Thanks to the contributions of Tonia Deal, I really think that this article hits all the major points for developing an effective purchasing resume. But be sure to also download the free podcast that accompanies the article as well as there are many valuable points that didn't make it into the article.
As we discussed in the podcast, even if you have a great purchasing resume, you can really blow your chances by not being careful in the way that you submit it. Here are some points to follow, based on real-world mistakes that purchasing professionals make with their resumes:
- If you submit your resume as an email attachment, write something in the body of the email! With all of the computer viruses and spyware that exist, employers who get resumes may be reluctant to open an attachment without an explanation of that attachment even if you've named the file "john smith's resume.doc" or something similar.
- Don't spam! It creates a bad impression if you send out your resume to several people and BCC everyone (or worse, include everyone's email address in the header). Hiring managers are likely to feel that you are treating them as unimportant if you cannot send a personal email. After all, how much time are you really saving? 15 minutes? Investing that extra few minutes in your purchasing career will increase your chances of being considered for the better purchasing jobs.
- Follow instructions! If the job ad says to submit your resume by email with the subject line "Purchasing Manager Position," then do exactly that. Not "Supply Chain Manager Job." Not "Procurement Vacancy." Not "My Resume." "Purchasing Manager Position." If you don't do as employers tell you, they will think: "Geez. If he can't even follow simple instructions for submitting his resume, how can I ever trust him to manage $5 million in spend?"
Still, this advice just scratches the surface of what we covered in the podcast. So check out the podcast. In fact, check out ALL of the podcasts. We've had two great ones in the past two weeks and we're up to 13 overall. Unfortunately, SupplyNow hasn't released a podcast since Ariba announced its acquisition of Procuri, so I hope that the recently increased frequency of our Purchasing & Supply Management Podcast Series can help to fill that void to some degree.
To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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