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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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Q&A Project Management Careers: Rate Increases

  How can I request a rate increase having been declined a rate increase last year? If you’re working as a freelance or contract project manager the answer is easy. You ask again, indicating why you are looking for a rate increase. This could be based on a number of things – current market rate; alignment to other contractors; reward for a specific piece of work etc. You have to be ready to put a good case as to why you think the rate should be increased. If your request fails again, the answer is easy again, you leave. That’s ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Ageism?

  Are there opportunities for second-career returners still, or is the dearth of work causing even more discrimination based on age/gender?   By second-career returner I’m making the assumption that you previously worked in project management and after a career in another field you are looking to return? The problem with second-career returners is not so much about age or gender discrimination – it is more about organisations wanting project practitioners with recent experience that aligns with the types of projects they are delivering. In other words, your current ‘currency’ in the marketplace. A significant gap between now and the ...

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