If you are looking for a new position in the supply chain industry, it is always advisable to make sure your resume is up-to-date. The mentality of human resource managers is that if you are not getting interviews for jobs, it is because your resume needs to be updated. This post will provide general tips on how to make the most of your supply chain resume.
Included here are examples of resumes for different levels of supply chain professionals – entry level to senior management. The general structure is the same across the board, but resumes for senior positions may be more specific to the industry in which you are applying.
Try to make your resume as concise as possible. This will help to give a summary of your experience and qualifications from a manager’s perspective. It is just as important that you highlight relevant experience and achievements as it is that you list all the job titles that you have had. Keep an eye out for anything negative such as references or other people’s comments summarised in a letter. Try and make sure that this is kept short, one page at most should suffice when writing it yourself.
Here are 5 tips for putting together a supply chain resume.
- Highlight your accomplishments and performance – A common mistake when writing a resume is to just list job titles and responsibilities. This does not show that you were able to make an impact on the business, or that you made any kind of difference.
You need to show off your skills and capabilities, this will make the HR department want to call you for an interview. Try and focus on delivering results through your skill sets, such as delivery of profitable improvements, efficiency gains etc. It is helpful if you provide a percentage or dollar figure in relation to the outcome of your work. But do not use this as a crutch; imagine explaining this during an interview without referencing it on your resume!
- Use a format that highlights your skills – If you have been in the industry for several years, it can be hard to decide what to list first. The best solution is to write a ‘skills’ section on your resume that has a title such as ‘Skills Summary’. This will allow you to list your expertise in more detail. Once again focus on the outcomes that you have achieved, not just the tasks or job titles from previous positions.
- Fit the description of your career path – There are several ways that you can approach this section, but it is important that it highlights how you progressed from entry level positions to where you currently are. Try and relate each step of your career path with past experience and achievements.
- Highlight your education and training – If you have been working in the industry for a long period of time, it may be helpful to take a break and refresh your knowledge. This might include taking courses at your current company or in a related field. It is also possible that you have attended management courses that can be listed on your resume too. It is important to keep this section short and concise as well, perhaps just a page or two.
- Mention other relevant experience – Although it is not essential, it can be beneficial to include on your resume if you have any experience outside of the supply chain industry. If you have worked in another industry and find yourself applying for a job in the supply chain, then it is good to include your relevant experience. This can be anything from previous work experience to voluntary work or even public speaking sessions.
If the resume is short, try not to include any information irrelevant to interviewers, such as references or dates. Instead focus on your achievements and achievements during your supply chain career. You can use any letters of reference that you have received during this time too. It is also possible that the names of other people involved in the position will be mentioned in your cover letter. This should be listed on your resume if applicable and should indicate how they contributed towards the success of an initiative or delivery mechanism for example.
It is always important to keep your resume up-to-date and not fall behind the competition. Use the provided tips to give yourself an edge in landing a great new position.