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10 sections recruiters and hiring managers look for in a project manager resume
While you don’t necessarily need all 10 sections (that would be a bit overwhelming) these are the top sections to consider for a project management resume.
1. Your Bio
This may seem obvious but there are plenty of ways project management applicants make mistakes in their bio section. Besides your name, a short description of who you are or what your goal is can quickly establish this information in the recruiter’s mind. This section really sets the stage for the resume, contextualizing all of the information which follows. The result is a far more effective project manager resume.
2. Your Strengths
This is where you’ll want to put that “show, don’t tell” mantra into action. Explain what your strengths are, but make sure each is accompanied with a concrete example. So don’t just say you’re great at managing people, demonstrate it.
3. Your Experience
Obviously, this is the core section for nearly any project manager resume. But we can be surprisingly limited in how we think a resume experience section can look. The basic reverse chronological setup is standard, but there are other options. However you structure it, be sure to include bullets showing the impact you had in each position. Also, carefully curate what experience you show (don’t just overwhelm the reader with everything you’ve ever done). The key here is to make tough choices and only include what a recruiter wants to see.
4. Your Uniqueness
This can come across through any number of sections, but one of the best in our experience is the “my time” section. It’s an Enhancv exclusive and allows you to really get creative in how you show anything from what your day looks like to how you’ve spent your career.
5. Your Languages
Being multilingual is about much more than just the languages themselves. It’s about understanding different cultures and perspectives, as well as increasing your cognitive abilities. The result is that speaking more languages makes it more likely you’ll get hired. So make sure you mention them.
6. What you’re most proud of
Yet another fantastic section to really stand out. Include something interesting about yourself, show where your true passions are. You can share a story about overcoming hardship, learning an important lesson, or just a triumph you had that means a lot to you. Either way, this is one of the best places to make your project manager resume really stand out.
7. Your philosophy
What’s your approach to project management? Are you all about transparency and flat teams? Or are you a hardcore Kanban enthusiast? This is a great spot to include either your personal or project management philosophy. Knowing how you think about your work is invaluable and can be hard to get across in other resume sections.
8. Your favorite project management books
This is another area where you can show your influences, how you think about project management, and maybe something personal. For example, maybe your biggest realization about project management came from reading a Harry Potter book or a classic Russian novel? Either way, this is a great place to get creative and stand out.
9. Your contact information
Yes, you’re probably thinking this is too obvious to mention, but plenty of people get do this wrong. Your contact information is worth carefully considering with the recruiter in mind. What message are you sending, how would you like to be contacted? Just make sure the recruiter can get in touch with you as easily as possible.
10. Your education
This will vary from project manager to project manager. You may choose to include your education, but honestly if it doesn’t relate to what you’re doing now then you might leave it out. This is an example of thinking more about the recruiter, ask yourself whether including details like your GPA will really tell them anything valuable about you as a project manager.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the project manager role you want
Applicants who rely solely on their resume to get an interview have less than a 2% chance of getting an interview. At the same time, the sales industry is downsizing (in the US). As you can see, it’s important to give yourself the best shot possible at getting hired. This includes leveraging personal connections to get referred to a job.
So before you start applying for a new sales role, check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
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