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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Three Essential Skills for Facilitating Effective Project Meetings

Facilitating effective project meetings can be something of a science and an art form for project managers, particularly when planning projects. There are plenty of steps you need to take to make a meeting a success – that’s the science bit. But an artful application of skills is also required. And these skills are not to be taken lightly. After all, project meetings are vital, particularly at the planning phase of a project. Requirements gathering and risk identification can make or break your project (find out more about project planning in the e-book Mission Controlled: The 5-Step Guide to Planning ...

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How good is project sponsorship in your company?

I was talking with a prospective client (let’s call him Bob) on the telephone and he asked me what I thought was the biggest problem for project sponsors? Now there are many issues around project sponsorship however one stands out for me which I used in my answer; project sponsorship roles. I pointed out that sponsors themselves ask me what they should be doing. Additionally, project managers also suggest that sponsor styles range from micro managing the project to the other end of the spectrum; taking no interest at all in the project and everything between. The survey gave poor ...

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Creating a Killer Project Management CV

If you caught one of our last emails about the impact your project management CV has on the people who read it and hire, you might have been left wondering what you could do to be in the 1% of people who create the broadest of smiles? Your Free Access to Creating your Killer Project Management CV Available for three weeks only, access our three 1 hour webinars that help you to create the best project management CV you can. Normally access costs £30 for all three, but as a thank you for taking part in the latest Project Management ...

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Freelance Project Managers – a Popular Career Choice

The national average in the UK for people working on a freelance basis is around 15%. For people working within project management the number is significantly higher with 34%* currently working as a contractor or freelancer. So why does project management attract more than twice the national average of freelancers and what makes a great project management freelancer? It is easy to see why project management has synergies with freelancing and contracting. By the very nature of projects – being temporary endeavours – we can see the natural fit with organisations looking for project managers for the duration of a ...

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The Impact of Your Project Management CV

As another year draws to a close, with many thousands of Project Management practitioners CV’s reviewed; I felt the need to use the Arras People PM Census to check out a nagging feeling of grumpiness. I desperately needed to see how others involved in the recruitment of project management practitioners were left feeling after reviewing practitioner CV’s which come across their desk. How do they make them feel? The snapshot response is taken from UK-based PPM Practitioners who are involved in the recruitment process (your peers) and as we can see in the feedback above, it isn’t great! Are you ...

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Project Management CV 2.0

A while back I decided to have a play about with the format of a project management CV. Infographics were all the rage so I thought how can we create a project management CV which is much more visual, which gives just enough information for someone to want to see the full CV or bring you in for an interview. You can see that CV infographic below. I’m always interested when project people have an attempt at putting something similar together. Here’s one version from last year. Every so often I tweet a picture of the CV infographic just to ...

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Win £400 of Project Management Books

The Project Management Census is still open and an added incentive (apart from receiving the 11th edition of the Project Management Benchmark Report in early 2016! AND a chance to win an iPad Mini!) from Gower Publishing are bundles of project management books worth £400. We’ll be giving away bundles of books every day next week at 2.30pm UK time to people who have already completed the Project Management Census So what you waiting for?

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