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To find a job as a purchasing manager, your resume needs to detail your professional abilities and experience. Our resume specialists have created some ways to make this purchasing manager resume sample better. Use their tips to design your own resume.
Use proper grammar and spelling
At first glance, the grammar and spelling in this purchasing manager resume sample is solid, but upon further inspection, a couple of things could use some sprucing up. When writing a resume, you should spell out numbers under 10, unless there are a mix of small and large numbers in one sentence. In this case, the summary at the top uses “7,” but since it’s the only number in the section, the applicant should have spelled out “seven.” Additionally, be sure to use the proper capitalization when writing out brand names. This applicant uses “MicroSoft,” but the proper spelling only capitalizes the “M.”
Keep important information at the top
This purchasing manager resume sample does a great job of listing relevant information, but some of it is too far down the page, making it less likely the hiring manager who looks at the resume will notice it. A good resume will list the relevant affiliations between the sections for skills and experience, leaving the education, which is usually the least important, for the bottom. Additionally, the applicant should be sure not to list items twice or use unnecessary abbreviations. WRONG
Add a highlights section
If your preferred position requires you to have specific personality traits, such as the ability to think on your feet or to be friendly even in high-stress situations, include a section titled “highlights” and list which of those personality traits you have. Be sure not to group them into the section for skills since personality traits are separate from specific abilities.
Consider how you format your experience section
The applicant in this purchasing manager resume sample provides all the right information in her experience section, but the format leaves a little to be desired. The use of paragraph format makes it hard for a hiring manager to skim the resume, which could mean he or she neglects to read it at all. WRONG Implemented an inventory system for the facility. Completed purchase orders in PeopleSoft Financial. RIGHT
In addition to using bullet format, you should be sure your information is concise. The first job listed here has “Fleet Manager” and “Risk Manager” in the duties, but these look more like job titles and should be listed as such. Be careful, too, to keep company names formatted the same throughout. The first two listings here use one company name, but the last one lists both the school district and the high school she worked at. She should choose one or the other, depending on which one is most relevant. Finally, when speaking of a job you are currently doing, be sure to use present tense. This applicant neglected to do so.
Avoid too many abbreviations
Using too many abbreviations without explaining what they are first is confusing. Instead of using abbreviations first, begin by typing out the entire name and putting the abbreviation in parentheses after. After that, you can use the abbreviation throughout the rest of the resume. Keeping your format easy to skim and ensuring the most important information is near the top will make your resume stand out to a hiring manager. Begin creating your best resume with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.