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Ideas on finding supply chain jobs in 2010. Presented to the APICS Boston Chapter on 9/21/10.

Ideas on finding supply chain jobs in 2010. Presented to the APICS Boston Chapter on 9/21/10.

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  • 1. APICS Boston Meeting September 21, 2010 Finding a Supply Chain Job in 2010
  • 2. Current Supply Chain Landscape
    • Supply chain isn’t just supply chain anymore.
    • Recession has done wonders for the supply chain planning profession.
    • Priorities*
      • 2009: Reduce operating costs.
      • 2010: Improve efficiency and/or productivity.
    • Top barriers to achieving supply chain goals*
      • Forecast accuracy / demand variability.
      • Supply chain network complexity.
      • Lack of internal cross-functional collaboration & visibility.
    • * Annual (2010) Gartner Supply Chain Study
  • 3. Identify the Job
    • The way we find a job today has changed dramatically vs. just 5 years ago.
    • Networking: if you wait until you need to, it’s too late
      • Peers.
      • Recruiters: we keep notes.
    • Indeed
      • Set up agents.
      • Let the site do the work for you.
    • LinkedIn
      • Join 50 groups.
      • Identify potential hiring managers.
  • 4. Your Resume
    • Make sure your resume shows that you “get it”
    • Contact information
      • Include your email.
      • If an active social networker, include your LinkedIn address (or equivalent).
    • Limit the explanation of what your company does/did.
    • Include the critical info while keeping a little mystery.
    • It’s all about quantifiable accomplishments.
  • 5. Prepare for your Interview
    • Homework
      • 10 questions.
      • There’s an art to asking questions.
    • LinkedIn
      • Research background of interviewers.
      • Who do you know in common?
    • Pack an energy bar
    • Appearance
      • Dark, professional suit. Extra shirt / tie or blouse.
      • Shoes shined / solid socks.
      • Fresh haircut; beard is a high-risk factor.
  • 6. During the Interview
    • Be prepared for questions like:
    • Tell me about yourself.
    • Why were you released from your last role?
    • Why have you been out of work so long?
    • Misc:
    • Answer with quantifiable accomplishments.
    • Stop sounding desperate.
    • Identify issues as early in the interview as possible.
    • Close properly.
  • 7. After the Interview
    • Send a follow up email
    • Dear Hiring Manager,
    • I’d like to thank you for your time earlier today. I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about APCS and you’re need for a Supply Chain Planner.
    • I look forward to working with you and the teem in the future.
    • Sincerely,
    • Joey Bag ‘O Donuts
    Do a Spell & Grammar Check
  • 8. TopGrading Solutions
    • Jason Breault
    • Supply Chain Practice
    • 508-636-8418 x201
    • [email_address]
    • http:// www.linkedin.com/in/jasonbreault

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