Quality Progress - August 2016 - (Page 51)

CAREER CORNER BY TERESA WHITACRE Supplying Your Own Success Use methods of supply chain management to boost your career A SUPPLY CHAIN is a system of organi- er? The old adage, "It's who you know," a lot of research. Ask yourself: "What zations, people, activities, information and often holds true. The supply chain be- must I know to do this work? Who is resources involved in moving a product comes weak without the right people in my audience? What needs does the or service from a supplier to a customer. the right places, so prove that you are target organization have? How can I Whether you are just starting out in the needed. Even in this age of robots and fill those needs?" Use this information field or a seasoned veteran, it's important automation, there still is a necessity to show customers that you can fill to consider the value of your supply chain. for people to be involved in some way, their needs. Every organization has shape or form. pain points, so use the appropriate Think about a supply chain in terms of a career: The "supplier" is you, and 3. Activities. Do you submit résumés information to determine where these the "customer" is the employer or client and service quotes to the internet points are and demonstrate how you you are pursuing. How you manage your black hole? Do you answer advertise- can alleviate the pain. supply chain directly correlates with your ments and just hope for a response? career success. Consider the five systemic Make cold calls and get nowhere? you need to sell to the customer. elements in managing your supply chain. Take a positive, proactive approach to Perhaps you need time to prepare pre- 1. Organizations. Create a target list of strengthen these activities. Go to job sentation materials such as résumés or organizations where you would like fairs or local networking events and marketing brochures. Do you have the to work. Perhaps this list is based on meet potential customers. Write a blog ability and funding to travel to meet a geography, industry, your interests or and market your services. Meet people customer? Do you have the necessary availability of work at these organiza- from your target organizations for technology for online Skype meetings tions. The targeted organizations are coffee and interview them for a blog or or webinars? Determine the appropri- key to your supply chain, and without article. The more activity that occurs ate attire for meeting with custom- interested or available organizations, in this phase, the greater the chance ers. Do you need personal protective there is a missing link in the chain. for success. equipment or a business suit? It can be 2. People. At your target organizations, 4. Information. Gather information who do you know? Does anyone in about your customers' likes, dislikes your professional or personal network and wants. This will help you reach know what you can offer the custom- your goal, so it is important to conduct 5. Resources. Consider what resources surprising the amount of resources- minimal to extensive-that are needed to satisfy the supply chain. Regardless of your title, field or professional level, understanding the importance of supply chain management for your career is crucial. The stronger the supply chain-the relationship between you as the supplier and the employer as the customer-the more successful you will be. QP TERESA WHITACRE is a quality engineer and principal at Marketech Systems in Pittsburgh. She has an MBA from California University Foreign Credential Evaluation in Los Angeles. She is an ASQ-certified quality auditor, engineer, Six Sigma Green Belt and manager of quality/ organizational excellence. An ASQ fellow, Whitacre is an instructor for ASQ's Pittsburgh Section's certified quality inspector refresher course and is deputy regional director for ASQ Region 8. August 2016 * QP 51

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - August 2016

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Chain Challenges
Sample Simplification
Recognize, Rate and Resolve
Exploiting Bottlenecks
Station to Station
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outlook
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea
Back to Basics

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