Key Tips and Guidelines for Creating a Compelling Management Resume
- Overview your professional strengths and experiences and what type of opportunity/company you are looking for.
- Create a section listing your Core Professional Competencies.
- List your Key Accomplishments (i.e. how you came in under budget and under the timeline on projects, the size and scope of the team and/or projects you led, how you built a team and/or product, etc.). Where possible, include some quantitative figures (e.g. “Achieved 20% increase in…” “Grew department from $XX in sales to $XX…”)
- List your experience in reverse chronological order (i.e. starting with the most recent job). Under each position, identify your employer and the work you did for this job. Be specific about your role in the projects. Make sure you include the technologies used in groups/projects you man- aged. The potential employer won’t expect you to be a hands-on techie in that technology, but if you managed that type of project and you will be managing the same type of group in your next position, you will have an advantage over other potential candidates because you can hit the ground running. If you did hands-on technical work in different projects, mention it. This will show employers that they may be able to hire two candidates in one – the techie and the manager.
- Make sure you specify which positions were contract. These positions are typically shorter than permanent positions, and this will explain why you were in the position for a shorter time.
- If you have been in the industry for many years, but only want to highlight your relevant management career, then include a summary statement at the end of your experience section highlighting what you did prior to getting into management.
- Include all your education, certifications, and training.
- If you are involved in user groups or professional organizations, list them. This will highlight your industry expertise in different areas.
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