Interim Program - Project Manager seeking a contract?

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Helga Edge
November 6, 2018

Undoubtedly, competition is fierce for IT Program - Project Management contracts. Help is at hand. We know what works and how to write a distinctive technical CV.

We've crafted many 1000s of contract-winning technical CVs and know precisely how to attract and sustain the interest of discerning recruiters in competitive job markets!

The role of an Interim IT Consultant, IT Director, Programmer, Software Developer, System Architect, and Program - Project manager is broad-based and complex. It can be challenging to write a CV that gets across the varied skills and diverse project experience succinctly - no one has the time to read the finer detail!

The key to success is to get your strengths and successes across succinctly in a language that is understandable to both non-technical and technically proficient readers. Position the most relevant and value-adding examples of your career above the first fold. If this section of your CV doesn't grab attention, it won't pass the initial screening.

It is crucial to write succinctly - not a life-story! A two-page structure is usually enough - the reader will have neither the time nor inclination to wade through irrelevant, out of date detail - sometimes less really is more!

The following structure and text examples are a brief guide to writing a Perfect CV and to getting the contracts rolling in ...

Contact details

In one line, include ´phone, Skype,  Email. LinkedIn URL, country of residence.  

Position Statement / Value Proposition

Write a brief, impactful a personal branding statement to include your strengths - the hard and soft skills that illustrate your style and unique promise of value. Weave into this paragraph the most sought after keywords. Text that has the power to attract, inform, persuade, influence and sell - helps the reader to see your value at first glance.

Thorough research is key! Identify and promote the aspects of your career, skills and character traits you know would be a good fit with the job target. Within your Profile, it's useful to convey the background to your IT program - project management expertise; for instance, types of project, organizational size, industry sectors, technological environments and geographical locations. Here is an extract ...

" ...  Contractor .. Program .. Project Director - with an agile solutions approach to the full life-cycle delivery of global Cloud Adoption Strategies, Solution Architecture, PMO setup, and IT & Business Transformation programs. Vast experience in building culturally diverse, high- performance teams, and managing opportunity, ROI and risk across niche and global organisations."  

Career highlights

In a prime position, promote four or five varied accomplishments to demonstrate the positive results you have delivered in terms of increasing profit, resolving inefficiencies, improving client service .. .. ...

·  Headed a portfolio of global projects, including development of the Cloud application adoption strategy and process, contract and document management systems and repositories, SharePoint migrations, Intranets and global software implementations e.g. DocuSign and the Convene Board Portal Solution.

·  Saved 20% via deep dives on transformational programmes and introduction of operational improvement plans. 

· Best Implementation Award for Oracle HRMS - automated c. 78% of processes, reducing HR costs by 33%.

Areas of Expertise

Provide a quick overview - include 'trigger' keywords relevant to what the reader is looking for in a candidate. Here are a few examples ...

Program Leader | Business Transformation Specialist | Cloud SAP R3 ERP BW MM | SQL Unix | C++ PHP | Java etc |

Process Improvement | Contract Management | Client Engagement | IT Strategy & Roadmap | IT infrastructure set up | Service Solution | Architecture & Delivery | Business Process Re-engineering – Automation ..

Career section

Commence with your most notable, relevant and recent achievements: outline the context, project scope, value and purpose, and create sub-headings with brief details for each key aspect of your role.

Get to the point quickly why your expertise, skills and character traits make you the best candidate; for example:    

Initiative | perceives what needs to be done to achieve goals ...    

Client Engagement | supports client business drivers, builds relationships ... ... ·      

Leadership | provides inspirational direction, ensures all team members deliver ...

Project planning | defines scope, plans resources, maps processes ...

Project Management | coordinates multiple parallel client projects, including resolution of interrelated problems arising during the transition and integration  

Risk & Governance | manages risks and issues, implements effective and sustainable  actions to reduce negative impacts ....     

IT Projects | Results | illustrate your performance with solid examples of successful projects and added-value results. Keep it brief by structuring examples using the STAR format -

Situation (the challenge), Task (what you had to achieve), Action (what you did), Result (the positive outcome). For example:

Project managed a major upgrade of ... ... SAP systems: identified and implemented a 3rd party tool which accelerated the process, reduced risk, and saved $MM

Place the most emphasis on the aspects of your role(s) that match your target job and give less detail - no repetition the further back you go in your career.  


List major relevant qualifications, for example, degree(s), PRINCE 2 etc

Applications & Systems

Depending on the target role's requirements, it is worthwhile to include the technical skills most in demand; e.g. Big data, Tableau, NoSQL, Apache Hadoop, HTML5, Python, Oracle, JSON, Salesforce CRM, Networks, Routers, Hardware, Languages, Methodologies etc.

LinkedIn Profile

Recruiters and hiring decision-makers are increasingly sourcing candidates through LinkedIn - the world's largest professional network. It follows that IT Program - Project professionals with profiles are the ones most likely to be found by influential decision makers. If you need help to get your message across to your target audience, GET IN TOUCH - send your CV and LinkedIn URL for a Free CV Review.

About the Author:

Helga Edge MBA CPRW is an IT CV Resume LinkedIn Profile writer. Her LinkedIn Profile has been included in the “Top 1% of Most Viewed Profiles" and features 80+ Client Recommendations.


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