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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Project Management Career Q&A: Don’t Blow the Interview

Each time I attend an interview I always seem to blow it because my mind goes blank when thinking about how to answer a question well. Is there a tried and tested method to overcome this? With interviews the more you feel in control, the better you will be at giving a great account of yourself. To gain more control in interviews you need to plan, rehearse and create a system for remembering and retrieving everything you planned for during the actual interview. I advise that you think of about 5 or 6 really good stories from your career so ...

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The Ticking Timebomb in Project Management

The Great Recession and an Ageing UK Demographic One of the great things about the Arras People Project Management Census is the depth of data that we have been able to collect over the last 11 years which can give great insights into what is happening in the UK PPM Community. This depth of data has allowed us to uncover this latest snippet which shows how the ‘great recession’ has impacted the age demographic of the UK talent pool. Over the years data has been collected for three practitioner age groups, namely the under 34’s, those between 35 to 49 ...

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Six Key Strategies to Conquer Change Fear

Call it apprehension, anxiety, or dislike of the unknown, of being outside of your comfort zone or not in control of the immediate future, typically we have all experienced that twinge of ‘change fear’ at some point in our lives.1 Ever noticed how some of us shy away from the thought of some major change to our role, organisation or even just a new process? For most of us, change requires a ‘lightbulb’ moment, a moment of understanding and revelation in what may at first seem an adverse situation. ‘Insights and understanding of change needs to be generated from within, ...

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