ing managers or human resource representatives
are trying to determine whether your experiences
fit their requirements. To answer this question,
you must outline the core skills and competencies
that helped you deliver past projects.
Provide just enough of a project overview without including too much technical jargon. Remember to outline the basics, like budget, the size of
the team you managed, how risky it was and how
many stakeholders there were. These are the details
a reader really wants.
3. LIVING IN THE PAST
Many experienced project managers say they can’t
possibly create a résumé with less than five or 10
pages. They say their experience can’t be edited
because it represents their long career history—and
gives them the edge over less experienced project
managers. But project managers should be able to
convey information concisely. A 10-page résumé
definitely does not showcase that skill.
The reader of the résumé is not interested in
what you did over a decade ago. They know that
your current expertise is the result of many years
of work, but they only care about what your experience will mean for them if they hire you.
Q: I need to update my résumé for the first time
in five years. What would help me make it relevant for the project management field in 2015?
A: I’ve been advising project managers on this for a
number of years and there are five common pitfalls
1. STARTING OUT WITH TOO MANY WORDS
Too many project managers start their résumés
with wordy personal profiles that fail to make an
impact. Don’t bother with the usual “on time, on
budget” summary. Keep it simple instead. Add
a clear, concise headline that grabs the reader’s
attention. Clearly state who you are and how you
can help the person reading the résumé.
Make sure your opening includes your job title,
qualifications, your specialty (IT, finance, marketing, etc.), the sector you work in and some areas of
expertise within project management you particularly want to highlight. And that’s it.
2. FORGETTING TO FOCUS ON YOUR SKILLS
Project managers have a tendency to include a lot
of information about the projects they’ve managed
during their career. But these projects may not be
of interest to the person reading your résumé. Hir-
Take the next step on your career path
with an attention-grabbing résumé
and a professional development plan.
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