People often ask me: “How will earning a purchasing certification help me in my career?”

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Having been a purchasing manager who was responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring many purchasing professionals, the answer is so obvious.

You see, hiring managers often find the recruiting process to be difficult. Usually, there are many qualified candidates who apply for the scarce purchasing jobs. These candidates all have resumes boasting years and years of experience. They have the same degrees. They all present themselves very professionally in the interview.

How does a manager decide which candidate to choose for a job or promotion?

Managers look for tie-breakers. Some way of differentiating one candidate from another. Certification can be that tie-breaker.

If one candidate is certified and another isn’t, who will get the job? Usually, the person who is certified.

It’s really that simple.

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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