Three Questions Recruiters Ask and What They Mean?

Following a project management careers clinic the other day there were a few questions that came up – and I thought, people must get these questions all the time. It doesn’t matter what job you’re doing, the questions can be asked of anyone. In this article we take a look at the three questions and what answers they’re really looking for – and it’s not about trying to catch you out! 1. Why do you want to leave your current job? I think there is a tendency to think that these types of questions are designed to try to catch ...

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The Five W’s of Project Planning

Project planning activities really benefit from the 5W questions - who, what, why, when, where before getting into the detail of how. Here Ashley Marron from Barvas talks about them and how using a mind mapping tool can also help.

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Arras People Head to Project Challenge

Talk about last-minute! Arras People will be at Project Challenge next week. It takes place next Wednesday and Thursday at London’s Olympia in Kensington. If you’ve not already seen it – or registered, head over to projchallenge.com and see what’s happening. It’s a free event which is designed to get project practitioners away from their desks for a bit and see what’s going on in the wider profession. And there’s a lot going on at the moment – like APM and the chartership; AXELOS and the new PRINCE2 update; a whole boatload of project management tools which seem to be ...

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Top 5 PMO Trends for 2017 You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Heard the saying, “Change has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again”? Project management is right there in the middle of all the changes we’re seeing in organisations today and PMOs have a central role to play. In this article, Patrick Tickle from Planview* gives us the top five trends for any PMO wanting to stay ahead of the game – in this fast paced interconnected world. No matter your industry, change and innovation are the only constants you can count on these days. Yes, technology continues to proliferate and the workforce continues to ...

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Which Project Management Course To Do?

I’m looking at doing a Project Management course to help me re-enter the job market. I’ve taken time out to raise my son and latterly I worked from home. I started and built my own listings website which I ran for 5 years. Prior to that I worked in higher education, managing post-graduate business courses, and public relations where I promoted health and beauty brands. I see a Project Management as a good way of bringing my broad skills together but am unsure of which one to go for. It makes sense when you have minimal experience in formal project ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Facing Redundancy? The First Thing to Do

I am potentially facing redundancy and am keen to understand what opportunities are available in Change/Project Management. You can take a look at any job advertising website (indeed.com or monster.com) to get a rough idea of what’s happening – just signing up for alerts and monitoring the numbers of positions each week will give you a good idea of what is happening in the marketplace. You’ll quickly notice that vacancies are effected by seasons and things like national holidays. The most important thing you can be doing today to understand what opportunities are around is to talk to the people ...

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President Trump and The Need for Accurate Information

As the world watches President Donald Trump and his team try and control the media agenda I am struck that being oblivious to unethical or illegal behaviour happening within an organisation is not an acceptable excuse for allowing it to occur. Leaders will be held responsible – even when they claim to have no knowledge of the situation. Recently Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Trump, resigned over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials. Whilst there are undoubtedly ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Video Interviewing

Video interviewing takes two forms – live or pre-recorded. For both types, the best remedy for giving it your best shot is to practice, practice, and practice. The interview preparation you carry out for normal, in person interviews still applies – the advice there is think about and make notes on prominent experiences that you know bring out the best in you. Find out more from previous articles on interviews in project management. For a video interview however, perhaps unsurprisingly, the words you say actually mean less than the overall impression of you – your face, body language – and ...

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