When you are an executive, or when you are aspiring to be an executive, you need to write a resume that makes you stand out. A resume for an executive position needs to show your leadership experience. It also needs to prove to the hiring manager that you will add value to the company.
When you are looking for a job as a supply chain or logistics executive, you will want to highlight your experience in reducing costs, your IT knowledge, and your project management skills.
Read below for tips on how to write a resume for an executive position with a focus on supply chain and logistics management. Then, read a sample resume for someone with supply chain and logistics experience, as well as consulting experience.
Tips for Writing a Supply Chain and Logistics Executive Resume
Include a resume summary. When applying for a competitive executive job, you want to show how you are a unique candidate. One way to do this is to write a resume summary or profile. At the top of your resume, either in a couple of sentences or bullet points, highlight what makes you an ideal executive for the position (including your leadership experience and any skills related to the industry). You could also include (either instead of or in addition to a summary) a resume headline that defines you as a candidate in one phrase or sentence.
You might also include a “Core Proficiencies” section beneath your summary or headline, which lists your main skill sets as they relate to the job.
Focus on the job. Tailor your resume to fit the particular job you are applying for. Look carefully at the company’s mission statement and goals, as well as the job listing. Then, highlight the skills and abilities that relate to the company and the job. You could add keywords from the job listing to your resume. For example, if the company is looking for someone to increase profitability, you might mention your history of impacting the bottom line of other companies.
Highlight your achievements. Rather than going into extensive detail about your work duties, focus on specific achievements you have made. Think about a particular goal you helped achieve or a problem you solved. For example, mention how you met specific targets or made improvements to a company’s operations.
One way to highlight your achievements is to start each job history with a brief description of your duties. Then go on to highlight one to three specific achievements at the company.
Focus on reducing costs. Employers want supply chain managers and executives who are able to reduce costs. The best way to show your experience keeping costs down is to include numbers in your resume. Provide specific data on how you have helped reduce costs in the past. If you don’t have this experience, use numbers in other ways to show you have added value to companies in other ways. For example, mention how you helped increase the efficiency of a workforce, or how you reduced accidents or delays. Using numbers is a quick way to show an employer that you can make positive changes to a company.
Touch on other key supply chain skills. Beyond cost reduction, there are other skills that employers look for in supply chain and logistics executives. Focus in particular on any of your IT skills, particularly your experience with any enterprise technology tools like enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and software. Also highlight any project management experience you have had, as well as any experience with risk assessment.
Keep it brief. As an executive (or aspiring executive), you likely have a lengthy work history. However, hiring managers don’t want to have to read through a five- or six-page resume. Instead, include only the most relevant work experience. Keep your resume to one or two pages.
Edit, edit, edit. Don’t forget to thoroughly edit your resume before submitting it to an employer. Proofread for any spelling or grammar errors. Also, make sure the formatting is consistent. For example, if you use bold for one section title, use bold for all section titles. Make sure the font is legible, and that there is plenty of white space on the page.
Supply Chain and Logistics Executive Resume Example
The following is an example executive resume for someone with supply chain, logistics, and consulting experience. Download the executive resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Supply Chain and Logistics Executive Resume (Text Only)
789 Main Street, Dallas, TX 00001
Supply chain executive with more than 15 years of experience seeks management position.
· Supply chain/sourcing/cost reductions
· Logistics/operations improvement
· Manufacturing and engineering/strategic planning
ABC CORPORATION, Dallas, Texas
Senior Managing Consultant, Supply Chain Strategy, September 2007–Present
Consult on supply chain/operational issues, primarily to leading consumer products and retail companies.
BEVERAGECO, SNACKS DIVISION, Austin, Texas
Section Manager, Production/Operation, July 2002–September 2007
Led a team of approximately 50 salaried associates, including five managers, for a three-shift facility, with six production areas: potato chips, corn, extrusion, baked products, pretzels, and packaging.
LITTLE PRODUCTION CO., Santa Fe, N.M.
Management Consultant, Operations, August 2000–July 2002
Led or participated in more than 25 engagements in business process redesign, productivity, research and development, and strategic planning.
Master of Business Administration (2007)
The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (2004)
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (2000)
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.