Guidelines for Business Management Resumes
1. Defining your scope of responsibility
Business Management Professionals are responsible for formulating policies and implementing strategic initiatives as set out by the executive board of the organization they work for.
In this section, you should also mention the scope of your position pertaining to the reporting structure, for example, the job level of your subordinates and the seniority level of the people you have to report to.
Hiring managers would also need to know the company size in terms of turnover and employee count to determine the extent of your jurisdiction or responsibilities.
2. Job Descriptions in Business Management
In the job duty section you need to explain how you go about planning, directing, coordinating, and managing operational activities for the company (if you are a Managing Director), or in your division (if you are at mid-management level). Other points to delve into are industry, product offering, or service solutions that account for the main revenue-generating channels. Briefly touch on the scope of your experience from a technical perspective (your industry knowledge), a financial angle ( budgets, cash flow, balance sheets, shareholder reporting, audits), operational responsibilities (sales, logistics, procurement, customer service, marketing), as well as human resources accountabilities (supervising people, organizational development, talent management).
3. Skills to Highlight in Business Management Resumes
Financial Management, Budgeting, Workflow Efficiencies, Return on Investment, Recruitment, Strategic Implementation, Revenue Planning, Policy Implementation, Maximizing Investments, Leadership, Talent Acquisition, Policy Amendments, Supplier Selection, Expenditure Management, Operational Performance, Productivity Measures, Executive Reports, Corrective Actions, Problem Resolution, Quality Control
4. All about Tech & Tools for Business Managers
Recruiters will be looking for an indication of your digital literacy. Categorize the tools and software applications that you can use as follows:
Management Tools and Applications: Convene, Quip, Diligent Boards, Simbly, Huddle, Adios, Sage
Financial Management Software: Oracle, MS Excel, Accpac, iDeals, Pastel, Quickbooks, and Microsoft Dynamics
HR Management Platforms: Zenefits, ZenPayroll, SpiderGroups, i-Sight, OpenElevator
CRM Systems: SAP, Vanguard, Lotus Notes.
Communication and Collaboration Tools: Trello, Google Hangouts, Monday.com, Jostle, Nifty, Homebase
5. Using Recruitment Agencies
Contact at most two or three agencies who are specialists in your industry and have niched themselves around Business Management positions. You should be the focus of their recruiting efforts and a good agency will assist you by presenting your profile summary to potential clients, marketing your skills to hiring managers, and facilitate introductory meetings with potential employment companies.
Their level of engagement towards you should include in-depth telephonic talks, face-to-face or Skype interviews, and regular correspondence containing feedback regarding your application. Also, be aware of duplication of your resume, which puts your application in a bad light.
It is your responsibility to manage and coordinate between your various agents to ensure that your resume is not sent to the same company more than once.