Recently, NS, a mid-career project manager, has been
upgrading her public relations documents for an
industrial or government position. One item she
asked about presenting is her American citizenship.
Since her name is not immediately obvious to many
US natives it would be appropriate to indicate that
by stating directly under her name– American
citizen or Permanent Resident.
As we dug deeper into NS’s background, we found
strong and most notable accomplishments. They did
not appear at first in the usual outline of
Heading– Qualifications– Experience– Education–
Honors and Awards– Affiliations.
Our interaction revealed that she had originated over
$1.6M in grants with different federal agencies and
ventures with companies as sub-contractors. She also
had fostered and engineered a series of unique
university collaborations in a number of project areas.
None of these will show up in publications or are
hard to describe in a typical technical resume. In fact,
it almost seems that a CV is a better format. However,
personal situations do not permit the time commitment
an academician would need to be successful for her and
Together we crafted a resume file that brings out her
contributions in which transferable skills were developed
that could be applied in other organizations.
Interesting feedback she offered was that the interaction
was much more valuable than she could ever have
imagined. Top on her list was the feeling of self-
confidence she gained that her work and the skills
she developed to achieve results were significant.
- Indicate the awarded contracts with various clients
and area in her Qualifications
- Point out significant university and industrial
collaborations in her Qualifications
- Leading bullet in her Experience section should
be a statement of the awarded grants.
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