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Hi all,

I opened this topic to collect suggestions how to improve my career wtih I see stuck at the moment. I have been working in Oil&Gas sector for 8 years as project engineer manager and got on 2016 the PMP certification hoping to improve my career as project manager but since then I have the feeling that PMP has not added any value to resume attractiveness.

I work in Italy, but I am opened to change job even across Europe, I have applied for lots of offers but I usually get a small amount of replies and never get a serious job offer. I would like to receive from you any suggestion which can improve my resume or help me to change job.

My query may result generic, if you want more details feel free to ask.
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Never use a generic resume. You can have one as a template, but always customize it for the specific job. I often read resumes that look like they didn't even read the job description, and I don't put them on the short pile.

The PMP itself on the resume definitely helps the screening process. I have been told that if I did not have it on my resume, it would not have passed the HR filters. That being said, the credentials don't stand on their own. You must provide evidence of PM skills in your documented work history.
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I agree with Keith Novak and customization of resume of each posted job is very important.Also job description should be read carefully and covering letter shall be drafted keeping in mind the requirements.And last but not the least never give up keep trying you will defiantly get your dream job soon.
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I agree with Keith Novak and customization of resume of each posted job is very important.Also job description should be read carefully and covering letter shall be drafted keeping in mind the requirements.And last but not the least never give up keep trying you will defiantly get your dream job soon.
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Michele, I realize you did not say that your resume was generic but that your inquiry may be generic. However, I agree with everyone on the customization. As Keith stated, your resume should demonstrate some evidence of PM skills in the work history and perhaps the summary or skills section if you have that. I am assuming the experience exists for you if you have PMP certification since it is a requirement. Make certain that the keywords matching the kind of job you desire are also in your resume.

Next, I often tell people, "do not place barriers where barriers do not exist." I mean do not convince yourself that you need to search outside of your immediate area nor that PMP has not added value. I am sure that it has. If you allow yourself to believe these things, they will become true for you. Focus on the idea that PMP adds great value and will help attract the job that you seek. Do seek ways to express your PMP skills within your resume (as Keith noted). Grow your network and let people know what you are looking for. When recruiters call me for data analyst opportunities, instead of just telling them I am not seeking DA roles, I let them know what I AM looking for and I ask them to note that in their CRM database.

Michele, sometimes we become stuck because we have not chosen what we want, 'SPECIFICALLY'. I recently learned a lesson in being specific (defining what you want) and how necessary that is to attracting the job that you want. I have used this technique recently and it works. Inbox me for more help in this area.

Cheers and best of luck~
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Thanks all for replies. I agree PMP adds value, I can see in my everyday job: PMP has improved my way to organize and perform my job.
I think I need to improve my resume to show more clearly the skills related to PMP.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Jun 09, 2019 7:46 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Michele, the question is: how you are positioned yourself as a brand? Put focus on that. And put focus on the market segment you will offer value as a brand.
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Jun 09, 2019 5:12 AM
Replying to Michele Pirozzi
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Thanks all for replies. I agree PMP adds value, I can see in my everyday job: PMP has improved my way to organize and perform my job.
I think I need to improve my resume to show more clearly the skills related to PMP.
Michele, the question is: how you are positioned yourself as a brand? Put focus on that. And put focus on the market segment you will offer value as a brand.
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Michele, rest assured that a platform like this can allow you to connect with peers and receive honest, professional and well grounded response.
--Customize your resume based on the individual jobs you are applying, and ensure that you pt a focus on the main requirements (professional experience, education, credentials, etc.) posted by the employer. Make sure that you "play the music they want to hear".
--Prepare a cover letter that outlines your main achievement (s) for each of their requirement (s) . This will help them see why they need to hire you over other candidates.
--Follow up after you apply, even if you have not been invited for an interview
--Follow up after your interviews and learn what worked and what didn't. Each of these experience will better yourself and allow you to better prepare for the next one.

Keep going, Michele, you will succeed as there is a high demand for project managers all over!Good luck!

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