In supply chain, which is becoming the hot new industry, the job market is highly competitive. And when there are more candidates than openings, it’s important to make yourself stand out when applying for a job. Here’s how to write a resume that will impress hiring managers and set you apart.
First, your resume needs to look good. Make sure it has a clean, readable design, is free of spelling or grammatical errors, and clearly presents your skills and experience. Then follow these supply-chain specific pointers:
- Quantify – Your resume shouldn’t just list your current and past job responsibilities. You need to list your accomplishments AND quantify the results. Show that you have a good understanding of how to utilize data, especially that data that pertains to your major achievements
- Mention Size – Every supply chain is different in size, scope and complexity. Make sure your resume spells out these details of the supply chains you’ve managed or worked on.
- Show Your Impact – If you can, show how you’ve impacted not only the bottom line in your current or previous roles, but improved the top line also. Enabling growth is just as important as cutting costs!
- Highlight Your Versatility – Today’s supply chain organizations focus on integration, continuous improvement, better collaboration and improved visibility from end-to-end. Try to include a few projects or examples where you’ve worked with other supply chain departments, suppliers and/or service providers. You want to convey that you have knowledge and/or experience that spans across multiple functions.
Two aspects of hiring that are not specific to supply chain are the technological element and the human element. You know your resume will probably go through some kind of automated tracking system’s filters. So be sure to incorporate industry keywords and buzzwords, but don’t overdo it. You want your resume to make it through the filtering system, but you don’t want it to look like you’re “keyword stuffing.”
Also, hiring managers have specific ideas about what skills and experiences they’re looking for, so tailor your resume to the job description. Make sure it includes all of your technical skills, work experiences and degrees, certifications, or licenses that relate to what they mention in the posting.
Could you use more pointers in how to write a great supply chain resume? Then talk to the experts at ZDA Supply Chain Recruiting. We can review your current resume and help you make it more effective.