Project Management

Don't Make This Résumé Mistake

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected]. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

A little over a year ago, I don’t think I had ever seen a résumé from a project manager claiming to be highly experienced in artificial intelligence (AI). Now I get them all the time. And to read some of them you would think that they had been involved in this AI thing for a decade or more.

The same thing happened a couple of years ago with agile transformations and digital transformations. Those phrases never appeared anywhere when people contacted me looking for opportunities, or when I was working with clients on recruitment. And then they were suddenly everywhere and dominant in a career profile.

Is there some secret production facility turning out freshly minted but highly experienced transformation PMs? Has that facility just retooled to fill the world with AI PMs?

Of course not. These are the same types of project manager who have always been applying for positions, seeking contracts and contacting me for career guidance; they’re just focusing on the current buzzwords because they think it will help gain attention.

Maybe it will. Maybe some of the software tools that parse résumés are being updated quickly enough to focus on these emerging trends. But that will only get someone so far, and a career is much more than the last few months or so. It’s essential to understand that.

An appropriate career arc

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"Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald."

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