Stand Out Among Supply Chain Industry Candidates With These Tips

Stand Out Among Supply Chain Industry Candidates With These Tips
Stand Out Among Supply Chain Industry Candidates With These Tips. Image source: Pixabay

The job market has been known to be competitive, no matter the industry. And if you are looking for a job in the supply chain industry, then you are aware of how tough and high the competition is and that you will have to stand out amongst other candidates in order to be considered. So, how do you better prepare yourself to be one of the most hireable candidates or collaborators in the supply chain industry, and how can you grow yourself from application to headhunt status? In this article, we will look at some of the ways you can ensure your resume stands out, you are equipped with enough skills, and are aware of what is needed from you to supply in this demanding industry.

Resume Like A Boss

No, really. Create a resume that showcases your skills as much as possible in order to be able to be considered for shortlisted positions. This starts with a regular resume/CV check and updates to ensure that you are ready to send it off whenever an opportunity arises. You are in the process of finding new opportunities, and chances of them knocking unexpectedly are high, so stay ready and prepared by cleaning up your resume, having supporting data and documents, past presentations, references, projects and more. It is better to have more and not need than to have too little when you do. Doesn’t this sound like supply chain management already? Exactly.

Another thing to note is that the style of your resume/CV should always try to align with the niche of the companies you are applying for. If prospective employees feel you have put in enough work to seem like you can fit into their team, then they will most likely shortlist you. So, try to make your resume and application as company-focused as possible. You will be rewarded.

No Information Overload

We know we mentioned that you should include as much reference and work you have done as possible, and while that may help, you might want to stay away from over-explaining your skills or bio. If the work speaks for itself, then you can create a small career profile or bio explaining the skills you have in a sweet and short manner. Then let all your work tell the rest of the success story.

Be Ready For The (Tough?) Questions

You may be a well-versed person in the supply chain industry and are thinking that potential employees may want to test your knowledge through a series of questions and scenarios. While you may think you are ready for anything, it doesn’t hurt to familiarise or remind yourself of the kind of questions your potential employer may ask. Researching the company you are applying to may help you gauge the kind of topics you will cover, and even though in most interviews you are asked pretty much the same questions, there are career specifics you may need a brush up on. According to career sites and experts in the supply chain industry, these are some of the questions you should prepare yourself for:

  • What would you improve about our company’s supply chain management processes?
  • What type of planning process do you use to manage and track products and materials?
  • What’s your process for handling cost efficiency through strong relationships with suppliers?
  • Has a shipment to your warehouse ever been unexpectedly delayed? What was your process for handling this situation?

As you can see, the above are asked to test your abilities specifically. This means that your potential employer wants to know how much responsibility to assign to you and how much help you will require from the rest of the team. A pro-tip is to answer everything truthfully so that your potential employer and yourself both know what you are getting yourselves into. Speaking of, do not hesitate to also ask your potential employer questions you may have about the company or the industry. After all, job application processes are a two-way street.

Understand Your Industry Some More

According to the logistics bureau, there are three Cs in supply chain management – communication, collaboration and change.

  • Communication: to articulate complex and non-complex concepts in a way that anyone within your company or clientele can understand, regardless of whether they have supply chain knowledge or not.
  • Collaboration: This industry is one that requires collaboration, and because of how it is set up, it’s not easy. Your communication and relationship building skills will play a huge role here.
  • Change: Because this is inevitable, you might need to be skilled in change management, especially if you are on the path to or already are in a leadership position. If your clients, colleagues, and employees feel that you are calm during changes (which often happen in this industry), then they will be able to feel comfortable with that change.

Once you understand these, your chances of being headhunted are higher and will prove to be more lucrative. Lastly,

Technology Is Also Your Friend

While for years, supply chain companies have been able to function without technology, with the new normal, as well as how rapidly the digital era is moving into our everyday lives, it might be time to familiarise yourself with supply chain management on a more digital basis. You can even take advantage of an online supply chain and logistics management course in order to grow your skills and become even more qualified for the work you seek to do. The supply chain world is large and accommodative, so take that leap and watch yourself grow doing something you love.