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By reviewing the job description and resume samples that are readily available, you’ll be able to identify what the employer is looking for and how best to present your qualifications to meet that need. As you read further, you’ll learn what information to include, formatting options to choose from, and mistakes to avoid.
What to Include in a Manager Resume
As you examine the manager resume samples available online, note that they can be easily scanned because each section is clearly delineated and none are overly wordy. There are two basic resume formats to choose from, and each serves a different type of job seeker. It’s up to you to define which works best for you.
The chronological style is the most commonly used and most familiar to hiring managers, and it impacts how you present your previous work experience. If you have no employment gaps and are progressing along a traditional career path, this format should work well. Recommended sections for this style are:
- Contact info (name/phone/email)
- Resume summary
- Work experience
The functional style focuses more on accomplishments than work history. This style works well if you have a difficult-to-explain employment gap or you’re making a career shift. The main difference is the addition of an “Accomplishments” section before the work experience section; this allows you to highlight your achievements without linking them to a specific employer. The suggested sections for this style are:
- Contact info (name/phone/email)
- Resume summary
- Accomplishments (added section)
- Work experience
You can see examples of both resume formats as you search manager resume samples and decide which style will represent your work history and achievements best.
How to Write the Manager Resume Summary Statement
A resume summary should be concise and to the point. Try to define your skills and accomplishments in an action oriented description with quantifiable results. And do it in three sentences or less.
The manager resume samples you’re using for reference should provide examples of well-written resume summaries. As you write your own, consider it from a hiring manager’s perspective. Are you showing them the skills and experience they’re looking for? Following are two manager resume summary samples from different industry sectors for your review and consideration:
Human Resources Manager with over 10 years experience in the manufacturing sector who has successfully completed union contract negotiations without work stoppages occurring. Developed and maintained diversity program and ensured conformance to EEO regulations. With oversight of recruitment programs, interviewed, hired, and monitored career-pathing of employees, which resulted in an increased retention rate of 23 percent.
Construction manager responsible for the construction, renovation and maintenance of 120 unit condominium property. Completed environmental and engineer reports and ensured all necessary permits were obtained to avoid fines and penalties. Estimated scope of work and obtained at least three bids for each job. Reviewed all invoices and regularly inspected property and units for compliance with specifications, budget and schedule.
How to Write the Manager Work Experience Section
If you’re going with the chronological style, list your previous jobs with the most recent first. Each job is its own sub-heading, comprised of company name/location, period of employment, and job title. It’s how you list your accomplishments beneath the job that counts. By creating 3-6 bullet points that begin with action verbs and, if possible, end with quantifiable results, you’ll catch the eye of a potential employer and allow them to see you in action and as a part of their organization. You’ll also have the opportunity to show clear career growth from job to job.
The functional style allows you to focus on your achievements without linking them to a specific employer. By inserting an “Accomplishments” section, you can list your attributes and achievements together, and by referring to what the employer has identified in the job description as important, you can mirror their needs. There should be a minimum of 6-8 bullet points written similarly to the ones in the chronological style.
Examples of strong bullet points include:
- Recommended applicant tracking system that reduced recruiters’ time spent reviewing resumes by 40 percent.
- Initiated product knowledge classes, which improved sales by over $500K the first year.
- Reviewed bid proposals for both cost and material ensuring quality workmanship on each project.
Once you’ve provided your workplace skills and achievements in the accomplishments section, you can move on to the work experience section, which will be a simple list of previous jobs.
Action Verbs to Include in Your Manager Work Experience Section
If you quickly scan the manager resume samples you’ve already identified for verbs, you’ll likely find more that may apply more directly to your business sector.
How to Write the Manager Skills Section
Check the manager resume samples you’ve already identified for formatting suggestions, but in general, you’ll want to use bullet points or columns to list the items in this section.
As for the kind of skills to list, first include those technical skills desired by the employer, followed by any other technical skills you can bring to the table. For example, construction managers may be familiar with CAD, and 2D and 3D modeling, and even if they’re not mentioned on the job description, they should be listed under technical skills.
In most management positions, it’s the interpersonal skills that determine success, since the term manager implies dealing successfully with personnel to accomplish department goals. After you’ve mirrored the needs of the potential employer, fill out the list with what you would bring to the job by adding skills and qualifications not mentioned in the job description. Examples of skills for a variety of management positions follows:
- Can manage cross-functional teams
- Is results oriented
- Negotiates successfully
- Communicates clearly
- Thinks strategically
Since so many management skills are similar no matter what the industry sector, a review of the manager resume samples could suggest skills you have but may not have considered.
How to Write the Manager Education Section
As you list your education, put the highest level attained first. The only information the potential employer needs at this point is the school attended, school location, and degree obtained. The formatting should be simple, but since there are a few options, it’s best to review the manager resume samples for a format that best suits your style.
Since many business sector managers have the option to be certified by an industry organization, it’s a good idea to create a sub-heading called “Certifications.” HR Professionals receive various certifications, like the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute; Financial Managers receive a Certified Financial Manager (CFM) from the Institute of Management Accountants; and Construction Managers receive Construction Manager (CM) certification from the Construction Manager Certification Institute.
If you have certification in your business sector, list it. If not, it’s a good idea to explore what it would take to become certified in your industry. If you begin the process, you can list it on your resume as long as you correctly identify it as “in progress.” It could make the difference in a competitive job market.
Should I Include References in my Manager Resume
- Knowing the employer is interested in you
- Being able to advise your references that a call is imminent
- Asking them to let you know when they’ve received the call and what type of questions were asked
Don’t say they’re available upon request if you haven’t identified them and gotten their approval. The best references are previous managers or directors to whom you reported, and in some cases, clients with whom you have a strong relationship.
Manager Resume Fails: Mistakes to Avoid
- While you may be familiar with word processing tricks like embedded tables, fancy fonts, and inserted graphics, don’t use them on your resume. Many companies are now using applicant tracking systems (ATS) which are easily confused by seemingly basic formatting devices.
- Regarding the use of keywords and their importance in getting past an ATS and into the hands of a human being, it’s critical to pay attention to the words used in the job description and to mirror them in your resume. It’s a fact of life that you not only need to craft a well-written resume, but you need to do it in a way that satisfies a possible ATS.
- Save the first-person pronouns like “I,” and “we,” for your cover letter. Your resume is a more formal document and should be concise and to the point rather than conversational. Save that tone for your interview.
- As a manager, you’ve probably seen sloppily written memos that contain typos and grammatical errors that took you out of the document you were reading. To avoid that happening with your resume, proofread, proofread, and proofread again. Having a friend read you resume before you submit will help identify mistakes you simply can’t see in your own writing.
Job Prospects in the Manager Industry
The Bureau of Labor Statistics makes projections about employment growth in various occupations for the period 2012 to 2022. The projected growth for that period for all occupations is 11 percent. Projections for different manager occupations vary by sector as shown below:
Construction managers are expected to see employment growth of 16 percent for the same period, which is faster than the average. Population and business growth along with the need to improve infrastructure are expected to spur growth, and technology and environmental regulations will drive increased employment of construction managers.
Employment of human resources managers is project to grow at 13 percent. As new companies emerge and established ones expand their operations, human resource managers will be needed to oversee and administer programs like the Affordable Care Act. A Master’s degree and certification will provide an edge in the job market.
Financial managers are expected to be employed at a growth rate of 9 percent for the 2012 to 2022 period, but it will vary by industry. The demand for activities of planning, directing, and coordinating investments will continue to grow as the economy grows.
Sales managers are expected to be employed at a growth rate of about 8 percent, and will depend largely on the growth of the industry where the perform. Business-to-business sales are expected to be stronger than business-to-consumer sales. Offshoring of these positions is unlikely.