By Rich Weissman
I am on several of search committees for my college and was recently appointed to chair a critical one for a position in my department. As a hiring manager for many years, I find the process reasonably enjoyable and a solid exercise of my analytical, communication, collaborative, and negotiation skills. Yes…these committees are that complicated!
Oh, but those resumes! In education we call a resume a CV, or curriculum vitae, but it is a resume none-the less. Some are like small novels with long narrative passages detailing the ups…and sometimes down…of careers. Others are nothing more than long bulleted lists with little context and continuity. Others take the importance of keywords to extreme and the resume is nothing more than jargon. Some are actually relatively concise, on point, and relevant. Those get a second review and often a personal interview.
I am beginning to see a thaw in supply management procurement opportunities. With this warm up comes the need to update and polish the resume. (Having an updated resume at all times is a subject for another post). While there are many articles, books, and consultants who provide advice, here are my two cents:
Good luck on your search.
Endicott College Assistant Professor Rich Weissman teaches management courses for the School of Business and the Van Loan Graduate School. He is also the director of corporate education, which includes the Center for Leadership, Endicott’s management development institute. He is vice chair of the planning committee and also serves on the technology committee and the Institution Review Board. A practitioner turned educator, Weissman has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of procurement and supply chain management. He has held positions with large business units of Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized contract manufacturing companies, small venture-backed Internet startup firms, and third-party procurement, consulting and strategic sourcing firms.
Rich holds an M.S. in Management from Lesley University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. He is past president of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston and a recipient of the Harry J. Graham Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association.
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