This post has come from my recent learning while scrutinizing Curriculum Vitae for the post of Product Manager. Reading through dozens of resumes for almost 2 full days, I realized that I have learned a lot about many good companies and good products that they develop. Probably on some occasions I even could tell the release history and features highlights. This was because candidates often mix up their personal CV with corporate product brochurer. Speaking with few of them over telephone, I learned that they have started believing that highlighting success of product that they owned is good enough for them to get recognized as a hero and potentially a good candidate for job. Something that I found difficult to understand and I recommend that following should be ensured while drafting your CV.
- Your CV is your marketing document and NOT of the product that you manage/ managed
- Talk of your contribution and NOT just of your product's performance
- Emphasis on your ability to drive and NOT just your responsibilities
- Explicitly mention difference you made and NOT just the number of releases you managed
- Showcase your business sense and NOT just the ability to manage agile plan
- Sell yourself and NOT your product
- Tell me why I should hire you and NOT just justify your current employment
I am sure suggestions mentioned here are not tough to implement, and if you wondering why you are not getting any interview calls, well this post may have a answer or more.