Keywords are Key – Purchasing

Keywords are key to having your resume noticed! With the increasing prevalence of scanning technology, employing keywords in a resume to attract maximum attention – by a human and/or computer scanner – has become a critical component of building an attention getting resume. Keywords are the terms deemed by the employer to represent the essential job attributes. Each industry and profession has specific keywords. Companies and recruiters are searching resumes for specific keywords and key phrases to find the candidates with the skills, qualifications and expertise to fulfill the job requirements. Incorporating keywords into a resume and cover letter help you to secure optimum attention and outperform your competition.

The keywords you select should portray your Value Proposition and match what the employer is seeking. Incorporating job specific and employer pertinent keywords in the top third of page 1 of your resume significantly elevates your chances of attracting the employers’ interest in your candidacy. How do you find the “right” keywords to secure maximum attention? Utilize your knowledge of the company, profession, industry and review online postings of similar positions. Each profession has the potential for hundreds of keywords. With the prevalence of electronic search capability, failure to incorporate the “right” keywords is not an option!

The top 48 keywords in Purchasing are:

  1. Budget Development
  2. Competitive Analysis
  3. Continuous Improvement
  4. Contract Negotiation
  5. Cost Optimization
  6. Customer Relations
  7. Distribution Management
  8. ERP Implementation
  9. Global Sourcing
  10. Import / Export
  11. Inventory Control
  12. Inventory Planning
  13. Market Analysis
  14. Material Management
  15. New Product Development
  16. Price Negotiations
  17. Procurement Strategies
  18. Product Management
  19. Production Planning
  20. Quality ManagementFree Resume10
  21. Strategic Buying
  22. Supplier Consolidation
  23. Supply Chain Analysis
  24. Supply Chain Management
  25. Vendor Management
  26. Warehouse Operations
  27. RFP / RFQ / RFI
  28. Competitive Bidding
  29. Contract Administration
  30. Fixed Pricing
  31. Just In Time Purchasing
  32. Replenishment Ordering
  33. Vendor Quality Certification
  34. Acquisition Management
  35. Expediting
  36. Change Orders
  37. FAR / DAR
  38. Bill of Materials
  39. Cost Reduction Programs
  40. Buyer
  41. Value Analysis
  42. E-procurement
  43. Procurement Solutions
  44. Master Production Schedule
  45. ISO 9001: 2000
  46. SCMP
  47. Business Contract Law
  48. Purchase Orders

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