Networking. We all hear the word. Use the word. Think about the work. As a purchasing manager, we need to be actively pursuing the word. We need to network.
Some purchasing managers are naturally good at networking. They run in the right crowds. Are in the right places at the right times. Just innately known how to network. Networking can be the key to making the right connections within your field and ensuring that you find that next job as a purchasing manager.
If that is not you, here are 3 things you can do this week to network as a purchasing manager.
#1 – Spend 15 minutes on Linked In – If you have a Linked In profile, this week, log in, endorse some people you know, add a skill, update your resume, or update your picture. Even if you are not job hunting, having an updated profile as a purchasing manager is helpful. Then take some time to search for someone in a position similar to yours at a larger company or someone you know that you haven’t connected with and connect with them n Linked In. And now you have networked a little. If you don’t have a Linked In profile, get one.
#2 – Search for Connections on Facebook. – If you use Facebook professionally, search for an organization you work for or with and “Like” their page. Then find a question to answer or a statement to comment on. Get involved in the conversation. You might be surprised what connections you make.
#3 – Visit a Professional Organization Website. – If you, as a purchasing manager, are a member of a professional organization visit their website. If you are not a member, find a professional organization website visit and consider membership. Look for forums on the website where you can ask questions and share professional knowledge and resources. Ask and/or answer a question and start participating in dialogue. You never know who you might meet on a professional purchasing manager website. Remember to visit regularly.
As a purchasing manager, you need to make a concerted effort to network with other purchasing manager’s. This helps you not only build your network but contributes to your professional knowledge, which is a benefit to any purchasing manager.