3-Step Process to Get a Role in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

March 15, 2019

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Logistics and supply chain management presents diverse career opportunities. If this career path sounds right for you, let the three-step process below guide you.

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1. Do Your Research

From healthcare to hospitality, a job in logistics and supply chain management could take you anywhere. You could work for the government or a large retail corporation. Wherever you go, goods need to be procured, stored, and delivered, meaning every industry requires professionals with this expertise.

Start conducting research to learn what kinds of opportunities exist across industries, as well as the types of roles available and their requirements. Are you interested in a job as an analyst? What are managers looking for in new procurement managers? What kind of education is required in this career path? You may need to enroll in continuing education classes or a certificate program.

2. Pick One Area

Whether it’s forecasting or distribution planning, logistics and supply chain management could lead you in many directions. After you’re done researching different jobs available, zero in on the specific title that interests you.

A supply chain involves many moving pieces. You want to find the piece that fits your skills, interests, and experience. Once you’ve narrowed down the list of general logistics roles to the distinct career path you see yourself on, you can begin focusing on the steps that will get you there.

3. Start Applying

With your ideal logistics and supply chain management role decided, it’s time to begin your job search. You might find it helpful to start with your own inner circle, connecting with friends, old colleagues, and classmates. If you’re a new grad, review alumni job boards in addition to other job boards. You could join industry groups to build a community and network with other professionals.

A recruitment agency can also help you can land a logistics and supply chain management role. From pre-interview preparation to job offers, recruiters can help you find a job in this sector. Recruiters have the resources to present opportunities you may not have otherwise had access to, all while preparing you for interviews and finetuning your resume.

Remember to tailor your resume to fit each job description and demonstrate to employers that you have the specific attributes they’re looking for. Important skills include effective communication, data analysis, and the ability to see the big picture. A logistics manager has a clear understanding of the entire process and can discuss with their team where subtle tweaks could lead to big improvements.

All these opportunities could lead to your new job in this exciting and fulfilling industry. There are many great supply chain and logistics roles to consider.

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Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten has 25 years of global recruitment experience, working for global and national staffing companies. As Vice President, Western Canada for Talentcor, Kirsten oversees our Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg branches. Some of her specialties include administrative, light industrial, skilled trades, sales & marketing, customer service, supply chain, accounting, human resources, insurance, and legal. Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys mastering new skills and achieving goals she sets for herself each year, like learning new sports and exercising.

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