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5 secrets to creating the best project management resume

Moira Alexander | Nov. 10, 2016
Each year countless resumes are quickly reviewed and filed away. Don't let yours be one of them. Here are five tips that will help your project management resume stand out and land you that interview you want.

Carefully read each employer's project manager job description and craft your resume to show exactly how you can help an employer accomplish the unique goals they have set out. You should also take the time to do additional research on each company, the leadership, and their vision. This can offer additional insight that can make all the difference in setting your resume apart from others.

Ask others to read your resume to see if they understand what you're saying, and if they can tie it back to each requirement in the job description. If they know you, yet can't make the link, it's unlikely a stranger will be able to.

4: Brand who you are, play to your own strengths

Think of your resume as your best professional friend who speaks for you when you're not around. Your resume is your traveling PR piece. There's only one you, with the unique experience you hold; cloning someone else's resume is more likely to land yours in the same filing drawer as the rest. It's OK to check out other resumes and see what you like and don't like about them but make sure to write your resume in a way that showcases the best professional you. This helps employers to not only see your skills and education, but also get a glimpse into who you are as a leader and an individual. Focus on playing to your best strengths.

5: Show some enthusiasm and let your project wins shine through

In your resume, don't just cover the job duties and matched job requirements, include your project accomplishments and wins that you're most proud of. These help you stand out from other candidates and also helps employers to see that they're getting much more when they hire you. This isn't the time to be modest, you're only getting one chance to be enthusiastic about your best accomplishments, and employers are more likely to love it then hate it. Be truthful at all times, never embellish and avoid coming across as arrogant. If you've done great things within the projects you've lead then you earned the right to brag a bit.

Be creative, be original and always be enthusiastic. Employers want to know about these wins, so make sure they are on your resume near the top. Without highlighting your PM accomplishments, it's hard for employers to get excited about your resume and want to proceed to the next step.


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