You’re great at optimizing processes. You help new employees get up to speed and execute at a high level quickly. You know the operations of the business inside and out.
You’re a great operations manager. You shouldn’t also have to be great at writing a resume to land your next job.
That’s where we come in. These three operations manager resume samples have worked to help candidates land interviews at great companies like Stripe and Facebook.
The responsibilities of an operations manager can change drastically from company to company. Sometimes operations managers are tasked with employee on-boarding, other times they have to do data analysis to identify inefficiencies in processes.
No matter the specific scope of what you’re tasked with in any given operations management role, you need a wide ranging skill set to be successful.
From strategic planning to effective communication skills to strong analytical skills, you need to cover a lot of disciplines in your resume to convince the hiring manager you’re the right fit for their operations manager role.
We’ve talked to hundreds of hiring managers to distill what works, and what doesn’t, in an operations manager resume. Here are the 3 major tips you should keep in mind:
The tough reality of applying to operations manager roles is that you’re competing against 50+ other applicants. This means the hiring manager will not be spending a lot of time reviewing your resume.
Because of this you need to make the case that you will have a huge impact in the role so convincingly that the hiring manager has no choice but to give you an interview.
How can you do that? By demonstrating you’ve had an equally large impact in your past roles. The best and most convincing way to demonstrate that impact is by using numbers.
To make that case let’s look at two sample work experiences. This is the same work experience but one uses numbers to quantify impact and the other talks in generalities.
Which do you think is more convincing?
By drawing attention to the metrics in your bullet points you are making your case to the hiring manager as clear as day that you will have an impact as an operations manager at their business.
You’re in operations, so you know firsthand the importance of setting measurable goals and hitting those goals. What better way to demonstrate your competence than by showcasing that ability on your resume?
Don’t hesitate to use very rough estimates when quantifying your past work as an operations manager. Just be logical and thoughtful in how you came up with your estimates in case you’re asked during the interview.
And be assured, if you can use metrics to define your past work experience, you’ll be getting interview requests hand-over-fist.
Looking for a new job can seem like it’s a full-time job in and of itself. You always read that you should “customize your resume” for each operations manager role you apply to.
But what does that mean? Are you supposed to build a new resume from scratch for each job? That seems insane (because it is insane).
I want to walk through a practical example of how to adapt your resume for a given operations manager job. You’ll be able to see firsthand that it doesn’t take that long.
But first, why customize your resume? Because you need to get past the automated keyword filter that companies use to screen applications called an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
These filters are scoring your resume based on whether it contains certain keywords that they’re looking for in an operations manager.
It’s time for an example.
As of the time of this writing, the company Handy is hiring an Operations & Strategy Manager in their NYC office. Here’s a snippet of the job description:
What you'll do
The scope of this mandate is broad, and requires exceptional capacity to prioritize and focus:
What we're looking for
I highlighted in yellow all potential keywords you can try to incorporate in your resume. Follow this process when reading the job description:
Following this process will not only help you get past the automated filters, it will also help you stand out to the hiring manager. Only 5% of job applicants are tailoring their resume for each job. Do this, automatically get a leg up.
Based on the job description above, I would change this work experience:
The goal is to organically incorporate the key responsibilities that the hiring company is looking for based on the job description. Follow this process and you’ll be sure to get past the first stage of the resume review process.
You have to format your operations manager resume to get past the automatic filters companies use and also to please the hiring manager who will review your resume. To do that, do the following:
All of these tips are in service of one goal: make the life of the person reviewing your operations manager resume as easy as possible.
Make their life easy by quickly and concisely making the case for your candidacy. Long paragraphs of text that span multiple pages are not what a hiring manager is looking for.
Remember, there will be at least 50 other applicants for the role. Help yourself stand out by making your operations manager resume as easy to consume as possible by following these tips.
A hotly contested topic in the resume creation circles (we’re a really fun group) is whether or not to include a resume objective on your operations manager resume.
No matter which side of the debate someone falls on however, one this is clear: only include a resume objective if it actively makes your resume better!
What does this mean? It means you have to avoid having a super generic resume objective.
I’m looking for an operations manager role to utilize my skills to improve processes.
If you’re the hiring manager reviewing this resume would it convince you to hire this operations manager? Of course not. It does nothing to talk about the candidate’s specific qualifications or interests.
You should aim to keep your resume to one page so don’t waste that valuable real estate with something that won’t help you get an interview.
As a rule of thumb, if you are not customizing your resume objective for each role you’re applying for then you should omit it altogether.
We curated over 100 resume objective examples to help you get started with writing one.
As the son of a pizzeria owner I’m excited about the prospect of leveraging my ability to identify and improve inefficiencies in processes to further Slice’s mission of making it easy for pizzerias to connect with their local communities.
There you have it. Use these operations manager resume templates and tips and you’ll be well on your way to landing interviews for your next job.
I know this was a lot, so in summary here are the major tips you should follow with your operations manager resume:
The first, and most annoying, step of landing your next operations manager job is now done. You have a great resume. Apply broadly and before you know it you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of resumes you have lined up!
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