Key Elements of a Resume
A good resume may not get you the job you want, but it can determine if you make it to the interview stage. Unlike other resumes, people who search for project management candidates look for key elements that jump off the page. Your resume will need to include items like key strengths and career achievements along with the standard elements.
Include this information:
Contact Information - Beyond your name, address, telephone and cell phone, make sure you include an email address. If you can, a more professional email address is better than a "yahoo" or "hotmail" email address.
Objective - Objectives are good things for first time managers but for professional project managers, a career outline is better. It you are new to project management, write a short paragraph about what you hope to accomplish in your career. For a career outline, your paragraph should contain how long you've been a project manager and where as well as what you can do for the prospective employer. A career outline can be modified to fit the job you are applying for.
Job History - Make a list of goals achieved, strengths, and items accomplished in your career. If you are a new manager, here's where your internships would be listed and what you accomplished and learned. Once you have your list, write a snapshot of your career including all of these items. The reader of your resume should be able to obtain the job titles you've held and where you worked. They should also be able to quickly distinguish how long you worked at each company, key achievements, and your responsibilities. Read this over once you've written it. Better yet, ask a friend or colleague for their input. Your job history should not be too long yet still point out what makes you a good project manager. If the job you are applying for asks for certain job skills, highlight them here. Again, your job history can be modified to the job.
Achievements - A quick note about achievements. You can include these in your job history or write separate section. Again list your achievements and be specific, like "reduced costs by a certain process," or "developed strong teams."