You are a PMP professional with an outstanding track record in project management, not to forget, you are much passionate about executive leadership, who is more than qualified for a project manager job opening. So what is stopping you, hang on, is that your resume which is not working for you!
Your resume is the first thing that stands out for you amidst a number of other resumes for a position. Employers look for the reason to finalize the best person for the given position, recruiters simply toss the applications that don’t meet what they’re looking for. Don’t let this become a reason for your rejection in the first place. Creating a resume is a creative process, which allows “break the rules” when appropriate, but keep in mind that some rules should not be broken. Let me point out some resume mistakes which generally persist in a PMP professional resumes and give them tough time, along with their solutions.
- Showing your overexcitement to be the next executive project manager on top of resume.
- Using decorative boxes with industry pertinent keywords
- Color-coordinating text to make it look stand out.
Solution: Resume sells you as a brand. Make sure that you have an executive summary which sits on the top of your resume. Highlight your project manager qualifications, featuring relevant management experience and accomplishments.
- Including too many paragraphs, numbers and acronyms in resume.
- Using different fonts, separation lines and shapes all over your resume.
Solution: Use a clean, simple format. Do not overwhelm the resume page with shapes and colors. Avoid adding multiple sheets to your resume. Be clear and concise so that employer can focus on what is actually required.
- Grammatical errors.
- Not re-reading your resume.
Solution: Don’t forget to double check your resume for those silly mistakes. Over-usage of capital letters and hyperlinked texts can make it worse for you.
Creating a big resume
- Including every single job in your resume, relevant or irrelevant.
- Elaborating daily tasks and making your resume look like a book.
Solution: Think like a smart recruiter who uses Applicant Tracking Systems for filtering resumes by keyword spotting. Being an organized PMP professional, summarize information and complex data, and use bullet points to boost up your chances to look more relevant to the posted job.
Ignoring important information
- Not mentioning about relevant qualifications or certifications
- Forgetting writing about performance appreciations
Solution: Recruiters prefer quantitative and qualitative information. So mentioning your education, credentials and certifications is a must! Also it will be a smart move if you include applicable industry keywords. Do not let missed information turn into missed opportunity!
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