Project Manager Resumes

Project Manager Resumes, just like other types of resumes, get scanned by the Employer for around 10 seconds, during which time it's fate is decided.

Shabbir Kagalwala and his team of Expert Resume Writers, have presented below, some important tips that were compiled over a period of 19 years since we've offered our Number 1, Best-Selling Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services customized for Dubai and the entire Gulf (Middle East) region.

A point my team of professional Resume Writers and I always emphasize upon is to have the responsibilities and achievements "JUMP OUT" at the HR Manager.

I mean, other information is necessary to make your Resume complete, but the focus should be on the responsibilities and achievements. You should take the time and write this in detail.

Project Manager Resumes - Important Tips

  • A Professional Summary listing your strongest skills and abilities in Project Management should be listed up front, such as:
    Total number of years managing projects, Size & complexity of projects managed, scope of projects, types of projects handled, whether developmental, deployment or implementation, directly reporting to the CEO, Project Director, whether directly managed vendors and suppliers, etc.

    This immediately gives the Recruiter an idea about you. This will kindle her/ his interest to read further about you.

  • Project Management is a very specialized career, and if you have obtained a certificate, diploma or degree, be certain to list it out in bold.

    Many Head Hunters search Project Manager Resume databases by the specific field you are in or the certification/ course that you've done. This will increase the number of Interview calls substantially. Some leading PM certifications are:
  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  2. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  3. Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)
  4. Program Management Professional (PgMP)

Project Manager Resumes - Important Tips


  • Change/ modify your Project Manager Curriculum Vitae while applying for different jobs. Different companies post different skill requirements and job titles, even though the core responsibilities are the same. I advise doing a little bit of research, about the particular job title, before posting your Resume for it.

    You should change your resume with every job application so that it lists the skills and experiences you have, that are most relevant to the job you're applying for. A tailored resume will be much more successful than a generic one, even though it means more preparation.

  • More than ever before, soft skills such as interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, communication, customer satisfaction, understanding etc. are very important. Try to highlight these.

  • The Gulf Countries have attracted highly Talented people from The USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Eastern Europe and others due to one main reason. There is NO INCOME TAX levied.

    Backed by an unlimited supply of Oil, these countries are virtually Recession-proof. With so many people here, from across the world living and working together, you need to also point out that you are very tolerant with other people's religion and beliefs.

  • Use bullet-ed points to make each responsibility and achievement stand out, instead of writing paragraphs. This is crucial as most recruiters simply scan Resumes online, they get put off if they have to read chunks of text.

  • The duties of a Project Manager are pretty well defined. However, it's the accomplishments that a recruiter is looking for. And, if you can back that up with numbers, like for example, X number of resources both onshore & offshore as well as multi-disciplinary teams managed, X Dirhams of Budgets managed, X Riyals saved due to optimal usage of resources, both manpower & materials, etc., there's nothing like it.

    These achievements will make you stand out from all the others. It will instantly place you as the top choice. The Expert. Be very specific about the results that were achieved by your duties & actions.

  • Finally, keep your Project Manager Resumes at most 2-3 pages long. Rarely 4 pages and never more than that.


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Project Manager Resumes - What Not To Include

  • An Objective Statement about what you want to do in your career, life etc. should be removed. The head hunter wants to know what you can do for the organization and it's goals rather than your own.

  • "References available upon request". This is a statement best avoided. You do not want your references to be disturbed by any and every recruiter. Only when you have cleared the interviews of a job position you like, should you give the recruiter the names and contact details of your references.

  • Do not include hobbies. "I like listening to music and playing tennis". Such statements are a complete no-no.



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