Last week I wrote about the need to put the keywords on your resume in context, not just in a list of skills or projects. Though computerized Applicant Tracking Systems look for keywords, they're becoming sophisticated enough to parse context.
A post on Technical-Resumes.com points out how using just a list can go wrong - and the dangers of stretching the truth. The post is by IT resume specialist Jennifer Hay, who last December wrote a guest opinion for us on C-level tech resumes. It's unlikely that job candidates at that level have to worry about about beating a computer system, but her advice serves as good warning for all.
Hay had a client who put MDM on his resume, then was asked in an interview which tools he used in the master data management program. The client was embarrassed to admit that his role in the project was limited to collecting metadata about his organization's master data. His work dealt with involving stakeholders and key people in the organization, no small task as my colleague Loraine Lawson has written.
In a situation like this, Hay advises, it's best to step back and look at what his actual role had been.
Yet this client could put MDM on his resume, she says, offering these examples as the best way to word it:
Part of MDM team to establish a strong foundation for moving forward. Generated interest and participation by stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the metadata-gathering process that ensured consistent and standardized data definitions across the enterprise.
Generated interest and participation by stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the metadata-gathering process for an MDM program that ensured consistent and standardized data definitions across the enterprise.
By sticking to the facts, she says, you can avoid embarrassment while still highlighting your accomplishments, whatever your role.
And if your company is trying to make a business case for MDM, check out this collection of Master Data Management Research Notes from Ventana Research. It's free to IT Business Edge members in the IT Downloads library.