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If you’re thinking about finding a new job in the supply chain discipline this year, then one of the things you’ll want to do is to put yourself in the best possible position to make this goal an attainable one.

The following are three things that you should do in order to improve your chances of developing your career further this year:

  • Educate yourself – The last thing you want to do is find yourself in a position where your job is so easy that you could do it in your sleep. Knowing everything there is to know about your position isn’t a good thing. This can lead to boredom and sloppy work. There’s plenty more to learn when it comes to the supply chain discipline, so begin educating yourself about the discipline as a whole – don’t limit yourself to just your specific position. The more knowledge you become about the supply chain discipline as a whole, the clearer it will be what direction you should take your career in.
  • Network – Begin making more connections within the supply chain discipline. The more people you know, the better. Reach out to your employers and to co-workers, both current and former. Use social media to reconnect with people and to maintain your connections. Maintaining a strong network is vital to your career advancement. Many of these connections may be able to help find you a job. Or a more advanced job may open up within the supply chain discipline and one of your connections could end up recommending you for the position.
  • Find a mentor – Even if you are able to map out your entire career in your head, it can be helpful to have someone who can provide you with career guidance, someone that has been down that road. Use your connections to find a mentor who can help you.

These are three things you should do this year in order to get a leg up on furthering your career. For tips on finding a new job in the supply chain discipline, be sure to contact us at Optimum SCR today.

Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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