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Video: Kelly Tears Down My Project Manager Resume So You Can Make Yours Better

What should you have in your project manager resume?
What should you not have in your project manager resume?

And most importantly,

What does Ben Aston’s resume look like, and what’s wrong with it?

I know you’re asking!

In this video, we don’t just talk about what to include and what not to include in your PM resume—Kelly and I actually open up our own resumes and tear them down on the screen.

(I have to admit, we didn’t hold back. If you’d like to witness some bold critique, you won’t want to miss this)

That’s right. Watch as we ruthlessly tear down each others’ resumes from previous jobs.

Then, we scroll through some of our other resumes and explain the things that stand out and what we’d change if we could do it again.

Photot of Kelly and Ben Tears Down My Resume

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Takeaways From The Project Manager Resume Teardown

By the end of the video, you’ll have answers to these important questions. Make sure you’re covering these off before you send out your resume for your next PM role!

  • What do hiring managers look for in a project manager’s resume?
  • What are the formatting mistakes to avoid?
  • What style and tone work—and what doesn’t?
  • What’s the best way to include additional resources, links, and materials?
  • What to do if your resume is more than one page long?
  • Why you should have more than one resume?
  • What’s a red flag to hiring managers?

Make sure you also watch our video on How To Talk About Projects On Your Project Manager CV.

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For even more helpful information to get your resume noticed the right way, check this out: 21 Key Skills For Your Project Management Resume In 2022

By Ben Aston

I’m Ben Aston, a digital project manager and founder of I've been in the industry for more than 15 years working in the UK at London’s top digital agencies including Dare, Wunderman, Lowe and DDB. I’ve delivered everything from film to CMS', games to advertising and eCRM to eCommerce sites. I’ve been fortunate enough to work across a wide range of great clients; automotive brands including Land Rover, Volkswagen and Honda; Utility brands including BT, British Gas and Exxon, FMCG brands such as Unilever, and consumer electronics brands including Sony.

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