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    Amisha
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    I have attended a six sigma green belt certification course offered by Motorola in Mumbai (India).I currently don’t belong to any organization. I will be moving to Philadelphia permanently this March.
    What is the best possible way for me to select a green belt project?Is it possible to work as a free lancer and not belong to a particular organization?How shall I start networking?
    Answers to all or most of these questions would really help and I would certainly appreciate some guidance.

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    #132418

    IknowU
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    Amisha,
    I will advise you to apply for a Quality related job once you reach Philadelphia. Once you get into the organization, you can take up improvement projects related to your work area, such that you are able to apply what you have learnt in ur training program.
    You may need a coach while you take up ur 1st six-sigma project. Your trainer from Motorola should be able to help you through ur 1st project, else isix-sigma is there to guide you when you need help.
    All the best,
    Iknowu

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    #132427

    Amisha
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    Thankyou so much for your advice.
    By the way are organizations willing to recruit people who are trying to complete a certification green belt project? Can I join as a volunteer?

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    #132444

    IknowU
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    Amisha
    Depends on the organization. If you try to see things from their side, why would they invest resources on a GB, if they donot have Six-Sigma in their organization. So you have 2 options :
    a). Have a list of organizations in Philadelphia, which have six-sigma program running or implemented.
    b). You may decide some timeframe for the above activity. If the above activity doesnot workout, you can go into a Quality function and then take improvement project in the new organizations. It may be a difficult thing to do, but you may have to drive it as improvement projects, instead if six-sigma project, till the time, you get proper by-in from ur team. Its going to be trial & error method…
    Remember, if you go in as a volunteer, even in that case, the organization is investing the time of the resources in your project. What if the project fails ? If the project succeeds then how the team will benefit…etc lot of questions, need to be answered when you go in as a volunteer…All the Best !!

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    #132462

    Amisha
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    Thanks for the informative insights!
    Where must I include the green belt training in my resume? I am thinking it will be the special skills section.What is the best way to frame such a sentence?

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    #132478

    Jered Horn
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    I’m not sure “Six Sigma green belt trained, but not certified” is as marketable as you seem to think.  Put that statement or something like “Knowledge of Six Sigma at the green belt level” on your resume.  Search for a job in your current profession and expect the Six Sigma training you’ve received to be an enhancement to your qualifications…something that would give you an edge over others applying for the job.
    I would be surprised if you would be able to find a company that would allow you to volunteer to do a green belt project for them.  Being willing to do that, though, is an outstanding personality trait.  If you can get that across in some way on your resume, or during an interview, it may help you get a job as well.
    Good luck!

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    #132480

    Anonymous
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    Amisha,
    Although I admire the desire to learn about Six Sigma and obtain certification, you might be better off doing as others have suggested and just listing the fact that you’ve “completed Green Belt training” or words to that effect on your resume rather than trying to complete a project as either an intern/volunteer.  This might be just as effective with a company that’s in the first year of SS implementation.
    I actually had a person work for me as an unpaid intern trying to obtain Black Belt certification last year and it was a disaster.

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    #132484

    Amisha
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    Thankyou for your advice.
    I will insert the words ‘ completed green belt training’.Does it make a positive impression on the recruiter if you mention the Institute at which you undergo the training (Motorola in my case?)
    So my idea of volunteering/interning does not sound as absurd as I thought for a green belt project!(Since you mentioned you had an intern go the same route but unfortunately the results were not upto the mark as you might have expected)
    Would you know which companies wouldn’t mind taking interns for their in-house six sigma projects?Or is it a long shot?

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    #132498

    Anonymous
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    My recommendation would be that you should definitely include the fact that your Green Belt training was received at Motorola — they’re a leader in Six Sigma.
    As for the idea of doing a Green Belt project on a volunteer basis, I’m still not so sure.  There are probably some companies where you could do it but I think a more realistic goal and a more achievable one would be to simply volunteer to participate as a team member on a project.
    This way you could accurately say that you’ve received Green Belt training from Motorola and that you’ve participated on a Six Sigma project.
    Amisha, I’m guessing that you’re not from the United States because most people in the US who attend Green Belt or Black Belt training simply list themselves on a resume as being certified whether they took a certification test or participated on a project or not.
    Good luck.

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    #132891

    Amisha
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    Thankyou for your reply!
    Yes I am not from the US, but I always thought American companies have stringent rules regarding the content on a resume.What I specifically mean to say is, you really can’t be a tad dishonest and misrepresent facts.Thats why I thought it was safer to put ‘trained as a green belt at Motorola University’ rather than profess to be a certified professional.
    I think the only way I can get across the fact that I’d like to volunteer as a team member on a SS project would be to send a cover letter.But I hope that doesn’t come across as sounding desperate.Would you know anyone who personally underwent an experience (volunteered on a SS project) whom I could contact?
    Thanks.You’ve been very informative and helpful so far. 

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