I think more companies are asking for a work samples during the interview process. The Powerpoint and presentation you do for an interview certainly can help you highlight your accomplishments while dazzling the interviewer (hopefully). The company can see both oral and written communication skills which are at the top of the list for most interviewers. Your tech skills count, of course, but if you cannot explain what you did in the past, how would you interact with the new team.
Thanks for sharing this information about the PowerPoint during the interview.
At a recent interview, I was asked to bring a powerpoint presentation addressing my background, work history, and accomplishments. I have never had that request before, but I like the fact that it gave me control over my message. For future refereence, I would consider requesting this format.
I take that back. LinkedIn has provided me with a lot of fun, in the form of bogus entertainment gossip stories that I've written, where I pretended to report rumors of Jonathan Frakes starring in new roles in imaginary movies. These were all within closed groups, though, and not visible to the general public, which is the only reason Jonathan Frakes hasn't noticed, I'm sure.
For example, I wrote about the remake of Santo El Enmascarado De Plata Contra La Invasion De Los Marcianos, rumored to star Jonathan Frakes in the title role!
I also announced the collaboration between Jonathan Frakes and Kellogg's in the introduction of new Kellogg's Jonathan Corn Frakes.
The advice you gave was great. I think anyone who used your services and took your advice would be very happy.
The only reason I use LinkedIn, by the way, is to keep a partial list of my contacts. There are some good people on that list, and LinkedIn is my main touch-point with them. Otherwise, LinkedIn is not much use to me and my goals. A LinkedIn profile is just as likely to feed information to an identity thief as it is to a recruiter, I've found. (Yes, I've had my identity stolen. They gave it back shortly after, however, and yelled at me for letting them take it in the first place.)
In fact, if there is ever anything I say here that offends anyone, it's not me, it's the identity thief.
First, I want to thank you for your LinkedIn story. When I read your comment, I looked for you on LinkedIn, but there were 23 and not knowing where you live or what you do, I didn't take the time to look at all of them. Even if I found you, I might not have any concrete suggestions.
Second, I'm taking this comment seriously. You sound very frustrated. I don't have any idea why providing less information would give you the same results. But having "key words," which would be words that would encourage recruiters to call you, are important.
Third, LinkdIn provides much online assistance to help with the profiles. Go to the top "bar" and click on "more" and then go to the "Help Center" and click. Then drill down with your questions.
LinkedIn is a powerful tool for both recruiters and others. I hope this helps.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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