There is no denying that in 2016 the competition for a project manager’s job is intense. If you’ve decided that this is the year you are going to get into project management or upgrade your current job here are 12 suggestions that will help your resume leap off the desk ensuring you get the recruiter’s attention.
1. Scannable first page
The first page of your resume needs to be easy to read and scannable in 10 seconds or less. Use a slightly larger font size like 14 to draw the reader’s attention to your achievements section.
2. Create an achievements section
Make sure your resume has a section on the front page that highlights the best bits from your career.
3. Boast a little
It’s OK to boast about your work. You don’t want to make up numbers of course but if your project made or saved your company money you need to mention the amount.
4. Be Clear
Each sentence should be powerful and clear. Instead of “Worked on the ABC project”, Say “I successfully ran the ABC project, saving CompanyX $2M annually”.
5. Industry Words
Project management has its own lexicon. Share your experience and knowledge about project management by dropping in some industry terminology.
6. Skip the obvious buzz words
Some people say you shouldn’t use management buzz words at all. I think a few are ok, just don’t over do it.
Make sure you put any certifications on the first page. If you don’t have any, start one! This way you can legitimately put one on your resume, don’t lie just make a note mentioning the certification is “in progress”.
8. Resume extensions
Employers often look at your LinkedIn site. Don’t have a LinkedIn yet? you better get one! LinkedIn is an excellent way to build up professional connections. Recruiters also use LinkedIn to verify the jobs listed in your resume.
9. Keep references to social media out of your resume
Don’t link your resume to sites like Blogger, Facebook or YouTube. You run the risk of a recruiter seeing you out partying with your mates.
10. Check the details
Make sure you check all the details of names, people and places. Nothing is more unprofessional than a poorly researched resume.
11. Keep it small
Keep your resume to four pages or less. No one wants to read a 100-page tomb of your life. Use only four pages to get your experience and skills short and concise.
12. Use a specially designed project manager’s resume
Standard templates look tacky and get ignored! Be different dress your resume up with a splash of color, specific formatting, sections and easy to read fonts.