Template and Sample
Your resume is your chance to impress an employer with your skills and accomplishments. An industry-backed resume focuses on results, uses dynamic language, and appears organized, clean, and free of mistakes.
Here are templates and industry-backed samples that you can use to get started on creating your resume or CV. Simply save a copy of them so you can edit and adapt. Be sure to replace text in blue with your own, and follow the instructions in brackets when utilizing the templates.
- Include certifications you have obtained or that are “in-progress” (e.g., the Professional Scrum Master I certification).
- Be sure to update your resume or CV once you pass your certification exam(s).
Resubmit your resume or CV upon certification. This will ensure we have the most up-to-date resume or CV on file for potential employment referral opportunities through our Industry Partnerships team.
Technology Project Management Resume or CV Criteria.
Heading includes all of the first-order information the employer needs.
- Include name, phone number, professional email address (not Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, or university), city and state/province, and full hyperlinks to LinkedIn.
Summary section. Try to include at least 3-5 of the following:
- Title of role pursuing (do not identify as a student).
- Background experience that connects to the role you are pursuing.
- Avoid pronouns.
- 2-3 transferable skills (ex. logistics; task monitoring; communication; project life-cycle management).
- Years of related experience (keep below 10 years).
- Accomplishments, recognitions, and/or awards.
- Training or certificates (program and/or project management certifications such as Professional Scrum Master).
- Includes industry-specific and transferable skills. Ensure technologies conform to standard spelling and style for the industry.
- Focus on industry-specific skills and concepts you obtained in the program.
Experience clearly laid out with accomplishments highlighted rather than job duties.
- Experience listed in reverse chronological order, with job title, job description, company name, city and state/province, and dates of employment.
- If applicable, include previous project management experience.
- Start every bullet with an action verb; don’t use the same verb more than once.
- Cite accomplishments, recognitions, and/or awards (do not list job duties).
- Bullets are concise, direct, and listed in order of importance.
- Quantify work as much as possible, eg. “Managed 5 projects per quarter”.
- Briefly define job role and team size where it gives context to the scope and depth of your work.
- A brief description of the project.
- Clearly outline your role and project responsibilities.
- Describe the tools / skills used.
Education listed in reverse chronological order with locations and certification.
- Education listed at the end of the resume or CV unless you don’t have much experience or you have particularly relevant degrees.
- Include your completed program as the most recent item in education. List a boot camp as a certificate.
Pass the applicant tracking system.
- Include standard heading titles (Summary, Skills, Projects, Experience, Education).
- Spell out acronyms and abbreviations (abbreviated months are acceptable).
- Use bullets instead of asterisks.
- Avoid images, icons, or photographs.
- Avoid colored text.
- Avoid columns, tables, text boxes, and graphs.
- Use keywords that match the job description and align with required skills needed for each specific role.
Design and Format
Clean and Simple Design
- No template language or blank areas.
- Design does not get in the way of necessary text/content.
- Text fills the page without overcrowding.
- Balanced margins, between 0.5” – 1.”
- No more than one page if new to the field, two pages if have relevant experience.
- Name and headlines stand out.
- Few (or no) hanging lines (where just a few words take up an entire line).
Consistent and Professional Text
- Font size of 11 or 12.
- Consistent and professional font style. It’s okay to use different fonts for the headings and body. Professional font styles include: Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Georgia, Helvetica, Times New Roman.
- Consistent use of bold, italic, and underline; same bullet point style for all lists.
Correct Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
- Consistent punctuation throughout.
- No grammar errors; no spelling errors.
- No personal pronouns (I, we, he, or she).
- Abbreviations or acronyms are not used unless necessary.
Easy to read and professional sounding tone
- No jargon, slang, or superlative adjectives like “great,” “good,” or “awesome.”