Weird Project Management Job Advertisements

When I was thinking about all the weird project management job titles that exist, it got me thinking about all the weird job advertisements that most be out there too. Sure enough, one short Tube journey last week and I managed to find a few. The problem with weird project management job advertisements is twofold. The organisation who is trying to recruit for the role are going to struggle to find the right person and the person looking for a new project related job is unlikely to either find the job being advertised in the first place or just overlook ...

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Tackling Project Management Job Titles

We all recognise that project management can be so different and diverse across organisations and industries, and that includes the names or job titles often given to the role you perform. In fact, organisations have some weird and wonderful titles that obviously mean something within their own businesses but in the marketplace – or when it comes to finding a new job – these titles can leave you scratching your head. Here are just a few from Arras People’s recruitment database to highlight what I mean: Implementation Manager Stage Manager Associate Project Manager Project Management Assistant Project Communications Officer Team ...

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I Want to Be a Project Manager

The phone call normally starts with, “I’m not sure you can help me but I’m trying to get into project management?” In the last few weeks we’ve had phone calls from a police officer, a warrant officer, a doctor, a primary school teacher, a TV producer and a farmer! All of these people are looking to get into a job as a project manager. What makes them think they could do it? They always cite ‘transferable skills’ like good organisational skills, good communication techniques and the ability to get things done. My answer is, those sound like good skills for ...

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How to Get Great Behaviour on a Project Team

Earlier this week it was the APM’s North West Conference on Behavioural Competences in Project Management. It was held at AstraZeneca in Cheshire and attracted a range of different project practitioners and of course speakers from the region. Earlier this week I wrote about the session on conflict and negotiation from the conference. In this post I wanted to share a session with you which was conducted by Eileen Roden. Eileen is an experienced PM consultant and trainer and her session was entitled “Please Behave!” Before I get into Eileen’s session it’s worth taking a minute to define what we ...

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What’s Your Negotiating Style in Projects?

Yesterday was the APM’s North West Conference on Behavioural Competences. It was held at AstraZeneca in Cheshire and attracted a range of different project practitioners and of course speakers from the region. One session was run by Ian Stewart, the Programme Director of the MSc Management of Projects Suite at the University of Manchester. He specialises in commercial management of projects and is part of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Research Group. Ian’s session was delivered with flair and enthusiasm and he talked about conflict being a regular part of a project manager’s job, I mean, how can it not ...

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Five Project Management CV Myths

The CV is still the most important career tool you have. If you’re currently looking for a new job, you want to make sure it’s working for you in the best way it can. Here are the five biggest myths for a project management CV. 1. I can use the same CV for each job I apply for Gone are the days when one version of your CV was good enough. If you’re looking at multiple opportunities, each one is going to have something unique about it. Hirers want to see that you have what they’re looking for but they’re ...

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Career Changes and Project Management in the UK

The London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) have just released a report about how workers feel about a career change. It caught my eye because at Arras People we hear about career changes everyday with the many people who call up wanting to move into project management. The top line figure from the report is that 47% of people would like to make a career change. For people aged 18 to 34 (known as the Millennials) that shoots up to 66%. Of those people looking for a career change, 23% state that they regret their current career. When we ...

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A Good Resource for Meeting Management for Project Managers

I came across an interesting blog the other day that’s all about meeting management and facilitation. It’s run by a PMI Education provider called Facilitation First and they have some nifty ideas for more productive meetings – ideal for project managers I would say. There are a few terms that caught my eye in a post about meeting conversations and different ‘question types’ so I thought I’d share them with you before you head over to the blog and bookmark the site for yourself. The techniques shared are all about being able to direct or facilitate a meeting to get ...

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