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Video:Tips on Writing a Resume for a Product Management Role

with Jonathan Stewart

A product management resume should highlight your achievement and spark the recruiters attention. Learn tip to rise above the crowd of applicants and get you product management resume noticed.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips on Writing a Resume for a Product Management Role

If you’re looking for employment as a product manager, having a well-written resume is a must. But, before you start picking out a font for your killer curriculum vitae, there’s one important thing to clear up first: the fine distinction between a product manager and a project manager.

Know the Product Manager's Responsibilities

Even product development professionals tend to confuse these two similar-sounding job titles, especially since they represent similar concepts. However, there is a distinct difference: A project manager is responsible for overseeing resources, time, money and scope in order to successfully deliver a project both on time and on budget. A product manager oversees a product throughout its entire life-cycle--from concept through production and beyond. A product manager is responsible for maximizing a product’s return on investment by making appropriate tweaks in design and pricing.

Build Your Product Management Resume with a Template

Now, it’s time to illustrate that knowledge. Templates can be extremely helpful when writing a resume. After all, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. However, the danger is that it can also look generic, and generic equals forgettable. Instead, use a template as a guideline and then spice it up with how you add value for the employer.Yet, there are still the basics that every resumes has to list. No matter what your field, always state your name and contact information at the top of the resume. Rely on a clean and professional look and tone, and be a pro with grammar and spelling. Provide details on work experience and educational background.

Finally, when it comes to the objective and summary, however, the jury is out. Conventional wisdom holds the objective as an important three to five sentence explanation of your goals, while the summary is a way to sell yourself, emphasizing why you’re the perfect candidate. On the other hand, a hiring manager obviously knows you’re looking for a job, so for some this renders the summary nothing more than hot air and window dressing. Not that there’s anything wrong with a little hot air and window dressing.

In the field of product management, including specific verbiage is important. This especially holds true when more resumes are becoming search engine optimized to be found on the Web. Carefully read your targeted job description and include keywords to help you be uncovered in the morass of resumes and also as a way to highlight that you know what you are doing. Don’t have a description? Browse online postings for similar positions to gain inspiration.

Your Resume Should Highlight Specific Achievements

Beyond these resume building blocks, the most important part of your resume is the results you’ve achieved, skills, and work experience. These sections can make or break your resume because they tell the prospective employer what you can do for them, which is a big piece of the puzzle.If you do have technical skills applicable to the job, list them in a separate skills section. When describing work experience, include tangible results and hard numbers whenever possible. An innovation you implemented raised sales by 10.2%? Include that. A policy you initiated saved the company thousands of dollars? Definitely add that. Any quantifiable result you are responsible for is another great reason why a company should hire you and deserves a place on your resume.

Having the right qualifications is a good start for landing the job, but a great resume is what makes you stand out in a crowd of qualified professionals vying for the same job. Keep these tips in mind and your resume just might rise to the top of the pile. I'm Jonathon Stewart, with About.com.
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