Я занял первое место в клубе, теперь надо готовиться к Area Contest.
Черновик моего выступления обсуждался тут: Job Security
Под катом окончательный вариант речи.
I have more than 20 years of experience in the IT consulting business. Most of my clients are huge corporations. I work through a consulting company or a recruiting agency, some times as an employee of a corporation. Today I will tell you a story about a couple of years of my career.
I was working for the U.S. Army. What could be more reliable? But Fort McPherson surrendered, and the contractors did not get an offer to relocate to Fort Bragg.
I’ve decided to get a permanent position in a stable bank and applied for contract-to-hire. I was hired in 6 months, as scheduled, and had been working as an employee for two weeks until the bank closed its IT department and switched back to overseas consulting.
A big telecommunication corporation signed a contract with me for a year to fix errors in an application. I had completed the project in 5 months and lost my job afterward. I strongly recommend everyone to read all the small print in the contracts.
I spent the whole month seeking a new job and got an endless contract with one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms - my dream job from college. They let me work from home with minimal control and I was happy for many months. In November of the following year, corporate management requested everyone to work from the office, an open space office. At the same time, I received a call from a very persuasive headhunter. He convinced me to quit the corporation and join a start-up company as the head of a department, with a huge increase in salary. I was not able to reject the real office with a window and agreed.
In two weeks, right after Thanksgiving, I had started a new job. The start-up died in a month - just before Christmas - we lost the contract with the client and everyone was laid off without last paycheck. Immediately I’ve called the persuasive headhunter and left him the very long voice message. At that time I was not a toastmaster, but the speech was good and I’ve got an interview with one of the biggest IT corporations before the New Year.
I am a computer programmer, developer, work on the backend, but that position was for a salesperson. The first interview was technical and I passed it easily. The second was with the head of the Sales department: he needed to make sure that I can speak English well enough. Have you heard Jimmy John's commercial "Fast Talker"? I’ve mocked it. I’ve spoken very fast, polite, very clear, and I’ve promised to change my name from Yevgeniy to Jack. They hired me on the same day. I’ve got the Cloud Solution Architect certification and joined the corporate ToastMaster club. It helped me to get a new position in a year when I rejected a request to relocate to Seattle and lost my job again.
Currently, I have a permanent position, but I do not believe in job security, and I am working hard to improve my skills and interviewing techniques.