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One of the best ways to go about finding a new job in the supply chain discipline is through the networking that you have done. But what if you want a new job and your networking isn’t helping out?

Here are a few networking tips to help improve your chances of finding a new job in the supply chain discipline:

  • Expanding your network – If your network isn’t helping out, expand it by finding the people that are missing. One way to do this is to check out the “People Also Viewed” column located on your LinkedIn profile page. There could be some people on there that you barely know or who you aren’t yet connected with. Some of these people could be valuable connections. Send them a message if it’s appropriate.
  • Follow around a networking colleague – Networking is a skill, one that some people don’t have. However, you may know somebody who is an excellent networking. Make an effort to spend some time with that person and establish a relationship. Get yourself invited to some of the events that colleague is attending and work on getting introduced to some of the people within their network.
  • Create actual relationships – Keep up with the people within your network. For example, send notes every once in a while to your LinkedIn connections. Some people will have hundreds, maybe even thousands of connections on LinkedIn. But at this point it’s like having a drawer full of business cards. They’re not very useful unless you maintain some sort of relationship. By actually keeping up with your connections, they will be more likely to keep you in mind if a job opening comes up. If you haven’t been in touch for a while, there’s a good chance they’ll just forget about you.
  • Talk with a  supply chain recruiter – These other tips are critical, but no one can help you find work in the supply chain discipline like a good supply chain recruiter. Recruiters constantly have their finger on the pulse of the industry. The right supply chain recruiter can quickly put you on the path to finding your dream job.

These are just a few tips to help you improve your network in order to increase the odds of finding a new job in the supply chain discipline. For additional networking tips, be sure to contact us at Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters 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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