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Project Manager Resume Sample
Project managers from any industry can learn from this resume sample and our writing tips. Read carefully and take notes -- you can open doors to opportunity you may not have thought were attainable.
Project Manager Resume Template
1422 North Street, New York, NY 10343
Project Manager with over 8 years of experience managing multi-million dollar construction projects, coordinating workforce team of 90+ subcontractors, and performing budget allocation and analysis. PIM Agile Certified Practitioner aiming to leverage considerable experience and efficiency expertise into your project manager role. Possess a B.A. in Construction Management and knowledge of BIM Software, AutoCAD, and Revit. (Become a Captain of Career Objectives by learning all about them here.)
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Certified: April 2, 2014
ANGEL BUILDERS Cambridge, MA
Project Manager September 2010 – Present
- Manage project budget of $325M+ and ensure company obtains the best possible pricing; determine and minimize risk in buyout processes, reducing costs by 15% annually
- Oversee and analyze prime project buyout of $1.1Billion, accounting for savings and contingencies
- Write and distribute bid packages amounting to 8% of total production costs that clearly define the scope and general provisions of potential contracts
- Ensure that the project team understands all aspects of the prime contract relating to their respective responsibilities, and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the prime contract checklist and organizational structure
- Negotiate, analyze, and prepare purchase order agreements, subcontracts, and cost control budgets
BIG MUSCLE FIT SLIM GYMS Cambridge, MA
Assistant Manager May 2006 – 2010
- Managed, directed, and prioritized gym operational budget of $65M, staying within budget by 7%
- Overhauled sales process and systems to achieve revenue goals, hitting targets of 17% revenue increase annually
- Worked to provide strategic, operational, and fiscal leadership while working to reach the company’s long term goals and maintain organizational vision
- Set, managed, and reconciled accounts for multiple projects as well as salaries and general operations budget
- Manage, monitor, and evaluate the performance of all gym-related managers and associates, total staff of 25+
- Directed the hiring, training, and scheduling of all gym level associates by an intermediary, totaling 80+
WORTHINGTON UNIVERSITY Phoenix, AZ
Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management May 2006
- GPA: 3.5/4.0
- Proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, and other BIM software
- Expert in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, and PowerPoint); Knowledge of Adobe and Visio
- Familiarity with database information flow/costing software (CMIC)
3 Steps to Writing an Excellent Project Manager Resume
“Project Manager” is a broad, catch-all term that spans a number of industries. Despite the broadness, project managers have very similar responsibilities:
- Managing, hiring, training, and firing
- Managing an establishment or product
- Ensuring timeliness of product releases
- Analyzing, projecting, and distributing budget items
- Responsible for harmonizing many moving parts of complex projects
The resume on this page was written for a professional who managed a gym and a contractor construction company. Even if your industry does not match this person’s personal experience, you can still learn from this resume, and these resume writing tips. Even more senior level applicants will follow the below tips, the only difference may be their choice to include a qualifications summary.
Please pay careful attention, and we will show you how to write the strongest project manager resume possible. (For students and career changers, you may want to use the below tips in a slightly different way by creating different versions of your resume.)
1. Career Objective: Relevant, Powerful, and Full
A good resume should start out with a strong career objective. In this section, the hiring manager will quickly glance over what you’ve written to determine if you are a relevant candidate. They will have a checklist in their minds of what they need to see in order to judge your resume as relevant.
The candidate in the sample resume hits the following points in their career objective, ALL of which demonstrate their immense potential as a project manager. (Please note the bolded points with supercript.)
Project Manager 1 with over 8 years of experience 2 managing multi-million dollar 3 construction projects, coordinating workforce team of 90+ subcontractors 4, and performing budget allocation and analysis. PIM Agile Certified Practitioner 5 aiming to leverage considerable experience and efficiency expertise into your project manager role 6. Possess a B.A. in Construction Management and knowledge of BIM Software, AutoCAD, and Revit 7.
- Immediately tells the hiring manager their current position (which is relevant to the open job)
- Reveals a depth and breadth of acquired expertise
- Demonstrates the significant size of current/previously managed projects, quickly communicating their competency.
- Shows that the candidate can manage a massive workforce and can be trusted to handle people
- Indicates the candidate has acquired extra skills that make them more efficient managers
- Tells the hiring manager which role they wish to fill
- Tells the hiring manager they have the required degrees and software skill to get hired and be successful
These 7 (+ these 5) major traits are all contained within that one single career objective. Any competent hiring manager would immediately recognize this candidate’s potential, read through the rest of the resume, and call them in for an interview.
2. Professional Experience: Quantified, Targeted, and Specific
Project manager positions are naturally achievement oriented. If you aren’t gaining more customers, turning around a failing project, getting products released on time, managing people well, or staying within budget constraints reasonably, you’re not going to have a very strong resume.
(Not everything can always be blamed on you, however – obviously, external factors have a big impact on your performance. If you have a bad record, you’ll need to get creative and throw a positive spin on your performance.)
Your resume needs to reflect your achievements – and most of all, quantify them. The candidate quantifies their achievements in several places in the above resume. (Attention to the bolding):
Manage project budget of $325M+ and ensure company obtains the best possible pricing; determine and minimize risk in buyout processes, reducing costs by 15% annually
There, they list the size of the budget they managed, and how much they managed to reduce costs by. Including numerals will be just another way to safeguard against your resume being trashed.
Overhauled sales process and systems to achieve revenue goals, hitting targets of 17% revenue increase annually
In that bullet point, they show how they were able to increase revenue by 17% annually – a very impressive number to any hiring manager.
Directed the hiring, training, and scheduling of all gym level associates by an intermediary, totaling 80+
If you were responsible for hiring, training, or managing anyone, this information is very well received by HR, as it demonstrates your competency.
3. Additional Skills: Relevancy is Key
In your additional skills section, be sure to only list skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. After all, a project manager probably does not need to know how to play guitar or swallow swords. This section will change drastically depending on what projects you are responsible for managing (software vs. construction vs. food products), so it would be best for you to think through and consider the specialized skills you’ve acquired. Don't forget to include additional skills you learned while in school or college, as these can go in your additional skills section instead of your educational section.
If you have any other questions about how to write a project manager resume, please ask in the comment section below. Also, don't forget to check out our comprehensive resume writing page for details on other aspects of resume writing for all industries.