Want to prove your value? Adding the right details to a
résumé can show organizations you’re worth the money.
By Lindsay Scott
quite a bit of confusion in the marketplace—
mainly because there are so many different types
of PMOs and, in turn, so many different types and
levels of people who work within them. If you’re
looking for a position outside your organization,
you need to research how other organizations
advertise their PMO positions, playing close
attention to how the PMO is described. I advise
PMO practitioners to include in their résumé a
line about the type of PMO, using the same lan-
guage that is found in the wider marketplace. For
example, a PMO manager would include “Manag-
ing program management office for a £ 20 million
business transformation program” before going
on to describe the roles and responsibilities. You
are making it clear that your PMO experience is
around program management as opposed to expe-
rience in a project office, portfolio office, enter-
prise-wide PMO or a center of excellence PMO.
Make sure your research also takes note of
I’ve been applying for positions at a certain salary level. But I’m not sure whether my résumé reflects my experience at that level. What would you advise?
This is a common problem for job seekers: How
do you make sure your CV or résumé reflects that
you’re worth the position’s salary? It works both
ways. You don’t want to pitch your résumé and
experience as too high or too low.
Hirers want to see that your previous experience is close to or matches their particular need.
The higher the salary, the more likely the project
will be larger in scope, carry a greater degree of
risk, require a larger team or be more complex in
its solution. So your résumé should mirror those
demands. For a project management résumé, that
includes mentioning the budget, the size of the
team and some narrative that reflects the complexities involved.
Although higher salaries tend to be commanded
by those who have more experience, don’t assume
that a 25-year career history is enough to be short-listed for an interview. Project management is a
competitive marketplace—so make sure you give
clear context so hirers can make a quick decision.
You’d be surprised how many project managers
omit context from their résumé, opting to cover
the details of the projects without mentioning the
budget or why the project was important to the
business in the first place.
I’m working in a PMO and looking to move on
over the next year. Do you have any advice to
help me get prepared?
A project management office (PMO) still causes
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