resumes for project managers

Posted: August 23, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

Over my 10 years in the job game, I’ve seen several consultant and project manager resumes that string project after project.  They often repeat elements like software used in completing a project.  My problem with this format is that it’s hard for the reader to put an job seeker’s skills in any context when all information is presented as a series of discrete projects.

Here’s my alternative:  Tell prospective employers why you’re a good consultant or project manager.  Then recast your projects as achievements.  How did you bring value to the client or to your employer?  What was your contribution to the project?  Keep your details focused on the kind of job you are applying for, not the job you are leaving.

Keep your resume focused on why the employer should want to interview you.  A choppy presentation – all projects – might seem specific.  However, few employers have time to figure out how your experience fits their needs.  That’s your job.  That’s the project behind writing a good resume.