Returning to a Project Manager Job After Illness

I’ve been away from the working world for two years with a serious illness. I’m recovered now but I’m finding it difficult to get back into a Project Manager role. Any advice? There will always be some organisations that think a gap in your career should stop them from employing you. Equally when you’ve been out of the workplace for a number of years, there might be an expectation that you could pick up where you left. Both views may be considered to be unreasonable so where does that leave you? The bottom line is, it’s about finding the right ...

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Moving from Project Manager to Programme Manager

I’ve been spending time thinking about my future career and one day I’d like to move on from being a Project Manager to a Programme Manager. What development steps should I be thinking about to make that happen? I see programme management as a step away from hands on project control and delivery and a closer move towards strategy, business and people management. To make a move towards programme management I also think the transition needs to include time spent as a Senior Project Manager too. There are specific programme management techniques and processes that also need to be learnt ...

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Making the Switch from Permanent Employment to Contractor

Is the grass always greener on the other side? Whatever your work status – an interim contractor or full-time employee – each may envy the other’s position!Let’s look at the terms involved with the different types of employment; all of these are common in the project management marketplace today “Contract” An interim or contract person is likely to be trading as a sole trader; through his or her own limited company; through an umbrella company; or on their agency’s payroll under PAYEInterim or contractors could be a replacement project co-ordinator to cover an absent full-time employee, an additional project manager ...

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How to Pay Yourself from Your Limited Company

In order to ensure your limited company runs as smoothly and effectively as possible, you need to be detailed and process-orientated. You need to busy yourself with the day-to-day running of your company, including obtaining contracts, managing accounts and finding suppliers. In the face of all this hard work, you may assume that paying yourself and enjoying the fruits of your labour to be an uncomplicated, pain-free process. In reality, however, there are certain decisions to be deliberated over before you can find a payment model that makes the most out of today’s tax regulations. Directors of a limited company ...

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Conducting Project Management Interviews

We recently put together a top five list of project management interview questions after speaking with some of our clients. The questions below are generic open questions that can be asked regardless of the project management role being recruited for.   How do you turn around a failing project?   Project Managers that stand out in the crowd are ones that have been associated with project failure at some point in their careers either directly or indirectly. The ability to talk about the lessons learnt from such failures and to also articulate how to save a failing project should be ...

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Where Are All the Project Management Vacancies?

In today’s marketplace most candidates we engage with are working two well trodden paths when looking for a new position – the online job boards such as Monster, Linkedin etc and company website’s or career portals; but are they missing a trick? It is suggested by some commentators that as many as 70% of jobs are never advertised! The actual percentage number ranges quite considerably, but one thing we can be certain of is that many roles are filled through this route. OK, roles in the public sector have (are supposed?) to be open to all, whilst private sector employers ...

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25 Years Project Management Experience: Do I Really Need PRINCE2?

“Even though I’m a veteran project manager, I’m not PRINCE2 certified, but that seems to be all companies want in their PM job descriptions. How do I get companies to look at me anyway?” In our experience at Arras People we find a good deal of employers ask for a project management qualification such as PRINCE2, but when we delve deeper it transpires the organisation isn’t working stringently to the process but they are working within a structured environment. Therefore, the real requirement tends to be experience of working within these structures – if you can clearly demonstrate working through ...

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Ten Trends in Project Management Recruitment in the UK

At last month’s Project Challenge, we got asked a lot of questions, the most popular by far is, “What is the market like at the moment?“. Without getting into specifics about how the market is for certain types of project management practitioners, here’s the current top ten trends in project management recruitment in the UK-based on both our recent research and the day-to-day work we do at Arras People. Here are the top ten: Current sector knowledge is still one of the top things employers are looking for. Being a self-starter when it comes to personal development can increase visibility ...

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