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There are a number of reasons why you might be thinking about finding a new job in the supply chain discipline. Maybe you’re trying to advance your career and it’s time to move on from your

current position. Or maybe you’ve realized that you’re coasting in your current job and are neither maximizing your potential or enjoying yourself. Whatever the reason might be, you need to ask yourself the following important questions in order to clearly develop your career path before finding a new job in the supply chain discipline:

Questions To Ask Yourself:

  • What is your talent and purpose? – If you know what they are, then odds are you’re enjoying work more than most. If you don’t, pay attention to what moments bring you joy while you are working. There’s a good chance you are using your talent during these moments.
  • What is your ultimate career goal? – If you have one, then you are already ahead of the game. If you don’t, then now is a good time to begin thinking about it. Create a clear vision for what your ultimate career goal is – this will help you figure out what direction you need to go in order to reach that goal.
  • Are you challenged and excited? – You should be challenged and excited about work at least 60 percent of the time. If you aren’t, then you either need to begin operating differently or begin looking for a different position within the supply chain discipline.
  • Do you work in a supportive, energizing and motivating environment? – You may know exactly what your talent and purpose are and you may have have an ultimate career goal in mind, but a poor working environment is going to end up bringing you down. You won’t be able to perform at your best and be productive unless you are in a good working environment that supports you, energizes you and motivates you. Figure out if you can change your environment if it is not working for you.

Ask these questions to develop a clear career path. Contact us at Optimum SCR for more career information and advice.

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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