Apics Prez 092110

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

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Apics Prez 092110

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

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