Whether you’re actively seeking a new management position or just want to be prepared in case the right opportunity comes along, September is International Update Your Resume Month and the perfect time to update your management resume for a modern job search. Here are tips to help you get started:
Open with a Summary Statement
Older resumes most always open with an objective statement focused on the job seeker’s goals. When updating your resume, replace the outdated objective statement with a paragraph that highlights your essential qualifications for the role you are targeting.
Review for Outdated Content
Generally speaking, information on your resume that dates back 15 to 20 years is not as valuable. Employers are most interested in your most recent accomplishments. Removing outdated information gives you the opportunity to add your most current information without increasing the number of pages needed to tell your career story.
Make Your Accomplishments Shine
One of the most effective ways to show a potential employer that you’re the perfect candidate for their company is to include past accomplishments that are mapped to your current career goals. How have you helped employers generate revenue, save money, increase productivity? Show the impact that you’ve made using quantifiable numbers via dollars or percentages.
Replace ‘Responsible For’ Lists with Context
Your resume is your opportunity to tell the hiring manager about you —what makes YOU special and why they need someone with management skills like yours in their company. You do this by establishing context from past experiences + accomplishments that provides the reader with the situation / challenge, steps you took, and the results you delivered.
- As a list: Developed standard operating procedures for a more efficient operation.
- Context: Delivered 21% increase in productivity, introducing SOPs and training a team of 5 on account management best practices.
Remember, as you update your management resume, lead your statements with action verbs.
Include New Skills + Certifications
Have you taken classes, earned a new certification, attended any conferences or seminars, worked with new technology platforms? Make note of it as you update your resume.
Update Your Resume
Updating your management resume doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. By following these breakthrough tips, you will have an updated resume that will help position you for new opportunities.
If you’re feeling stuck or if you would like help putting your plan into action, I’m here for you. With more than 20 years of experience helping management-level professionals just like you make a great first impression, we can guide you through the process of creating an amazing resume that will open doors for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!