Getting your first Project Management job is something of a ‘chicken and egg’ problem…
It’s hard to get a Project Management job without experience. But, how can you get experience, without a Project Management job?
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The first step in getting a Project Management job is to break the ‘chicken and egg’ cycle, by either getting:
One of the soundest investments to make is experience. Volunteer for any role that will give you valuable experience for a future Project Management job.
Help out a struggling manager, and practice some of your Project Management skills. Help them with – planning – risk identification – status gathering – other aspects of project management
Turn your current job into a Project Management job. Use project management tools and techniques to get things done. Talk about it as a project.
Here are my Top Tactics:
Start your search, while you are successful and secure in your current role so that you can:
Here are my Top Tactics for Getting that PM Job
There is lots more detail, plus six full case studies, at Can you Get a Project Management Job? (Here’s How).
And, if you get a PM Job Interview, this article will help you prepare: Essential Project Management Interview Questions.
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I also recommend that you constantly buff up your CV, to keep it relevant to each new job application.
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I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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