Minute to Win It: 5 Steps for Creating a Successful Procurement Resume

Minute to Win It 5 Steps for Creating a Successful Procurement Resume

Placement professionals will tell you that resume readers, reviewing hundreds of resumes for each open position, will spend less than a minute on most resumes.  Oftentimes, they will stop reviewing a resume without having assessed the candidate’s suitability for a position, because something was just not right on the resume.

What are some things you can do to positively position your resume?  Here our thoughts on a process for building an effective resume if you only have a minute to win over the resume reader.

  1. Create a 12 page resume. Instead of focusing on creating one resume, the one you will send out, try creating one that will serve as a library for creating resumes that are focused for specific, targeted opportunities. Read more

Landing Your Dream Job


To land your dream job, you first need to know what you want out of your next position.  Beyond the basics of compensation, benefits, and commute time, there are a few directions a purchasing professional can consider. Read more

Finding the Ideal Purchasing Candidate


Our experience working with hiring managers and HR professionals to fill purchasing and supply chain positions over the past 10+ years has been:

  1. Usually, they do a job great describing job responsibilities
  2. Most often, they are equally good at listing work experience and technical skill requirements
  3. They almost never clearly state the soft skills needed for someone to perform the job successfully

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Purchasing Soft Skills Checklist

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You need to be able to describe the ideal candidate before you can find them.  Download our Soft Skills Checklist for Purchasing Job Candidates for our short list of communication, mindset, and conduct qualities we’ve found hiring managers are looking for. Read more

Winning the Talent War

Are you building a top performing purchasing team . .  or just scrambling to fill opening?  Learn what purchasing professionals want in their next job – and in their current position. Read more

Tips for Retaining Your Superheroes

Purchasing leaders, your staff has a lot of job options.  We surveyed Detroit-area purchasing professionals and found that on average, they are being contacted by recruiters more than 7 times per month.  That’s nearly twice a week!  And the folks most in demand, the top 10%, reported they are contacted every day.
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Eight Tips for Landing Your Next Purchasing Superhero

Competition for experienced purchasing talent is at an all-time high. Purchasing superheroes are out there. In order, to land them on your team you’ll need to move fast and act decisively – something the standard corporate hiring protocol won’t deliver. We recently compiled eight tips for improving your odds of not just filling a seat, but finding a proven purchasing professional to add to your team.

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The Power of Small Steps

In a training class I was delivering last week one of the buyers expressed frustration about the time and effort that was going to be required to implement a change across her supply base.  She understood the current state, knew where she wanted to go and had a realistic view of the time and effort that the change would require.

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