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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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Project Managers – Are You Worrying About the Wrong Things?

We regularly carry out project management careers clinics – it’s a service for project practitioners who want to talk through a particular career challenge they have, often having a third party helps them get some perspective – and sometimes we like to share some insights from some of the sessions. In a recent session, I had a project practitioner who was concerned about the new regulations coming down the line for contractors – the Off-Payroll Workers regulation, which you can find out more about in the latest Project Management Benchmark Report). They were wanting to get away from working in ...

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Networking for Professional Success

Just before Christmas I went along to Hemsley Fraser’s PM Conference day – there were about five sessions throughout the day (I wrote about the session on Agile just before Christmas). There was that dreaded after lunch slot where everyone normally falls into a slump, but they managed to avoid it with a lively session about networking. There were eight parts to it – eight things we can be doing to help network better – and when we network better it helps our career in so many different ways. Here are the eight things to be aware of and try ...

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What’s the Difference Between a Project Co-ordinator and a Project Manager?

Just received a call into the office, someone just wanted a bit of advice (we get this a lot – most people want a longer chat about their own situation which means they take up a careers clinic). Anyhow they asked the question “What is the difference between a Project Co-ordinator and a Project Manager?” Sometimes what I think is obvious is perhaps not so obvious to other people, so here’s the simplest definition: A project co-ordinator supports a project manager and a project manager delivers a project (or maybe more than one) But just to complicate matters – we ...

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When is the Right Time for Project Managers to Switch Jobs?

Rather than asking when is the right time for project managers to switch jobs, the first question that should be answered is, “Why do I want to switch jobs?”. It can take much thought and many iterations before the real reasons for the change are realised. Is it really a bigger salary or work/life balance, or is it a bigger challenge, a higher profile role or just a safer role in a prosperous organisation. A simple tool, Paired Comparison Analysis, can help you get to the real drivers behind your decisions before you start to make plans to make any ...

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Project Managers Moving from Public to Private Sectors

I’ve had a number of conversations with a few project managers recently who are looking for a career change – a few of those have been about moving from working in the public sector to the private sector. Here are some thoughts about specific challenges these project managers could face when trying to make the move. Moving from Public to Private Sectors The level of challenge and potential frustration increases exponentially for most job hunters when looking to make a sector switch (something that can be true when trying to move either way). Fairly or unfairly, candidates can find that ...

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Member of PMI? Now What?

I’ve recently become a member of PMI and successfully achieved my PMP. What else should I be doing to develop myself in project management. Congratulations! Hopefully throughout your PMP journey you have developed an appetite for learning and a passion for project management. There are still so many areas you can explore and that should start with planning how you are going to approach your Professional Development Units (PDUs) requirements to maintain your status as a professional project manager. I like that PMI have recently changed how PDUs can be achieved, in line with the PMI Talent Triangle, because they ...

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Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?

What is the different between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager? Typically, a consultant, in any business field, has been traditionally focused on advising organizations what to do in certain business areas that need initiating, changing or developing. A project management consultant in many businesses today carries out both the advising and applying practical and commercial experience to deliver value i.e., they provide a hands on project delivery role too. A freelance/contract project manager tends to be hired to deliver a specific project or well-defined deliverables.In other words, the organization knows what they want doing and just ...

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