September 2012, Volume 27
|Included in this issue...|
- ISM's Certified in Supply Management™ Designation
- Your Certifications: Valuable Material for Your Résumé
- CPSM®s Share Their Stories of Success
- Exam Fees Reimbursed Under the GI Bill
- Which Certification Is Right for You?
- Recertification Checklist
- ISM's F@stLearning Series
- Low-Cost Ways to Earn CEHs
- Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
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|ISM's Certified in Supply Management™ Designation|
Big opportunities are in store for people who want to build their careers and professional influence in supply management and procurement.
In November 2011, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) unveiled the Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™). This certification option allows a broad range of practitioners to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in supply management, regardless of whether they have a degree.
"The debut of the CSM™ is a defining event for ISM because it furthers our mission to lead and serve supply management," says former ISM CEO Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS. "Individuals and teams worldwide have expanded opportunities to build their professional stature and business credibility."
The CSM™ joins ISM's globally recognized Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program to set a common standard of measurement for professionals to demonstrate mastery of supply management knowledge and skills. The CSM™ tests the same body of knowledge as the CPSM®. Eligibility for the CSM™ is dependent on a candidate's work experience and educational background, as well as successfully passing the required exam(s). Need more information? Visit the Certified in Supply Managment™ (CSM™) page at www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org.
|Your Certifications: Valuable Material for Your Résumé|
By Janet Beckstrom, ACRW, MRW | ISM Résumé Reviewer | http://wordcrafter.com
As a professional in supply management, you're looking to give yourself the edge in today's challenging job search climate. Including certifications on your résumé is one of the best ways to distinguish yourself from the competition. Think about it ... if a hiring manager is considering two candidates with similar experience and education, but only one has earned the CPSM® or CSM™ credential, who do you think is mostly likely to be offered the job?
There are other advantages to showcasing your certifications in your résumé. For example, possessing one or more certifications may boost the starting salary you're offered. Also, your certification may compensate for having fewer years in the field than a more-experienced applicant.
Once you realize how important it is to include your certifications, you need to organize them. Should they be at the beginning of the resume or at the end? In reverse chronological, alphabetical or a different order? The answers to these questions: It all depends.
Consider the positions for which you will be applying and think about what's most important from a hiring manager's perspective. In most cases, your credentials will be one of your most valuable qualifications, so they should be presented prominently at the beginning of the résumé. Of course, if the certifications are not relevant to your target jobs, you should move them to the end of the résumé or consider not including them at all.
However, you also have to weigh the value of your certifications with respect to other content you will include on your résumé. Do you have significant accomplishments that are even more important? If so, move the certifications to a lower position. It's all about making judgments.
Once you've determined where to put them, how do you decide in what order your certifications should appear? In some cases, it may be most beneficial to list them in order of prestige from most to less important. In other cases, listing them in reverse chronological order may be more effective. Again, put yourself in a recruiter or hiring manager's shoes — what will be most impressive?
By the way, you never want to list your certifications in straight chronological order — oldest to newest — because everything else on your résumé is (or should be) in reverse-chronological order. Why? Your recent experiences are usually the most relevant and meaningful to employers.
When listing your credentials, be sure to include related certifications that you have earned or with which you are familiar. An example would be experience working in a plant adhering to ISO/TS/QS standards. These terms are valuable "keywords" that will be found in a résumé scan — whether by human eyes or by automated systems, so you want to include any and all that are relevant and accurately represent your experience.
Of course, your certifications and credentials are just one small part of a great résumé! Your education, experience, accomplishments, past employment record, specific areas of expertise and so much more are considered by employers when choosing candidates to interview and to hire. Through ISM you can get an in-depth résumé critique service for just US$25 and résumé writing services beginning at US$395. Let us assess your résumé and help you make the entire document more powerful, more effective and a better showcase for all that you have to offer — including your certifications and credentials.
|CPSM®s Share Their Stories Of Success With the Designation|
In ISM's CPSM® LinkedIn group, several supply managers recently posted their stories of success once they achieved the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). Janell Moffat, a purchasing agent from North Carolina, had just started studying for the CPSM® and wanted some validation of her choice of credentials. She asked CPSM® group members, "I am just starting on the CPSM® path and am curious to know how getting the CPSM® has helped others in their careers?" Posted responses included being able to set new standards, becoming a resource for others and even being a factor in a new promotion. Here are some of the benefits posted in response to Moffat's question.
These CPSM®s have proved themselves to be knowledgeable, well-rounded professionals who use up-to-date supply management practices. Not only has the certification made a difference in the careers of these CPSM®s, they have also been able to show others the benefits of getting their own credential. Are you ready to get yours?
|Veterans — CPSM® and CSM™ Exam Fees Reimbursed Under the GI Bill|
Don't forget, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs reimburses for CPSM® and CSM™ Exam fees. Our exams are specifically approved for the GI Bill. The VA pays for the cost of the tests and not other fees connected with obtaining the CPSM® or CSM™ (study materials, application fees, etc.).
According to the GI Bill website, you may receive this benefit if you are eligible for:
- The Montgomery GI Bill (also called the MGIB or Chapter 30)
- VEAP (also called Chapter 32)
- Dependents Educational Assistance (also called DEA or Chapter 35) (DEA is a benefit for children, spouses and surviving spouses of veterans with 100 percent service-connected disability or who died in service or due to service-connected disability.)
You can receive up to US$2,000 per test (but not more than the cost of the test). There is no limit to the number of tests you can take. For more details, please visit http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchLCCriteria.do. When using the search feature, keep in mind that ISM is located in the state of Arizona.
|Which Certification Is Right for You?|
With the debut of the Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™), ISM now has several professional credentials to help you reinvent your career. How do you choose the right one for you? Here is a snapshot of ISM's three professional credentials.
|Education Requirement||Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent||No degree requirement||Associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent||No degree requirement||Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent|
|Experience Requirement||3 years of full-time professional supply management experience (non-clerical, non-support)||5 years full-time professional supply management experience (non-clerical, non-support)||3 years of full-time, professional supply management experience (non-clerical, non-support) with an associate's degree||5 years professional (nonclerical, nonsupport) supplier diversity or supply management experience||3 years professional (nonclerical, non-support) supplier diversity or supply management experience|
|Testing Requirements||Pass the three CPSM® Exams or if you are a C.P.M. in good standing, pass the Bridge Exam.||Pass the three CSM™ Exams or if you are a C.P.M. in good standing, pass the Bridge Exam||Pass the three CSM™ Exams or if you are a C.P.M. in good standing, pass the Bridge Exam||Pass the CPSD™ Exam. Also must pass Exam 1 of the CPSM® or CSM™ (this requirement is waived if the candidate holds a current C.P.M. or CPSM®.)|
|Recertification Requirements||Recertify every three years with 60 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)||Recertify every three years with 60 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)||Recertify every three years with 60 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)|
Not sure where to start when it comes time to apply for recertification? The best place to start is with the recertification application form for your credential. Easy to follow recertification forms can be found on the ISM website, and outline the documentation needed for each ISM credential. Each form includes instructions on what type of documentation you need, the recertification fee and where to submit your application.
For answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs), visit us online at www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org, select Certification. Email: email@example.com, Write: ISM, Attn: Professional Credentials Department, P.O. Box 22160, Tempe, AZ 85285-2160, USA
|ISM's F@stLearning Series|
ISM's F@stLearning is a series of short, user-friendly, independent study courses — approximately one to two hours in length. The series is designed to enhance your knowledge in a specific area of supply chain management or business.
Simply download the course (.pdf), study and take a short test online. Each course is worth 2 CEH credits.
NOTE: All F@stLearning Series courses and tests are active for one year from the date of purchase.
|Low-Cost Ways to Earn CEHs|
Need to earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)? Short on funds to pay for training? Don't despair. ISM has several low-cost options to keep your CPSM®, CSM™, CPSD™, C.P.M. or A.P.P. certification current. Some are even free.
- The ISM Knowledge Center has four free online courses:
- ISM presents free web seminars throughout the year on trends that affect supply management. You can earn one Continuing Education Hour (CEH) each time you attend the live program.
- ISM Members earn one CEH for every year you are an active member during your current certification period.
- Attend your ISM affiliate meetings. Most meetings are US$50 or less and usually you receive at least one CEH each time you attend.
- Did you take or teach any business-related training through your employer?
- Did you take any personal career development courses such as "Effective Communication" or "Microsoft Excel"?
- Did you take any college courses?
- Was your article published in a supply management-related magazine or journal?
- Did you attend or present at one of ISM's conferences or seminars? Did you attend or present at other industry-related conferences or seminars?
For details on CEH qualification, visit the Professional Credentials section of the ISM website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities|
- ISM Sustainability and Social Responsibility Conference
November 1-2, 2012
Manhattan Beach, CA
- The 12th Annual ISM Services Conference
December 6-7, 2012
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