On average, the amount of time hiring managers spend looking at a resume is just a few seconds. You have very limited amount of time to capture the attention and interest of that manager. Resumes are your very first impression, make sure you aren’t making these common resume mistakes!

Make your resume reflect the position you’re applying for.

If you are applying for a marketing or branding position, your resume should reflect that. You should easily be able to see the personal brand, unique shapes and a photo. If you are applying for anything else, keep it simple. A simple black and white resume with clear bullet points listing your experience is all that you need. Anything in addition is distracting.

Check and re-check your spelling and grammar.

Resumes should be 100% error free. If you present a resume with mistakes you are showing you are not detail oriented and even worse, lazy!

Make sure your resume is appropriate in length.

Your resume should be appropriate in length to your experience. I am not a firm believer in the one-page resume rule. If you have been working for 20 years- you should have a lot of experience to show. With that being said, if you are applying for your first job and your resume is three pages, something isn’t quite right. Each position should have three to five bullet points clearly listing your responsibilities and achieved results. Edit out the fluff. An interview is a great place to expand on your experience and explain each bullet point in further detail.

Include dates with your work history.

Not putting the dates on your work history is a big no-no.  Hiring managers want to confirm there are no extended gaps in employment. By not listing your employment dates, it looks like you are trying to hide something. Be upfront and honest about each duration. The truth is going to come out anyway.

Make sure your resume is an accurate reflection of you.

If you are going to list areas of expertise, make sure you really are an expert in those areas. Very often I see Excel listed under this section, but let’s be honest, are you really an expert? What kind of formulas are you using? When was the last time you made a pivot table? I also recommend not listing social media platforms (unless you are applying for a Social Media position). If it isn’t relevant to the role, leave it out. If you list something as an area of strength, expect to be questioned on it in the interview.

At the end of the day your resume should reflect you. Don’t over complicate things or use verbiage you typically wouldn’t use. Give yourself the best chance to get that interview request and put some extra time into crafting your best resume!


As we hopefully wrap up this Minnesota winter season, PMG has closed out Q1 on a positive note.

PMG continued to meet and exceed quarterly performance goals for all departments and has no plans of slowing down. Rather, we continue to put plans in place to continue and sustain our growth, both in the field and the corporate office. This quarter, PMG added new hires in the Client Solutions and Business Development teams (both in office and remote) and added new team members to the support staffs for the Technical Solutions, Operations, Accounting, and PMG Energy teams. In addition, our Technical Solutions team continues to grow our onsite rosters of technicians. It’s exciting to see so many new faces in the office and at client sites and it has been beyond satisfying to see so many of these technicians hit the ground running early in their PMG careers. All of us here at PMG look forward to seeing the myriad of ways these new team members will help us continue to maintain and build upon the growth of recent years.

The first quarter of this year was not only successful in a business sense, as PMG finalized highly anticipated upgrades to corporate office infrastructure. This occurred with the installation of upgraded video and telecommunications packages in the office. This will continue to allow PMG to offer the opportunity for current employees and prospective new hires to work remotely. These upgrades included hardware and/or software changes to improve our ability to screen share, teleconference, and video conference from any and all parts of our office. It should also help bolster our in-house training, meeting, and presentation capabilities as well as streamlining our remote work capabilities.

PMG also continued to grow its benefits for employees both in the office and on-site. Some of the most noticeable changes resulted from the addition of a Mamava nursing station in the office to make the transition back to work from maternity leave as easy as possible. Non-monetary employee benefits also continue to grow because of the continued growth of our Employee Wellness program that, among other things, has started a monthly competition to inspire greater activity levels among in-office team members trying to earn various rewards. This program has been so successful in its early stages that we are seeing our Operations department start to implement similar concepts for onsite technicians.

PMG’s ReTool division has also had a successful Q1 in its effort to grow awareness of opportunities at PMG and in the manufacturing sector. This year, ReTool has already attended career fairs and employer events in nine different states and has held more than 30 onsite or virtual presentations to adult technical programs around the country. These numbers are already hitting what ReTool hoped to do in the first half of 2019.

Meanwhile, in out of office activities, PMG chose to partner with the Polar Plunge in Prior Lake, Minnesota.  This year’s team doubled in participants from last year and raised over $5000.

In addition, PMG held its annual corporate holiday party, a murder mystery dinner at Wabasha Caves in St. Paul and organized several team building events for various departments.

Finally, we can’t celebrate a successful quarter here at PMG without celebrating the people who help create that success. Our Corporate Employee and Technician of the Quarter were both announced two weeks ago- Jessica B., Client Solutions Manager, and Dan O., PMG Welder. Thank you to both Jessica and Dan for everything they did this quarter (and every quarter) to help PMG stand out from the rest of this industry as a truly unique company. We couldn’t do it without you!

Josh Erickson, ReTool & Technical Solutions Associate

Meet Samantha!

Samantha is a Remote Project Management Administrator and joined the PMG Team about seven months ago.

About me

I am originally from St. Paul. I spent a couple of years living in Salt Lake City. I have a Bachelor or Science in Gender Studies (the study of people with an emphasis on gender, class and race).

What are your main responsibilities as a Remote Project Management Administrator?

I find hotels for new client projects and during existing projects if need be. I book all project lodging for PMG technicians and conduct exit interviews with PMG technicians once they finish a project. I also send safety quizzes to new PMG technicians.

How did you learn about the opportunity with PMG?

Linked In. I was looking for a job and every morning I would look through positions on the site.

What do you like most about your job?

I like that I’m able to do the same thing every day but, at the same time, I find I’m also challenged with something new every day. I also like how our team is small, confident and works well together. I like how I can ask questions at any time and I will be able to get an answer. I also like that my boss is confident in me because it makes me feel confident in myself.

What do you like most about working for PMG?

I like how PMG takes the time to talk with their employees, makes them feel safe and offers growth opportunities. I like all of the fun events and how the company feels like a family.

What are some hobbies you do in your free time?

I love baking. My chocolate cake is amazing, but I really like my Hummingbird cake. I also like hanging out with my family especially for dinner at my parents on Sundays.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Salt Lake City. I lived there for four years and while there, I was able to discover who I was. I was able to explore my interests and challenge myself. I ended up lobbying on Capital Hill and got a bill passed. I was able to get free feminine hygiene products on my college campus. I was really able to explore who I was.

What celebrity/inspirational person do you admire the most?

Audrey Hepburn. I find it intriguing that there isn’t anything out there that makes her sound like she was a bad person. She was always willing to help people out and had the best intentions. She always took on people’s responsibilities and lead by example. She loved love and always wanted people to be happy.

What did you want to be when growing up?

A dolphin trainer because I really liked dolphins. When I was 9, I went to the zoo with my dad and I remember watching the dolphin show. I told him I wanted to be a dolphin trainer and for the next 4-5 years, everything in my life was about dolphins and figuring out how I could become a dolphin trainer.

You’re happiest when…

…when I’m with my sister because she laughs at all my jokes and always has my back.

What advice would you give to a recent new hire at PMG?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and write everything down. Even if you don’t think it’s necessary, write it down.

What animal describes the “work you”?

Maybe a Husky because huskies are team players, hard workers and goofy.