Successfully Entering a Career in Procurement

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If you are looking to enter a procurement career you know this involves the world of purchasing. With the poor economy, people may think this is a risky career to enter, but this field has a pretty solid future. This is a field which has a niche in just about every industry. Procurers purchase for companies that sell goods and services to society. The trick is to find a job in a specific industry that is needed all the time.

Think about what the necessities of life are, what everyone needs: food, water, clothing, gas and other utilities, homes, and transportation are all things that, regardless of how bad an economy is, are still going to have to be bought. Of course, you cannot just go out and get a job with any company that supplies these items; you need to pick companies that are stable and have been around for a while.

If your specialty is lumber are you going to try and find a job with ABC Lumber Company or do you think a better option would be Home Depot? If you specialize in produce or groceries are you more likely to find a job with longevity at Acme Supermarkets or at some small produce company that is just getting started?

There is also a downside to applying with well-established companies, because you are going to be competing with many other people for the available jobs. You are still going to have to be impressive during your job search in order to land a position. To do that, you are going to have to look professional and present yourself in a way that is sure to impress a prospective employer. You do that by interviewing well, by offering them something other people cannot, and by having an impressive resume.

Interviewing is a specialty skill that not a lot of people have mastered. If you can master it, you will have a huge leg up on your competition. You want to make sure you do the basics: look the interviewer in the eye, stay focused, and listen intently, but do not overdo it or seem too eager. All of these things will get you noticed. Nobody wants an impatient interviewee; you may seem like you have someplace better to be. That is obviously not an image you want to portray. Always let the interviewer say what they have to say before answering. Avoid cutting them off and giving an answer to a question that they had no intention of asking.

Along with being a good interviewer, you are going to have to have your resume in great shape. Reflect your abilities in accordance with what that company is looking for. You will not necessarily use the same resume for every job you apply for. This is going to take some research on your end to find out what this company is looking for in an individual that they hire.

Appearance is everything. Whether it is right or wrong, a person who presents themselves well will always be rated above someone with a little more knowledge who looks unprofessional. Make sure you dress professionally. That image will go a long way.

Finally, do not commit to a job that you cannot do. This is probably the toughest of all to avoid. You may walk into an interview, say and do all the right things, and have them eating out of your hand. The only problem is the more questions you ask, the more you realize that this job is not for you. Maybe it is the hours, the commute, or just the person who will be your boss; whatever it is, you know you are not going to be happy there. The absolute worst thing you can do is to take a job you know you will be unhappy in, just for the sake of taking it.

Be patient and wait for the next opportunity. You made it this far, you can make it a little longer. You do not want a short-length job on your resume. That could look worse than getting fired. Just about everyone has lost a job at one point or another, but to go to work somewhere and stay for only a few months is a huge red flag for a prospective employer.

Pursuing employment opportunities for procurement careers could be a wonderful choice. You are choosing a solid industry with a bright future. Like any industry, it will have its failures and successes. Just make sure that you make the right choice and you will be successful in your procurement career.
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