A first time project manager needs to prepare a unique project manager resume. The resume is the main point in the application process and it is the first thing that is read by the selection committee when making a hire. It needs to be professional in appearance with the appropriate levels of professionalism and it should reflect the level of experience in the position.
A successful first time project manager has a unique entry level project manager resume that highlights his or her success with the project that has been handed over to them. The resume needs to have great detail regarding the role played in the project and it must have that business acumen that can help the new project manager to progress the project from one step to the next. The potential new manager must demonstrate that he or she has the knowledge of the project along with the skill and experience to complete the project with proper due diligence.
A first time project manager cannot be expected to perform all of the duties that are needed to complete a project. It is unrealistic to expect the new manager to even attempt to fulfill the task because that would mean making drastic changes in the project. Any changes to the project plan would jeopardize the new manager’s project progress.
A first time project manager is more likely to have mistakes in their resume as they are not familiar with the types of mistakes to look for. One such mistake to look for is a lack of projects at the company that they worked for. In many cases this will come up as the selection committee reads through the resume and will require some research to find the most recent projects at the company.
An error that is very common for a successful project manager is an omission of a project that was turned down by the selection committee. This will likely be mentioned as part of the description of the manager in the area where the applicant will be interviewing. If it is omitted, the new manager should state why it was omitted.
The manager needs to discuss each project on their resume to show that they have been successful in the field with their most recent project. They should mention what contributed to the success of the project. Often the manager will be asked to explain in detail the team working on the project.
A potential project manager who is hired for a position at the entry level should be prepared to provide a full resume that includes all details of the jobs completed. Many first time project managers never get beyond the first page of the resume and never see it again. While there are many that do make it through the first page and find their way into the next level of the company, there are still many that are stuck behind the scenes just waiting for a chance to get out.
The project manager that has written the resume and has met with the hiring committee needs to understand that they are in for a long haul. They need to ensure that they keep in contact with the team and they need to provide the needed proof that they know the project inside and out. When a project starts and there is doubt about how much the team knows about the project, the manager may be stuck for time. The new manager has the best chance of success if he or she knows the project on a first name basis.