A Project Manager is a responsible person who very seldom participates directly in the functions responsible for the end results. Normally his involvement ends when he hands over the completed project to the Product Manager or we may say to the organisation which has engaged him. He is in fact the representative of the firm who is engaged in the finalisation of the project entrusted to them. A successful Project Manager is the one who visualise the whole project from the starting point to the finish point and ensure that the vision is realised to the full.
So in nutshell what a Project Manager has to do? He has to manage and organise the available resources, and if the resources are falling short he has to envisage fresh in put with reasonable justification in order to complete the project with the defined scope and financial constraints if any. A project is a one time effort to produce a unique product or service that brings a substantial tilt or an added value. So the Project Management is a temporary effort as against the permanent or not so permanent ongoing functions to produce the same end results over and over again.
Keeping these points in mind, let us discuss how best we can prepare a resume for any aspiring Project Managers. A standardised resume will include the name and address and contact number, the experience then the educational qualifications and finally a signature supported by still a lifeless covering note.
But can we afford such lust less write up in this competitive world? The answer is at any cost NO. So what we have to do, we have to make it a bubbling one, a piece of write up in two or three pages at the most in four pages with uniqueness. A busy or hassled HRD Manager who is keen to have a ideal choice have to be arrested in his thought process and select an ideal resume from the pile of resumes in his table.
Yes we have to start with the most traditional way, at the top left hand corner of the first page should have the communication details i.e. your name, contact address and telephone numbers. And you should keep these details at each page of the resume at the top left corner to facilitate the HRD Manager for immediate reference.
The next step is the most important one. You have to be very specific in showing your OBJECTIVE. The objective is the single step at which the evaluator may stops and glances for a second look. If you succeed in this you have almost won the race. Let us hope so it will happen. Now we will just examine few ways of expressing the OBJECTIVE;
- A PROJECT OFFICER WITH 5 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN SUCCESFULY MANAGING THE TRIPPLE CONSTRAINTS OF SCOPE TIME AND COST.
- A PROJECT MANAGER WHO HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED PRESTIGIOUS PROJECTS WITH THE CONSTRAINTS OF FINANCE TIME AND HUMAN RESOURCES.
- A MANAGEMENT DEGREE HOLDER ASPIRING FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT WITH THE SPECIALISATION IN INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT.
These examples of objectives are by no means exhaustive; you can formulate the most appropriate objective based on your qualifications and experience.
Once we have formulated an appropriate objective and entered in bold letters we can think about mentioning in a most expressive ways about our experience. You can coin an eye catching objective only if it is supported by the needed experience. So we have to be extra careful in mentioning the experience part and it is need less to say that the objective has to be in commensurate with the experience. The experience part has to be started from the latest one first and in that descending order till the first assignment in your life. The period wise experience has to be with the clear mention of period and the details of the organisation you have worked. The other point is that you have to be very clear in yourself how best your involvement has benefited the organisation in quantitative terms as far as possible.
Having completed the experience part we can highlight your educational background. Since the Project Management is both technical and management expertise, it would be appropriate if you have a first rate educational background. It gives an additional boost to your resume. But if you have little less colourful educational background, still no problem after all an experienced project officer is not born out of a first class graduate but from core experience in management and soft skill expertise. So if you have a top class background of education it is better if not, it is still better.
The Project Management is consists of many out door activities. Your hobbies and interest in out door activities will help a bit. So be free to mention it.
Finally any special points to mention, if you are instrumental in any activities which is not included in your experience or educational details, you are free to mention as the last paragraph as TIPS or SPECIAL MENTION. But if this point can be utilised in any way for your prospective employment, that will be an added advantage for you.