The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016

We launch the latest annual report on the UK and Global Programme and Project Management domain today. The report polled over 2,100 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management professionals during December 2015 and January 2016. You probably saw a lot of that? Well here’s the result of all that effort The Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) 2016 shows how the UK’s economic turbulence is affecting project management practitioners’ earnings, aspirations and professional life. Having entered 2015 with some green shoots of recovery after ‘the great recession’; further global impacts appear to have stunted some of the optimism and growth ...

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The Project Management Consultant

It’s #pmchat on Twitter tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm UK time and this week’s topic is being hosted by me on the subject of Project Management Consultants Vs Freelancers Vs Full Time permanent staff. We’ll be looking at the role of consultant in project management – uncovering what that role is, what it does, when it’s needed and what kind of skill sets are required. We’ll also discuss the role in terms of how popular it might be with #pmchatters and where they think it’s heading in the future. I’m adapting the stuff I did recently for the PMI Virtual Talent ...

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Should I Just Copy and Paste My Project Management CV into Linkedin?

No! Your Linkedin profile should be used as a supplement to your CV and be written in a way that suits the medium which is primarily a social media site. You can still link to your full CV from Linkedin but the profile needs to be quick and easy to read and you should be thinking about how to catch the eye with headlines and lots of white space, so short paragraphs work well. So what should you be writing? The profile summary is the part you want to really think about and spend most time writing. You should aim ...

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“Actively Seeking Employment” in Linkedin

Should I put “actively seeking employment” on my Linkedin profile heading? This is an interesting conundrum. In one way yes you should if you are using Linkedin primarily for job opportunities because it makes it easier for recruiters to make approaches to people on Linkedin when they know they are currently available. If you are going to use this heading you also need to change it as soon as the statement is no longer true. Using profile headings like this work particularly well for project managers who are contractors and freelancers as availability changes all the time. Other good headings ...

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Using Linkedin to Find Project Management Jobs

How can I use Linkedin to find out more about firms I want to work for in the future? Linkedin is a great way to find out what different organisations are looking for in its project managers. The way to do it is make connections with the project managers who already work there. If you want the inside track on how their projects are managed, what the culture is like, what they have planned for now and in the future and so on, you need the inside story. You can try making direct approaches to people who work for the ...

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Getting Ahead in Project Management 2016

Arras People are back this Spring at Project Challenge in Birmingham on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March. Project Challenge is the free to attend show that features exhibitors and presentation sessions all aimed at you, the project practitioner. The event is free – you just need to register beforehand via the website You can come along and meet Arras People – find out more about us and how we can help your project management career. We’ll be presenting too on: Getting Ahead in Project Management 2016 An opportunity to find out more about the current project management marketplace for ...

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Project Management Degrees – Challenges and Opportunities

Just before Christmas I was invited along to a PMI event in Manchester. It was called “Shaping Project Management Education” and it was hosted by the PMI UK Chapter. It was an event that brought together those currently working in the academic world of project management – specifically universities that offer project management degrees. People working for organisations that hire graduates in project management were also in attendance. The idea of the day was a workshop to explore how degree level education in project management can meet the demands of businesses today that need and want employees with this attainment ...

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10 Top Tips to Make You a Successful Contractor

Whether you are starting out as an enthusiastic new contractor, or you have been in the business for a number of years, there are certain aspects to keep in mind to ensure you are ahead of the game and provide an attractive proposition in this highly competitive contracting climate. A signed contract Though it may seem obvious, the first step in establishing yourself as a successful contractor is ensuring you always have a contract before you start work. Transparency is key; make sure that both you and the client are fully aware and knowledgeable about the terms and conditions. Without ...

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