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6 Common Resume Myths & Our Tips

Posted by SCOPE Recruiting on Jul 13, 2017 10:41:00 AM

Our Supply Chain & Operations recruiters constantly see new resumes and receive questions from candidates about common resume myths. Here are 6 scenarios we often see, and our suggestion for how to manage them.

1. Keep my resume to 1 page.

Unless you are a new graduate or still early in your career, don’t sell yourself short by condensing your resume to one page. Aim to keep it at 2 pages, and be sure to highlight not only your responsibilities, but also your key accomplishments for each position. Make sure to get specific with your accomplishments too (ie: Reduced plant turnover by 27% within first 6 months, Re-negotiated MRO supply agreement to achieve 30% savings on $1M spend, Increased on-time delivery to customers by 67% through implementation of freight quality control program, etc). 

2. Leave gaps in employment unexplained or exaggerate dates to keep these hidden.

Absolutely don’t exaggerate dates on your resume—employers can easily verify your career history and lying is an easy way to get removed from the interview process. If you have a gap in your career that you believe may warrant a question, one option could be to add in a short description to your resume. Were you affected by a lay-off and out of work for a few months? Below that job title you could add in something like "Reason for leavig employer: Company downsized work-force by 25% affecting position." Or did you take time off for personal reasons such as caring for a new child? You could add something like "May 2010-May 2012 – Extended parental leave.”

 3. Only include the last 10 years of employment.

This comes back to Point #1 of not selling yourself short. After you are established in your career you can leave off internships, summer jobs, and non-relevant roles; but be sure to include positions you have had within the Supply Chain and Operations field. For your most recent roles within the last 10 years, make sure to provide thorough details on the scope of responsibilities and accomplishments. You can leave less details on roles beyond 10+ years, but be sure to include the major accomplishments that would be a benefit to the role are applying for. For the sake of keeping your resume around 2 pages, it is OK to condense your earlier roles at the same company such as “ABC Company – Buyer, Sr. Buyer, and Purchasing Analyst 2000-2005” and summarize your total experience and accomplishments during that time frame.

 4.  List references or write “References Upon Request”.

This is non-essential. If you are applying for a job, the assumption is that you will be able to provide references when asked.

 5.  List hobbies to show your personality.

Do you like to play golf or love bird watching? That is great, but it has no place on your Supply Chain & Operations resume. Do make sure to share your involvement with professional associations, board memberships with charities and other volunteer organizations, professional publications you have, professional awards you’ve received, and Supply Chain & Operations training or certifications you’ve received.

 6.  Have one go-to resume and use it for all jobs. 

It is extremely beneficial to keep an active resume even if you are not looking; however, before you apply to a position tailor your resume to the specific job and company you are applying for. Read through the job description and see if your resume highlights that same experience. If there are certain things left off your resume that you have in fact done, be sure to add them. For example, if an organization uses SAP and you helped implement a new SAP module at a prior role, add that. Or if a role requires international supply chain leadership, and you’ve managed employees across multiple countries in your previous role, highlight that. Pro tip - Add a reoccurring appointment in your calendar to update your resume once a month with new accomplishments so you don’t forget!


If you are working with a Supply Chain recruiter, don’t hesitate to ask them for advice on your specific resume question. They want to help you present the best first impression to their clients, and likely have a great solution to your resume question or myth.


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10 Tips for Your Next Job Interview

Posted by SCOPE Recruiting on May 16, 2017 11:29:25 AM

Supply Chain Recruiter, Supply Chain Recruiters, Supply Chain Recruiting1) Prepare for Common Interview Questions - try to find out what kind of interview you to expect and then try to anticipate some of those most likely questions and prepare responses.

2) Conduct Research - Go online and see what you can find on the Employer, the Job and the people you will be interviewing with.

3) Dress for Success - Wear a wardrobe that fits the organizational culture and remember it's always better to be overdressed than under. 

4) Give Yourself Some Time to Calm Down Before the Interview - arriving 15 minutes early should give you enough time to review some of your notes and calm your nerves

5) A Good First Impression - there are no chances for a good first impression. Try to be polite and offer warm greetings to everybody from the receptionist to the hiring manager. 

6) Body Language is Just as Important as your Verbal Responses - make sure to give firm handshakes, make eye contact and smile. Some forms of body language to avoid are slouching, chewing gum or fidgeting in a chair. 

7) Be Open, Confident and Authentic -  Your goal should always be authenticity, responding truthfully to interview questions. At the same time, your goal is to get to the next step, so you’ll want to provide focused responses that showcase your skills, experience, and fit — with the job and the employer. 

8) Ask Questions that Show You are Interested - studies continual show that asking good questions about the Job or the Company will increase chances of a successful interview.

9) Don't be Shy about Your Accomplishments and Skills - Some people compare a job interview to a sales call in which you have to sell your abilities to fill the organization’s needs, solve its problems, propel its success.

10) Thank Interviewer(s) in Person, by Email, or Postal Mail - Common courtesy and politeness go far in interviewing; thus, the importance of thanking each person who interviews you should come as no surprise. Start the process while at the interview, and send follow ups via email or postal mail. 


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