As a product manager, your resume must stand out among the hundreds of others that recruiters receive. That’s why I’ve put together these product manager resume writing tips.
First, consider the layout and formatting. Your resume should be simple to read and understand. Avoid using too many colours and stick to professional, easy-to-read fonts. Also, make sure to clearly divide the sections and use bullet points for your role descriptions.
Second, make certain that your spelling and grammar are flawless. Use all of the spell-checking options available to you, and have someone else read it with a fresh pair of eyes to catch any mistakes you may have missed.
Third, keep it brief and to the point. Use short phrases in your role descriptions to outline your relevant experience in a concise, structured manner. Make sure to leave out any information that is redundant or irrelevant to your experience and the role you are applying for.
Fourth, tailor your resume to each position you’re applying for. Prioritize what is pertinent to the position you are applying for and your experience. List the skills that you both possess and excel at in a “skills” section of your CV, and make sure to emphasize them with specific examples throughout.
Fifth, sell yourself, but don’t sell yourself too much. To highlight your accomplishments, use the “Accomplished [X], as measured by [Y], by doing [Z]” formula, but avoid exaggerations and false information. Hiring managers value a product manager’s ability to be humble and objective.
Sixth, be cautious about sharing contact information. Include your email address and phone number, but recruiters do not need your full address. Make sure your email address is professional, and include links to professional profiles like LinkedIn as well as portfolios and websites that highlight your work.
Finally, consider your resume to be a product or feature that you are developing. Colleagues, professionals, and experts can all provide feedback. Make time to collect and act on this feedback. Iterating on your resume demonstrates how you work on your products. If you adhere to these recommendations, you will increase your chances of standing out and attracting recruiters’ attention.