Project Management Keywords in CVs

We all know how ‘modern’ recruitment works in the UK. Keywords. Keywords are king. They have to be. Recruitment systems that hold hundreds and thousands of CVs have to be filtered in some way. It’s just like Googling. You have to start with some basic keywords of what you’re looking for. It’s a start. It’s a way to reduce the number of records to something manageable. Something manageable that a human can then deal with. Humans want to deal with the ones that are more likely to be the right person for the job. Recruitment works exactly like that. It’s ...

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What Does “Collaboration” and “Social” Really Mean in Project Management?

It’s time for a new competition and a chance to find out the answers to the question What Does Collaboration and Social Really Mean in Project Management? On the 1st December in London there’s a new and unique session taking place and we have two tickets for two lucky project practitioners. Here’s a bit about it: Best selling authors – Peter Taylor (The Lazy Project Manager) and Elizabeth Harrin, will be exploring the exciting but challenging world of collaborative & social project management. They’ll show you that you can overcome the challenges of bringing people together to work seamlessly on ...

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The Basics for a Happy and Productive Day on Projects

We often forget about the basics of work – the act of being at work everyday and wanting to be productive, happy and ultimately achieve what we want to out of the day. Here Genius Project give us some great reminders about making your day work better for you. A study conducted by The Progress Principle shows that 76% of work days are considered successful when the employee feels they have made progress or a breakthrough. Well-being at work, requires pro-activeness. We have assembled some tips to help you achieve work day success. Setup a pleasant environment. Working in a ...

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Job Positions Similar to a Project Coordinator

We get so many questions about project management careers here at Arras People – sometimes it seems like a simple question, but when I’m getting asked the same question a few times, I guess it’s not as simple as I think it is. So I was asked the other day – what jobs are similar to a project coordinator? The person asking was looking to get into project support and wanted some advice on what other keywords they could use when searching the job boards. So here’s the list I would use when looking for positions that are similar and ...

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Differentating Between Project Managers

In this final article on the war for project management talent we take a look at the final recommendation from McKinsey’s Successful Talent Formula. “Differentiate and affirm” are the characteristics given to leading companies in that they differentiate the way they invest in their workers and show affirmation in doing so. Organisations that are tackling the talent issue head on not only look at the top performers, “with job opportunities that excite and challenge them” but by also dealing with the issue of low or poor performers. It is always a tough call to move poor performers on – either ...

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What’s To Like About AgilePM?

In this guest post, Julia Gosse talks about the new Agile Project Management framework. So what’s to like about AgilePM? It is a complete package incorporating enough structure to manage projects and an agile delivery method. You don’t need anything else to manage and deliver projects in an agile way. It is easy to understand and apply. The DSDM consortium is a not for profit organisation behind AgilePM.  This approach is a result of 20 years of experience and based on continuous feedback from private and public sector projects. Many of the agile approaches are based around ongoing product development ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Moving to a Portfolio PMO

I’m currently working in a PMO, supporting a large program. I’d like to move into a portfolio PMO in the next few years and want advice on what I should be doing to make this a reality. The link between an organisation’s strategy and how that strategy is delivered is commonly referred to as portfolio management. It is becoming increasingly common to hear about organisations putting together a portfolio office to support this kind of activity. For people currently working within project or program offices, the portfolio office presents a new challenge because of the shift of focus. To date, ...

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Growing project management leaders

Our series of articles on the war for project management talent continues with the idea that organisations should be growing their own leaders – to reduce the need to find new talent externally and also to ensure that current employees are recognised, supported and developed. Project managers, by and large, already demonstrate leadership skills in their everyday work and they are already given opportunities to demonstrate this capability on a day-to-day basis. The difference, in relation to talent management, is how project managers can be great leaders – not just good, and how this leadership can be applied to senior ...

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