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Supply Chain Talent Blog

The Supply Chain Talent Blog keeps you informed on the latest supply chain recruitment and career development trends, job search techniques, resume tips, interviewing advice and more.

Top Warehouse Skills Sought After in Warehouse Managers

Possessing warehouse skills can offer lucrative internal promotions for warehouse operatives, in particular for those with the drive to advance their supply chain careers into warehouse management. Starting salaries are typically in the $60,000-$80,000 [...]

By |Career Development|

Webinar – “Hiring & Retaining Supply Chain Professionals in a Competitive Environment” – Watch Recap

Staying ahead of the supply chain talent war is one of the biggest challenges facing employers. It has been more difficult than ever to hire and retain professionals within your supply chain [...]

By |Webinars|

Supply Chain Hiring Strategy: Why SEO is an Essential Component

Implementing a hiring strategy suitable for qualified talent can often be challenging, recruiters are increasingly posting their jobs online. In fact, Google has revealed that almost 30 percent of all searches on its platform, around [...]

Why You Should Not Present a Lowball a Job Offer

By providing a lowball job offer to a qualified applicant, you are only cheating yourself and your business’s bottom line. Not to mention, you can quickly tarnish your employer brand. Candidates will likely share their negative experiences with their frien

By |Hiring & Recruiting, Offers|

Common First Round Interview Questions and How to Answer

As a leading supply chain recruiting firm, it is common for our candidates to go through different interview processes with various companies, then report back to us about their interview experiences. Below are some of [...]

Top Tips for Executing an Executive Procurement Job Search

While there are fewer job opportunities at the top of the pyramid, along with immense competition, there are still various tactics one can apply to their executive procurement job search in order to be noticed [...]

Finding Supply Chain Talent & How to Encourage Them to Join Your Team

  One of the toughest challenges you can face when managing a supply chain is encouraging and finding supply chain talent to join your team. Now more than ever competition for supply chain positions [...]

By |Hiring & Recruiting|

Proactive Ways to Enhance Your Logistics Hiring and Recruitment Process

Is your logistics organization suffering because of a broken hiring and recruitment process? Tired of losing candidates because they are going through too many rounds of onsite interviews? If you answered yes to either of [...]

Job Search and Networking Strategies for Supply Chain Professionals – Supply Chain Careers & SCM Talent Group:

Job Search and Networking Strategies for Supply Chain Professionals presented by: Rodney Apple and Hinesh Patel Co-Founders of Supply Chain Careers and Partners of SCM Talent Group Topics Covered: Networking How [...]

Recruitment Marketing Strategies that Attract Supply Chain Talent

Your company might have solid supply chain talent, but are your recruitment marketing strategies attracting the best possible workers? The truth is that the people in charge of a company’s supply chain can make [...]

By |Hiring & Recruiting|

Supply Chain Resume & LinkedIn Optimization – Supply Chain Careers & SCM Talent Group:

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain Resume and LinkedIn Profile presented by: Rodney Apple and Hinesh Patel Co-Founders of Supply Chain Careers and Partners of SCM Talent Group Topics Covered: Resume [...]

Top 5 Tips For Optimizing Your Supply Chain Resume

I’ve reviewed thousands of supply chain resumes over the course of my 20-year career in staffing, having worked as a Corporate Supply Chain Recruiter for clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Cummins, Kimberly-Clark, and others. I’d like to fill you in on a few must-have elements that you’ll want to incorporate into […]

Digital Networking Tactics For When You Can’t Network in Person

Through the pandemic crisis, the traditional methods for making new connections with other professionals, such as lunch meetings or attending supply chain events, went out the door. This in turn has made digital networking [...]

Video Interviewing Made Easy – Keys to a Successful Video Interview

      You may have ended up here reading this because you’re thinking it's time you finally figure out how to properly interview over a video call.  Having a successful video interview seems pretty [...]

By |Interviewing, Job Search|

3 Part Webinar Series – Obtain the Supply Chain Job You Deserve: Pandemic-era Job Search Strategies

  PART 3: Interview and Offer Negotiation Webinar! Presented by ASCM Career Coach and SCM Talent Group President Rodney Apple WATCH RECAP HERE   [...]

Supply Chain Resume Writing & LinkedIn Profile Optimization Services (NEW)

Tired of submitting countless resumes for job applications and not receiving any feedback other than the canned “thanks, but no thanks” canned auto-response? How confident are you that your LinkedIn profile is well-positioned to attract [...]

Toolkit for Supply Chain Disruptions

Jobless claims have reached a record high, and millions will be focused on seeking new employment within an economy that has been shocked to its core by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In the spirit of [...]

ASCM Career Coach Webinar: How to Properly Vet and Assess Supply Chain Candidates

Attend the upcoming "ASCM Career Coach Webinar: How to Properly Vet and Assess Supply Chain Candidates" presented by ASCM Career Coach and SCM Talent Group President Rodney Apple, and take an indepth look [...]

By |Hiring & Recruiting, Webinars|

Elevator Pitch Tactics for Supply Chain Professionals

From your local coffee shop to a networking happy hour to meeting your significant other’s friends for the first time, typically the first thing people ask is “So what do you do for a living?”  [...]

Top Tips for Executing an Executive Supply Chain Job Search

As we move further into this new decade, have you found yourself wondering if it’s time to explore other career opportunities?  While there are fewer job opportunities at the top of the pyramid, along with [...]

Debunking 5 Common Job Search Myths for Older Supply Chain Workers

While there are associations and organizations dedicated to supporting older supply chain workers, ageism is unfortunately still a reality in the workforce.  The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission’s (EEOC) 2018 report “The State of Age Discrimination [...]

7 Strategies to Navigate the Trade and Tariff Volatility

Ever since the first tariffs were enacted on imports from China, many retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers have been in a panicked state. The tariffs have increased import prices on various products, leading to the choice [...]

10 Competencies to Advance to Supply Chain Executive (Part 2 of 2)

As we discussed in Part 1, there is no magic formula to reach the most senior supply chain executive level.  Every company has a unique supply chain thus requiring varying degrees of experience, qualifications [...]

10 Competencies to Advance to Supply Chain Executive (Part 1 of 2)

Supply chain leadership roles such as Chief Supply Chain Officer continue to grow in popularity as more companies recognize that supply chain management is central to success and a key differentiator for adding value [...]

Solutions to Mitigate Supply Chain Hiring Mistakes (Part Two)

In part one we broke down some of the common mistakes companies continue to make in hiring supply chain talent.  In today’s candidate-driven market, organizations need to mitigate these mistakes and improve how they go [...]

By |Hiring & Recruiting|

8 Common Supply Chain Hiring Mistakes Companies Make (Part One)

Recruiting and hiring within the Supply Chain discipline is difficult.  With the ongoing supply chain talent shortage and historically low unemployment driving up the need for supply chains to have the top players, locating top [...]

By |Hiring & Recruiting|

ASCM Career Coach Webinar: Best Practices for Hiring and Building Top Supply Chain Teams

Attend the upcoming "ASCM Career Coach Webinar: Best Practices for Hiring and Building Top Supply Chain Teams" presented by ASCM Career Coach and SCM Talent Group President Rodney Apple and take an indepth [...]

By |Hiring & Recruiting, Webinars|

Supply Chain Management Careers – A Myriad of Choices (INFOGRAPHIC)

Supply Chain Management Careers are some of the most expansive and diverse disciplines within the business world as it encompasses a broad array of interconnected activities and functions that enable commerce, such as procurement, logistics, [...]

Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Career Paths

Strategic sourcing and procurement is a critical aspect of supply chain management. While supply chain career paths are expansive, procurement career paths are also quite extensive as well.  Categories of spend are diverse as well [...]

4 Ways to Enhance Your Procurement Resume

Having specialized in procurement and supply chain recruitment for about 2 decades, I’d like to fill you in on a few must-have elements that you’ll want to incorporate into your procurement resume in efforts to [...]

Improve Supply Chain Hiring Through Creative Sourcing Strategies & Recruitment Tools

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

ASCM Career Coach Webinar – Supply Chain Career Spotlight (Strategic Sourcing & Procurement)

Strategic sourcing and procurement is one of the fastest growing areas within the supply chain discipline.  The career paths are expansive, spanning all industries from manufacturers, retailers, distributors and more. The diverse categories [...]

Top Skills Needed to Advance from Individual Contributor to Supply Chain Leader

One of the most common questions I receive from budding supply chain professionals is “How do I get promoted from an individual contributor role to a supply chain leader?”  While there is no magic formula, [...]

By |Career Development|

5 Benefits From Using A Supply Chain Recruiting Firm (INFOGRAPHIC)

Recruiting within the supply chain discipline is extremely challenging these days. Many companies simply aren’t equipped with the right internal resources to attract and source the right candidates for their job openings. Though engaging a [...]

By |Hiring & Recruiting|

6 Tips to Create a Successful Procurement Mentorship Program

Establishing a procurement mentor program is a proven way to attract, develop and retain talent. In a recent Procurement Leaders’ Salary Survey, one of the most important considerations in job satisfaction for procurement professionals [...]

Advance Your Top Talent Through a Supply Chain Leadership Development Program

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

8 Channels to Find Sourcing & Procurement Talent Beyond the Job Board

If your primary recruiting strategy is “posting and praying”, you are basically fishing from a freshwater pond versus the ocean. There’s a sea of top performers that are typically content in their current roles and [...]

Creating an Effective Procurement Leadership Development Program (PLDP)

PURPOSE OF A PROCUREMENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM     - Market your procurement organization as an industry leader that provides its employees with the ability to accelerate learning, skills and leadership acumen.    - Enhance [...]

7 Creative Ways to Find Supply Chain Talent (INFOGRAPHIC)

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

APICS Career Coach Webinar: Strategies for Dealing with the Challenges Faced By Older Supply Chain Professionals

As a seasoned supply chain professional, you face different challenges in your job search, compared to those entering the field. "Strategies for Dealing with the Challenges Faced By Older Supply Chain Professionals" [...]

By |Webinars|

6 Tactics to Advance Your Supply Chain Career at Your Current Company

What can you do to accelerate your supply chain career advancement with your current employer? In planning your supply chain career, earning a job promotion is a surefire way to reach your goals sooner as [...]

By |Career Development|

How to Transition Military Supply Chain Skills into the Civilian Sector

  The transition for military candidates into civilian jobs can be an arduous process. Luckily, there are plenty of great resources available to assist with learning the civilian lingo and translating one’s military supply chain [...]

Attract Supply Chain Employers By Optimizing Your Social Media Profiles

In today’s technologically advanced world, many recruiters spend as much time searching social media platforms like LinkedIn as they do utilize job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder to find qualified individuals for their supply chain [...]

Six Steps to Build an Employee Referral Program For Your Supply Chain Organization

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

Key Steps for Developing a Supply Chain Employer Branding Strategy

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

Turn Your Supply Chain Organization into Talent Scouts

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire and [...]

APICS Career Coach Webinar: Becoming a Better Supply Chain Networker

Learning to become a strong networker is critical for accelerating your career in supply chain. Unfortunately, many supply chain professionals don't understand the benefits associated with networking and only do so when they're [...]

Forecast Your Supply Chain Talent Needs Through a Workforce Planning Study

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

Webinar: 10 Strategies to Hire & Retain Supply Chain Talent

Hiring in the supply chain discipline can be extremely challenging as the field continues to evolve and not enough experienced talent is coming up the ranks to replace retiring baby boomers, hence the [...]

Right-Size Your Supply Chain Recruiting Team

Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

Streamline Your Supply Chain Hiring Process

  Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

How to Address Questions About Current And Desired Salary

The all-important “What’s your current and desired salary?” questions that are typically asked in a job interview can be challenging to address especially if you haven’t spent any time preparing your thoughts for how you would [...]

6 Tips for Establishing a Supply Chain Mentorship Program

  Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire [...]

APICS Career Coach Webinar: Top Career Tips from Top Supply Chain Leaders

APICS Career Coach Rodney Apple, the Founder and President of SCM Talent Group, presented another webinar with APICS: Top Career Tips from Top Supply Chain Leaders. Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 Time: [...]

7 Steps to Engage The Right Mentor & Advance Your Supply Chain Career (INFOGRAPHIC)

Looking to advance your supply chain career? Perhaps you’re seeking to sharpen up your leadership skills in efforts to advance into an executive leadership role? Having a mentor throughout your supply chain career can truly [...]

Webinar: Top LinkedIn Profile Tips for Supply Chain Professionals

Is your LinkedIn profile working for you? How confident are you that your profile is well positioned to attract supply chain recruiters and hiring managers? No need to panic, as SCM Talent [...]

SCM Talent Group Named a Top Supply Chain Blog

SCM Talent Group’s Blog was recently recognized on the Top 75 Supply Chain Blogs & Websites for Supply Chain Professionals created by Feedspot, a blog aggregation website. Landing at #26 on Feedspot's blog list [...]

APICS Career Coach Webinar: Understanding and Navigating the Various Career Paths in Supply Chain

APICS Career Coach Rodney Apple, the Founder and President of SCM Talent Group, is presenting another webinar with APICS: Understanding and Navigating the Various Career Paths in Supply Chain. Date: May 17, 2017 [...]

APICS Extra Live Webinar: LinkedIn Profile Optimization Tips for Supply Chain Management Professionals

In early 2017, SCM Talent Group Founder Rodney Apple, who serves as the current APICS Career Coach, joined the APICS magazine staff as author for the newly created Professional Development department. With this new role, [...]

APICS Career Coach Webinar: Top Strategies for a Supply Chain Job Search Campaign

SCM Talent Group Founder & President, Rodney Apple, who also serves as the APICS Career Coach, will be presenting a webinar with APICS: Top Strategies for a Successful Supply Chain Job Search [...]

Webinar: Strategies for Sourcing & Recruiting Top Supply Chain Talent

The Supply Chain discipline has been experiencing a talent shortage that many experts in the field are predicting will only get worse, before it gets better. Baby boomers are retiring in droves [...]

APICS Career Coach Webinar: Fast Track Your Supply Chain Career through Mentorship

SCM Talent Group Founder & President, Rodney Apple, who also serves as the APICS Career Coach, will be presenting another webinar for APICS members on Wednesday, August 17th from 2pm-3pm CST. He will be discussing [...]

The Keys to a Successful Supply Chain Job Search Campaign

Looking to launch a new supply chain job search? Don’t know where to start? Feeling lost, overwhelmed and unsure? A job search, like anything else in life that you’re striving to achieve, begins with creating [...]

Offer Evaluation and Negotiation Do’s and Don’ts

Here are some quick tips to consider when you find yourself in offer evaluation and negotiation mode: DO Do research the average salary and average salary ranges for the type of job you’re interviewing for. [...]

Steps to Build an Effective Supply Chain Career Plan

Supply chain professionals that are coming up through the ranks today must create and proactively manage their careers by developing a solid career plan, seeking out opportunities to develop their skills and experience, growing and [...]

APICS Career Coach Webinar: How to Evaluate and Negotiate a Job Offer

Our leader, Rodney Apple, who also serves as the APICS Career Coach, will be presenting another webinar for APICS members on Wednesday, December 17th from 1pm – 2pm CST. His newest white paper and webinar are [...]

Rodney Apple to Serve as Career Coach for APICS, Kicks Off First Webinar on May 21st

I am very excited to be serving as the new Career Coach for APICS – the American Production and Inventory Control Society. For those not familiar with APICS, it is the leading professional association for supply [...]

How to Write Job Descriptions That Attract Top Supply Chain Talent

The competition for top supply chain talent is fierce these days. Unfortunately, a lot of companies treat their job descriptions as a “necessary evil” instead of a “strategic marketing tool”. These companies have yet [...]

Top 6 Supply Chain Job Search Tips

As a veteran Supply Chain Recruiter, I am often asked by job seekers for my advice on how to develop and execute an effective supply chain job search strategy. Before I respond with my [...]

Now Could be the Best Time to Launch a Supply Chain Job Search

Are you thinking about making a career move in 2013? I have been noticing a big spike lately with candidates reaching out to inquire about supply chain job opportunities, inviting me to connect on LinkedIn [...]

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