Community Manager's Minute: Opportunity could knock any minute. Is your resume ready?

Posted by Guest Post on March 18, 2014
Managers Minute with Julie Adamen: 60 seconds to being a better community association manager

Julie Adamen is back in 2014 with some great advice for Community Association Managers in all stages of their careers. Enjoy these two-step videos on how to prepare for when Opportunity knocks.

resumeIn the US we call it a resume, but in much of the rest of the world it's called your CV, or Curriculum Vitae. I really love the latter term because it represents a continuing story of your professional life, not just that thing you update when you are between jobs.

Julie Adamen is a CAM Industry Recruiter who knows better than anyone how to help CAM Managers find a job. In this installment of the Manager's Minute, she tells us why we should keep our resumes (or CVs) up to date, and some best practices on how to build the best possible version, guaranteed to show anyone who cares to look just how awesome you are!

Make sure you are ready when an opportunity arises

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A new year is a perfect time to dust off your resume and get it updated and in good order, even if you already have your dream job, because you never know what is going to happen - you may find a better opportunity within your current company (and yes you do need a resume for that!) or with another company you've always dreamed of working with.

I am going to add another comment to what Julie said: You never know who is going to look you up  on LinkedIn that may just have that dream job for the right person with the right CV. While you are updating your resume, be sure to update it online as well!

It only takes 8 seconds for someone reading a resume to decide if they want to know more. Don't give them an excuse to pass on your resume! Here are three easy formatting issues to check to be sure you are presenting yourself well:

  1. Put your name and contact info at the top (and make it easy to read!)
  2. Two pages is fine - in our industry, employers aren't wading through thousands of resumes, so take the time to explain all of the great things you've done in your career and feel free to let it run onto a second page.
  3. Choose a clean and easy to read font - no tiny text or fancy scripts that make it hard to read.

Optimize your Resume for the CAM industry

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Make sure any industry designations you've earned go right up top, next to your name. (And make sure you spell them correctly! You're a member of CAI, not the CIA!)

Industry designation guide:

If you watched the video above, you may not have recognized all of the designations running up the right side of the screen. I wanted to take a minute and demystify any acronyms you may not be aware of when it comes to Community Association Management designations:
  • AMS - Association Management Specialist (CAI)
  • CAM - Community Association Manager (GA, IL)
  • CAAM - Certified Arizona Association Manager (AZ)
  • CCAM - Certified Community Association Manager (CA)
  • CMCA - Certified Manager of Community Associations (CAI)
  • LCAM - Licensed Community Association Manager (FL)
  • LSM - Large-Scale Manager (CAI)
  • MCAM - Master of Community Association Management (CA)
  • PCAM - Professional Community Association Manager (CAI)
See this page for additional information on state designations, and this page for info on CAI designations. 


What do you think?

What's worked for your resume? Do you have additional tips? Let us know in the comments!


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