Taking Time Out of Your Project Management Career – Q&A

I’ve taken a couple of years out to care for a relative and now I’m finding it impossible to get back into a project management role, any advice? Hopefully you are making it clear on your CV what you have been doing for the last few years; hirers don’t like to see unexplained gaps and would prefer to see something rather than nothing. You don’t mention what types of roles you have been applying for but there could be some problems with trying to gain the same level of role you held previously. From a hirer’s point of view if ...

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Getting Moving with Agile Projects

The fundamentals of project management normally focuses on areas like planning, resource management, risk management and stakeholder management. In the year 2016 it also includes understanding Agile – as I found out at a recent project management event being run by Hemsley Fraser in London. The concept is simple – bite sized project management learning (in this day session that included stakeholder management, risk management, networking for success, virtual working) – hour-long sessions that covered different areas of project management – all ideal for those who are new to project management or have a couple of years experience. They’ll be ...

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What’s the Most Useful Project Management Training Course You’ve Taken?

Imagine if you could gain a list of which project management training courses other project practitioners have taken which they’ve found the most useful in their career? What about a list of all the ones to perhaps avoid? Next month I’ll be able to share that list with you because we’ve just kicked off the Project Management Census which features these questions as well as the usual project management market insights. It takes about 10 minutes to complete – but you’ll be rewarded with some great insights for next year plus we’ve got some prize draws throughout the Census period ...

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Applying for Project Management Jobs at the Right Level

I’ve been trying to apply for positions at a certain salary level but I’m not sure if my resume reflects my experience at that level, what would you advise? This is a common problem for job seekers – how do you make sure that when you apply for a position, at say £100K, that your resume reflects that you’re worth that salary level? It works both ways too, you don’t want to pitch your resume and experience as too high or too low. With a project related CV often it comes down to the context of what and where your ...

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Moving On in a PMO Career

I’m working in a PMO at the moment and looking to move on in my career over the next year. Is there any advice you can give to help me get prepared. PMO still causes quite a bit of confusion in the marketplace – mainly because there are so many different types of PMO and in turn so many different types and levels of people who work within them. If you’re looking for a new position outside your current organisation you need to start your research now into how other organisation advertise their PMO positions, playing close attention specifically into ...

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Does Size Matter?

A recent edition of Recruiter magazine (13th October) included an article entitled “Piecing together a staffing dilemma” which investigated whether organisations should pick a super agency or select a group of specialists as they look to staff up for the future. Overall the arguments fell into the usual entrenched positions with the advocates of the “super agency” pitching savings in costs and time alongside the marketing muscle that their size brings to the table. The specialists on the other hand naturally pushed their ability to supply high quality candidates through their “intimate knowledge of a sector” and their ability to ...

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5 Traits of Successful Project Managers

I often get asked by those starting out in project management – or those wanting to up their game in their career about what makes a successful project manager. In this guest post, we hear from Joel Roberts who talks about the traits of successful project managers. There are many lines of work in life. Whereas some of them are inborn, a majority of them must be learnt. Project managers are among the personnel who must be well-trained to be successful. Project managers can also be referred to as technologists. They are a special breed. The success of a project ...

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The Role of Programme Support Officer in a Project

I had this question the other day, “what is the role of the programme support officer in a project?” I had to ask for clarification because I wasn’t sure if this was a case of just getting a role title mixed up or a genuine case of what elements of a project would a programme support officer get involved in. Just to clarify what I mean about the first one. Often people will get job titles mixed up – especially in supporting roles because there are so many of them i.e., we have Project, Programme and Portfolio, then we have ...

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