You can communicate with executives and developers alike. You know what technology a project takes and know how to deliver it.
How do you showcase both your technical and project skills on your technical project manager resume?
That’s where we can help. Since starting BeamJobs I’ve helped thousands of technical project managers land their next jobs.
These 3 technical project manager resume templates are designed to be a launching point for your to build or update your own resume.
Technical Project Manager Resume
Modern Technical Project Manager Resume
Professional Technical Project Manager Resume
What Really Matters: Your Experience and Skills
When a recruiter is looking at your technical project manager resume they first want to know what your technical skills are.
They know their tech stack and want to make sure that all would-be PMs also know that tech stack. To check this they’ll jump right to your “skills” section.
Here they are looking for reasons to say “no” to your resume. This is a bare minimum check.
The key is to focus on the 1-2 programming languages you know best. Don’t include a laundry list of every language or framework you’ve ever seen.
9 Popular Technical Project Manager Skills
- HTML/ CSS
- Agile methodologies
Sample Technical Project Manager Work Experience Bullet Points
As a technical project manager, you have it easy when it comes to your resume. As part of your job you have to create and report on KPIs.
So now you just have to focus on how you improved those KPIs on your resume. Instead of focusing on your job responsibilities, you want to focus on your impact.
Give context for the projects you managed, then talk about your role in each project, then talk about the impact.
This impact can focus on anything measurable; revenue, cost reduction, efficiency improvement, quality improvement, etc..
Here are a few examples:
- Oversaw the creation of a new product feature that drastically expanded the addressable market and reached over $7M in annual revenue
- Managed a team of data engineers to increase the quality of the data being ingested to predict user outcomes, improving model accuracy by 18%
- Worked closely with product managers and web developers to understand the most active users and create a new pricing tier for those users which increased customer LTV by $250
- Due to customer complaints, oversaw project from initiation through close to identify and reduce time-consuming network requests ultimately increasing app speed by 35%
Top 5 Tips For Your Technical Project Manager Resume
- Be specific about your programming experience
- If a developer told you they were an expert in 11 programming languages you would call that wishful thinking at best. Recruiters expect the same of technical project managers. You don’t have to know every language and framework under the sun. Demonstrate where you are an expert.
- Project ownership is key
- You’re being hired to take ideas and turn them into tangible software. You’re expressly being hired to make the lives of management easy. Demonstrate this level of ownership in your work experience bullet points by really focusing on your contribution within a project.
- It’s all about the metrics
- If a company asked you how much you were over budget and you replied with something like “by a number” they wouldn’t be happy. The same goes for your resume. Focus on measurable, numeric impact.
- Customize your resume for each job
- It’s worth every minute. Keep it simple. Read the job description and as you read it add any skills or projects you’ve worked on that come to mind to your resume. This should take no more than 15 minutes per job.
- Showcase versatile communication
- You have to communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences regularly as a technical project manager. So, showcase you know how to dip in and out of both worlds so you remove that as a potential question from the mind of the recruiter.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How detailed should my “education” section be?
- The more experience you have, the more you want that experience to be the focal point of your technical PM resume. So, keep your “education” to just what’s needed. Namely the school(s) you went to and the degree(s) you got.
- What goes on my technical PM cover letter?
- Your cover letter is the place to really flesh out the projects you managed. While your resume focuses on the impact, your cover letter can focus on the “why”, “what”, and “how” of the project.
- Which sections should I include?
- Don’t get too crazy here. You want skills, work experience, and education. And contact information, if you can believe it one time I forgot my contact information.