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Q&A Project Management Careers: Salary Levels

I’m currently looking for new opportunities in different parts of the world – I have a few countries I’m particularly interested in. How do I find out what salary level I should be aiming for in different countries? The trick is with this is to think like a native. How do you know that your current salary level is right for the country you currently work within? You probably think about the sector you work in; the type of company you work for; the years’ experience you have and what the market may be like at any given moment in ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A: Branching Projects

A friend of mine loves the idea of my job as a project manager and wants to switch careers to become one himself. Any practical advice I can give him to help him? No doubt you shared your own experiences about how you ended up being a project manager, and I’m going to guess that you somehow ended up as a project manager without really planning it at all? This is how it is for a lot of current project managers which doesn’t help those people who are making a concerted effort to get into a project management career. The ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: First Project

I just got an offer for a Project Lead position and it is going to my first time of handling a multidisciplinary project. What advice can you give to me? I am PMP certified. First, congratulations I hope you will be taking the job because so many project management positions today are multidisciplinary projects and you will be gaining so much experience which can only help you as you progress through your project management career. The key to working in this kind of environment is finding the balance between keeping control of the project and keeping all interested parties on ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Time to Refocus on My Career

“I’m returning to work after several years raising my family, I want to get back on track with my project management career but I’m feeling a little out of the loop. What steps should I be taking?” There are two areas that make a project manager worth hiring – your knowledge and your experience. Concentrate on making sure the knowledge part is up to date first. This means getting up to date with the latest training; qualifications and industry news. There is also a lot of free resources and blogs across the web that will help you focus on the ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Working in another Country

“I’m going to be moving to another country later in the year and I’m concerned about how to find a new job quickly. Any advice?” There are some things you can already be doing in advance of the move and that is researching your new market. You will already be able to get a sense of the types of roles available and what the expectation is in terms of knowledge and experiences required. Start by viewing the job boards that advertise roles as well as prominent organizations in that country that hire project managers. Next, contact PMI and find out ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Another Take on Project Management Interview

Another Take on Project Management Interview “Tell me about a time when…”, the classic interview question that hopes to uncover aspects of your project management career in an interview situation. Questions like, “Tell me about a time you have had to manage a difficult team member?” or “How do manage conflicting resource demands on your projects?” are classic examples of competency-based interviewing. The aim for the interviewer is to concentrate on one key competence that the role being hired for needs and then frame a question around it. They are popular questions because the same question can be asked to ...

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