Resume Tips for Procurement Professionals
On average, a professional job opening attracts 250 resumes, but only about 5 of these applicants will be selected for an interview and 1 offered the job. The average time a recruiter spends looking at each resume is 5-7 seconds! To be in the 2% strong enough to be selected for an interview, you must create a resume that will convince the recruiter or hiring manager to keep reading.
A procurement resume should have four main parts:
Summary, Core Qualifications, Professional Experience, and Education.
Your resume should begin with a brief profile highlighting your most impressive qualifications and attributes that align with the position that you are applying for.
Highlight your procurement skills, experience, education, and achievements that closely match the job description.
In a strong summary statement, the reader will quickly understand the applicant’s level of experience and specific job background. Your summary should convey an understanding of the responsibilities and requirements of the position as well as the unique skills that you offer. Keep it brief; CV professionals recommend using three succinct, information-packed sentences.
Use bullet points to list specific relevant qualifications that highlight your capabilities.
With the results-driven focus in procurement careers, it’s important to demonstrate how you have been effective in facilitating the success of companies and departments. Achievements may include cost savings, supplier quality improvements, supplier base expansions, etc. Examples should demonstrate your initiative and accountability and include measurable, impactful results. Use quantifiable data to demonstrate the value of your skills rather than just the implications.
Include your most relevant work experiences from most recent to most distant.
Use bullet points under each role to provide a brief description of responsibilities and achievements. Use positive, action-based language to achieve the greatest impact. Rather than saying you “coordinated” or “implemented,” upgrade to stronger words like “improved,” or “increased.”
Incorporate relevant keywords. Many companies use an Applicant Tracking System in addition to having Recruiters screen resumes. Include specific keywords such as the industries, categories, and procurement projects that you have had experience with. Relevant information that aligns with the job description should be included such as number of direct reports or total spend responsibilities.
If you possess an MBA or function-specific degree, you may consider moving your education section to earlier in your resume. Otherwise, your professional experience should remain at the forefront.
It’s acceptable to also include awards, certifications, relevant technical proficiencies, industry leadership positions, and recent volunteer achievements.
The margins should be at least .7 inches and the font size no smaller than 11 point. Ensure that you have sufficient white space and proper formatting. Keep it organized and concise; 2 pages maximum.
Investing the time to compare your qualifications to the company’s needs, and highlighting your procurement skills, experience, education, and measurable achievements that closely match the job description will help your resume stand out among applicants.