traditional résumé might seem like a relic in today’s digital-driven project management world—but it’s still a job seeker’s best friend.
;ere’s no doubt that social media pro;les help project practitio-
ners stay visible to hiring managers, who are increasingly searching
for talent online. Forty-three percent of organizations say social
professional networks are a top source for quality hires—a 48
percent increase since 2011, according to LinkedIn’s 2016
Global Recruiting Trends report. In the United States, 52
percent of employers used social media to research job can-
didates in 2015, up from 43 percent in the previous year,
according to a Harris Poll conducted for CareerBuilder.
But the résumé, also called CV, still has a more universal appeal. In the United States, for instance, 93 percent of recruiters still
rely on résumés to ;nd top talent, according to Jobvite’s 2015 study of more
than 1,400 recruiters and human resources professionals.
“;ere isn’t yet a common online tool that’s replaced the résumé,” says Michael
Yinger, global delivery leader for recruitment process outsourcing, PMI Global
Hiring managers and recruiters often prefer to distribute a résumé rather
than a link to a candidate’s web pro;le, because it doesn’t require everyone in
the talent-acquisition chain to establish accounts for each professional net-
working or recruiting site, says James Fox, PMI-RMP, PMP, PgMP, human
resources project manager, Vectrus, Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Plus, a well-crafted résumé highlights the skills and experiences most applicable to the project role at hand, so hiring managers don’t have to sift through
a candidate’s entire work history to ;nd noteworthy nuggets.
“What makes a résumé stellar is that it’s easy to decipher what applicants
have done in their careers and when they’ve done it, and it’s a fair re;ection of
their skills and capabilities,” Mr. Yinger says.
;ese ;ve tips can help project practitioners craft résumés that will pique an
employer’s interest—and get their foot in the door.
“What makes a
résumé stellar is
that it’s easy to
done in their
careers and when
they’ve done it, and
it’s a fair reflection
of their skills and
—Michael Yinger, Aon Hewitt,
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA