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  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 1 of 15 Top 12 tips for writing an effective project resume Other useful materials for project interview: 111 project management interview questions, 440 behavioral interview questions, 290 competency based interview questions, top 36 situational interview questions, 95 management interview questions and answers, 45 internship interview questions, 13 types of interview questions and how to face them.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 2 of 15 Know your audience Think about the position(s) you would like to target. What are the top five requirements? If you already have a copy of a job description, you can use that as a guide. If not, you can run a search on LinkedIn, Indeed or another job board to find positions similar to what you are targeting. Once you review two to three job postings, you will have a solid list of required qualifications.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 3 of 15 Know yourself Now that the position requirements are clear, how does your experience match up? An effective résumé clearly establishes that you are qualified in each of the primary desired prerequisites. Your goal is to make it easy for a busy hiring manager to look at your résumé and quickly determine that you are a strong candidate for the open position. A "one size fits all" résumé never works as well as one that is customized to a specific role, because it requires the reader to think about how other experiences relate to desired qualifications. Hiring authorities may not take the time or have an interest in doing the extra work.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 4 of 15 Use your resume to get the interview, not the job A quality resume is merely a foot in the door. Your resume will not get you a job but merely introduce you to perspective employers. Use this as the first chance to sell yourself to an employer. The interview itself will provide you with another opportunity to do so.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 5 of 15 Back up your qualities and strengths Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 6 of 15 Achievements instead of responsibilities Resumes that include a long list of “responsibilities included…” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling yourself. Instead of listing responsibilities, therefore, describe your professional achievements.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 7 of 15 Move beyond the duties Most recruiters know the general duties related to careers within their specific fields. What really stands out is the impact and results you had within your career. For example, a sales associate may have duties of making outbound calls to prospective customers and documenting activity in their customer relationship management system. A more unique way of describing this same position is: "Initiated a minimum of 60 outbound calls daily to C-level professionals in the software industry. Exceeded company activity standards with an average connection rate of 20 percent. Planned and tracked sales funnel in Salesforce.com." Almost every role has a measurement of success – customer satisfaction, time to complete a task, volume of activity completed, error rate or even internal performance measurement rankings. Whenever possible, list those accomplishments or the impact you made in the role.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 8 of 15 Sell the Benefits of Your Skills Most resumes provide a list of duties that each applicant has been responsible for--without explaining the benefit of those skills to employers. For example, a secretary's resume might state she can type 80 wpm and is extremely accurate. This statement lacks an explanation of how her typing speed and accuracy benefit an employer's bottom line. The real benefit is that the employee can produce more work and ultimately save the employer money.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 9 of 15 Put the most important information first This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 10 of 15 Resume format Resumes are generally presented in one of three formats: chronological, functional or a combination of chronological and functional. While your counselor can help you to select the format that will best display your abilities, which you choose will depend, in part, on the type of work you have performed and whether or not you are going to continue to do the same work.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 11 of 15 List your keys to success Highlight your strengths, such as volunteer work, community service, multilingual language skills, programming languages, technical proficiencies, and other qualifications pertinent to the job you are applying for. Be sure to list these qualifications and technical skills early, especially if they are immediately necessary to the job you are applying for. Employers will not scour your resume to find out if you are the candidate they’re looking for.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 12 of 15 Include proper information in your cover letter The cover letter is used to inform your prospective employer of your qualifications and skills making you the best candidate for the available position. If required, this is where you can discuss what this job helps you accomplish towards your long-term career goals. Even if a cover letter is not required, it may be a good idea to include one.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 13 of 15 Print and review Make changes, print and review again. Writing a résumé is not fun. It is tedious and requires thinking about a tremendous amount of detail. Furthermore, to give you the greatest advantage, it requires customization for each position. However, the beneficiary of all of this effort is YOU. Hiring managers look at the résumé as your one chance to make a great first impression. If you take the easy way out with your résumé when you are trying to make the best impression, what will that mean when you are an employee? Take the extra time to print out and review your résumé thoroughly. Have a second person print out and review your résumé too. Then make changes and print out again. It is not uncommon that you may print out five copies before it is error free and exactly what you want.
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 14 of 15 Useful job interview materials: Resume Creator: http://4career.net/download/ResumeCreator http://4career.net/top-8-resume-samples 111 project management interview questions: http://interviewquestionsandanswers.biz/111- project-management-interview-questions-and-answers http://4career.net/free-ebook-75-interview-questions-and-answers/ http://4career.net/top-12-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews/ http://4career.net/13-types-of-interview-questions-and-how-to-sovle-them/
  • Resume writing tips, cover letter tips, interview questions – free pdf download. Page 15 of 15 Other job interview tips 1. Practice types of job interview such as screening interview, phone interview, second interview, situational interview, behavioral interview (competency based), technical interview, group interview… 2. Send interview thank you letter to employers after finishing the job interview: first interview, follow-up interview, final interview. 3. If you want more interview questions for entry-level, internship, freshers, experienced candidates, you can ref free ebook: 75 interview questions and answers. 4. Prepare list of questions in order to ask the employer during job interview. 5. Job titles related: project manager, project coordinator, project engineer, it project manager, project administrator, construction project manager, senior project manager, project assistant, assistant project manager, project director, project officer, technical project manager, project analyst, project leader, project planner, project controller, software project manager, project scheduler, digital project manager, project executive, project supervisor, project specialist, marketing project manager, project lead, project architect, project consultant, project secretary, web project manager, project control manager, clinical project manager, infrastructure project manager, project portfolio manager. 6.Note: This pdf file is available for free download.