Edbury Daley with Advice for Procurement Job Seekers

Joined in businessOver the New Year period, we were fortunate to have an excellent series of articles from Edbury Daley, the procurement recruitment firm. We’ve been working with the firm for a little while now, including featuring their quarterly market survey, and we’re pleased to see their logo in our Associate Sponsor section now too.

Their articles were based on the fact that many people think about their careers over that end-of-year holiday period. It may go no further than updating your CV or LinkedIn page, but for many the decision is taken to start a real search for a new job. So the Edbury Daley series covers a number of key aspects within that end-to-end process, from updating your CV through to the actual interview.

It is a very readable, pragmatic and useful series for anyone really who has any ambition left and thinks they may move jobs at some stage. That means the vast majority of our readers, I would like to think. So here is a recap on the articles, links to them, and a snippet from each one to whet your appetite.


Procurement Recruitment Advice: Updating Your CV

“Don’t do a long list of responsibilities or just repeat your job description – it is boring and frankly people will assume you are an average candidate. Reviewers look for clarity and relevant experience and the transferable skills you can offer a new employer and want to use/develop in new role. Yes, describe the roles you undertook but make it brief and make certain you show what problems you solved and how. Companies want to hire people who can change things, improve results, develop teams or improve processes so you need to show you can do this.”


Procurement Recruitment Advice: Networking and Positioning Yourself

“Your LinkedIn profile is effectively an online networking CV and it needs to reflect your actual CV. Similarly, to create a good profile you need to do the full sales pitch and use many key words relevant to your role or industry, as this is how recruiters search for suitable candidates. Many people use their internal job title, but consider what your job is called most commonly, as this is the term that gets searched for.”


Procurement Recruitment Advice: Choosing Which Recruiters To Use

“Trust your instincts here. Good recruiters are knowledgeable about procurement and prepared to give you helpful advice on your worth in the job market. The best listen carefully to what you are looking for and keep those criteria in mind when speaking to you about a position they are working on.  Be wary of those that over promise, are scant on detail or always seem to be pushing job opportunities.”


Procurement Recruitment Advice: Applying for New Roles

“Often persistence is key when applying for a position directly. If you haven’t received a response to your CV then make contact by email or phone to ask for progress and any feedback. Even if you are not invited for interview you may learn something positive about another opportunity in the company or at least the reason why you weren’t successful.”


Procurement Recruitment Advice: Criteria for a Move

“When assessing your potential new employer make sure they can meet the majority, if not all, of the reasons you are seeking to move. Use common sense as well as what you are being told at interview. If it’s an SME, do they really have the defined long-term career path you are seeking? If they are a global business can they offer you the access to the senior stakeholders you are looking for?”


Procurement Recruitment Advice: Interview Skills

“If you don’t know something or haven’t faced a specific situation before, it is much better to be honest about it, as it is generally obvious when someone doesn’t know, as they either start to waffle or quote best practice rather than giving a specific example.”

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