A resume is the entry ticket to your next PM job and just like that ticket, it is scanned for about 6-7 seconds before it goes into the “Yes” or “No” pile. This gives very little time to convey your professional journey, but there are certain aspects that you can add to ensure your resume gets noticed.
There are a few traits that are looked for in a Product Manager. Your past experiences have to be highlighted in such a way that these strengths are portrayed.
As a product manager, you would need to be the person in the customer’s shoes. Highlight any experience with collecting customer feedback, translating their needs and solving their problems. Customers need not be external and it could be any project that you have done for a target audience.
You will be coordinating between engineering, design, and sales teams and it is extremely important that you can convey exactly what you want, leaving behind no ambiguity. Highlight any experience or project where you coordinated between multiple stakeholders. Example: heading/organizing an event in college.
Showing that you are data-driven can add value to your profile. Highlight projects where you have done some analysis and derived a conclusion. If this is not something that you have done, complete a free course online, and practice with some datasets on Kaggle. You can also learn about product analytics and explore tools like MixPanel and Clevertap.
As a student, you can make an impact in student clubs. With this, you can highlight your ability to lead without authority.
Don’t miss out on mentioning any experience writing Product Requirement Documents, situations where you have helped PMs make decisions, or about your growth or revenue contribution to a product.
Adding keywords to your resume can help you get that call back and there are two ways to do this.
Adding a summary:
Describing your job:
Don’t forget to join our Slack community to have your resume reviewed by experts. Stay tuned for the next part in this series which will help you get a foot in your dream company through referrals.
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