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Buying and Purchasing

General information

Prospects web - occupational profiles of jobs within buying/purchasing from the official UK graduate website.

British Display Society - a useful contact for anyone wanting to work in visual merchandising. The site has information on relevant courses in this area.

Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply - is an international organisation which serves the purchasing and supply profession.

Inside Careers: Purchasing & Supply Management - careers guide and job vacancies for the purchasing and supply profession.

Jobs4U - profile of a purchasing/procurement officer from the Government's Connexions careers information service.

Skillsmart Retail - is the sector skills council for the retail sector. The website has a useful careers section with information for graduates about the sector including the various roles on offer. The site has a list of companies who offer graduate training schemes and also advertises vacancies as and when they arise.

Selling & Sales Management

General information

Prospects web - occupational profiles of jobs within selling and sales management from the official UK graduate website.

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) - the site contains information on qualifications, training and professional issues.

IGD - provides information and research on the food and grocery sector. Their website contains factsheets on the career opportunities available within the sector. IGD are also involved with Leading Edge who provide development and network opportunities to managers in the food and grocery sector, including graduates.

Inside Careers: Sales - careers guide and job vacancies for those interested in working in sales.

Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (ISSM) - one of the UK's foremost professional bodies for salespeople.

Modern Selling - a useful site for keeping up to date with selling and sales management. You will find case studies, an economic outlook and directory. There are also links to careers-related discussions and articles.

Skillsmart Retail - is the sector skills council for the retail sector. The website has a useful careers section with information for graduates about the sector including the various roles on offer. The site has a list of companies who offer graduate training schemes and also advertises vacancies as and when they arise.

Call Centre Management

Call Centre Association - is the professional body for customer contact centres. The site includes news and information on Career Development - information on qualifications open to members to further their careers.

Call Centre Management Association (CCMA) - the professional association for Call Centre Managers and Supervisors. Although based in the UK they have Members all over Europe/Middle East and the links section includes websites for overseas associations. There is also a News and Education section.

Export Sales

Institute of Export - professional national training body offering professional qualifications in international trade as well as graduate membership.

Jobs4U - profile of an importer/exporter from the Government's Connexions careers information service.

Scottish Development International - is a government-funded organisation encouraging investment in Scotland. The website contains details of the key sectors in Scotland.

UK Trade & Investment - is a Government body which helps companies increase their export potential. They are able to offer advice and information about international trade and investment.

Media/Publishing Sales

Periodical Publishers Association - the careers section of this website provides information about the sales aspect of publishing.

Medical Sales

AllAboutMedicalSales.com - providing specific advice and resources for graduate trainees seeking their first medical sales position within the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry - is the trade association for companies in the UK producing prescription medicines. The website contains career information as well as links to members.

Healthcare Jobs - is a specialist recruitment site which advertises jobs within the healthcare sales industry.

Pharmaceutical Review - weekly e-bulletin for the pharmaceutical sales & marketing industry.

Pharmajobs - is a medical and pharmaceutical sales recruitment search site. The site also offers industry news, background information on medical and pharmaceutical sales (including work shadowing) and link to pharmaceutical firms.

Prospects web - profile of a medical sales representative from the official UK graduate careers website.

Retailing & Wholesaling

General information

Prospects web - occupational profiles of jobs within retailing/wholesaling from the official UK graduate website.

The Appointment - advertises retail vacancies and also has information on the retail sector.

British Retail Consortium - trade association for all retailers in the UK.

Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Refrom - provides business information and guidance for the retail sector in the UK.

IGD - provides information and research on the food and grocery sector. Their website contains factsheets on the career opportunities available within the sector. IGD are also involved with Leading Edge who provide development and network opportunities to managers in the food and grocery sector, including graduates.

Inside Careers: Retail - careers guide and job vacancies for those interested in working in retail.

inretail - specialist recruitment site for the retail industry. As well as having a searchable jobs database there is also job hunting information.

Jobs4U - profiles of various jobs in retail from the Government's Connexions careers information service.

Skillsmart Retail - is the sector skills council for the retail sector. The website has a useful careers section with information for graduates about the sector including the various roles on offer. The site has a list of companies who offer graduate training schemes and also advertises vacancies as and when they arise.

Bookseller

Prospects web - profile of a bookseller from the official UK graduate careers website.

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association - an international professional body representing the antiquarian book trade. The website has information about a career in the antiquarian book trade and interview with a range of people who work in the trade.

Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland - represents over 95% of the booksellers in the UK and Ireland. The website contains a directory of members as well as news and job opportunities.

Bookcareers - advertises vacancies and also has a guide to working as a bookseller.

Jobs4U - profile of a bookseller from the Government's Connexions careers information service.

Licensed Retail

British Beer & Pub Association - provides a wealth of information about careers in the industry including licensed retail. You will also find a list of helpful contact addresses.

Harpers - online magazine for professionals in the wine trade. The site includes a directory of members and also advertises vacancies.

UK Wine Jobs - is a site for those looking for employment in the wine trade and for those thinking about entering it.

Wine & Spirit Association - has a useful links section which includes links to gateway sites for wine countries and regions.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)- provides, promotes and develops training and education in wines, spirits and other alcoholic beverages.

Supermarket Management

Leading Edge - this is the career website of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD). It contains useful articles, an interactive forum and information about events and networking opportunities for those interested in a career in the food and grocery industry.

Grocer - online version of the trade magazine.