, maybe 22 years old?  Now is the time to do something daring.  What’s the worst that can happen? You go home and live in your parents basement for a while if the risk you took doesn’t pan out? That’s not so bad. Hey, at least you tried. And even better, if you do fail, at least you don’t have kids, a mortgage and a dog to feed. Now is the time to take a risk, when you have nothing to lose.

My recommendation, when you search for a job, is to widen your net. Don’t limit yourself to geography, industry, or how “stable” you believe your future job will be. If you widen your horizons, if you take the bolder choice, you will almost certainly look back someday and find, no matter how things work out, that getting out of your comfort zone was one of the best decisions you ever made.

Go with growth

My senior year at Miami I took a marketing class with Dr. David Rosenthal, who was known to be tough.  He was demanding and direct, but I found him to be challenging and I learned a great deal (which, not coincidentally, is exactly what you want in a boss). I took away numerous lessons from Dr. Rosenthal, one of which is “go with growth”.

You want to be with a company that is growing, that takes calculated risk, that has a history of innovation. There are plenty of slow moving companies in stagnant industries that have jobs available. Don’t work for them. Find the company that is making headlines, that is winning awards for revenue and profit growth (shameless plug: my employer, National Interstate, happens to be one of them!). These kinds of companies are not only more fun, but they’ll have job openings and need good people in any economy. Your career trajectory will mirror the company’s growth.  So pick the company that is growing like a weed.

Choose your boss

If it doesn’t happen to you, you will certainly have a friend who ends up working for the devil incarnate.  Remember this: people don’t leave companies, they leave their managers. You have more power to choose your boss than you realize. And so you should take great care when searching for a job, when interviewing, and after receiving a job offer, to make certain that you know who you’ll be working for.

Do your homework, find out what your future manager’s style is like, ask specifically how he or she will mentor you. And just like you don’t want to work for a tyrant, you don’t want to work for someone who is your best friend either; the ideal boss will challenge you, provide honest feedback, look out for your career and help you grow professionally. Choose your boss wisely: a great manager will be like rocket fuel for your career, and a poor manager will stunt your growth and directly correlate with how much you hate your job.

Know how to ace an interview

I’ve interviewed countless people, many fresh out of college. It astounds me how often people screw up the interview. And, seriously, it is honestly not that hard to ace an interview: First, do your homework. No, I mean, really do your homework. Learn everything you can about the company you will be interviewing with. Then formulate questions. Really good questions. Because it’s a two way street; great companies need great people, and if you happen to be smart, ambitious and willing to roll up your sleeves, that company should be selling themselves on you. During the interview, if you are inquisitive about the company, if you ask great questions that show you are prepared, and if you follow-up promptly, you’ve done more than 90% of the people you are competing against for the job.

When I graduated from Miami, I moved to Denver to work for a true start-up company. It was a risk I’ll never regret taking, and I grew in many ways both personally and professionally. Unfortunately, after several years our growing company hired a new CEO who turned out to be a bully and a tyrant, and that’s when I learned it’s important to choose who you work for. I left and spent a short period at a large multi-national company, and while the pay and job stability were nice, I found I didn’t like feeling like a cog in a wheel. For nearly a decade now I have been with National Interstate Insurance Company, a mid-sized publicly traded transportation insurer. The company is growing (go with growth!), I have a tough but ultimately very fair boss who makes me better (choose your boss!), and the work I do is interesting and meaningful. Our offices are filled with great people who share a “work hard, play hard” mentality.

I’ve been fortunate to find a great company where I feel like I can make a difference and where, when it comes to managing my career, the sky is the limit.

Your senior year at Miami should be one of the best years of your life. Don’t let the stress of finding a job after graduation ruin it. Just get the process started earlier than later, network with everyone you can, and keep in mind the thoughts I’ve outlined above and there’s a good chance upon graduation that you’ll end up at a company you love with a great career trajectory.