Writing a Scrum Master resume?
You should know this.
A Scrum Master job ad receives countless irrelevant and bad resumes on top of somewhat relevant and highly relevant ones.
For hiring managers this means that they will have to go through these with guards up and reject anyone who appears to be irrelevant or mediocre.
Consider these two Scrum Master resume examples:
Example 1 Experienced Scrum Master with 3 years of experience in facilitating Agile development processes, leading cross-functional teams, and ensuring successful product delivery.
Example 2 Scrum Master with 3 years of experience in managing Agile-Scrum in Fintech. Certified Scrum master with proven experience in performing effective root cause analysis in high velocity environments and reduced 10-20 consistent bugs to 1-2 bugs at ACME.
The second Scrum Master resume example is likely to make the cut. The first one, however, won’t even make it to the top 10% of applicants.
The key is to write an error free, stand-out Scrum Master resume.
That’s why in this article, we will show you how to:
Let’s start with a few Scrum Master resume examples (feel free to copy paste and create your own resume from them!).
You can use these examples to find inspiration for your own Scrum Master resume. But if you are looking for a more in-depth read, continue reading further.
Let’s first understand how should anyone go about writing their Scrum Master resume.
To write the best Scrum Master resume, follow these tips:
Writing a Scrum Master resume has way more nuances, but these are some general things to keep in mind.
As we move forward, we would get into each of the specific nuances and show how to make sure we give you everything you need to write a resume based on YOUR nuances.
Often Project Managers assume that they can send their resume as it is for a Scrum Master role and hope they’ll hear back. But that’s complicated.
Project Managers often apply for Scrum Master jobs without understanding what a hiring manager would see. You need to understand the differences to write a career change resume. The key differences are:
This is what is commonly followed in companies with clearly defined Scrum Master roles.
Now, when you apply to a Scrum Master role with a project management background, you need to make sure you cover the two points listed above.
Your resume should tell a story that you aren’t just another Project Manager, but you also handle some SM responsibilities.
Let’s start with individual Scrum Master resume sections and see the best practices on how to write them with examples.
The answer is clear:
Remember, Scrum Masters are expected to be flawless. If you are hoping to take your first Scrum Master job you know you can’t afford to write a mediocre Scrum Master objective.
Back in the 1990s, Microsoft MCSEs and Novell CNEs used to spam job ads the same way entry level or career transition Scrum Manager resumes do.
What do they have in common?
Only Scrum certifications. No past experience that makes them appear remotely relevant for the job and no justification about why they should be shortlisted for an interview.
To a hiring manager, it feels that the market is flooded with applicants who are “certified”, but will bring zero value to the company.
Here’s an example of a bad Scrum Master resume objective
Certified Scrum Master with a mission to help IT organizations with on-time product delivery and leave an impact. Key skills include: leadership, improving efficiency, and stakeholder management.
In the objective example above, you can see how this resume highlights that the candidate only has certification, but no relevant past skills to be considered for the role.
Let’s consider a better example.
PMI Certified Scrum Master with 5+ years of experience in managing large IT projects with multiple stakeholders and geo-distributed teams. Past achievements include exceeding 97% delivery rates, shipping more 11 enterprise products in 78% less time, and reaching 1+ million users.
Notice how this Scrum Master candidate stands out by:
Any hiring manager reading this Scrum Master resume objective would consider shortlisting the candidate if they are open to entry-level candidates.
Now, when an experienced Scrum Master writes their summary - we have to follow almost similar steps.
Here’s an example of a poorly written Scrum Master resume summary.
Experienced Scrum Master with 5 years practicing and implementing agile methodologies in SDLC. I have a track record of leading a team to be self-organizing, and collaborative while maintaining high energy.
This Scrum Master resume summary is all about self-proclamation. Apart from years of experience as a Scrum Master, there’s no real value for the hiring manager here.
A better example of a Scrum Master resume summary would be:
Scrum Master with 5 years of coaching CIOs, VPs, and other team members. Establishing CoPs and KPIs driving a 20% reduction in delivery time and a 9% defect reduction. Passionate about transforming SDLC to achieve their peak performance levels.
You should follow these tips while writing your Scrum Master experience:
If your Scrum work history isn’t impressive enough - you are highly likely to be rejected. So make sure that you follow those 5 tips we shared.
Here are some examples of Scrum Master resume experience for you.
There are several key problems that will make this Scrum Master resume get rejected. Let’s go through them one by one.
First of all, everything is just a list of duties. It is very poorly written and has no level of depth.
Second, reading this would make any hiring manager feel that this was written by someone who would only run templated Scrum operations.
Finally, pay attention to phrases like “Monitor or track” - they add little to no value to the work history.
Let’s now look at a better Scrum Master resume experience example.
Now that we have the summary/objective and the experience section perfected. Let’s look into other sections that will help you stand out.
Certification mills have reduced the importance of a Scrum certification. However, valuable Scrum certifications are still required.
There are some companies where not having a specific Scrum certification assures a rejection. That’s why we suggest that you list your Scrum certifications in the right way.
To list your Scrum certifications on your resume, create a separate section for certifications and list all your Scrum certifications under it.
You can list your Scrum certifications in the following sections of your resume:
We’ve shown how to list Scrum certification in your summary or objective. Let’s now take a look at how to list Scrum certifications in a certification section of your resume.
While listing your Scrum certifications in a separate section, follow this format: [Name of Certification] [Certification issuing authority], [Date issued]-Present
Here’s an example of a Scrum Master resume’s certification section.
Certified Scrum Master Scrum Alliance, 2021-Present
The top certifications to list on a Scrum Master resume are:
Scrum Master job applicants are rarely new graduates. So, we advise you that you follow the format while listing education on your resume:
[Degree], [Institution name] [Start Year - End Year]
If you have an education in progress (e.g. an MBA) list your education in the following format: [Degree] [Institution name] [Start Month, Year - Expected Date of Completion]
There are additional sections that you can add, but for any Scrum Master candidate, listing these sections should be sufficient.
A Scrum Master resume should be one page if the total years of experience is less than 15 years. For candidates with more than 15 years of experience, two pages or more is an acceptable length.
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Ben is a writer, customer success manager and CV writing expert with over 5 years of experience helping job-seekers create their best careers. He believes in the importance of a great resume summary and the power of coffee.
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