The skills area is a great place
to incorporate keywords
that help hiring managers
pick up a résumé in initial
web searches. To custom-
ize keywords for a particular
job opening, incorporate the
required skills that are men-
tioned in the job listing.
Accolades and key
achievements should always
outline the measurable
benefits a candidate has de-
livered for the organization.
Showcasing project team
sizes, budget figures and
risk levels help distinguish a
Hiring managers focus on
a candidate’s most
recent position. So provide
in-depth details about this
role. Information about
any position that was held
more than 10 years ago
should be limited to one
or two lines.
Wordy bullet points can
diminish their intended
impact. By stripping away
or technical language, five
words can become one or
potential employers to
read it more closely.
Avoid listing responsibili-
ties that aren’t project-
management related. At
worst, they can water
down your overall project
At best, they will confuse
A stellar résumé or CV showcases the skills and experiences that will help a
candidate fill a specific project role. Candidates can move their résumés to the
top of the stack by following these do’s and don’ts from Lindsay Scott, director of
program and project management recruitment, Arras People, London, England.
AAA Organization (June 2014-present)
Responsible for delivery of human capital projects as per agreed scope, budget, schedule &
customer expectations, serving a workforce of 20,000. Provided thought leadership, supervising, directing and motivating teams of multidiscipline contractors and employees.
• Steered initiatives toward designing and implementing a talent assessment program
aligned to organizational strategic objectives. Identified solutions to reduce per test
administration cost by 2 percent.
• Transitioned testing centers from traditional brick-and-mortar centers to virtual
testing centers, resulting in a projected annual cost savings of $200,000.
• Oversaw day-to-day project activities and deliverables by tracking and directing
performance against key milestones and objectives; handled project budget, as well
as monitored subcontractor performance and conducted monthly internal project
• Successfully handled the process for selecting, reviewing and updating assessments
used during the selection process; supported certification, promotion and qualification
exams used after hire to meet federal and company laws, regulations and guidelines.
Generic professional titles
dilute the impact of an
summary. Be more specific,
using titles such as “project
manager” or “program man-
ager.” Recruiters want to
see a candidate’s experience
right up top.
e na i
Versatile project management practitioner with more than 10 years of experience directing
complex strategic business initiatives in the areas of process improvement, organization transfor-
mations, organization restructuring and human capital management. Applies solid analysis and
project management skills to devise and implement solutions that increase efficiency, streamline
operations and decrease overall expenses with minimal resources. Develops add-on sales based
on establishing strong customer relationships and exceeding project delivery expectations.
Strategic & Tactical Planning ◆ Project Management ◆ Solution Delivery: P&L Management ◆
Process Improvements: Budgeting, Costing and Risk Management ◆ Relationship Management:
Vendor and Other Stakeholders ◆ Change Management ◆ Talent Management: Selection/As-sessment, 360, Coaching Program Management, Succession and Performance