Supply Chain Resume Example

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Written by Marc Cenedella
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Marc Cenedella

Marc Cenedella is a nationally recognized thought leader on careers, resume writing, job search, career management and recruiting, Marc is frequently sought out by national media organizations for his expert commentary on employment, resumes, the job search and the job market.

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Last updated on July 17, 2022
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How to Write a Supply Chain Resume that Gets Interviews

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of completing the supply chain puzzle with the perfect final piece. It’s almost like magic when it all comes together and the quarterly report shows the Total Product Revenue of your management and analysis.

Then there are the times when your supply chain job feels more like a juggling act and it’s your responsibility to take the loose ends from manufacturers, inventory, logistics and shortages and make them into something that can add to your company’s bottom line.

This isn’t something that just anyone can do. But despite your rare talents and skills, you’ve reached a block in writing a resume that showcases your work and gets you an interview.

That’s where we come in.

We’ve created an industry-specific resume example to show you exactly what you need to get an interview. We’ve also added a resume template and guide to walk you through the writing process.

And if you’d rather skip the process altogether, Leet Resumes can help with that, too.

The experts behind this resume example and guide will write a custom supply chain resume for you. They’ll even do it for free. (Seriously!) Tips are always appreciated.

How to Structure a Supply Chain Resume

Your resume has five key parts. Fortunately they’re all static and unmoving – unlike the moving parts of your weekly routing guide. They include:

  • Professional Headline
  • Summary
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Keywords

Before you get started, there are a couple rules for writing an efficient supply chain resume:

Keep it simple.

Simple is clear. No one needs a colorful atlas with tourist attractions along the way to route your inventory. They just need Point A and Point B.

The same goes for your resume. Don’t distract from the facts with multiple columns, fonts or colors. Keep it simple and clear so your recruiter can easily see why you’re the best candidate for the open position.

Don’t use paragraphs.

Paragraphs are not more professional, they just take more time to read – time your recruiter probably doesn’t want to spend on your resume.

So streamline the process for them.

Add all your resume information in bullet points, lists and short phrases. There will be plenty of time to elaborate when they call you back for an interview.

Name + Contact

Just like any routing order, your recruiter needs to know where to go to call you for an interview.

So place your first and last name at the top of the page in a slightly larger font than the rest of the text.

Directly underneath, add your phone number, email address and location (just your city and state will do).

Keep everything simple, legible and professional.

Leave out any social accounts, or additional methods to contact you. You want a single port of entry for the one desired action: an interview request.

The Professional Headline

This is a brief phrase that sums up your career. An elevator pitch. A catchy headline. A tagline that succinctly describes who you are and what you do.

Start with a slightly flattering adjective that describes you and your work ethic. For recruiters looking to trust you with their supply chain, words like methodical, strategic, economical, or thorough inspire confidence.

Then add a word that describes your level of experience, such as: expert, senior, executive, assistant, or intern.

Finally, finish your professional headline with your job title: supply chain specialist, analyst, coordinator, etc.

In the end, you should have something that looks like: Strategic Executive Supply Chain Analyst, or Motivated Junior Supply Chain Specialist.

What is a Professional Summary?

If your professional headline piqued their interest, your professional summary has two to four lines to move them through the pipeline toward calling you for an interview.

Treat this section like a resume template to be customized for every job you apply for. This made-to-order approach will dramatically improve your hireability.

Referencing the format of the resume example above, list all the job titles you’d accept for your next position in the first line. Be sure to include the exact job title you’re applying for so the recruiter can quickly associate you with the open position.

In the second line, add the most relevant skills and qualifications you have that apply to the open supply chain position. You can use the job description in the posted listing like a purchase order. You know exactly what they’re looking for, so show them the skills and qualifications you have to fulfill their needs.

The third and fourth lines are optional so if nothing comes to mind, don’t worry about it. Lines one and two are all you need to land an interview.

In line three, list your achievements or any notable highlights of your career. If it can’t be summarized in just a few words, save it for the work experience section below.

In line four, add any promotions, awards or noteworthy career highlights. Maybe you were featured as an expert on a podcast about SCM or won a supply chain excellence award with a previous employer.

If not, keep it simple and effective with lines one and two and let your work experience do the talking.

What to Include in Your Work Experience

You know what your job includes, but don’t assume your recruiter does. Chances are they think SAP ERP is an acronym for warehouse safety.

That’s why it’s important to use the work experience of your supply chain resume to highlight your successes, accomplishments and achievements rather than listing out your duties and responsibilities.

Start by logging your previous work history in reverse chronological order. Referring to the resume example, include all accurate job titles and dates of employment along with the name of each employer.

Under each position, add a bulleted list of your accomplishments and contributions in that role.

This is where you’ll show the impact you make on the company’s bottom line and how you improve the flow of both cash and goods. Use this formula for each entry:

Strong success verb + measurable data + positive end result

Here’s what it looks like in action:

Negotiated carrier rates to decrease shipping costs by 4% adding $2M in annual revenue.

Increased inventory workflow by 18% by authoring updated logistic and warehouse SOPs.

Forecasted positive industry trends to secure 60% more inventory than competitors, placing [said company] first in national sales.

Strong Success Verbs

Success verbs replace the tepid “managed, secured, performed, etc.” with actions that imply your impressive supply chain success. These are words like boosted, outperformed, exceeded, reduced, or streamlined.

Measurable Data

The best form of measurable data is numbers.

Numbers are specific. They allow your potential employer to visualize the impact you have on the company as a whole with your contributions to the SCM. With numbers, they can see exactly what you might be able to replicate for their company.

Include as many numbers as possible in your work experience. Everything from the number of employees you managed to your average burn rate can increase your odds of getting called for an interview.

Promotions

Be sure to include every promotion you’ve received in your previous work history. This not only adds to the upward-trending story of your career, but it’s powerful proof that other employers are so satisfied with your work that they want to keep you around.

As you know, this is an effective leveraging tool when it comes to building demand.

Education

Short and simple, in this section you’ll list where you went to school, your dates of attendance, the degrees you graduated with and any collegiate honors or awards.

There’s no need to get into extracurriculars. You can save your collegiate camaraderie for after your successful interview.

Keywords and Skills for a Supply Chain Resume

In the final section of your resume template, you’ll add a custom set of keywords and skills tailored to the job you’re applying for. These are added in list form just like the resume example above.

For analysts this might include: forecasting, data analysis, SAP, SQL, and performance tracking

SCMs might add: teamwork, negotiation, problem solving, and communication

Here are more supply chain keywords and skills to choose from:

  • TMS Systems
  • MRP I & MRP II
  • Inventory management
  • System Analysis
  • ABC Analysis
  • Routing
  • Digital Supply Chain Twin (DSCT)
  • SCOR

Don’t forget the obvious technologies you use everyday:

  • Excel
  • Oracle
  • SQL
  • Microsoft Office 365

Or your specialized certifications:

  • CSCP
  • CLSSYB
  • APICS
  • CPIM

With your final keywords in place, your resume is complete!

Can someone just write my resume for me?

Yes, actually. The experts behind this resume template and guide will write yours for free. (Though tips are appreciated.) For the most efficient method of getting a complete and custom resume, try out Leet Resumes today.

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