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Resume of a PM - how to stand out?
Hello All,

I recently updated my resume with a few more details on projects I have been managing. Though I love to elaborate on my resume, I was advised by a professional resume builder, not to list tasks or responsibilities on my resume, but rather accomplishments or things I am proud of, and that too accompanied by factual numbers.

I recently got my PMP, and just wanted to see what's out there for me. Not at all confident with the way my resume looks (even though all I did was just add a few lines to a professionally done resume from an year ago).

I would very much love to hear about what others think of it (the content and whether it stands out) if I share my resume. Any pointers would be very much appreciated.

You can connect with me here or on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulmartinjohn
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Hi Paul, welcome, and congratulations.
I definitely advise to go the route of a professionally done resume. If you are going to put yourself out there for a career change, you want to put your best foot forward. I agree not to bog your resume down with a listing of tasks, but rather how your efforts and skills brought value to the projects and/or the organization. You want your resume to tell a story of accomplishments and value, drawing in the reader to want to learn more.
I also got similar feedback from my CV adviser - highlight the achievements, not the tasks. Add some numbers or figures where possible (i.e. % of projects managed that were delivered on time and within budget). Find a suitable balance between academic background and experience, etc.
Thank you @Andrew and @Eduard for your valuable feedback.
My resume was done professionally and it contains achievements and figures. I want to fit all in one page, and I know it's not possible.

Thank you once again. I will incorporate your respective feedback into my resume!
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Jan 25, 2017 9:02 AM
Andrew Craig
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Paul,
I don't think a one pager is practical for a resume. Two pages is more so the standard. With that said, having a one pager as a showcase (think infograph) for a website or way to market yourself, but as far as a formal resume, my advice would be to stick with the standard.
Jan 25, 2017 8:42 AM
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Thank you @Andrew and @Eduard for your valuable feedback.
My resume was done professionally and it contains achievements and figures. I want to fit all in one page, and I know it's not possible.

Thank you once again. I will incorporate your respective feedback into my resume!
Paul,
I don't think a one pager is practical for a resume. Two pages is more so the standard. With that said, having a one pager as a showcase (think infograph) for a website or way to market yourself, but as far as a formal resume, my advice would be to stick with the standard.
One paper is not practical for a resume for someone who is experienced.

Besides the list of projects, the most important part of the resume is the list of your skills, qualifications and achievements.

Good Luck !
Thank you, Andrew and Rami.
I agree. Getting different opinions is a blessing, but can sometimes not be that great either.
I am glad that others like you are here to provide me with the guidance I need.

P.s. I only have 5 years and 8 months worth of total work experience, and only a little over 3 years working in the PM field. regardless, I do have tons of projects that I can showcase.
I'm sure you have great experience (quality over quantity). I know the HIE space and the challenges faced with Meaningful Use Attestation. I worked for Siemens and MobileMD in a prior life.
I agree with Andrew - Quality / Quantity. You can name all your projects but elaborate on the top 3 unique ones.
Paul:
You have so many choices and options.

I'd suggest you do some homework, find a mentor, check in with your local college for their next employer recruitment (many offer free resume reviews/feedback), PMI Chapter, online, and check with your LinkedIn network. Different jobs,organization and local recruiters want different types/length of resume; you should know what the goal is first before just adding a few line items in your resume.

Also, update your resume often; don't wait a year. You'll never know where you'll find your next opportunity; have a fresh resume always available. Good luck!
Thank you, Naomi!
Really appreciate all the suggestions!

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