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Submitted by techmgr on



I've been sent by my company to week-long training courses in both management and project management. These did not result in any certifications, so they aren't accomplishments. Do they belong in the resume? Under responsibilities? I feel it's important that I communicate that I received this training because I have neither a manager or a project manager title. Perhaps try to work them into a cover letter?

Thanks for the feedback.

TomW's picture
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What matters most is what you did with the knowledge you gained. It's all well and good that you learned something about project management (took a course, read a book, went to a seminar), The place where it shows up is in your accomplishments where you say something like "delivered project 5% under budget and 2% ahead of schedule by using XYZ techniques".

Lots of people take courses, but if they don't put what they learned into action, then it's of no benefit to anyone (it could even be argued that it was a waste of your time and the company's money)..

naraa's picture
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 I do agree that what matters most is turning knowledge into action and results.

Something I do look into resumes is whether people are building their knowledge whilst doing some other action and producing results related to the role they are currently holding having into perspective the future role they want to have and the results they want to produce next.

Say for example you are an engineering, having an engineering role into your project.  If you want to move on in terms of accomplishements you are looking into being a project manager.  There are lots of people around that first want the role or the money to then putting the effort it.  So if you put the effort in to study ahead of getting the opportunity that should be in your resume.

That said, I am not too sure how you will fit that in the resume.  More and more informal training is going on (such as manager-tools podcast hearing, I would love to hire manager-tools ready managers!), but I am not sure how that would be put on a resume! 

I  think the idea of the cover letter is a good one.  

The other one idea is to take the previous advice and see how those trainings helped you in the current responsibilities.  Think how those trainings, even if you were not a project manager helped you on your role and which accomplishments they lead you too.  Those trainings may have helped you deliver more on time, may have helped you be more organised, may have helped you see the bigger pictures on the projects you were working on and therefore you could help more your manager,  and state that on the responsibilities...  You may not have been the manager but you may have contributed significantly to the performance of your team and that may have been enhanced by the courses you took.

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It doesn't sound like you have done much with the training at this point, so there's no real reason for including it in your resume. That doesn't mean you can't include it, but I generally ignore any training or certifications people have on their resume unless it's a job that requires it. Fields like project management and management are nebulous enough, and a week or two of training highlighted on a resume is near enough useless that I can ignore it.

Even if it's a PMP certification on the resume, all that really shows me is that someone knows how to read, study and take a test. It shows a little bit of perseverance as well. But project management capability? Not really.

Show me accomplishments around project delivery in your resume, and answer behavioral questions with concrete examples of how you manage timelines, resources, stakeholders, etc.

Don't get me wrong - it's fantastic that you're going to training. But unless it results in a work product then you can't really claim it was useful.


techmgr's picture
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Thanks for the feedback, it's as I thought, doesn't belong on the resume.