Project Manager (PM) CV: Example & 7 Writing Tips

You are Agile, you can Scrum, you know 13 synonyms of the word ‘efficient’ and 9 for the word ‘optimization’. You deliver results, but time has come to deliver something for yourself.

 

You have found the project management job that you have been waiting for. Now all that’s needed is a project manager CV that won’t go into the backlog. With this guide, you will learn how to develop a CV version ready for deployment.

 

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Project manager CV example

 

Jonathan Storey

7 Withers Close

Alloway

KA7 7FT

077 3509 6723

jonathan@storey.com

 

Personal Statement

 

Meticulous Project Manager with 10+ years of experience delivering on-time and on-budget in the IT and property industries. Proven track record of improving profitability of projects by at least 10% in both niches, by cost-reduction and process optimization. Documented ability to oversee 20+ projects at a time, up to £3m monthly revenue total. Track record of managing a monthly spending budget of £1.2m. Seeking to apply proven skills and strong principles in a more challenging role at OmniLabs.

 

Work Experience

 

IT Project Manager

neoSoftware, London

June 2014–Present

  • Independently managing 20+ projects at a time, bringing in up to £2.2m revenue monthly. 
  • Successfully completed projects of a total value of £65m.
  • Experienced in managing teams up to 25 employees, including front and back-end developers, analysts, designers, and testers.
  • Implemented a new online shopping solution for a fashion retailer that saw them increase their revenue by 7% instantly.
  • Managed the full life-cycle of an online streaming service from inception to release, besting the projected subscribership by 25% at launch.
  • Played an instrumental role in several contract negotiations, securing a £2m fashion retailer contract, a £1.5m streaming service and a £1.3m government contract.
  • Able to consistently deliver cost savings of up to 17% on projected spending.
  • Implemented and maintained the Agile Training for employees for 30 months, which correlated with a 22% increase in efficiency (actual time spent vs. projected time to completion).

 

Project Manager

South Bank Property Investments, London

January 2010–June 2014

  • Independently managing up to 8 refurbishment, conversion and microflat projects at a time.
  • Responsible for a team of 4 designers and architects, as well as subcontractor building teams of up to 12.
  • Converted property into a total of 47 micro-flats and micro-apartments with a total value of £11.7m.
  • Implemented a series of solutions and low-cost upgrades that allowed rental income from these properties to be 20% higher than the area average.

 

Education

 

2.1 BSc Management, September 2007–June 2010

University College London

 

Certifications

 

  • Certified Disciplined Agile Coach (CDAC) — PMI, June 2017
  • Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) — PMI, June 2015
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) — PMI, May 2013

 

Skills

 

  • Agile Coaching
  • Scrum
  • Project Budgeting
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Subcontractor Management

 

That’s the completed product for project management CV. Let’s see the methodology. Here's how to write a CV for PMs.

 

1. Write a project manager CV personal statement

 

You’re a PMP. Efficient. Agile. Etc. Conciseness ought to be your forte. This is why you will surely ace your personal statement (also known as a personal profile), as long as you follow this simple formula for success. 

 

You start your CV with a personal statement answering the following questions in one sentence each:

 

  1. Who are you, and what’s your experience?
  2. In what industry are you experienced in delivering?
  3. What’s your most impressive/relevant achievement?
  4. What’s your most unique achievement?
  5. What are you hoping to be able to achieve in this job? (For the employer, not yourself).

 

This part is easiest written right at the very end (and that's why it is also known as a CV summary). Make sure you have metrics for your achievements, or are able to estimate your impact.

 

Project manager CV profile

 

Meticulous Project Manager with 10+ years of experience delivering on-time and on-budget in the IT and property industries. Proven track record of improving profitability of projects by at least 10% in both niches, by cost-reduction and process optimization. Documented ability to oversee 20+ projects at a time, up to £3m monthly revenue total. Track record of managing a monthly spending budget of £1.2m. Seeking to apply proven skills and strong principles in a more challenging role at OmniLabs.

 

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2. Write your project manager CV job description

 

Here’s where you get to elaborate on the rapid-fire of reasons to hire you that you just fired off in the personal statement. First, answer one question: Are goals valid if they’re not measurable? Of course not.

 

Neither are achievements. In fact, for a PMP CV, no bullet point is really valid unless it’s measurable. Avoid wordiness in describing action, and instead devote the space to quantifying impact. This way you allow the employer to see exactly how you can slot into their machine.

 

You can use the PAR (Problem Action Result) formula to develop the bullet points in your work history section. List 5 to 9 for your most relevant position, under this heading:

 

[Job Title]

[Company Name, Location]

[Dates of Employment]

 

For older positions, limit the bullet points to only original information (that doesn’t appear under other positions). Make sure that every bullet point refers to a requirement of the position you’re applying for. Otherwise, it is a redundant bullet point.

 

Project manager CV work experience section 

 

IT Project Manager

neoSoftware, London

June 2014–Present

  • Independently managing 20+ projects at a time, bringing in up to £2.2m revenue monthly. 
  • Successfully completed projects of a total value of £65m.
  • Experienced in managing teams up to 25 employees, including front and back-end developers, analysts, designers, and testers.
  • Implemented a new online shopping solution for a fashion retailer that saw them increase their revenue by 7% instantly.
  • Managed the full life-cycle of an online streaming service from inception to release, besting the projected subscribership by 25% at launch.
  • Played an instrumental role in several contract negotiations, securing a £2m fashion retailer contract, a £1.5m streaming service and a £1.3m government contract.
  • Able to consistently deliver cost savings of up to 17% on projected spending.
  • Implemented and maintained the Agile Training for employees for 30 months, which correlated with a 22% increase in efficiency (actual time spent vs. projected time to completion).

 

 

3. Map out your education

 

There are many different paths that lead into project management. Your education section is a mere formality in most cases, and real management experience matters far more. But there’s one, established way of recording them on your project manager CV. List your degrees in the following way: 

 

[Degree Class][Degree Type][Degree Name](Year Graduated)

[University Name]

 

If you're writing a junior project manager CV, you can add some extra details in this section such as extracurricular activities or areas of excellence.

 

Project Manager CV education section

 

Education

 

2.1 BSc Management, September 2007–June 2010

University College London

 

4. Make a list of your project manager skills

 

As you are being very concise and SMART-oriented with the bullet points on your project manager CV, you might be left with a list of several loose skills that don’t warrant a deeper elaboration, but would benefit you to be listed.

 

Alternately, you could use the skills section to reiterate the key points of your other CV sections. Either way, pick the ones that correspond to the requirements of the job advertisement (hard and soft skills). If for no other benefit than to trigger (in a good way) the Applicant Tracking System that might be churning your CV.

 

Project Manager CV skills

 

  • Agile Coaching
  • Scrum
  • Project Budgeting
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Subcontractor Management

 

5. Add additional sections to your project manager CV

 

For extra sections, you could summarise your biggest projects in a Notable Projects section. You definitely need to list all your project management qualifications in a Certifications section. Languages are always beneficial, also.

 

If it’s not relevant to the role, leave it out. You are trying to paint the picture of the most complete candidate, not a complete picture of yourself.

 

Project manager CV additional sections

 

Certifications

 

  • Certified Disciplined Agile Coach (CDAC) — PMI, June 2017
  • Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) — PMI, June 2015
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) — PMI, May 2013

 

Languages

 

  • Russian (Intermediate)
  • Czech (Basic)

 

6. Write a project manager cover letter

 

A cover letter is a great chance to display the interest you have taken in the company that your project manager CV does not allow you to display. It lets you directly address their requirements with evidence of your performance in those domains.

 

More importantly however, it’s another way to grab attention. The cover letter formula is:

  • 1st Paragraph (60-80 words)—List your years of experience, and the most important reason for why you are the best candidate.
  • 2nd (Main) Paragraph (120-200 words)—Outline the 2-3 most significant reasons for your suitability for this role.
  • 3rd Paragraph (40-60 words)—Show your genuine interest in the company and explain what you can do for them.
  • Call to Action (Single Sentence)—Be confident and ask for an interview.

 

Write a short cover letter (between half a page and one full page in length).

 

7. Project manager CV format

 

Follow these CV formatting rules:

  • For a neat CV layout, use clear headings for each section, and use white space between them to guide their eyes.
  • Use a clear, easy-to-read CV font like Garamond, Noto or Arial.
  • If not asked to send a *.doc, send your CV as a PDF.

 

How long should a CV be? Depends on your experience. If you're a junior, a one-page CV should be enough. If you have more experience, go for a two-page CV, but list only those details that are relevant to the position you're applying for.

 

Don't list references on your CV. Recruiters know they can expect them, so save space for more relevant information.

 

Use a creative CV template, but make sure it is ATS-friendly. Remember that your CV design should also match the design of your cover letter.

 

One last piece of CV advice: make sure to follow up after two weeks if you don’t hear back. Sometimes, things just need push.

  

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Did we answer all your questions on how to write a project management CV? Got any job hunting tips and tricks you’d like to share? Did you find our project manager CV examples useful? Use the comments section below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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