Product Management Resume

Product Management Resume

You have decided to embark on your product management journey. To get that elusive interview call you’ll have to do four things:

1.Build the right connections
2.Get involved in your local product management communities
3.Find mentors that can help guide you
4.Build a resume that makes you stand out.

Each step requires a lot of commitment and effort.

The goal of this blog is to help you with building an eye popping resume that would make help you differentiate from the rest.

Why do you need to build a great resume?

Before we commit to spending time on making the perfect resume lets understand why its important. You know you are awesome. Isn’t that enough? Lol..Unfortunately it isn’t 🤣 🤣

1.You are not the only one applying for the role. There are hundreds of people out there competing with you.
2.The recruiter now has to go through everyone’s resume. So they are not going to spend hours trying to decipher your awesomeness.
3.You need to make it easy for them. They need to look at your resume and be like- On paper(or pdf🤣 🤣)this candidate has everything we are looking for. We want to talk to him
4.When someone in your network refers you for the job they need to feel confident in your qualifications. A well written resume helps them do that.

Skills to highlight in a great product manager resume

Customer Centricity

Keeping the customer first and balancing it with the needs of the business.


Taking charge and inspiring the team to come together and achieve a common goal.


Making the team stronger by building great working relationship with everyone.


Looking for the right data to back up your gut. We’ve discussed on how to become more data driven in our blog A Guide to becoming a data driven product team.

We will discuss each of these skills in details in a separate blogpost.

Structure of a great resume

It should have clarity of thought, continuity in its flow, be succinct and result oriented.

Personal Details

State the following details:

1.First and Last name
2.Email address: Do not use your current work email address. Yes! I have seen that happen
3.Location: City and Country you
4.Mobile number on which the recruiter can reach you
5.State your current job title. Example- Product Manager, Senior Product Manager etc.
6.Add the link to your LinkedIn profile. Make your profile public so that anyone from the hiring team can see it. Customise the url of your profile.
7.Make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete and up to date in all respects. You resume and LinkedIn profile serve different purposes. Don’t copy paste your resume in your profile. We will go over how to create a great LinkedIn profile in a separate blogpost

Professional Experience

Add only relevant professional experience. Focus only on companies you worked for in the past 10 years. Most hiring managers don’t care beyond that. Use the cover letter to:

1.Highlight experience you think is relevant but dates further back than 10 years
2.Explain any gaps in employment

Left Aligned
Company Name, Job Title, Location

Google, Product Manager, Mountain View

State the length of employment in each company

Right Aligned


July 2019-Present
July 2019-Mar 2021

Use the abbreviation for month.

Education Background

1.State your qualifications starting from your undergraduate degree. Mention any particular detail that is relevant to the role. For example- If you are interviewing for a startup then any entrepreneurship experience you had at school is a good to add.
2.Highlight relevant certifications that you have passed. For example a lot of product managers take on SCRUM, Data Analytics and Design courses. It gives them a good grasp of basic concepts and a strong background for a successful product management career.


Limit the length of the resume to one page. It is human tendency to expand on our laurels. Resume is a place to highlight them, not describe them in detail. It might be especially challenging to stick to the one page limit if you have decades of experience. In that case focus on more current and relevant experience. Use the cover letter to provide more information that you think will be add value to your profile


1.Formatting should be consistent
2.There should be no typos in it. Yes! I have seem that happen too. Spell check your resume before submitting. Use the free Grammarly or Hemingway Editor to improve your sentences
3.Use bullet points instead of paragraph to describe experience should be wLimit each bullet point to one line
4.Do not write paragraphs to describe your experience
5.Font size 12 is ideal but you can go down to 10.5 if you need more space to write. Anything smaller become illegible.

The Power of PAR

Problem | Action | Result

The good news is that there is an amazing format which helps you frame your experience in a way that can be understood by everyone. It forces you to tell your story in a concise manner that the reviewer can understand.

Problem: An issue you found at work

Action: What did you about it?

Result: The result of your action

You can find a list of action verbs to use in your resume here

1.The problem should be specific
2.You have to be the primary force behind the action
3.The result has to be tangible and measurable.
4.Quantify the result. For example- X% increase in customers, Y% increase in revenue , Z$ reduction in cost

Quantifying Product Manager Experience

It adds a lot of weight to your profile if you use product metrics to quantify the “R” result in your resume.  Some examples are Churn, Revenue, Traffic, Customer Acquisition Cost(CAC), Operational Cost, Time on Site, Bounce Rate, Customer Satisfaction Rating. We will be going over each of these in detail in a separate blog post

Let’s look at 5 examples of how to write resume bullet point using PAR format

Example 1

✅  Led website redesign project; increased monthly traffic by 7%

❌ Worked with a large team to update the website for 6 months that increased revenue for the company

Example 2

✅  Built Mobile App MVP, received 57K download in the first month

❌  Made the mobile app for the product that all customers liked

Example 3

✅  Led product discovery and development of new product; resulted in 17% increase in revenue

❌ Worked on building a new product for the company for a year that the customers loved

Example 4

✅  Analysed data to identify customer pain-point, improved customer satisfaction score by 27%

❌  Found out that customers were cancelling their subscription because of missing features in the product

**Example 5 **

✅  Collaborated with stakeholder to build customer centric roadmap; resulted in 23% increase in revenue

❌  Created the product roadmap for the company by talking to all the teams

Should I create a new resume for every role I apply?

Yes! Please don’t be lazy. Put in the time and effort in your application. I have seen candidates make the mistake over and over again. They make one resume and then submit it for every role they want to explore. The problem here is that every company is looking for something specific and unique. You have limited space in your resume. You should highlight skills and experience that closely matches with the job description.

Resume based questioning

You can created the perfect resume with bullet points that look great. It fits in perfectly with what the role needs. But when the interviewers start diving deep into the details of the project you start to falter. The devil is in the details and its easy for us to forget. So make sure that you write down detailed notes about each bullet point that is in your resume. Because with time you might forget the details of something you implemented six months ago.

What if I don’t have prior experience?

It becomes a classic case of the chicken and egg problem. You can’t get product management experience without getting the job and a lot of people won’t give you the job without having the experience. All hope is not lost. A lot of great companies focus on skill based hiring. So make sure that you focus on:

1.Highlighting skills you have that matches what the role requires.
2.Things you have done to make up for the lack of experience and tactical knowledge. For example- professional training, certifications, workshops etc.

Product Manager Resume Template

I thought about this long and hard. Should upload my own resume or a template and add it to this blog? I decided against it since it might tempt you to copy paste and use it as is. That would defeat the very purpose of writing this blog. I want you to use the tools we have discussed and create your own unique resume.

If you want somoene to review and provide feedback then send it over to us at [email protected]. We will be more than happy to help you take a strong step forward in your product management journey.

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