In an earlier article, “Is Your Procurement Resume All Wrong?”, we gave you traditional and non-traditional Procurement resumes formats. Each of these formats has its own pros and cons, and the format you end up picking will have a significant impact on your job search.

In this post, we will focus on the differences in resumes that outline responsibilities versus results.

For example, “Managed a 12-employee procurement team” is a responsibility. “Increased the procurement team’s productivity by 15%” is a result.

“Was responsible for customer satisfaction levels” is a responsibility. “Improved customer satisfaction from a 3.1/5 average to a 4.3/5 average” is a result.

“Transformed purchase-to-pay process” is a responsibility. “Reduced average invoice backlog from 32 days to 3 days through transforming the purchase-to-pay process” is a result.

“Negotiated contracts for information technology purchases” is a responsibility. “Saved the company $13 million through negotiation of information technology purchase contracts.”

There are four keywords I’ve used in these examples: saved, increased, reduced, and improved. These are results-oriented words that should be the focus of your procurement resume. It would help if you used these words as often as possible because they indicate what you achieved, not merely what you did.

I’ll close this post with some more examples of “what I did” words. Scour your procurement resume and see if you can replace sentences using these words with sentences that leverage the power of “saved,” “increased,” “reduced,” or “improved.”

  • Administered
  • Assigned
  • Assisted
  • Awarded
  • Bought
  • Completed
  • Consulted
  • Coordinated
  • Developed
  • Implemented
  • Led
  • Managed
  • Negotiated
  • Procured
  • Purchased
  • Served
  • Sourced
  • Supervised
  • Supported
  • Transformed
  • Traveled
  • Worked

This list is not exhaustive, but I hope you get the point. And I hope that you can use these tips to measurably “improve” your procurement resume!

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