People & Skills
Happy New Year to the European Public Procurement Community

A very happy New Year to everyone in the public procurement community – all our readers, contributors, and partners. Also;  godt nytår, bonne année gelukkig nieuwjaar, onnellista uutta vuotta, Frohes neues Jahr, Καλή Χρονιά, felice anno nuovo, godt nyttår, szczęśliwego nowego roku, feliz ano novo, gelukkig nieuwjaar, un an nou fericit, šťastný nový rok, feliz año Nuevo, gott nytt år, and apologies to anyone whose native language is not listed here!

As we move into 2015, the New Year is often a time when people think about their jobs and careers and whether this is a good time to look at a change. People find their cvs and think about updating them, or maybe start browsing the jobs websites. There is no real logic to why this time is better or worse than any other; but there is something about the beginning of a new year that makes us think ahead, and also makes us realise that time is passing by, and we only have a certain number of years in which to achieve our ambitions!

On the Spend Matters UK/Europe website, we are running a series of articles written by a leading procurement recruitment agency in the UK, Edbury Daley. Their directors are providing some very good advice, much of which is relevant whichever country you are based in, and whether you work in the public or private sector. If you are thinking of moving jobs, or indeed you are recruiting staff, it is well worth reading their articles – the first three are here and there are more to come..

Procurement Recruitment Advice: Updating Your CV

Procurement Recruitment Advice: Networking and Positioning Yourself

Procurement Recruitment Advice: Choosing Which Recruiters To Use

But we think this is such a good topic for early January that we will also be covering it here, with a more specific focus on the public sector. So over the next couple of weeks, we will take a look at some of the issues that you might be considering as a public sector procurement practitioner. Is this a good time to move? What jobs outside the public sector are potentially available to you? What key points should you consider when you go for an interview –particularly if that is outside the public sector?

Look out for the first of our articles early next week. And again, all our best wishes for 2015.