Ten Top Tips for Getting a Procurement Clerk Job

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Looking for jobs in procurement does not have to be stressful, and you will find some great information for you to use here in this ten top tips list to help you get procurement jobs you are looking for today.

Tip Number One

Register for message boards and forums which are used by headhunters, employers, and industry professionals so you can get a feel for what is happening with jobs in procurement generally. If you are looking at IT procurement jobs, it will help if you have acquired a thorough understanding of what challenges are facing IT departments, especially in terms of hardware and software purchasing issues.

This is, of course, completely free!

Tip Number Two

Staying with the specialist theme a while longer, if you are looking for specialist procurement jobs in, for instance, surgical equipment, then using a general website in order to get information on job vacancies is not going to be of much use. Use a web resource which specializes in your area rather than a general recruiting site.

Tip Number Three

Use your resume to its very best effect! Many candidates use one basic resume and they never adapt it to the particular employer or position that they are applying for.

Always look very carefully at the job specifications for a position and amend your resume to highlight the skill sets and experience you have which most closely match the needs of the position. Have a basic resume which you then alter for each and every job application you make.

Tip Number Four

Many recruiting websites provide excellent services and a great deal of information; however, you need to take care when simply diving into using a website, as not all are going to be delivering a genuine service.

Check out a website's legitimacy by ensuring that they have a physical mailing address and a landline telephone number, and if you are looking to upload a resume or pay any fees to them for access, telephone them and satisfy yourself that the operation actually exists in the real world.

Tip Number Five

If you are on the market, make it known that you are available and looking for a job. Many candidates do not like letting on to their employer that they are considering a move because of the possible impact this may have on their current job and what may happen if they are unable to make a move to a new position. This is a self-defeating attitude; in some cases if an employee is looking to move and the employer has the opportunity to learn of this and understand why, the result could be better pay, better benefits, and more responsibilities at the current job.

In the meantime, there is no point in trying to keep your intentions hidden from the world at large while job hunting.

Tip Number Six

Look for a web service which automatically searches for job vacancies and collates the information for you without any fees being charged to the employer. The reasoning is that if a website charges an employer to advertise a vacancy then there will be a large number of vacancies which are simply not registered, and you will be using a restricted database instead of a comprehensive one.

Tip Number Seven

Look to pay a fee for accessing a vacancy database; there are many sites with free information but they charge employers to advertise (see Tip Number Six) while users are searching this restricted database in large numbers (because it is free!). Paying a fee ensures that the bulk of job hunters are deterred from using the site, which keeps the level of competing candidates down and improves your chances of landing the job you want.

Tip Number Eight

This is basic and obvious but so many candidates do not stick to this: show up to your interview on time and dressed professionally for the occasion! This may sound silly but you will be surprised at how many candidates do not show up on time and do not pay proper attention to their dress, and this reflects very badly — first impressions do count!

Tip Number Nine

Poor preparation leads to poor performance! Carefully plan your job hunt in terms of the type of job you are looking for, the type of employer you want, and the working environment you wish to work in, and carefully establish your benchmarks in terms of pay and benefits. Then map out your campaign and educate yourself thoroughly on the employers you are considering. This shows through both in your resume and especially in your face-to-face interviews and demonstrates a highly professional attitude.

Tip Number Ten

It pays to aim higher than you may feel you should when considering pay, benefits, and responsibility. Be reasonable and realistic, but to gauge how employers are thinking of you and your resume, try applying for positions you feel are a little out of your league and test the response. You may be very surprised!
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