Should I Go Freelancing as a Project Manager?

Should I go freelancing as a Project Manager? It’s a popular question and to those who ask it I recommend they give it a serious thought, ensuring they weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision. Often the reasons we think we’d like to do something like this turn out to be red herrings. We tend to think the grass is greener; more money, more freedom or more choice. The reality can be very different. Here are just a few things that can happen when you decide to leave permanent employment behind: 1. Plan like a PM Consider ...

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Writing a Project Management CV

I need to update my CV for the first time in 5 years. Are there any insights specific to project managers that would help me in getting it up to date and relevant for 2015? There are quite a few project manager specific things you should be focusing on when it comes to updating your CV. I’ve been advising project managers on writing their CVs for a number of years and there are several common pitfalls to avoid. Here are the five most common: 1. Opening the CV with too many words Today we are used to scanning the headlines ...

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The Top Ten Project Management Careers Advice Questions

Arras People gets a lot of questions from people working in project management everyday. Over the years the questions don’t tend to change very much so we thought why not share those most popular questions we get and a really quick answer for each. There’s also some further reading available if you click on the numbers too. So let’s get the countdown started, the Top Ten Project Management Careers Advice Questions: Which qualification should I do? It depends on the job you do now, where you want that job to take you in the future, what your current weak areas ...

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Entry Level Roles in Project Management

A friend of mine wants to pursue a career in project management. What are some of the entry level roles they could take a look at? You’ll know from your own experiences in project management that there are positions which support the activities of project managers, program managers etc. Collectively these are often referred to as PMO. The roles tend to be called Project Administrator, Co-ordinator or Support. These roles require an understanding of the project lifecycle and the hands on work focuses on areas like producing reports, updating items in registers and logs, setting up meetings and generally supporting ...

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Moving Project Management Jobs – Making the Right Decision

I’m thinking about leaving my current project manager position. Having been here for over a decade, I think it’s time to move on. How do I know if I’m making the right decision? It’s the million dollar question isn’t it? You can never know if it is absolutely the right decision but there are a number of ways you can make sure that you’ve thought about everything you need to in order to minimise the risk of making a mistake. I guess that’s one of the good things about being a project manager. You can look at the practical and ...

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The PMO Career Path

I’ve been working in a project management office for a few years now and I’m not sure where my career is going. Do you have any advice about a career path in this area? There are two different options for people working in a project management office (PMO), either stay within the PMO field, of which there are different levels and specialisms to look at, or think about moving your career into a delivery role, like a project manager. If the latter appeals, there is a lot of information and advice already available about becoming a project manager because it ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Finding a Mentor

I think I need a mentor to help me progress in my role as a project manager, do you have any advice on what steps I should be taking to find the right person? There are three main factors involved when looking for a mentor. First of all, you need to think about what exactly you are looking to get out of the mentoring relationship. What kind of relationship do you need, is it career advancement or more day-to-day support and advice? Think about the key areas of the job that you are looking to improve on and what you ...

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Project Management Presentations at Interviews

I’ve been asked to prepare a presentation on an aspect of project management for an interview. Could you provide some advice and tips on how I can do this successfully? There are two approaches you need to take depending on the amount of preparation time you have been given. If you have been given the instructions in the days before the interview, great you have time to do more detailed planning. If you won’t be given the topic area until you are actually at the interview you can still do some preparation beforehand, just not the thinking around the topic ...

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