Tips to Help Optimize Your Supply Chain Resume

Your resume is a very important marketing document. To be most effective, it should be designed to help supply chain recruiters and potential employers quickly and easily understand your most important and unique skills, experience, past performance and accomplishments. Below you will find some of the best supply chain resume tips we have to offer.

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Put Your Best Foot Forward

The first third to one-half of your resume is where employers and supply chain recruiters will initially focus so make sure this area of your resume highlights your strongest skills, experience and accomplishments. Focus on developing an easy-to-scan resume format as most recruiters take less than 10 seconds to scan and determine their initial interest level. If they don’t see something of interest during their initial quick scan, they will likely never go through the rest of the information and will move on to the next resume instead.

Don’t Leave Gaps

A reverse chronological order resume with all gaps in employment explained lends the most credibility and is preferred by employers and recruiters. Make sure all information and dates are completely accurate and updated to reflect your current or most recent position. For the date format, we recommend using Month/Year for each position you’ve held.

Be An Open Book

If you decide to use a functional resume format, which outlines your accomplishments and experience in each functional area rather than each job, be sure to also add an outline of your chronological work history with dates included in Month/Year format. Remember, you only get one chance for someone to read your resume so you want to make sure your work history is clearly stated to avoid your resume being dismissed due to too many unanswered questions or gaps.

Make Your Skills Obvious

Instead of an objective statement, consider listing a brief summary of your supply chain skills and expertise. Write either a brief paragraph and/or list 5 to 10 bullet points at the very top of the first page under your name and contact information. You should customize this summary section based on the types of jobs you’re applying to in efforts to increase your chances of landing a job interview.

Stand Out in A Crowd

If you have an advanced degree (MBA, MS, etc.) or specific job/industry related certifications such as a CPM, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP or Six Sigma Black Belt, be sure to place that information towards the top of your resume where it can easily be seen on a first quick scan. This could help your resume to stand out amongst other candidates.

Stay Current

Be sure to emphasize your most recent and applicable experience and de-emphasize experience from the beginning or earlier part of your career.

Be Concise

Stay on point and condense where possible – your resume should be no more than two pages in length and no less than 10 point type in Helvetica or Arial (you should avoid Times New Roman as it’s considered outdated). Leave as much white space and margin as you can to make it look cleaner and easier to scan/read. Bold and capitalize all Headings (Name, Summary, Experience, Education, etc.) but keep bolding of normal text to a minimum, as well as underlining.

Show The Value You Can Bring

Under the Experience section, avoid listing only your job duties and responsibilities. List your achievements and accomplishments as well. Use action verbs (optimized, transformed, integrated, directed, etc.) in bullet point form for more impact and easier scanning/reading.

Think Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

Quantify your accomplishment statements with percentages or dollar amounts in cost savings, time saved, productivity increased, clients that you engaged or saved as a result of your actions, effective budget or P&L responsibility, processes and systems you’ve created or improved, the size of operations and teams you’ve led, etc. Be sure to tell what “you” did and your particular role vs. what the “team” did. Quantifying results is critical for an effective supply chain resume!

Show Your Roots

Show your career progression throughout your resume. Supply chain recruiters and employers also want to understand the types of employers you’ve worked for along with the size and scope of the supply chain network or operation you’ve managed or supported for each position you’ve held. You don’t need to go into fine detail but at least list the basics to provide some context.

Connect Your Web Presence

If you are active on business-related social media networks such as LinkedIn (make sure you have a completed profile!) or if you maintain a supply chain oriented blog or website, be sure to include the links/URLs at the top of your resume underneath your name and contact information. This is a super easy way to supplement your resume with additional content (supply chain articles you’ve published, references on your LinkedIn profile, etc.) which can give you a leg up over other candidates.

Focus On the Positive

If there are gaps in your employment history, list anything you were doing of value during that time, especially if it pertains to updating your work skills, education, certifications, etc.

It’s All About Your Skills, Experience and Accomplishments

Do not list personal information such as your list of hobbies. Also, do not include information about children or marital status, height, weight, age, race, ethnicity, religion, or personal references, and do not include a picture. This information may be considered discriminatory and could disqualify your resume from consideration.

Keep It Simple

Leave off the phrase “References Available Upon Request” at the end of your resume. It is redundant and takes up valuable resume space. Also, do not include a list of your personal or professional references on the resume. It is assumed that you will provide references when requested.

Be Prepared

Bring a separate list of professional references with you to the interview in case you are asked for them at the end or if you need this information in efforts to complete an employment application form. Professional references should be former managers or supervisors, peers and colleagues that have direct knowledge and experience of your skills, experience and past performance.

Avoid Putting Your References On The Spot

Before you provide any references, make sure you have contacted the people on your reference list first to let them know that someone may be calling and to properly prepare them to discuss your skills and experience.

Additional Resume Tips

Please periodically check our Supply Chain Talent Blog for additional advice related to resumes e.g. Top 5 Tips for Optimizing a Supply Chain Resume.

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