The Best Supply Chain Manager Resume Skills & Keywords [Updated]

Alan landed his dream supply chain manager role with the resume I created for him. Here’s proof. Today I’m sharing how you can do the same.

According to CareerExplorer, the supply chain manager job market is expected to grow by 8% between 2016 and 2026. How can you stand out as a strong candidate in this evolving industry?

The answer is simple. Recruiters in the supply chain manager industry rely on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to analyze resumes. These are software that help shortlist applicants. Therefore, your resume must be optimized for ATS to get shortlisted.

If you’d like to see a resume cheat sheet in which I break down where you need to put your best keywords and how exactly to back them up with hard, tangible accomplishments, download my resume cheat sheet below:


The best way to optimize your resume for ATS is to add in the right supply chain management skills and keywords.

Keywords are phrases that ATS algorithms "catch." Resumes that pass this step show employers that the candidate has the skills that match their job requirements. Keywords also rank you against other professionals applying for similar jobs. Your resume will rank higher if you have more of the right keywords in it.

Note that there are two types of keywords: hard and soft.

    1. Hard keywords are those that we can quantify or take a test for. For instance, the names of supply chain management tools are hard keywords. They are the most important in the ATS ranking.

    1. Soft keywords are skills that you cannot test for. However, they are critical to succeeding at your job. For example, leadership and communication skills are common soft keywords.

Some of the most common keyword categories are given below. You can find them in the job listings.

    • Job Titles

    • Terms and Tools

    • Technologies

    • Degrees and Licenses

    • Certifications and Training

    • Patents

    • Publications

    • Locations

Supply Chain Manager Skills and Keywords:

I studied several supply chain manager job descriptions. After that, I built a comprehensive list of supply chain management keywords that you can use in your resume.

You can copy these from this file I have created for you directly into your resume.

Integrating Keywords into Your Resume:

At this point, you might be wondering, "What’s the best way to include these keywords in my resume?" You can have the best supply chain management skills and still fail the screening stage. This is because correct keyword placement is important.

One of the best places to place keywords is the top one-third of your supply chain manager resume. This section is also known as the visual center. This is where the reader pays the most attention.

If the visual center hooks the reader in, they’re more likely to read the rest of your resume.

Here is how I added the supply chain management keywords to a client’s visual center:

By adding important keywords in the visual center, we can convey the candidate’s supply chain management skills to the recruiter.

While adding keywords to your resume, make sure that it’s not flooded with soft keywords. Also, there shouldn't be any self-descriptors like “dynamic” and “motivated.” Instead, strike a balance between hard and soft skills.

However, only listing the keywords in the visual center is not enough.

You have to support these skills with proof. Your supply chain manager resume needs powerful accomplishments in the professional experience section. Let’s look at an example.


Note that, while keywords are being used in these bullets, they’re not strong accomplishments. They’re a list of responsibilities only. You cannot judge how successful this supply chain manager was at their job.


Compare the above resume snapshot with this candidate:

This is how recruiters get a clear picture of how this candidate adds value to the organization:

    • There is a balance between hard and soft keywords. This proves that the candidate is a well-rounded applicant.

    • Moreover, they’re sharing the quantified impact of their actions. This serves as proof of their success.

Questions to Uncover Your Supply Chain Manager Skills:

Below, I have shared a list of questions that you can ask yourself. These will help uncover your supply chain management skills and related accomplishments. Once you spot these success stories, you can add them to your professional experience section:

By asking yourself these questions, you will create a supply chain manager resume that will wow recruiters. As a result, you'll get more interviews.

Check out these links for more help on creating an optimized resume:

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