Quantifying achievements and outcomes on a résumé gives employers a better
understanding of the value a candidate could add to
an organization, Ms. Azevedo says.
She recommends outlining measurable project
results and summarizing positive project outcomes
related to each job title. Bullets could include information like “Completed project six weeks ahead of
schedule and 20 percent under budget.” It’s also
beneficial to specify the size and the location of
teams that were managed.
“A résumé specifies, ‘I
worked on these projects and
these were the results achieved.’
Those are the things that really
help move someone along
through the recruitment process,” Mr. Yinger says.
Make the summary statement a must-read
elevator pitch. It should showcase the skills and
expertise the project position requires—and entice
time-strapped hiring managers and recruiters to
read the entire résumé.
“When I look at a résumé, I have about 30 seconds
to determine if this person has exactly what we’re
looking for based on our job description,’” says Mariana Ladeira de Azevedo, PMP, human resources
business partner, Suntech, Florianópolis, Brazil.
Don’t list career objectives or describe a fictional
dream job, as that won’t help organizations find the
right fit for their unique opening. Instead, highlight
personal qualifications that will directly serve the
organization, says Francois Passet, PMP, human
resources portfolio manager, HSBC, London, England. For instance, he recommends writing: “A project manager with 10 years of experience in the IT
sector” rather than “Seeking a project management
position in the IT sector.”
%of recruiters in the United States still rely on résumés to find top talent. Source: Jobvite’s 2015 study of more than 1,400 recruiters and human resources professionals
When I look at a résumé, I have about 30
seconds to determine if this person has
exactly what we’re looking for based on our