Every month, the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) recognizes a purchasing professional who has made impressive progress in learning more about his/her field. We are excited to announce that the NLPA Dedicated Member of the Month for July 2011 is…

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Photo of the Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month Jennifer Goodwin, SPSM, a Purchasing Professional from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. During the month of June, Jennifer completed all six Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program classes.

Jennifer was kind enough to share some of her tips for completing the SPSM® Certification and to give some insight into how important a procurement certification is when seeking employment:

“The biggest thing for me is I spent every spare minute studying the information and I took REALLY good notes. Even if the information is in the lesson I find that I can more easily recall what I have written down- that’s the next best thing to working knowledge.

“I have 15 years experience in the procurement industry, international and domestic (US). My last position was as a Purchasing Manager for the largest construction project in North American history- and I still learned quite a bit in these courses!

“I have been out of work since my last project ended a year ago. I would think that with my knowledge, background, and references that I could land a great job, but I haven’t had any luck. My last two interviews were successful… they liked me, my references, my ‘fit’ in their organization, and I went to final interviews for both. I lost out on both jobs because I didn’t have CERTIFICATION!! After the second one I decided to just buckle down and get my certification. I decided on SPSM® because it is internationally recognized, and most large companies have begun to institute Global Sourcing programs. It will give me the additional edge that I need.”

Next Level Purchasing and the procurement community around the world congratulate Jennifer and her dedication to having a more successful purchasing career!

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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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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