Should You Submit a Project List With Your Resume?

Key Points:

  • MatchBuilt welcomes Michelle Merritt, a certified strengths coach and resumes expert with Merrfeld Career Management to discuss the benefits of adding a project list to your resume.
  • Sharing a project list with a recruiter or hiring manager provides them quick access to highlights of your accomplishments.  Consider adding one to your resume before you submit it again. 

Why do you need a project list?

The goal of a strong resume is to ensure an employer understands how you can benefit their organization. Studies suggest that you have approximately twenty seconds to wow the reader with what you’ve achieved in your career thus far. The hiring manager will build their opinion of your capabilities by learning what you’ve accomplished and by determining if you can do that (and more) for them.

So, how do you do this without writing a six-page resume? One of the easiest ways is to build a project list as a separate document that can be easily attached to the resume or shared with recruiters and hiring managers.

Who should have a project list?

Who should have a project list? Anyone who has completed numerous projects.

Historically, project lists were limited to construction professionals, but the ever-changing job search world makes this additional document a necessity for many including sales professionals, IT professionals, project managers of all types, real estate professionals, auditors, corporate trainers, and more.

Anyone who is involved in multiple projects can benefit from a project list, especially if the interviewer is utilizing evidence-based recruiting practices.

What should be on your project list?

Project lists should be simple and contain clear, concise information about your project. This includes the project name, your role in the project, company name, location, size/scope, dates and a brief two-sentence description of the project. Furthermore, this document should follow the same format and font as your resume and cover letter.

A traditional Construction Superintendent example may include:

ABC HOME BUILDERS
Superintendent, Spring Mill Woods Subdivision,  2016 – 2019,  Indianapolis, IN
500 single-family homes, $150M
Responsible for managing all subcontractors, trades, and construction staff on ABC’s largest single-family project.

An example of a Corporate Training Manager list may include:

ABC HOMES
Training Manager, New Employee Onboarding, 2016 – 2019, Wichita, KS
50 new employees, delivered monthly, 10% first-year increase in retention
Designed, developed, and implemented all courses and company tours to ensure human resources compliance and to lay the foundation for cross-training.

Sharing a project list with a recruiter or hiring manager provides them quick access to all that you’ve accomplished.  Consider adding one to your resume before you submit it again.

Looking for More Information on Project Lists and Improving Your Resume?

Below is a great video with secrets to a great project management resume.


merrfeld consulting for construction project listsMichelle Merritt is a certified strengths coach, resume expert and the founder of Merrfeld Career Management.  An executive coach and entrepreneur, Michelle is known for effectively leading organizations through periods of great change.

Michelle leverages 20+ years of experience in corporate recruiting, human resources, and performance management to find innovative and cost-effective solutions to enterprise-level challenges.  She is also recognized for her ability to create staff training and development programs that foster both a healthy, people-focused corporate culture and drive results that impact the overall mission in a positive way.

We welcome you to connect with Michelle on LinkedIn and learn more about her career development services at merrfeld.com.


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