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Job titles per resume
Bullet points per job title
9.6 years
Top Skills for Department Manager resume
  • Public Speaking
  • Digital Solutions
  • Technical Skills
  • Spreadsheets
  • Point of Sales Systems
  • Transparency
  • Communication
  • Delegation
  • Decisiveness
  • Empowering
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Top Executives positions are at a 8% growth rate, which is as fast as average. With that said, there are currently 2,704,400 jobs in the market right now. The total number of jobs is expected to increase by 209,500 to 2,913,900 in the period of 2020-30.

What’s more, the median annual wage for the Top Executives jobs was $107,680 in May 2020. The lowest 10% earned less than $45,850, and the highest 10% more than $208,000.

Our conclusion? The Top Executives job market is wide open for candidates.

Top Department Manager sections that make the best resume

  • Header
  • Professional summary
  • Experience (with numbers and results)
  • Relevant skills
  • Education
  • Certifications

How to write a Department Manager resume experience section

Department Manager Resume’s Job Experience Checklist:

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  • Use 4-6 bullet points per job title;
  • Don’t go further than a decade behind when describing your job history, unless you’re applying for an executive position;
  • Combine job responsibilities as well as achievements with numbers in results when you describe your past work;
  • Start each sentence with a power verb and avoid overused buzzwords;
  • Use either C-A-R or S-T-A-R methodology, when describing your experience.

The work experience samples below come from real Department Manager resumes that got people hired at top companies. You can use them as an inspiration to build your own resume:

Work Experience
Assistant Department Manager
McClure, Leuschke and Balistreri
  • Work with the team to improve team delivery commitments and capacity planning for sprints by identifying & tracking hidden tasks that increased customer satisfaction
  • Coach and trained new members in early delivery/ adaptation
  • Lead teams to carry out value for money activities .
Work Experience
Department Manager & QR Lead
Eco Focus
  • Assisted store manager with employee functions, loss prevention, merchandising in compliance with the company policies and procedures
  • Analyzed and interpret reports to facilitate company directives
  • Managed and motivated team members to drive productivity and professional development
  • Responsible for increasing customer store experience
  • Provided coaching and guidance to assist store manager so that they can reinforce learning with their team
  • Addressed customer inquiries and resolved complaints

Work Experience
Department Manager
Cipher Publishing
  • Zarządzanie i koordynacja pracy zespołu
  • Rekrutacja, wdrożenie pracowników, szkolenia, ustalanie grafikòw
  • Przygotowywanie raportów, zestawień na potrzeby Zarządu
  • Wsparcie Managera Sklepu w rozwiązywaniu bieżących problemów
  • Nadzór nad prawidłową obsługą reklamacji,wsparcie w sytuacjach z problematycznymi klientami
  • Nadzorowanie i koordynacja działu sprzedaży
Work Experience
Department manager
Thiel - Larson
  • - develop trade policy in sports
  • - energize sales
  • - make decisions about the products and develop sales
  • - ensuring sufficient availability of products
  • - increase sales through communication with customers
  • - make decisions on the structure and composition of the team
  • - recruitment
  • - educating and mobilizing its team
  • - unfold independence of each associate contributes to its progress
  • - ensure the smooth working process
  • - I guarantee perfection of processes in personnel management
  • - Lead and develop the economic activities of my department
  • - I am preparing contracts for commodity loans - through our partner UniCredit Leasing
  • - Season moving - 7 times
  • - Outdoor Showroom Spring / Summer 2015
  • - Outdoor Showroom Spring / Summer 2016
  • - Back to School 2015 Campany
  • 'Mountain and Winter sports' is my department. Part of the turnover of the department is almost 50% of this store
  • The turnover of the department increased by 50% for 2015
  • Sports offer are Hiking, Ski & Snowboard and Climbing
  • - LOGISTIC - I have international experience in logistics in our regional warehouse - CAR HATVAN (HUNGARY)
Work Experience
Department Manager
Inspire Co
  • Monitor and drive sales based on available resources, long term planning of floor/dept, foreseeing potential issues and actively seeking potential solutions.
  • Managing space to maximise sales opportunities thus increasing stock turnover.
  • Being ambassador for the Company by delivering excellent customer service and highlighting the companies social and corporate responsibilities to staff and customers.
  • Created a tracking report for the area manager outlining area sales for the mens trending area.
  • Leading, developing, coaching and mentoring staff and junior members of the management team thus increasing staff morale, positive and productive working environment.
  • Provide support and advise to my colleagues on potential sale opportunities, layout ideas and offer guidance on how to use the systems available effectively.
  • Consistently look at ways of doing things more cost efficiently, actively encouraging innovative thinking within my teams.
  • Looking to improve the VM standards throughout the store from a commercial and fashion point of view.
Work Experience
Department manager
  • Greeting and serving customers.
  • Driving Sales and Customer services.
  • Ensure that your department is providing excellent customer service
    on the the store floor, in the fitting rooms and the cash desk.
  • Implement and follow up sales activities together with the store team.
  • Inventory Management.
  • Reduction of shrinkage & Total Loss.
  • Maintain All Store reports and data analysis.
  • Maintain Hygiene and ensure the store floor and store vicinity is neat
    and clean all the time.
Work Experience
Department Manager Brand Communication & Content
Hermiston LLC
  • Set the vision and the communication strategy: the right content has to serve multiple departments/usage and reach and engage with thousands of users
  • Support the digital team across search, e-com, social, having always the right content, in the right format, at the right time
  • Work with Partners (Google, YouTube, Facebook), and Agencies to advance the Digital Journey in a multi-year strategy to achieve the business goals (Chatbot, AR and VR projects)
  • Deliver consistently against assigned goals on new and existing content pieces while prioritizing and delivering an excellent user experience for the 6M community and more
Work Experience
Department Manager Pricing Strategy
Nixue Root
  • Leading the B2B pricing strategy, translating METRO's value proposition into customer tailored tools and campaigns
  • Building market leading price perception for HoReCa and traditional traders
  • Implement target group specific programs to maximise customer lifetime value
  • Control and monitor customer profitability
Work Experience
Engineering Department Manager
Candor Corp
  • Oversees all of the engineering department including 4 sections; crane equipment, mobile equipment, civil and facility, and refrigerated container equipment.
  • Drive and ensure the performance of the engineering department.
  • Monitor and control the cost spend from maintenance related activity.
  • Maximize and utilize the equipment availability.
  • Minimize the potential risks from equipment breakdown.
  • Analyze and forecast the equipment breakdown.
  • Ensure the cross functional interaction between Operation and Engineering department.
  • Negotiate and choose the efficient equipment specifications.
  • Supervise and coordinate with accounting and procurement department for technical spare part matters.
  • Proactively apply the best practice and innovation in the container terminal industry to company.
  • Leadership role in process improvement for Process Excellence and Kaizen approach as assigned by CEO.
Work Experience
Engineering Department Manager
Strosin, Nolan and Pfeffer
  • Oversees the engineering department in crane equipment section.
  • Ensure the crane section performance.
  • Ensure the crane preventive maintenance.
  • Provide the comprehensive solution for equipment breakdown issue.
  • Cooperate with operation department to utilize the crane efficiency.
  • Improve the working process of engineering department.
  • Responsible for foreign engineering related project.
  • Conduct the manpower improvement program for maintenance personnel.
Work Experience
Gas Department Manager
Bonefete Fun
  • I built and managed a department within a company responsible for 5 national contracts
  • Responsible for a 30% increase in revenue within the department while also stream lining and introducing new and refined office processes
  • Onboarded 3 new contracts whilst retaining 2 current contracts in just 7 months
  • I have 9 team members who report directly to myself. This includes organising the day to day workload of office administrators and gas / heating engineers
Work Experience
IT Department Manager
Nixue Root
  • Installing and configuring computer hardware operating systems and applications.
  • Monitoring and maintaining computer systems and networks.
  • Talking staff or clients through a series of actions, either face-to-face or over the telephone, to help set up systems or resolve issues.
  • replacing parts as required.
  • Providing support, including procedural documentation and relevant reports.
  • Following diagrams and written instructions to repair a fault or set up a system.
Work Experience
Licensing Department Manager
  • Developing sector legislation and procedures.
  • Analysing the sector and aspects of growth.
  • Developing events content.
Work Experience
Water Treatment Department Manager
Turner - Wisoky
  • Management of a team of three sales engineers.
  • Cost reduction of 14.8% in two years through logistics and stock optimizations.
  • 30% employee reduction through load plans reorganization.
  • E.P.C.C. of a water treatment installation of more than 360M FCFA deep in the country.
  • Optimization of the WCR by regulating imports and organising the
    of working capital by regulating imports and limiting the stock to forecast needs.
  • Increase in gross margin by 17 points.
  • +5 new customers in 3 years and obtaining contracts in 3 additional industrial groups.
  • Product and reagent turnover growth of 18% per year.
  • 2.3% increase in net margin in fiscal year 2020.
Work Experience
Operations Department Manager (B2)
Strosin, Nolan and Pfeffer
  • Manage an electronics production with 120+ employees and customers located in Europe and the USA
  • Increased manufacturing process reliability by 5% by driving planned and autonomous maintenance
  • Improved inventory accuracy rate by factor 5 through implementing warehouse management control systems and an effective cycle counting program
  • Delivered 13% YOY productivity increase
  • Defect Handling RTT DMS Site Owner (IWS AM SWP)
  • Developed a standard PowerBi tool for Defect Handling in MHF & GYG sites
Work Experience
Technical Support Department Manager
Champlin LLC
  • Supervision of technical support team, including help-desk, remote-desk, workshop, and field technicians covering over 30 buildings.
  • Management of technicians rotations and resource allocation.
  • Supervision of overall hardware requirements and procurement, including toners, inks, new and spare parts.
  • Analysis of students, faculty and administration technical utility needs.
  • Analysis of colleges requirements for hardware, software and technical tutorials.
  • Preparation of RFP and analysis of bids for upcoming projects.
  • Administration of currently running projects and meeting contractors.
  • Periodic deanship visits to ensure satisfaction and utilization of provided services.
  • Periodic meetings with the IT deanship to update on workflow and current projects.
Work Experience
Zone Clinical Department Manager, Pediatrics
Littel Group
  • Manage $70M budget for the Department of Pediatrics within the Calgary Zone.
  • Oversee all budgets and funding related to AHS Pediatrics, including funds from the University of Calgary and the Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP).
  • Oversight of Pediatric physician recruitment and remuneration, physician contract management, privileging into hospital sites, and workforce planning/physician resources.
  • Effectively work in a dyad model with the Zone Clinical Department Head- make decisions, provide advise and leadership to all Department of Pediatric members including 400 Pediatric physicians within the Calgary Zone.
  • Manage all Pediatric Residents, Fellows, Researchers, and Clinical Assistants- working closely with the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
  • Developed the Wellness Task Force for the Department of Pediatrics (Physician Wellness Task Force), and presently the Co-chair of the Task Force.
  • Collaborate and provide guidance to 19 Sub Specialty areas and Pediatric Section Heads associated with each Sub-Specialty area- support each Section in providing the best care to our Pediatric demographic.
  • Created a strategy roadmap for the Department of Pediatrics- short term and long term vision, including prioritizing initiatives.
  • Leading Connect Care Wave 4, 5, 6 training for all Pediatric physicians and Department of Pediatrics staff.
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Don't make the same mistake everyone else does. What we mean is, don't list your Department Manager job responsibilities instead of your achievements. Recruiters know what you do. They want to know what kind of difference you can bring to their company. Focus on what you've accomplished.

Action Verbs for your Department Manager Resume

At Enhancv, we went through countless Department Manager resumes and uncovered which are the unique words people use to spice up their resumes. Forget about buzzwords - use these power words instead to make your experience section shine.

Department Manager Resume Skills’ Tips & Tricks to Impress Recruiters

Resume Skills Section Checklist:

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  • Ensure your hard skills section (including technologies) are exactly matching the job description.
  • Don’t simply list your soft skills. Apply the “show, don’t tell” principle - let your job achievements speak for themselves.
  • Find a way to showcase your skills beyond the skills section.
  • Your resume’s skill section is important to ATS systems - so don’t skip it.
Top Skills for your Department Manager resume
  • Public Speaking
  • Digital Solutions
  • Technical Skills
  • Spreadsheets
  • Point of Sales Systems
  • Data Analysis
  • Marketing Solutions
  • Writing
  • Transparency
  • Communication
  • Delegation
  • Decisiveness
  • Empowering
  • Consistency and Reliability
  • Empathy and sensitivity
  • Mentoring and coaching
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Don’t feel obliged to spend a separate section for your soft skills - you can weave them throughout your job experience or career summary. But, don’t just write empty words - back them with examples.

what to write in your resume header

CHECKLIST For Your Department Manager Resume Header

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  • Your name and surname in a legible and larger resume font
  • The job title you’re applying for or your current job title as a subheading to your name
  • Link to your portfolio or online profile, such as LinkedIn
  • Address (City and State for the US; just your city for rest of the world)
  • Email address
  • Headshot (required or welcomed in the EU; not required and sometimes frowned upon in the US)

Stick to popular email providers such as Gmail or Outlook. And use these professional formats to create your username:

  • first.last@gmail.com
  • last.first@gmail.com
  • firstlast@gmail.com
  • f.last@gmail.com
  • first.l@gmail.com
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Some companies, states, and countries have policies about identifying information like photos on your Department Manager resume. Be sure to check all the relevant rules before submitting yours. If you’re in doubt, you can always try contacting the company’s HR department to ask for their policy.

Department Manager Resume Summary Best Practices

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Checklist: What to include in your Department Manager resume summary:

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  • Years of experience;
  • Highlight top 3 skills and proficiencies;
  • One big professional accomplishment you’re most proud of, that you can tie with the aforementioned skills;
  • Use short, direct sentences - but no more than three - to keep the HRs interested.
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Resume Summary Formula:

Resume Summary Formula: [Adjective] [job title] with [number] years of experience in [industry], a proven ability to [relevant, measurable skills], and a strong background in [relevant context of your work experience] seeks a position as [the job title you’re applying for].
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Highlight specific past projects that you’re most proud of in your summary. It sets an excellent tone for the rest of your resume. You can talk about all of your former jobs in your work experience section later on.

Listing Your Education, Certifications and Courses

Resume Education Section Checklist:

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  • Ensure your hard skills section (including technologies) are exactly matching the job description.
  • Don’t simply list your soft skills. Apply the “show, don’t tell” principle - let your job achievements speak for themselves.
  • Find a way to showcase your skills beyond the skills section.
  • Your resume’s skill section is important to ATS systems - so don’t skip it.

Top Certifications for your Department Manager resume

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New Manager: The Basics and More of Being a Great Leader
Go from a slightly uncertain, confused newbie to a confident, skilled manager who builds and leads effective teams.
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Management Skills: New Manager Training Update 2022
Management Skills Certification in Developing People, Leading Teams & Process Improvement in the New Hybrid Work Culture
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The Superboss Playbook for Managers
Discover how top managers develop high potential talent, lead by teaching, and foster creative, high-performance teams.
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Communications for New Managers
Learn from an Emmy-Award Winner and a #1 LinkedIn Instructor on developing effective leadership communications skills.
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Management Crash Course: Tactical Training for New Managers
Master Real World Management Skills -- Practical Exercises to Help You Tackle the 7 Challenges that Every Manager Faces
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If you hold a certain major and a minor, your majors should be mentioned first.

Department Manager Resume: Additional Writing & Formatting Tips

There are three basic resume formats you can choose from:

The most optimal format for your particular case will depend on your years of experience, as well as whether you’re switching industries or not.

Reverse chronological resumes are best suited for experienced individuals who are sticking to their industry. The experience section takes a central place, and its bullets contain your responsibilities and achievements, coupled with numbers and results.

Functional resumes are used by less experienced jobseekers or career changers. Note that it’s not a format that recruiters prefer, as most are used to the classic chronological alignment. Instead of a list of job titles, functional resumes focus on your skills, and through what experiences you gained them.

Hybrid resumes are great for both experienced and entry-level candidates, as well as career changers. They combine the best of both worlds - most often in a double column format, where one side of the content is focused on your experience, whereas the other - on your skills, strengths, and proudest moments.

Department Manager Resume Summary best practices

Here are more resume tips regarding your layout and style:

To take it a step further, check out how your resume can stand out without leaning too much on the creative side.

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Test your draft Department Manager resume by sending it out to peers and mentors in your circles. Ask them to review it as if they are hiring you for a project and implement the feedback afterwards.

Other sections to include in your resume

Depending on the type of company (corporation or start-up; innovative or traditional), job seniority level and your location, you may want to include more sections to your Department Manager resume:

Department Manager Resume: How to Make Yours More Creative & Stand Out

When you send your resume to a potential employer, chances are it's the fiftieth one they've seen that day. That's why you need to make your Department Manager resume stand out for the right reasons. That means showing your personality, not just your professional experience. Employers are far more likely to remember a candidate who seems like a genuine person and not a robot. Do this by including your passions (which is also a great place to demonstrate skills on a resume), share your favorite books, or even what your usual day looks like.

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What Makes a Great Department Manager Resume: Key Takeaways

  • Choose a resume layout that sends the right message across and fits your current career situation;
  • Create a resume header that shows your desired job title, and easy to find contact numbers;
  • Be specific about your experience, accomplishments and future goals in your summary;
  • Feature detailed metrics and specific examples that show the impact you made in your previous roles when describing your experience;
  • List soft skills backed by examples;
  • Add all of your technical skills and certifications that you have and match the job description;
  • Show off a dash of personality in your resume that will demonstrate your culture fit and the right mix of hard and soft skills.
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Volen Vulkov
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Updated on 2022-03-25

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