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6 Ways to Be a More Focused Purchasing Manager

Do you feel that your day starts out right and then derails with the first distraction? This is how many purchasing manager feel. But if you want to be more productive and successful as a purchasing manager, you need to find ways to be focused and stay focused throughout the day. Here are some tips for being a more focused purchasing manager.

  1. Start Early – If you start early, you can usually get some quality time before the bustle of the day sets in. Starting early can help you get some things done, making you feel motivated and accomplished, and not let the distractions of the day take over your to do list.
  2. Eat Breakfast – Focused purchasing managers eat their breakfast. It is a proven fact that you have more energy and more mental focus if you eat “the most important meal of the day.” Skipping breakfast because you don’t like it or are too busy are not the excuses used by focused and productive purchasing managers.
  3. Get up and Move – Throughout the day, it is important to get up and move around. In order to stay more focused you need to recognize when your eyes and brain need a break and your body needs to move. Moving around, getting the circulations moving, and tearing yourself away from your computer can help you be more focused when you return to the task at hand.
  4. Do not Multitask – Though it seems that multitasking would mean you get more done, it has been shown that, typically, those that multitask are not able to give their 100% to one task. Therefore, though more tasks may be completed, they are typically not completed to the best of one’s ability. Learning to focus on one task at a time and committing your attention to it wholly will help you become a more focused purchasing manager.
  5. Prioritize – One of the first thing that productive and successful purchasing managers do when they start their day is prioritize their daily tasks. This will help them focus on the most important and time sensitive matters first guaranteeing they get done. If you want to be more focused, you must know what to focus on in order to succeed.
  6. Know your Limits – A more focused and successful purchasing manager knows his or her limits and knows that saying yes to everything will not bode well in the long run. It is important to know your limits as a person and a purchasing manager therefore knowing when to say yes and when to say no to meetings, tasks, collateral duties, and extracurricular activities. To be more focused as a purchasing manager, you must know your limits and not be afraid to enforce them.

9 Things That Highly Productive Purchasing Managers Do NOT Do

Being a successful purchasing manager should obviously be the goal of anyone in your field. Therefore, it is important to be productive in order to be successful.  The most successful people are focused and determined. If you are striving for success, there are many things that highly product purchasing managers do NOT do in order to stay focused and be productive.

DO NOT MULTI TASK – Though multi-tasking seems necessary and important to know how to do, the most productive purchasing managers do not multi task. They focus on the task at hand and get it done in a timely manner. It is important to be able to concentrate on one task and give it your full attention in order to be productive.

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK – Highly productive purchasing managers are not worried about what other think about them or what they are doing. They do not need validation from others in order to succeed, or feel that they are successful.

DO NOT LET DISTRACTIONS BECOME A PROBLEM – When being a highly productive purchasing manager, one must be able to work through distractions and not be completely derailed by them.  There will be distractions in the work place. Knowing how to work in spite of them is critical to success.

DO NOT PROCRASTINATE – Productive and successful purchasing managers do not procrastinate. They work on the task as soon as they can and get it finished in a timely manner without waiting until the last minute to work on the project or task thus eliminating “thrown together” or haphazard work.

DO NOT SET UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS – Successful purchasing managers do not set unrealistic expectation for themselves or those that work for them. They set realistic goals and set themselves up to succeed not fail. Unrealistic expectations can cause disappointment and frustration. Setting achievable goals and preparing for bumps in the road helps one be properly prepared and therefore successful.

DO NOT SAY YES TO EVERYTHING – It is important to be able to say yes to new projects and additional work that can broaden your job description; however, it is also important for purchasing managers to know when to say “no.” Highly successful people know they cannot say yes to everything or please everyone and therefore assess whether they can or should say yes before agreeing to something.

DO NOT GOSSIP – It may be stereotypical that everyone in the office gossips around the water cooler. However, successful purchasing managers do not partake in such gossip. It is unprofessional and can only lead to issues or problems. Successful people have better ways to spend their time than gossiping about others in the workplace.

DO NOT ACT HASTILY – Highly successful people do not act hastily. They consider the decision at hand in detail and ensure they are making the best decision for the situation before making it. They carefully weigh their options before committing to something.

DO NOT GIVE UP – Purchasing managers who are successful do not give up. They do not give up on a task, a plan, or a task. If they agree to complete an assignment or a task they complete it to the best of their ability, even if it gets difficult or time consuming. Highly successful purchasing managers stay the course and do not give up.

3 Don’ts All Purchasing Management Job Seekers Should Think About

Whether you are out of job or just looking to move to the purchasing management field, the job search process can be daunting at best. If you are looking for your first or next purchasing management job, here are some way to get your job search in purchasing management moving forward.

DON’T BE GENERIC WITH YOUR RESUME – Be sure to personalize your resume for the job you are applying. This means that there is a little more work for you because you don’t just have one resume; but the “one size fits all” days of resumes is over. Personalize the resume to the specific job qualifications that a potential employer is looking for. Taking the time to address specific experience you have that is particular to a purchasing management job to which you are applying can help you land that job interview. Be sure to avoid common resumes mistakes such as grammar and spelling errors as well.

DON’T EXPECT THE JOB TO FIND YOU – One fatal mistake that many purchasing management job seekers make is that they cast a small net out into the job search world and then expect the next purchasing management job to find them.  It’s important to realize that you are not going to find a job if you do not actively search for a job. Job seekers must be diligent, setting aside specific time to search for that next purchasing management job. Even if you are just passively looking for another job because you are not 100% satisfied, you will find that if you don’t actively look for the job, you will likely have little luck in finding a job.

DON’T PUT ALL THE FOCUS ON YOU – Purchasing management job seekers can make a big mistake during the job search process by concentrating their efforts on themselves rather than putting the focus on the job of interest.  Whether you are writing your resume, your cover letter, or answering questions in a job interview, turning the focus to your experience specific to the job description of the job of interest is the best way to keep the focus on you as a potential candidate. Read the job description and make certain your resume is tailors to the specific important traits the job is looking for and be sure to focus your answers in the job interview on the same. Ask questions during the interviews that pertain to the company and the job at hand, proving you have done your research and you are truly interested in the job.

There are many ways to move your job search forward as you are looking for that next purchasing management job. Concentrating on these don’ts will help you put your focus in the right place and have you on your way to your next (or first) purchasing management job.

Balancing Work and School as a Purchasing Manager

As a purchasing manager trying to continue to grow in your field, you may find that attaining an advanced degree or certification would be beneficial. But balancing a full-time job, a personal life, and school can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips for purchasing managers to help find a work-life balance.

HAVE A PLAN. Don’t haphazardly enter a degree or certification program. Have a plan. When would you start and complete the program? How will you pay for it? When will you study? How much time do you need weekly to work on studying and attending class? Is it doable?

ALLOT STUDY TIME. Schedule specific, undisturbed study time. Have a set place you go and study there as frequently as possible. Do not allow constant distractions or interruptions. This place may be the library after work, your office on your lunch hour, or your kitchen table after the kids are in bed but whatever it is stick to it and get in the habit of studying there at that time.

MAKE TIME FOR A PERSONAL LIFE. You can’t just neglect you and your family for the duration of your schooling. Make sure you take time to play with the kids, go on a date with your spouse or significant other, and/or go workout. You might have to be more planned and less spontaneous but keeping your personal and family life healthy will help you be more successful at both work and school.

GET EVERYONE ON BOARD. If you have family, spouse, or a significant other, even close friends on board with your back-to-school plan, you will find great success.  Explain to them why it is important to you to obtain this certification or degree and what it will take from you and them for you to accomplish this goal. If they feel a part of your mission, they will be more likely to help you reach your goal instead of being a distraction. Especially with children, it is important for them to understand this is a temporary life change that will be for everyone’s benefit down the road.

CHOOSE A PROGRAM THAT FITS YOUR PERSONALITY AND YOUR LIFE.  With so many options through which to obtain a degree or certification, it important to choose a program that fits you. Do you need the accountability of classroom attendance? Does your ever-changing work schedule require the flexibility of an online program? No matter your circumstance, you are likely to find a program that suits you. Finding the right program can contribute to your success.

Today, purchasing managers find that having a certification or degree helps them be more competitive in the job market. Keeping these tips in mind when choosing and starting a program can help you be the most successful purchasing manager you can be while balancing work and school in the most effective manner possible.

3 Things to Do This Week to Network as a Purchasing Manager

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.

10 Things Every Successful Purchasing Manager Does

You want to be the most effective and successful purchasing manager you can be. In order to do so you must learn some valuable time managing and efficiency skills to help you be the most successful purchasing manager you can.

Here are 10 things every purchasing manager should do to be the most successful at their jobs.

  1. Keep a calendar. – Having a calendar can help you better plan and prioritize your tasks.  Calendars also help ensure important deadlines are met and appointments are kept.
  2. Manage distractions. – Distractions are the biggest reason you don’t get more accomplished. Limit your distractions and you will get more done.
  3. Have office hours. – Office hours give you a chance to let your colleagues approach with you questions or problems while keeping the number of distractions under control.
  4. Be a good listener. – Listening to your superiors and subordinates can help you succeed.
  5. Prioritize your tasks. – Prioritizing ensures you get the critical work done first.
  6. Get up and move. – Making sure you get up and move around keeps you focused and gives your body the necessary boost in energy it needs to make it through the day.
  7. Remember your personal development. – Remembering to make personal development a priority is important to your overall success.
  8. Have a good work-life balance. – When you are at work be at work and when you are not, leave work behind. It’s important to have a healthy balance.
  9. Know your people. – Getting to know your people ensures your team is cohesive and will likely help you earn the respect you need for your team to succeed.
  10. Take a moment for you. – Taking a moment for you is a positive way to rejuvenate so you can concentration on the tasks at hand when you refocus.

Though some of these may seem intuitive, or even counter-intuitive, being conscious of 10 things can help make you a well-respected, well-rounded, effective purchasing manager.

5 Ways to be Happier at Work in Purchasing Management

Purchasing management professionals spent over half their waking hours at work.  Therefore, it is important for them to be happy in the workplace.  Even if the job is stressful, it is imperative to find ways to be happy and stay happy at work.  Here are 5 ways to be happier at work in purchasing management.

1 – Socialize – You don’t have to be best friends with your co-workers, but, in order to be happier at work, a purchasing management professional should take some time to socialize with his co-workers.  Taking the time to get to know those that you work with, celebrate birthdays at work, lunching with teammates, or just chatting with others in the break room can make working together more fun.

2 – Set attainable goals – Everyone loves the feeling of achieving a goal.  Therefore, in purchasing management, it is important to set goals and work to achieve them. But, if you want to be happier at work, set attainable goals, even if you have to set several small goals, so that you can meet the goals.  Be sure to celebrate when you do reach your goals.

3 – Take advantage of benefits and perks – Many companies offer purchasing management professionals perks and benefits for working at their company. And, yes, we know you are a very busy purchasing management professional, but it is imperative to your career that you take the time to benefits from the perks and extras that the company provides. It can make your time at work more fun and give you something to look forward to as well as show your employer you are grateful for the benefits.

4 – Take a minute for yourself – Purchasing management can be a very hectic job. It is important to take a minute for yourself each day to ensure you have the best attitude and mind set to do your job to the best of your ability.  One of the best way for you to be happier at work is to know your personal lives are taken care and that you giving your job 100% when you are there.

5 – Ask for the schedule that suits your life – Today more and more purchasing management professionals are working a more flexible schedule that allows them the best work-life balance for their lives.  If you are working a schedule that isn’t the best for your home responsibilities, take the time to ask for a schedule adjustment that will help you balance your work and life commitments the best. You never know what you might get if you don’t ask and if you truly want to be happier at work you need to know you have done everything you can to make your work-life balance the best.

Tips for Purchasing Managers for a More Productive Commute

Do you commute to your job? Many people do. The average commute in America is 24.3 minutes and American’s spend approximately 100 hours a year going to and from their place of business. So how can a purchasing manager make that 100 hours more productive? If you are looking to improve your productivity as a purchasing manager, finding a way to take advantage of that time you spend on your commute is crucial. Below are some tips to help you maximize your time and become a more productive purchasing manager.

LEARN SOMETHING – You could use your commute time to further your education, improve your skill set, or update your purchasing manager skills. How? Use the time to listen to self-help books and technical books about the skills that you need or would like to have a purchasing manager. Do you want to be a better leader? Consider listening to leadership books. Would knowing a second language be helpful as a purchasing manager? Check out an audio language program. Do you need to increase your computer skills? Find some audio books on the topic for you.  Learning something while driving or riding to work on your commute can be an excellent way to keep you on the road to self-improvement and career advancement as a purchasing manager.

MAKE NOTES – Another great way to maximize your commute time is to make notes about projects, prepare your to-do lists, make a priority list, or get a head start on your correspondence.  By doing so, you can have more time to get things done at work and have extra time once you arrive. If you use your commuting time to get ready and prepared for your day you will find that you will be more productive during your day. If you ride to work, you can make notes, go through emails, and even type up correspondence. If you drive to work, you still have the opportunity to get started on your day by investing in a voice recorder and making audio notes.

MAKE SOME CALLS – You can also maximize your time by using your commute to return some calls, set up appointments, or call some clients. This time is an excellent opportunity to get some time on the phone, especially if you drive to work. If you make your cell phone hands-free, you can call a client from the peace and undisturbed quiet of your car. As a purchasing manager, you may have clients to call or appointments to make. Just completing one call on your commute gives you one less things to take care of once you get to work.

RELAX AND DECOMPRESS – Though maximizing your time by completing some of your tasks can be a great way to stay on top of things and get ahead, it is also a good idea to take the time to relax and decompress from time to time. You may find that you need to take the time on your commute home to let go of the day, readjust your attitude and make yourself ready for your next phase of your day.

If you have a commute, whether it be by car or train, there are many things you can do to improve your day, yourself and your productivity as a purchasing manager. Simply find what works best for you and get started. You may find your commute to be the most productive part of your day.

5 Things to Consider When Making Your Personal Purchasing Management Brand

If you are in the market for a new purchasing management job, you will find that you need to have a personal brand.  Today, having a personal brand isn’t an option; it’s a necessity.  But what is a personal brand? Your personal brand is what you provide others when networking, what you provide as your personal marketing through social media, your resume, and networking.

It is important for every purchasing management professional to define his or her personal brand and have a clear understanding of it before heading into the job market and seeking a new purchasing management job. Therefore, it is good to consider a few things when making your personal purchasing management brand.

1 – What is your mission/vision? It is a good idea to identify the point of your personal purchasing management brand by determining your mission and vision for your career.  This can help you define your mission and vision. What is your big picture for your career? How do you see yourself getting there? This is the best way for you to define your purchasing management career mission and vision.

2- What are your primary goals? Another good way to come up with a personal brand is to determine your short term and long term goals and use these to help define your brand. Once you have determined your purchasing management goals you will want to come up with a plan to achieve the goals.  This will also help you in defining your personal brand.

3- What are your strengths? It is good to take a look at yourself and determine your strengths. These will help you in defining your personal brand as well. You will want to emphasize your strengths and how these strengths will help you achieve your goals. You will want to be able to cite two or three attributes that define your work ethic and/or personality to be able to use in your networking, resume, and overall personal branding in purchasing management.

4- What is your audience? It is best to have a good understanding of your audience before finalizing your personal brand.  Knowing your audience can help you tailor portions of your personal brand to your audience so it is appropriate. You will want to create a personal brand that focuses on the keywords that those in the hiring arena of purchasing management are looking for. That is why it is important to know your target audience and tailor your personal branding toward your audience.

5- What is your main competition? It is best to not only know who you are talking to (audience) but who is also looking for the job (competition). If you understand your audience AND your competition, you can focus your energy on ensuring you are bringing to the table everything you need to make you the best choice for any purchasing management job.

Overall, the work you put into understanding what a personal brand is and how to come up with the right one for you will help you better understand what you have to offer, what you bring to the table to make you a viable job candidate and how to best present your personal purchasing management brand.

A Purchasing Manager’s Guide to Staying Productive at Work

As a purchasing manager, you likely have a lot going on during your day. Staying productive can be a challenge when trying to balance emails, phone calls, meeting, and timelines. However, a well-organized purchasing manager can stay focused at work and be more productive simply by taking a few steps to ensure his or her day goes as smoothly and stays as focused as possible.

Here are some guidelines to staying productive at work:

Plan Your Day – One of the best things any purchasing manager can do is plan his or her day before the day gets started. If you have a clear plan of your priorities, your meetings, and your deadlines, you are likely to stay better focused and on track throughout your day.  Be sure to prioritize. Decide what works best for you – is it getting a plan for the next day before you leave for the day or start your day out with establishing a plan of action? Whichever works for you, get into the habit of planning out your day to keep yourself focused.

Stick to the Point – Once you have established your priorities and a plan of action, stick to it. Unless something really important that cannot wait takes you off task, stick to the plan and don’t divert.  This is the best way to keep yourself from continually being dragged away from your priorities and therefore not completing your to-do list. As a purchasing manager, you will likely to be interrupted many times throughout your day; therefore it is imperative to stay on task and keep focused.

Don’t Stay Idle – We all know that being idle can have its downfalls.  As a purchasing manager, you are likely to find very little time for being idle. However, just sitting around can keep you from being focused and keep you from being productive. Whether it is your hands or your mind that idle, you are not being productive and not moving through your list of priorities.  Be sure to keep plugging along and making the most of your time while at work.

Don’t Multi-Task – Though many purchasing manager’s pride themselves in their ability to multi-task, it really isn’t the best idea. Multi-tasking lends itself to not working efficiently and missing things. It is best for every purchasing manager to stay focused on the task at hand and not get side-tracked on other tasks.  You will find that you likely work much more quickly and efficiently if you stay on task, complete it and then move on.

Take a Minute for You – Yes, take a minute for you. As a purchasing manager, you are busy all day and likely find it hard to take a minute for you. However, it is best to plan a break and/or take a break when you need it in order to be able to stay focused when you are working.  Being able to know that you can take a moment to take care of your personal business or get up and clear your head, walk around or get some air, can help you stay focused when you need to.

By following these guidelines, any purchasing manager will find that there is more time to get the job done in an efficient manner and therefore be more productive. In the end, staying productive at work is all about being an effective and efficient purchasing manager.

3 Things to Do Today to Increase Your Social Media Networking in Purchasing Management

Social media networking is a prevalent and legitimate market for purchasing management professionals today. If you are looking to find your first purchasing management job, move up in your field, or simply network within your field, social media networking is where it is at. Therefore, savvy purchasing management professionals need to understand social media networking and how to be effective when networking through social media. Following a few of these tips will help you navigate through social networking and help you be the most effective in its utilization.

1- Establish a Relationship – You don’t want to just connect with someone or see how many friends you can have, you want to establish a social media relationship with other purchasing management professionals. You want to provide meaning to the relationship by providing good feedback, advice, and assistance as well as asking for it. Don’t just take – remember to give to the relationship. Be online and active even when you are NOT looking for advice or your next purchasing management job. Create conversations in LinkedIn, join forums and discussions, tweet valuable advice on Twitter, and be professional and helpful on Facebook. Being present, engaged, and helpful can go a long way when it comes to social media networking.

2- Know Who to Know – Paying social attention to the right people is paramount in social networking. As a purchasing management professional, you will want to connect with companies and personnel within these companies that are important to you and your career. Do some research. Find out who is important to know at a company you wish to work for, or a company that is prominent within your area in purchasing management. It doesn’t take more than a Google search typically to find out who heads up the Human Resources department at a company and then you are able to search for them on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Seek them out. You don’t have to connect with them right away but you can begin interacting with them and in their circles or networks online to establish yourself. You can do this by providing information, opinions, research, and advice – make comments, retweet their tweets. Interaction is the key to get networking with those you want to know within your field.

3- Ask for Advice – People LOVE to give advice in most cases and the purchasing management field is no exception. Ask for advice from established professionals within the purchasing management field. Asking them for their advice shows them you value their opinion and look at them as an expert within the field. This will help you establish a solid relationship with this person and help you build your network. Additionally, it keeps you engaged. You can ask about your career path, a product or industry, degrees or purchasing management certifications that you are considering. The type of advice is not necessarily the key – it is the fact that you seeking advice and building your network and social media presence within the purchasing management field.

Purchasing management is no different than any other professional field today – social networking is a prominent way of connecting within the field. Whether you are new to the field or an established purchasing management, utilizing social medial networking can be the key to your success within your field.

What to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job in Purchasing Management

You have made it through the job interview, maybe two of them, and have now been offered the job. You should just hurry and say yes, right? Well…not exactly. Be sure to ask yourself a few questions before you say yes to that purchasing management job offer.

Does this job lead me down the right path in my career? You want to make sure that a purchasing management job you have been offered is the job that is leading you in the direction for your career. Just because you get a job, it may not have the ability to lead you in the direction you plan to go. Ask how advancement happens with the company. Have others been promoted up from this job?

Do I really know what I will be doing all day? During the job interview, was the job’s day to day responsibilities explained in detail? Do you have a clear understanding of what the responsibilities of the purchasing management job entail? You want to know what you will be expected to do as well as any additional duties the job comes with before accepting the job.

Does the job provide all the compensation and benefits I need? Obviously, money isn’t everything. But, unfortunately, we need money to live. You need to make sure that the purchasing management job is one that is compensating you at a rate that will allow you to pay your bills and meet your needs. Additionally, if you require certain benefits, such as health insurance, you will want to make sure that you understand if they are available and what the cost to you will be.

Though there may be many other questions you want to ask yourself or SHOULD ask yourself, these may help you make some good decision with regards to a purchasing management job offer you may receive. Taking the time to think through the job and ask yourself some questions can be the difference between taking a job that isn’t the right fit for you and taking the right job.

4 Reasons You May Wish to Consider an Advanced Degree in Purchasing Management

As bachelor’s degree become more and more a common resume addition, advanced degrees, such as a master’s degree, becomes almost a requirement in purchasing management.  If you are planning to remain in your professional field and advance, it is imperative that you at least consider the pursuit of an advanced degree. Here are some of the advantages of enrolling in an advanced purchasing management degree program.

  • Opens up more employment opportunities – For some jobs, having at least a Master’s degree has replaced the once common requirement of a Bachelor’s degree.  In many cases, in order to be competitive, professionals need an advanced degree to separate themselves from other applicants and keep their skills updated.
  • Provides an edge for professional advancement – Even if you landed a purchasing management job with only a bachelor’s degree, you may find that having an advanced degree such as a Master’s degree is necessary in order to advance within your field. As companies continue to downsize and consider only the best of the best forked for that next professional advancement move.
  • Possibility for greater financial reward – An advanced degree in purchasing management can give a professional great financial reward due to the professional advancement opportunities and higher level employment opportunities an advanced degree affords.
  • Personal growth and a sense of accomplishment – One of the greatest benefits of pursuing an advanced degree is the sense of accomplishment you feel when you have completed a program as well as the personal growth that provides.  If you are considering an advanced degree, you will likely realize just what an accomplishment receiving your advanced degree can be.

Though pursuing an advanced degree in purchasing management takes a commitment, both personally and financially, it can be an important career move.  If you wish to invest in your long term career in purchasing management, it is important to consider whether the pursuit of an advanced degree it the right move for you.

Updating Your Skills in Today’s Purchasing Management Job Market

Today’s purchasing management job market can be difficult to navigate. Are there jobs? What skills does someone need? These are all questions many purchasing management job seekers ask themselves. Whether you are unemployed or currently working in another field and hoping to find a job in the purchasing management market, it is important to update your purchasing management skills in order to find your next purchasing management job.  Here are some ways for updating your skills in today’s purchasing management job market.

ATTEND A CONFERENCE – A good way to network and keep in the purchasing management loop is to attend a professional conference. Doing so can keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the industry and see what kinds of groups, classes, and latest skills are available to purchasing management professionals. If you are a member of a professional organization or unemployed, be sure to see if there are conference discounts available before you attend.

TAKE A CLASS – Another way to keep your skills updated in purchasing management is to take a class that is applicable to your field. Take the class in person so you can make the connections and network with your classmates and other professionals taking the class or other classes at your school.  If you are unemployed, be sure to check and see what type of training and classes are available to you through the unemployment office. Occasionally there are free community college courses as well as grants available to those that are unemployed.

GET A CERTIFICATION – Advancing your purchasing management skills with a professional certification can be a great way to update your skills. Many times you can network while working on your certification, both in class and virtually, as well as update your skills. Attaining a certification can show your commitment to purchasing management as a profession as well as keep your skill updated and ready for your next purchasing management job.

Updating your skills in today’s purchasing management job market is important to keep you competitive. Be sure to find ways to stay engaged in your profession even if you are unemployed. Keep your resume updated and remember that anything you do can help you network, stay engaged, and keep you competitive in today’s purchasing management job market.

5 Things Every Purchasing Management Professional Should Do To Start Each Day

Starting your day out right is important. If you get your day started out right, you have set yourself up for a more successful and productive day. In purchasing management, it is important to stay on track and accomplish your tasks each day. The best way to do this is to get your day started off on the right food. Here are five things that every purchasing management professional should do to start each day.

Organize Your Desk – One of the first things you need to do is organize your desk. Though you should always end your day by a quick organizational pass of your desk, you want to make sure you have your desk or workspace organized at the beginning of each day in order to get started on the right foot. Not having extraneous things in your way and being surrounded by disorganization and clutter can help you have a clear mind and be in a better place to effectively work.

Priority Scan Your Inbox – One of the biggest time wasters for every purchasing management professional is the email. So, in order to not get sucked into your email and lose track of time, be sure to simply scan you inbox for important emails, confirmations and information needed for meetings and appointments, and responses to emails you sent out the day before. Once you scan for anything important, close your email for now and wait until you have a scheduled time to look through the rest of your email.

Listen to Your Voicemail – You will want to start your day by checking your voicemail. You will want to make sure that there aren’t any changes in your daily schedule or any responses that you were waiting for. Make sure to note any calls you need to return and mark them in order of priority that way you will know which calls to return next when you have a spare minute.

Place Important Calls/Send Important Emails – The morning is a good time to place any important calls or send any important emails that are pertinent for your day. If there is anything that needs to be sent out before you start your day, anything that you promised to send out in the morning, or any reports that your boss is waiting on, this is the time to do these. This is not necessarily the time to place all calls and send all emails but be sure to send anything that has to do with the upcoming daily tasks and schedule as well as anything that is time sensitive.

Plan a Break – It may seem counter-intuitive but planning a break is important to your mental health as well as the productivity of your day. If you have no break to look forward to, you may not feel motivated enough to keep moving forward with your tasks. Be sure to plan your break and then work diligently and fully committed until the break so you can enjoy your break and not feel like you don’t deserve a moment to collect yourself, clear your mind, and/or take care of anything personal that needs to be attended to.

A successful purchasing management professional knows that there are specific things that need to be done each morning in order to start your day on the right foot. Getting started in an organized manner can help your day go more smoothly and keep you on target and productive. Getting into the habit of doing these things each day and as quickly and efficiently as possible can help you be more productive and successful in purchasing management.

Why It Is Important to be a Good Purchasing Management Mentor

You have likely heard about how important it is to have a mentor in purchasing management and/or BE a good purchasing management mentor. Whether your place of business has a formal mentor program or not, being a good purchasing management mentor can be an important move in your career.

Being a mentor does not mean that you have to enroll in a formal program or relationship with someone, it can be as casual and informal as you wish.  However, it is important to understand the types of mentoring relationships and what is expected.

The workplace mentor

If you are a workplace mentor, you are a mentor to another purchasing management professional in your workplace. This may mean that you establish a formal mentoring relationship with someone that has asked for your mentoring. They may wish to work with you to understand the purchasing management profession better and seek advice on his or her career from you. Your company may or may not have a formal program but you can establish a formal relationship with a colleague and help them navigate a career in purchasing management

You may also be providing informal purchasing management career advice to others in your workplace; this would be considered an informal mentoring relationship.  You may find that an informal mentoring relationship is a fun way to develop mentoring relationships in your workplace. Or you may simply, one day, realize you have entered into a mentoring relationships with a colleague over time and barely realized it. Either way, a workplace mentoring relationship can be advantageous to both the individual you are mentoring and you.

The networking mentor

Another type of mentoring relationship you may find yourself involved in is a networking mentoring relationship. In this case, you may not work with the individual seeking your advice and guidance but they are likely in your field and feel you are a good professional resource and seeks you out to establish a relationship with in order to further their career.  This can be good for both parties in that it provides a solid networking relationship as well as a mentoring relationship between two professionals. In some cases it may not even be a person in the purchasing management field, but the individual is simply looking for a general mentor to guide them in a professional manner. Whether they are in the field of purchasing management or not is irrelevant, you may find that this type of mentoring relationships is just as valuable as one that is in your profession.

Whether you are in a formal or informal mentor relationship in your workplace, you will likely find that you are helping a colleague understand the progression of a career in purchasing management, how the company hires and promotes, and what the company leadership looks for in those wishing to advance. If you are establishing a formal or informal mentoring relationship outside your workplace, you may be advising an individual on general resume/cover letter etiquette, interview preparation, and career progression. You may also be speaking with a fellow professional about their plans and helping them to pinpoint their professional goals to best understand how they should pursue their professional career track.  Either way, you are likely to benefit from any mentoring relationship you establish and find it both rewarding and interesting.  Therefore, even if you are not sought out as a mentor, it cannot hurt to seek out someone that you feel you can help and then provide them with some guidance to help them further their purchasing management career.


Top 10 Things NOT to Say in Your Next Purchasing Management Interview

Interviews can be a stressful time. If you are in the process of looking for your next purchasing management job, you may be preparing for that upcoming interview and wondering what you should and shouldn’t do.

Here are the top 10 things you might want to consider NOT saying during your next purchasing management interview:

10 – What a nice suit you are wearing? Don’t compliment the appearance of the interviewer. You will just appear to be a suck up and that really won’t help you at all.

9 – My biggest weakness is that I am an over-achiever. Though you may be asked about your weaknesses, don’t answer with this obviously schmoozing answer. The interviewer will know you are just trying to brown-nose.

8 – Sorry I was late. Just DON’T BE LATE. You need to punctual and show commitment not that you have poor time management and are unable to get to work on time.

7 – Do you mind if I take this call? It’s a job interview and it won’t last forever. You REALLY don’t need to be taking any calls during your interview. In fact, you really shouldn’t even have your phone out or available during the interview. TURN IT OFF and concentrate.

6 – My last boss was such a pain. Don’t complain about your last job, coworkers or boss. Even if it’s true, complaining about your last job or boss can make you sound like a complainer or someone that is not a team player.

5 – I sure am tired today having to get here so early. Don’t complain in your interview and saying you have to be up early can sound like you have trouble getting up and moving in the morning and that likely isn’t the person someone wants to hire.

4 – I just need a job. Even if you really do just “need a job” telling your interviewer this can sound way too desperate.

3 – I really don’t know. Don’t answer ANY question with “I don’t know.” This answer shows you are unprepared, unwilling to think about the question, or too concerned about something else to care about the interview.

2 – What are the perks and benefits at your company? Though it is nice to know, asking about these in the initial interview can make it seem like you only care about what YOU get not what the company does and what you can bring to the company.

And the #1 thing NOT to say in your next purchasing management job interview is….

1 – What does your company do again? This is obviously NOT a good thing to ask. You should have done your research and should definitely know what the company does that you are hoping will employ you.

What to Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Purchasing Management Job

In today’s volatile market, it is important to keep some things in mind before you decide to quit your purchasing management job.  This is not to say that there are not reasons to quit your job.  There is a lot to say for being happy in the workplace and with what you do. However, if you find that you are feeling ready to move on to another job or venture, it is important to keep some things in mind before you quit. Making sure you do a few things before you quit can make the transition to another job or back into the workforce later a little smoother.

Benefits and the Budget – One of the most important things you will likely want to consider before quitting your purchasing management job is what you will be giving up. Can you live without the paycheck and the benefits? Maybe you are fine without the money but what about the benefits? Can you replace them? Can you and your family live without them? Maybe you can, just be sure to weigh these before making any final decisions.

Who Else Should You Talk To – It is important to remember that, sometimes, the decision to quit your job is not just yours. If you have a family or significant other, think about how your job change could affect your family, your family budget, or your future plans with a significant other. Make sure that you discuss your plans with your family before you quit your purchasing management job. They will want to feel a part of the decision and not left out and may be able to provide some pros or cons you had not considered that could be important in your final decision.

Why Are you Quitting? – Sometimes we feel we want to quit our job but do we really know why we want to quit? Is it because of personality conflicts, or that we don’t like what we do, or are we bored? Be sure to really understand your motivation and desire to quit your purchasing management job and then figure out if quitting is the best solution. Maybe you just need more of a challenge? Maybe you feel you are ready for a promotion? Just make sure you understand why you want to quit your job before you quit. You may find a change is all you are looking for.

Quitting your job can be scary or exciting, depending upon where you are in your career, just make sure you ask yourself some important question before you give that notice. Though it is not necessary that you have your next purchasing management job secured before you quit, it may be a good idea to try and do so. Keeping some of the above in mind before you turn in your resignation is the best way to make a smooth transition from your current job to your next.

The 5 Don’ts of Your Next Purchasing Management Interview

One of the most dreaded parts of getting a new job is the interview. Most purchasing management professionals, as well as just about anyone else, finds the interview process a little intimidating.  However, if you prepare yourself for your interview, you may find that you feel better about the process then if you go into it unprepared. Next time you have a job interview, be sure you are prepared for it and you remember these five things NOT to do.

  • Don’t Be Too Early – Yes, being prompt and timely is important. However, when you go to your next purchasing management interview, remember that being too early can also be a detriment.  Being 5-10 minutes early shows you are serious about the job and want to make sure you are on time and ready when the interviewer is ready for you. However, if you are more than 15 minutes early, you put undue pressure on the interviewer. This can be seen by the company as being too anxious. You may seem to the company that you are not respective of their time or expect them to drop everything and get you in early, even if that is not your intention. If you find yourself arriving TOO early, walk around the block or the building, visit the restroom, get a bottle of water and have a sip, or just find a place to relax and think about the interview that is NOT in the waiting room of the office at which you are interviewing.
  • Don’t Gripe About the Small Stuff- The beginning of the interview is typically a time when the interviewer will try to make you feel at ease and engage in some small talk.  Though you may see this as casual and not “job related,” don’t be taken by surprise. Everything you say, even during some ice-breaking conversation, is being judged and observed. So don’t grip about the small stuff. Though it may not be directly related to the job for which you are applying, this part of your personality will be judged.  If you had a hard time getting there, griping about traffic and long drives, and other people in your way, you could be seen as someone that complains about everything rather than just someone that had a bad day trying to get to a job interview. Be pleasant, positive, and relaxed and remember you are ALWAYS being graded on your interview.
  • Don’t Just Summarize Your Resume – You have provided your interviewer with your resume. They have likely read it. They do not need it summarized for them during the interview. Be sure to answer questions when asked but don’t just summarize if you are asked to “tell me about yourself” or “tell us why you are the best candidate for this job.”  These questions are common. Though you may wish to refer to your purchasing management experience that is on the resume, do not just read them your resume or summarize what is written. Pick a project or situation and elaborate on it. This will provide a better answer and give them something new to consider during the hiring process.
  • Don’t Click Your Pen (or Anything Else in Your Hand) – Keep your hands free and fidget-free.  Though it is perfectly acceptable to take notes, should the occasion arise, having a notepad on your lap and a pen in your hand is unnecessary. Typically there is likely not to be a lot of note taking that will take place in the beginning. Just have a pen and paper readily available in your bag or briefcase should the occasional arise to take some notes. Having a pen in your hand will only lend itself to the possibility of fidgeting with it, twirling it, biting on it, or clicking it. These are all distractions and will be noted by the interviewer.
  • Don’t Over (or Under) Dress – Be sure to know the companies dress code and dress similarly. If they say business casual, what does that mean for that company? If you haven’t been to the company before, try to visit and see what people wear. If that is impossible, then see if there are any pictures on their website. Otherwise, business casual may be more a coat and tie not a suit. If they do not mention a dress code, dress professionally, conservatively, and in pressed and clean attire. Do not think that casual means jeans and a t-shirt – EVER. Do your research and be professional, like the purchasing management professional you want to be.

The interview for a purchasing management job can be the most stressful part of the job search.  If you are nervous, prepare and keep these DON’T’s in mind and you may find that you will do better with your interview than you originally thought possible.  Following some of these suggestions could help you be on your way to your next (or first) purchasing management job.

Is a Certification What You Need to Further Your Purchasing Management Career?

There is no one that will say that today’s job market is not competitive. It can be a challenge to find a new job, any job at all, and this is true in every field, even purchasing management. Even if you have the skills, education and training to qualify for a job in the field of purchasing management, you may need to do something to make yourself stand out among the many applicants for open purchasing management positions.  One way many applicants stand out from other applicants is by obtaining a purchasing management certification.

A purchasing management certification is an excellent way for you to stand out from the sea of applicants that typically come in for open jobs in today’s market. Obtaining a certification shows a potential employer that you are up to date on your skills, committed to your field, and willing to go to the distance to distinguish yourself as a professional in the purchasing management field

Additionally, getting a specialized purchasing management certification enhances your resume and puts you ahead of the crowd when applying for a new job. You will find that obtaining a purchasing management certification will help you develop job skills and enhance your earning potential.

Though specific jobs could have a requirements for a certification, most do not and therefore having that additional training will help you get a second look during the application process.  Be sure to highlight that you are working on a certification program or have completed a certification program when applying for purchasing management jobs and discuss the reason for this pursuit during your job interview.

Attaining a purchasing management certification can be a great way to help you get the upper hand in the job search process.  If you are in the market to enter the purchasing management field or just get a new job within the field, you will find that obtaining a purchasing management certification can be an excellent way to help you land that next dream job.

Purchasing Management Can Be Stressful – How to Relax at Work

There are stressful times in every job and purchasing management is no different. With a continued pull for your time in every direction from meeting to networking, you may find that you feel stressed regularly to get everything done. Being a professional in the field of purchasing management, you will find that you need to push on, no matter how stressed you are feeling.

Though everyone experiences stress differently, finding some basic techniques to help you relax and de-stress is the best way to handle work stress.  Below are some common techniques that can be helpful to everyone to try and relax a little when feeling over-stressed at work.

  • Take Time to Work-Out – Exercise is the best stress reliever there is. You will likely find that if you exercise, no matter how much or little you exercise, getting just 15 minutes a day can make all the different in your health and energy level. The time can give you a chance to feel better and relieve work stress.  Consider using your lunch hour to workout or take the stairs at work when moving between floors. At the very least, spend time a few days a week getting outside and walking around the block or even the halls in your building in in-climate weather.
  • Take Time to Focus on your Breathing/Meditate – If you are feeling exceptionally stressed, take a time out, focus on your breathing, and clear your head. Let the things that are stressing you out stop running through your head. Find a place that is quiet or simply close your eyes at your desk for 5 minutes and breathe in and out slowly, thinking about your breathing, counting your breaths to keep your mind focused on your breathing and not what you are stressed about. Clearing your mind, just for a few minutes, can help you refocus on the situation at hand and help you relieve some of your stress level.
  • Take a Minute to Get Some Fresh Air – Fresh air can do wonders for your stress level, no matter what season it is.  If you find yourself feeling stressed, take a break and go outside and get some air. You will find that it can be rejuvenating and you may find that you are able to refocus much better. Even if you cannot exercise, just getting outside and breathing some fresh air can be fulfilling.

Purchasing management can be a stressful job at times. Taking the time to relax and refocus each day at work can be very helpful. Using one or some of these techniques can be very helpful in reducing your stress level, helping you stay focused and keep yourself productive in purchasing management.

Tips for Getting the Right Work-Life Balance in Purchasing Management

Most people strive to find the right work-life balance in purchasing management. What does this mean? It means finding a way to excel at your job without neglecting your personal and family life.  Finding the right balance can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you achieve the balance you are looking for.

Disconnect.  Though it can be difficult, one of the best things you can do to achieve a good work-life balance is to disconnect when you are home. Unless you are needed to be on call 24/7, or for certain hours after your normal work hours, it is a good idea to unplug and disconnect from your work phone and email. Though it can be tempting to check your email or voicemails, it is disruptive to your personal and family life.

Plan. Don’t let your purchasing management requirements keep you from making plan. Plan to attend a party, movie, or intramural league and then feel good about it. Nobody is as indispensable as needing to say no to everything and commit every waking hour to work. Be sure to take time for yourself and not feel guilty about it. Being good in purchasing management means you need to be good at time management. Manage your work and personal time and you will be re-energize and rejuvenated to be the best in your purchasing management job.

Exercise. Another great way to ensure you are focused at work is to take some time to exercise. This is a great way to stay healthy and give you time to recharge. Committing to some personal work out time can make you feel better when you are at work and make you a better purchasing management professional. And don’t forget, exercise can keep you healthy which means you will miss less work and be more productive when you are there.

Establishing a good work-life balance can take a change in mindset and a commitment to your personal life. We all tend to feel more committed to our jobs at the expense of our personal and family life because, well, it’s what pays the bills. But having a good balance between work and your life can help you be better at both your job and your personal life.

Top 3 Mistakes You Can Make During Purchasing Management Salary Negotiations

You have interviewed and have been waiting patiently, well, as patiently as possible, to hear about whether you will be offered that coveted purchasing management job or not. When you finally get the call you will be offered a starting salary. This is the time to negotiate, not after you accept the job. Whether this is your first purchasing management job or you have been in the profession for many years, it is imperative to have an idea of what you plan to ask for and how you will negotiate before the call come.

Salary negotiation can be tricky in purchasing management. But be sure to avoid some of the fatal mistakes that many purchasing management professionals make that can lead to a possible retraction of the job.

#1 – Keep Emotions at Bay. Salary can be an emotional subject; however, it is imperative that you keep yourself unemotional from the subject. Simply state your salary desires and wait for a reply. Decide where you are negotiable or flexible before the call even comes. Do your research prior to the job offer and know what the going rate for your experience and/or education level is in purchasing management. Make reasonable requests and do not be nasty, unreasonable, or emotional during your conversation.

#2 – Do Not Exaggerate or Lie About Previous Jobs. It is very likely that your potential new job will check with your previous job so be sure to be honest. If you have varying income, be sure to explain this in detail. You do not want any confusion between what you are stating and what your potential new boss finds out from your previous job. Lying about previous salary can lead to your offer being retracted, which no one wants to be a part of, especially just from a misunderstanding.

#3 – Keep Personal Finances Out of It. Do not discuss your personal finances. Regardless of your financial situation, your purchasing management salary offer is based on the job, your education and experience, and the company, not your financial situation, life choices, and future financial goals. The salary offer you will be presented represents what the company feels you provide in value to them. Be sure to remember this when you make a counteroffer.

Salary negotiations is a stressful time for most purchasing management job applicants. Most people are uncomfortable with this phase of the job search process. However, if you do your research and go into the negotiations with a clear plan and removed from emotion, you will find it will go much smoother and likely work out the way you are hoping.

3 Reasons You Might Not Be Earning What You Think You Should in Purchasing Management

Though we all feel we might be worth a little more than we are getting paid, in purchasing management, there might be a good reason you are not getting paid what you should.  There are many reasons for this; however, with a little thought and personal examination, you might be able to figure out why you are not being paid the salary you think you deserve.  Here are 3 reasons you might not be getting the best salary you could be getting in purchasing management.

#1 – You Forgot to Negotiate

One of the biggest mistakes that purchasing management professionals make is that they do not negotiate their salaries properly when they are first hired. Nor do they go to their annual review with the right negotiation data to help them get a bigger raise. It’s much easier to ask for more money out of the box – that is, as soon as you are offered the job. Though it can be risky because you don’t know who else is being offered the job, it generally is the best time to ask for a little more money. Once you have accepted the job, it is a much more difficult task to ask for a higher salary. At least until your annual review comes around. You have to decide whether it’s more important to get A job or get MORE money then you will be ready to negotiate for a higher salary.

#2 – You Haven’t Updated Your Skills

It is important to understand what your skills are worth in today’s purchasing management job market. If you don’t know, you are coming at estimating your salary from the wrong perspective. You need to do some research and understand what the purchasing management job market is looking for in regards to skills. If you haven’t updated your skills in a long time you may find that you think you are worth more than you actually are. You may also find that one class or license could drastically increase your worth. Be sure to do you research and know what your field is looking for and then update your skills appropriately.

#3 – You Haven’t Taken On Enough Responsibilities

Many people tend to overestimate their own worth. You think that your work is enough. However, if you have not taken on additional responsibilities or increased your contributions to the company, you may find that you think you are worth more to the company that you are. In purchasing management, you must make sure that you are continuing to produce more and contribute more if you want to be considered for the bigger raises. Just doing your job and going with the status quo will not get you a big raise. You must prove that your work is more valuable to the company than when your original salary was set and then proceed with negotiating a high salary or a bigger raise. Taking on additional responsibilities and contributing more productively to the company is the best way for you to prove you are worth that bigger salary.

Though there are obviously many other reasons you haven’t gotten a raise or been offered what you think you deserve in purchasing management, these three reasons are a good place to start. Remember, once you identify the reasons, you may be able to do something about them to improve your odds of being able to ask for a bigger raise or a higher salary. Just be sure to do your research and be realistic in your expectations and you will soon find yourself getting the salary you think you should be getting in purchasing management.

Advantages of an Online Purchasing Management Degree Program

In today’s fast paced, competitive job market, you may find securing a purchasing management job difficult at best. Therefore, it is advantageous to pursue a degree if you want to be competitive among those vying for the same purchasing management jobs as you.

Though some will find they have the time to dedicate to a traditional, full-time purchasing management degree program, many find that they have financial and family obligations that make it impossible to attend school full-time in a traditional, daytime college atmosphere.  Therefore, online purchasing management programs continue to grow in popularity.

There are many advantages to an online purchasing management degree program that you may wish to consider when thinking about pursuing your purchasing management degree.  Here are some advantages to an online purchasing management degree program.

#1 – Flexibility – One of the biggest advantages of an online purchasing management degree program is the flexibility it offers. You can generally find a program that will work well around your work and family obligations. Online programs have requirements but they usually provide the flexibility for you to make your own schedule. Therefore, you can still work full-time and attend family functions while being able to complete your degree requirements.

#2 – Savings – Though online degree program does not mean “cheap,” students generally find that an online degree program is a little more flexible in their payment plans as well as in their cost. Since most programs are one class at a time, student find that their semester costs are lower and many online degree programs offer the same financial aid opportunities as traditional purchasing management schools to help you save even more.

#3 – Accelerated/Fast Paced – The faster paced, accelerated programs are very appealing to many students, especially those that are going back to school after being out of school for years and trying to balance a degree program with their family and work schedules.  Being able to take a class or two at a time, scheduling it around your schedule, and moving through the courses at a faster pace and subsequently graduating in a much shorter time span makes online purchasing management degree programs extremely appealing to most adult learners.

Online purchasing management programs are not for everyone. Some students find that the flexibility to make their own schedule is difficult. They do not feel they have the self-discipline to stay on schedule and complete the work as assigned when not given a particular in-class time to work and discuss. If you do not have the self-discipline to plan time to work, an online purchasing management degree program may not be for you. However, if you can handle making your own schedule and working through your assignments on your schedule to meet a deadline, you may find the online programs a great option for you to finally attain that coveted purchasing management degree.

What to Do With a Gap in Purchasing Management Employment

There comes a time in everyone’s career when you may find yourself with a gap in your purchasing management employment.  Though this is typically not a big deal to most people, having a gap on your resume when applying for your next job can be a big deal. Here are some things to consider should you find yourself without a purchasing management job to keep your resume ready for your job search.

Graduate School

When you find that you are out of work and haven’t had much success in securing your next job, you may find that graduate school is a good option (or, if you haven’t ever attained your Bachelor’s degree, now might be a good time). Graduate school typically will pay off in the end. If there are two qualified people being considered for the same job, the one with the advanced degree (or degree period) will likely get the offer. Why is that, you might ask yourself, when we all know that a degree does not equal experience? Well, because, if nothing else, it demonstrated self-discipline and commitment to the field, which many companies look highly upon. Additionally, you may find you can only go so far on the corporate ladder without that golden sealed piece of paper so a degree or advanced degree can be an investment in a successful future in purchasing management.

Become a Consultant

If you have been in the field of purchasing management for a while, you may find that down time is best spent keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date by working as a purchasing management consultant. You can do this by working as an independent consultant for another firm or starting your own consulting firm. If you have the knowledge and experience you will find that someone, somewhere is looking for your advice. Defining yourself on your resume as self-employed as a purchasing management consultant is much better than a gap in time stamped “unemployed.”

Volunteer Work

Once you have attained that initial degree or advanced degree and still find that you are unemployed within the purchasing management field, you may find that volunteer work is a good way to gain some experience and keep those gaps off your resume. For instance, volunteering for a business association or a not-for-profit organization can be an excellent way to keep your skills sharp, gain experience, and fill that resume. You can get started on this right away, even while you are looking for your next purchasing management job. Don’t be afraid of volunteering, it shows commitment to the field of purchasing management as well as a desire to give back and keep yourself working and sharp instead of sitting around labeling yourself as “unemployed.”

If you find that you have some time between jobs, instead of letting your resume reflect a gap in employment, be sure to consider some options to keep your employment history intact, uninterrupted, and productive. Whether you choose to volunteer, take some classes, or become self-employed, you will find that your endeavors will be helpful when updating your resume before that next big purchasing management job interview.

Purchasing Management Teams – Why They are Effective in the Workplace

Teams are an important part of every profession, including purchasing management. When working as a purchasing management professional you may find that you need team players in order to achieve the greatest success with your projects and tasks.  Having a good team player attitude is the best way to achieve professional success within the purchasing management field.

The first step to understanding why teams are effective in the workplace is to understand the value of the team within the purchasing management field. Teamwork provides a valuable pool of experience and knowledge from which to pull when working on a particular task or project.  This can be seen in brainstorming sessions or on big projects when a new and fresh prospective is imperative.

A team environment can also be a great place to try out new ideas within your field.  Having a team to use as a sounding board can help you draw out the positive and tweak the parts that need work by pulling from the varied knowledge each team player brings to the table.  In purchasing management, utilizing a team can be a great way to find fresh and new ideas to help you succeed in purchasing management.

Choosing appropriate team members from your pool of available colleagues is an important task of a purchasing management professional. It is best to have a clear understanding of the goal of the team prior to choosing your team members to ensure you get the right mix of experience and knowledge on your team. Having a diverse group ensures that your team will provide a varied list of ideas and solutions.

Once you have your purchasing management team, it is best to remember to use your team to accomplish the goals you have set. Having a great team in place can be imperative to your success in the workplace. A successful purchasing management professional is efficient at using a good team to help with project development and task accomplishment.

Teams are imperative to the success of many purchasing management professionals. As a purchasing management professional, you will want to ensure that you form teams that will help you succeed as well as work for the betterment of your department and ultimately your company.

3 Problem Solving Skills Every Purchasing Management Professional Should Possess

Every purchasing management professional will need to have problem solving skills in order to effectively do their job. Good problems solving skills can be the difference between being successful and failing in your career.  In purchasing management, these skills can be vital to your success and climbing the professional ladder. Here are some problem solving skills every purchasing management professional should possess.

  1. Critical Thinking Skills – Critical thinking skills are the most important problem solving skills a purchasing management professional can possess. Critical thinking skills are those skills that allow purchasing management professionals to see the intricate details of a problem unemotionally and then turn the problem into an opportunity – an opportunity to improve, learn, or earn.
  2. People Skills – With no people skills, purchasing management professionals will not go far in problem solving or in their job overall for that matter.  In addition to simply understanding and relating to people, in order to be a good problem solver, purchasing management professionals must understand how to think with a team, not just make a one sided decision when solving problems. Understanding teamwork and utilizing the strengths of team members can help every purchasing management professional be an effective problem solver.
  3. Decisiveness – In order to efficiently solve problems, purchasing management professionals need to be decisive. Once you have analyzed the problem and contemplated prospective solutions, you must be able to select a solution and then implement it without being “flighty” or changing your mind.  You must be able to make a solution quickly and implement it quickly in order to keep additional problems from forming.

Developing and using these problem solving skills is critical to effective problem solving in purchasing management. If you have these problem solving skills, you are in good shape and simply need to remember to implement them when necessary. However, if you do not have any or all of these problem solving skills, you should work on developing them to ensure you can be the best at problem solving within your job.

Getting Your Purchasing Management Resume Noticed Online

Today’s job hunt looks very different than the job hunt of 10 years ago.  Today’s job seekers must be computer savvy as well as Internet knowledgeable.  Today’s job seekers much know how to get their Purchasing management resume noticed online as well as on the desk of the professional doing the hiring.  If you are looking for a new Purchasing management job, you will want to make certain that your resume is attractive in print as well as noticeable online.

Here are some tips to help you ensure that your resume gets noticed online, which is the best way to ensure you find your next Purchasing management job quickly.

Proofread – Whether you are posting your Purchasing management resume online or turning it in in person, proofreading is imperative. Correcting typographical errors as well as formatting errors can keep your resume looking professional. It is important to proofread for correct dates and accuracy as well.

Add Key Words – Key words are important in today’s job hunt. Since many organization, especially larger organizations, use computer programs to read the resumes that are received for each Purchasing management job posting, it important to understand how the software work and what they look for. Key words are very important in this process. Computer software is programmed with key words for the job posting it is scanning; therefore, it important that your resume contains these key words in order make it through this first step in the job application process.  The best way to determine possible key words to include in your resume is to scan the job description and notice repetitive words, make a list of these words, and then include them in your resume. This can significantly increase your chances of getting called for an interview.

Update Regularly –If you are posting your Purchasing management resume online, you need to keep updating it regularly.  This is a good way to show those that are looking at the online resume that you are committed to your job search and that you pay attention to details. As a Purchasing management professional, you can increase your chances of finding your next job by ensuring you have an accurate resume that you regularly update with new information. You do not want a possible job interview to be lost because your contact information is out of date or you forgot to update some important information about your education or experience.

Consider New Ways of Promoting your Resume – Today, there are many new ways for Purchasing management professionals to promote their resumes and network online.  Be open to utilizing these new technologically advanced ways of promoting yourself online.  Consider creating a blog to promote your resume or developing a Facebook or Twitter page to networking with other Purchasing management professionals online. Post your resume on various job boards and websites that pertain to Purchasing management and upload your resume to multiple job sites.  This is an excellent way to ensure your resume is seen by as many people as possible.

Doing just a few things to stay diligent with your job search can be the difference getting that next (or first) Purchasing management job or not.  Be technology savvy and educated and be sure to follow up on job applications whenever you can and as often as possible.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Tips for the Overworked Purchasing Management Professional

It’s easy to find yourself buried in paperwork and projects.  Many purchasing management professionals find that their staff is lighter and their work load heavier making it easy to fall behind and feel overwhelmed with their job.  If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed at work, here are some ways to help yourself get ahead and feel less overwhelmed.

  • Prioritize your Workload – One of the best things you can do is prioritize your tasks and work. In purchasing management, you may find that you have work coming at you from every direction. Work the important projects and tasks first and use the time left to work on future deadlines. This can help every purchasing management professional stay on task and be more organized. Making sure you prioritize your work can really help you keep your stress level down and help you not feel so overwhelmed
  • Keep Distractions to a Minimum – One of the biggest time waster in the workplace is distractions. If you find that you are continually distracted, one of the best things you can do to be more productive in purchasing management is to reduce your distractions so you can be more productive throughout the day. A good way to reduce distractions is to spend some time first thing each morning de-cluttering your desk, prioritizing your day, and determining your daily schedule.  Once you have this clear, you can get started with your day. Scheduling specific times to check email, take care of personal business, and take short breaks can make you more productive when you are working. If you are continually interrupted by others, have open and closed door times. Don’t have a door? You can always use a sign that states you are in a concentrated work time and ask those that stop by your desk to come back at a specific time.
  • Adjust your Hours – Sometimes, all you need to catch up on your workload and take away the stress of having too much on your plate is to adjust your hours and put in a few extra hours. Working late a few days or coming in a little early can give you some concentrated time to work on your backlog. Busy purchasing management professionals will have a backlog of work from time-to-time. Adding a few hours to your week can help take your daily pressure off and help you get caught up on your work in no time.

Though there are many ways to help you feel less overwhelmed in purchasing management, these tips can help you get any work backlog caught up and take the pressure off that comes with having too much work on your plate. Being overwhelmed can be stressful and therefore make you even more unproductive. Getting a handle on your workload can help every purchasing management professional be less stressed in the workplace and therefore more productive overall.

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