• 5 Ways to Turn Around Blue Monday and Beat the Winter Blues

    about 1 month ago

    ​With the festive period truly over, January is a difficult month for many supply chain professionals. This is particularly true on the dreaded Blue Monday. The weather in most parts of Germany ranges from grey and wet to freezing and the daylight hours are still at an annual minimum. So if you are feeling particularly down today, you are not alone.The Story Behind Blue Mond...

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  • Webinar: Gender Diversity in Procurement and E2E Supply Chain

    3 months ago

    Over 75% of CEO's consider gender diversity to be top priority, according to research by McKinsey & Company, but gender diversity in E2E supply chain is not improving as quickly as it should be. There are still too few women in leadership and business-critical roles. It is essential that this change as failure to improve gender diversity impacts the bottom line of organi...

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  • The Signs of Burnout at Work and What to Do About It

    3 months ago

    ​A 2016 Gallup study found that 9 billion euro is lost annually in the German economy due to decreased productivity, as a result of burnout. Now classed as a recognisable illness by the World Health Organization, burnout is an occupational phenomenon which impacts both on workers as individuals and the morale and productivity of a workforce.  Chronic stress and burnout happe...

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    The Signs Of Burnout And What To Do About Them
  • 5 Steps to Convincing Your Boss That a Sabbatical is a Good Idea 

    3 months ago

    ​Did you know that 34% of the “100 Best Workplaces in Europe” offer paid sabbaticals, according to the Great Places to Work Institute? With this number ever increasing, there's no better time to bring up the conversation with your employer. Asking for a career break is rarely easy, but a sabbatical offers more than a chance for you to recharge. Time away can be a vital oppor...

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  • How to Make a Great First Impression in Your New Job

    3 months ago

    ​If you approach your first day in your new role in the German procurement and supply chain sector with confidence and positivity, introducing yourself and shaking the hand of all of your new colleagues, your attitude will affect those around you. You will be seen as a ‘breath of fresh air’ who can reinvigorate your team members.   It is vital to make the best first impressi...

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  • Advancing Women of Colour in STEM

    3 months ago

    ​90% of CEOs report that diversity is a top business priority, yet the dial towards progress has hardly moved in recent years. A 2017 survey by Supply Chain Insights found that 72% of respondents identified as male and 57% identified as Caucasian.In this guide, we explore the current ‘state of the union’ for women in colour in STEM-related fields and the underlying processes...

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  • Is Your Boss Invested in Your Career Development?

    3 months ago

    ​If you are consistently exceeding your current performance targets and not seeing recognition or discussing opportunities about how this could move you ahead, you may have a boss who is not invested in your career development.  No matter how talented and ambitious you are, if you do not have support or guidance from your boss, your career roadmap may seem like a dead end.  ...

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  • How a Specialist Recruiter Can Help You Secure Your Dream Job

    3 months ago

    ​When hunting for a new role in the German procurement and supply chain sector, there is a lot of value in contacting a specialist recruiter within your niche. Recruiters know what jobs are out there, have already built relationships with employers and devote a lot of time to making sure those jobs are filled with skilled and fitting candidates.   Not only do recruiters hold...

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    The Benefits Of Using A Specialist Recruiter To Secure Your Dream Job
  • How to Decide if a Job Offer is Worth Taking

    3 months ago

    ​Receiving a job offer for a role within the German procurement and supply chain sector is certainly cause for celebration, but there may be aspects of the offer which are holding you back from saying ‘yes’ straight away.  It is worth taking your time to consider which elements of a job make you happy, and whether this offer and working for this business will lead to job sat...

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    7 Ways To Decide If A Job Offer Is Worth Taking
  • How to Leave Your Job Without Burning Bridges

    3 months ago

    ​When leaving a job you’ve grown to hate, you may be tempted to air your grievances when handing in your notice. You may even want to quit on the day you get your new job offer, leaving drama and scrabbling co-workers in your wake.  Both during the resignation process and after you leave, it is best not to speak negatively about your employers, your manager or your colleague...

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  • How to Survive a Marathon Interview Process

    3 months ago

    ​If interviews with two or three stakeholders aren’t nerve-wracking enough, many job seekers in the German procurement and supply chain sector now face the challenge of the all-day interview. These involve spending the day at the company meeting a range of stakeholders who will question you on different aspects of your suitability for the role.  These interviews are great fo...

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    How To Survive A Marathon Interview Process
  • How to Find Out Your Co-Worker's Salary

    3 months ago

    ​According to the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index, which ranks countries on elements of supply chain performance, Germany is the highest performing country for logistics. This will be due to its skilled and high skilled workforce.  This is reflected through generous salaries. The average salary for a Supply Chain Manager in Germany is €65,000, according to payscale....

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    How To Find Out Your Co Worker's Salary
  • How to Resign Your Job and Leave on Good Terms

    3 months ago

    ​Is there a good way to quit a job? It’s very rare that the news is going to be received with a smile, particularly within the German procurement and supply chain sector, where skilled and valuable workers are in high demand.  When resigning your role, it is important to leave with as much tact and professionalism as possible. There are plenty of ways you can quit your job a...

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    How To Resign And Leave On Good Terms
  • How to Deal with a Toxic Co-Worker

    3 months ago

    ​A toxic colleague can chip away at your confidence and ability through behaviours such as constant undermining, negativity and bullying. If you’re not careful, this individual can have an impact on your entire work experience, and even actively damage your career in the German procurement and supply chain sector.  It is vital to not suffer in silence if you are starting to ...

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    How To Deal With A Toxic Co Worker
  • How to Make the Perfect Job Offer

    3 months ago

    ​The Logistics Performance Index, put together by The World Bank, ranks Germany as the best performing country on logistics compared to the global sector. This considers every aspect of the supply chain, from reliability of shipments to efficiency of border clearance.   This brilliant performance is reflected through a skilled labour force that consistently achieves results ...

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    How To Make The Perfect Job Offer
  • Why Counter-Offers are a Waste of Time and Money

    3 months ago

    ​It is important for employers in the German procurement and supply chain sector to retain talented and highly skilled employees, and it can be an employer’s worst nightmare to face a resignation on their desk from an important part of their team. It is tempting to immediately arrange a counter-offer in this situation to help keep top talent within the company.   However, it...

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    5 Reasons Why Counter Offers Are A Waste Of Time And Money
  • How to Help a New Employee Relocate

    3 months ago

    ​When hiring within the competitive procurement and supply chain sector in Germany, you may find yourself looking beyond what the local talent pool has to offer to keep your company ahead of the curve and finding valuable employees with well developed and in-demand skill sets.   To attract these employees, you will need to put together an attractive employee relocation packa...

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    How To Help A New Employee Relocate
  • How to Write a Great Employer Value Proposition (EVP)

    3 months ago

    ​The procurement and supply chain sector is one of the fastest growing on a global scale, and demand for new talent is high as the supply chain evolves and requires new skills as technologies emerge. This can lead to pressures on in-house recruitment as pressure is needed to work on employer branding to ensure your company has penetration of the existing labour market. One o...

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    The Key To Writing A Great Evp
  • How to Reject a Candidate and Gain a Brand Advocate

    3 months ago

    ​It is easy to build up a toxic reputation as a bad employer, and word can spread in a close-knit sector such as the German procurement and supply chain industry. A source of damage to your employer brand can be through job candidates who were rejected in a lazy or unprofessional manner, or didn’t hear from your company at all after a long recruitment process.   There really...

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    How To Reject A Candidate And Gain A Brand Advocate
  • How to Successfully Onboard a New Employee

    3 months ago

    ​Creating a successful employee onboarding process within the German procurement and supply chain sector is essential for aligning expectations and acclimating new hires into both your processes and workflows and within your corporate culture.  To ensure happy and retained employees, the onboarding process needs to evolve beyond a simple hiring checklist on the first day and...

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    How To Successfully Onboard A New Employee