The Job market has picked up recently – what with the vaccine and all Idk 🤷🏻♂️ – and Product management is a hot growing industry, so I took the opportunity to revamp my CV
I surveyed the industry, to get an idea of what hiring managers want from PMs in 2021, and eventually distilled all my findings down into 7 core competencies, which I hope you find useful
NB: because they were intended for my own resume, the descriptions have been written subjectively – tho you can surely get some inspiration from them – whilst the headings – as well as the parts highlighted in bold – are pretty much universal product management skills.
Relationship Management & Leadership:
Empathetic servant leader approach. Understand & represent the needs of all stakeholders, and enable & empower them to reach their full potential.
Research & Design
Establish a deep understanding of consumer needs, thru my empathetic approach to product discovery; which drives my design decisions and delivers products that emotionally connect with users.
Creative Conceptual Thinking & Communication
Take highly abstract organisational information and distil it into clear, compelling concepts for all stakeholders – aligning them around the organisational goals. My creativity, vision, and communication creates company cohesion.
Cohesive Cross-Functional Teams:
Foster collaboration across stakeholders & departments and align them around the vision, to unlock the innate collective power of cross-functional teams.
Decisions & Prioritisation
My natural aptitude to “see the bigger picture”, and prioritise roadmap decisions, is built upon keeping a constant connection with the team, the business, the customer, and the wider market. Maximise work not done, thru product discovery. Make tough decisions, to ensure targets are met.
Data & Metrics
Define KPIs, which capture the value customers are receiving, that indicate the long term growth potential and secure buy-in from stakeholders.
Product Lifecycle Management & Business Ownership
Manage the entire end-to-end product lifecycle – from initial concept right through to market launch, growth, scaling, and even end of life – and I have the wider business experience – everything from HR & law to marketing & sales – to deliver products which are: scalable, sustainable and commercial.
For your Resume, you’ll just want a simple list of your skills – you can drop their descriptions (they are more just my thought process) – and the experience section is where you’ll showcase them in action.