Seasoned hiring executives can tell you that when they review résumés of potential project managers, they are looking for clues as much as they are looking for credentials. While a project manager may be able to talk “triple bottom line” and “enhancing cloud technology” with the best of them, what a hiring executive is looking for in a project manager goes beyond education from a reputable program and experience with a notable employer.
Cultivate the following five attributes and your résumé should receive positive responses from prospective employers looking for the telltale clues of a strong, professionally mature project manager.
Five Often Overlooked Skills Needed to Excel in Project Management:
1. Public Speaking and Effective Verbal Communication
Whether you are meeting with workers to explain a timeline, presenting a project to executives and stakeholders, or explaining a change order to a group of clients, effective public speaking skills are essential for getting the job done effectively. Articulating your ideas clearly, calmly, and considering the best way to phrase the message for your intended audience are definitely skills that make a project move more smoothly. Highlighting the effectiveness of your communication skills on your résumé is important, as is seeking professional opportunities to develop those skills, especially if you are new to the field.
2. Writing and Electronic Communication Intelligence
In this age of instant social media and mobile electronic devices, hiring executives are looking for project managers who know that electronic communication requires the same professionalism as handwritten communication. Project managers need to be responsible with company devices and have the professional maturity and levelheaded restraint not to instantly reply inappropriately to an emergent and maddening situation. When a hiring executive sees a pattern of strong professional relationships with increasing levels of responsibility, he or she will have the clues needed to see you as a reliable project manager with effective people skills.
When you highlight your professional association on your résumé, you demonstrate that you are a team player who is active in the field and that you enjoy building the type of lifelong relationships that will bring you professional longevity. The most popular professional organization for project managers is the Project Management Institute (PMI). The organization has many local chapters, provides continuing education information, organizes online global communities of practice forums, and provides many other beneficial services to members. PMI also has a link to volunteer opportunities and jobs for professionals in the field. Associating with a group of pe