Tuesday, July 22, 2008

3 New Tools For Purchasing Professionals

I wanted to tell you about three exciting new tools to help you grow in your purchasing and supply management career. Two of the most important aspects of growing your career are networking and education.

Networking involves meeting and interacting with your purchasing peers. In the past, meeting your fellow purchasers has been difficult. But Next Level Purchasing has made this easier for you (and free) with Tool #1 and Tool #2.

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Tool #1 - SPSM Group on LinkedIn
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LinkedIn is an online network of more than 24 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former, current, and future colleagues.

Next Level Purchasing has set up the "SPSM Group" on LinkedIn. The SPSM Group is designed to facilitate networking between purchasing professionals who have earned the SPSM Certification from Next Level Purchasing. While it is designed primarily for SPSM's, anyone with an interest in the SPSM Certification or connecting with purchasing professionals who have earned the SPSM Certification is welcome to join.

To join this group, follow these instructions:

1. Go to http://www.linkedin.com/

2. If you haven't already joined LinkedIn, follow the on-screen prompts to join

3. Find the search area at the top right of the screen, which consists of a drop down box, a text box, and a Search button

4. Select "Groups" from the drop down box

5. Type "SPSM" in the text box

6. Click the search button

7. You will see "SPSM - Senior Professional in Supply Management Group" in the search results

8. Click on "Join this group" and follow the on-screen instructions to join this group

9. Check back on the group daily and see the new members that have joined the group. You may find someone who you wish to connect with.

Tip: If you have earned your SPSM Certification, be sure to modify your profile so that your last name is in a format such as "Lastname, SPSM" (e.g., mine would be "Dominick, SPSM").
This allows the SPSM credentials to appear after your name on LinkedIn, letting others know instantly that you have achieved this standard of excellence in the profession.

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Tool #2 - SPSM Group on Facebook
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Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who share their interests. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

Next Level Purchasing has set up the "SPSM Group" on Facebook.
The SPSM Group is designed to facilitate networking between purchasing professionals who have earned the SPSM Certification from Next Level Purchasing. While it is designed primarily for SPSM's, anyone with an interest in the SPSM Certification or connecting with purchasing professionals who have earned the SPSM Certification is welcome to join.

To join this group, follow these instructions:

1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/

2. If you haven't already joined Facebook, follow the on-screen prompts to join

3. Find the search area at the top left of the screen

4. Type "SPSM" in the text box and press the Enter key on your keyboard

5. You will see "SPSM - Senior Professional in Supply Management Group" in the search results

6. Click on "Join Group" and follow the on-screen instructions to join this group

7. Check back on the group daily. Like LinkedIn, you will see the new members that have joined the group. There's also much more to do, such as interact on the message board, leave comments on our "Wall," upload videos, pictures, and links, and more!

Now, onto education with Tool #3...

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Tool #3 - New Online Class
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Next Level Purchasing has just launched a new online class "Executing A Global Sourcing Strategy." If you are - or are planning on - buying from suppliers from outside of your country, there are many mistakes that you must avoid. Executing A Global Sourcing Strategy will help you be successful in the complex activity of global sourcing.

Learn more about Executing A Global Sourcing Strategy at http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/global-sourcing-strategy.html

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As you can see, we've been busy here at Next Level Purchasing trying to give you everything you need to succeed in purchasing and supply management. We hope that you can take advantage of at least one of these new tools as a way of achieving your goals.


To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career?
Earn Your SPSM® Certification Online At

http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com

1 Comments:

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Richard Jennings said...

I just read that www.linkedin.com and www.realmatch.com were added to the About.com Top 10 employment site list: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/joblistings/tp/jobbanks.htm

 

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