By Mike Rager
Over the past several weeks I have been discussing leadership, talent management and career development from the corporate perspective of an employer.
As a job seeker, here are some ways to put yourself at the top of the list for that career "kick start" that you have been looking for.
If you are in college as a undergraduate or in grad school, take summer internships, and cooperative (co-op) assignments. When your university has a career fair, make sure you attend to broaden your network.
Follow up with the people you meet to strengthen your relationships and network of professionals.
Always be prepared to answer some key questions, like what is your dream job, and why? What are your professional strengths? What areas of your profession are you working to improve?
Always remember empathy works both ways, so as you talk with a potential employer, learn to listen to what they are looking for. Make sure that you research the company and prepare some specific questions to ask about the company.
Mike Rager has more than 30 years experience and has held leadership positions in supply chain and operations management in the aerospace, defense and commercial industries at such companies as United Technologies, Raytheon, Invensys, Electrolux, Diebold Inc. and Tyco International.
Mike has proven success at implementing programs and processes to increase value in the supply chain. He has expertise in Lean/Six Sigma methodologies. His contributions include strategic sourcing and the associative cost savings, analyzing corporate and business segment spend and implementing programs to enhance supplier performance.
He’s passionate about managing and nurturing procurement talent.
Mike is a U.S. Navy veteran. He holds an Executive Master’s degree with a concentration in finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science in industrial technology and Bachelor of Science degree in business from Central Connecticut State University.
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