How to create a stand-out procurement CV

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Laura Sullivan at TopCV, the largest CV-writing service in the world, shares her advice on how to ensure your procurement CV captures the attention of your dream employer.


If you’re looking to pursue a career in procurement, the following advice will help mould your CV into great shape, ready to impress employers and secure your first job in the industry.

Here’s what you need to do to create a stand-out CV for your first job in procurement.

Include essential skills

To land your first job in procurement, your CV needs to detail relevant skills to show your prospective employer why they should hire you.

To ensure you’re referencing the most fitting skills and experience in your repertoire sift through the job spec and pull out any skills that match your own. In addition, make note of frequently mentioned industry terminology, jargon and acronyms, too. Identifying keywords from the job description and injecting them into your CV will make it clear that you’re a match for the role in procurement.

For example, you may reference an internationally-recognised award from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) as it highlights your proficiency for procurement and is guaranteed to put you ahead of your competition. Alternatively, you may choose to focus on the technical abilities and soft skills developed during your degree, such as: manufacturing experience, PC literacy, confidence, leadership and organisational skills. 

Cut and tweak irrelevant details

To ensure your talent, skills and industry-related experience stands out as much as possible, you need to cut out irrelevant details. Otherwise, they might cloud your remarkable qualities.

Don’t feel you must remove masses of detail; a few tweaks here and there should do it. For example, if the job requires someone with manufacturing experience, and you completed a module at university on manufacturing, it would be more beneficial to expand on this project, rather than list every single one of your GCSEs. Therefore, in this situation you should add a few more bullet points to explain your experience in manufacturing, and summarise your GCSEs in one line (like so: ‘10 GCSEs, grades A-C’) to save space.

Make it flawless

To ensure your CV is of stand-out quality, you need to make it flawless – particularly as jobs in procurement require a large amount of organisation and attention to detail. If there are any mistakes in your CV or it’s hard to digest, employers are unlikely to want you to represent their brand.

Start by picking a clear font such as Arial or Calibri and divide your CV into sections, marking each one with a bold heading. Keep your CV’s formatting consistent throughout so it looks professional and is easy to read. If your CV is over or under two pages, try adjusting the margins and font size so that the content fits two A4 pages comfortably. However, don’t reduce the font below size 10 or recruiters will have difficulty reading it.

Then, once you have finished writing, tailoring and tweaking, proofread your CV carefully to remove any typos, grammatical errors or awkward phrasings. You should be left with a stand-out CV ready to secure your first job in procurement. 

TopCV offers a range of CV-writing services including expertly-written and keyword-optimised CVs, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. It is currently offering a free CV review to help you land your perfect procurement job.


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