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“Actively Seeking Employment” in Linkedin

Should I put “actively seeking employment” on my Linkedin profile heading? This is an interesting conundrum. In one way yes you should if you are using Linkedin primarily for job opportunities because it makes it easier for recruiters to make approaches to people on Linkedin when they know they are currently available. If you are going to use this heading you also need to change it as soon as the statement is no longer true. Using profile headings like this work particularly well for project managers who are contractors and freelancers as availability changes all the time. Other good headings ...

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Using Linkedin to Find Project Management Jobs

How can I use Linkedin to find out more about firms I want to work for in the future? Linkedin is a great way to find out what different organisations are looking for in its project managers. The way to do it is make connections with the project managers who already work there. If you want the inside track on how their projects are managed, what the culture is like, what they have planned for now and in the future and so on, you need the inside story. You can try making direct approaches to people who work for the ...

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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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Project Management Career Q&A: Control Over Career Development Plans

I’ve just had my annual performance appraisal and it’s now time to set my training budget and options for the coming year. I want to have more control over what courses I attend rather than just taking direction from my manager. How can I go about this? One avenue to explore is creating your own business case for training and development. As a project manager you should feel comfortable putting together a case for certain types of development options that will benefit both yourself and the organisation. Using the business case to clearly convey what you want enables you to ...

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Project Management Career Q&A: Attending Conferences

I’m investing in my career development next year by attending a few conferences and seminars. How can I make sure I get the best out of these events? There are many reasons why attending these type of project management events can be useful in your career development. It’s not just an opportunity to learn through presentations and seminars but also a chance to brush up on your networking skills; learn more about the new products and services from project management firms; find out what peers are working on and a time for reflection away from the office. With a small ...

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Taking the Nerves Out of Project Management Interviews

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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Writing a Better Project Management Cover Note

I’ve been applying for a number of different project manager positions and I’ve noticed that some ask for a cover note with my application. What is the best way to write a cover note? If a cover note is being expressly asked for when you make an application, the hirer will be looking for a number of things. The obvious ones are that they want to check that you have read the job specification or advert (you’ll be surprised how many people don’t read the whole advert!) and that you can follow instructions (i.e., include a cover note) They will ...

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Writing a Project Management CV

I need to update my CV for the first time in 5 years. Are there any insights specific to project managers that would help me in getting it up to date and relevant for 2015? There are quite a few project manager specific things you should be focusing on when it comes to updating your CV. I’ve been advising project managers on writing their CVs for a number of years and there are several common pitfalls to avoid. Here are the five most common: 1. Opening the CV with too many words Today we are used to scanning the headlines ...

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