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Moving from Permanent to Contracting in Project Management

Thinking of making the jump from permanent into contracting roles? It can’t be that difficult can it? I have been in project management for around 15 years starting as a junior project manager. My latest role sees me running the project management of a housing provider. Now I have decided that I no longer want permanent paid employment. So I have handed in my notice with no job to go to. My colleagues have called me mad. Why take the risk they tell me. Well there is a reason and that is because I want to make the jump into ...

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Would You Share Your Personality Test Results?

There was an interesting application into Arras People the other day by a job seeker. Alongside the CV as an attachment were the results to a personality test the person had taken. Would you share the results when making a job application? Here at Arras we had a chat about that over our usual Friday morning powwow (we have breakfast together and chat about all sorts of things, sometimes the plotline of the latest Netflix boxset but more usually what’s going on in the project management and recruitment world) and we got the conclusion that no, we wouldn’t use this ...

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Does Size Matter?

A recent edition of Recruiter magazine (13th October) included an article entitled “Piecing together a staffing dilemma” which investigated whether organisations should pick a super agency or select a group of specialists as they look to staff up for the future. Overall the arguments fell into the usual entrenched positions with the advocates of the “super agency” pitching savings in costs and time alongside the marketing muscle that their size brings to the table. The specialists on the other hand naturally pushed their ability to supply high quality candidates through their “intimate knowledge of a sector” and their ability to ...

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When is a Good Time to Look for a New Project Manager?

A recent anecdote, recounted by a colleague, highlighted how little energy can be put into resource management in project organisations.  In the worst extremes this results in reactive recruitment with little account taken of the timing of the activities.  Where someone leaves or a sudden increase in workload requires an immediate response, hiring managers often have little choice as to when they recruit. In the main we do see some quiet periods, with the summer holidays tending to be one of the main ones.  This is understandable as both hirers and jobseekers (especially those with school age children) are focused ...

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Hiring the Right People in Project Management

I was asked the other day, if you’re hiring project managers how do you know who the right people are to hire? It’s a simple question when you initially look at it. Finding the right answer, less so. My initial thought was a combination of skills, experience, character and personality which fit the type of organisation that wants to hire them. We can talk about project management skills, previous experience in projects, training, education, life experiences but what kind of combination gives us the right person? The Right People for Organisations Hiring project managers is difficult if an organisation is ...

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Value for Money (VfM) in Project Resourcing

One of the ongoing challenges of recruiting project management practitioners is the desire for the hiring organisation to achieve Value for Money (VfM). This is especially so in the work we undertake in the Public Sector where VfM in some organisation seems to equate to the cheapest available resource! The National Audit Office (NAO) suggests that VfM is about “the optimal use of resources to achieve the intended outcomes. ‘Optimal’ means ‘the most desirable possible given expressed or implied restrictions or constraints’. Value for money is not about achieving the lowest initial price.” They go on to explain that VfM ...

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Ten Trends in Project Management Recruitment in the UK

At last month’s Project Challenge, we got asked a lot of questions, the most popular by far is, “What is the market like at the moment?“. Without getting into specifics about how the market is for certain types of project management practitioners, here’s the current top ten trends in project management recruitment in the UK-based on both our recent research and the day-to-day work we do at Arras People. Here are the top ten: Current sector knowledge is still one of the top things employers are looking for. Being a self-starter when it comes to personal development can increase visibility ...

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Project Management Interview Technique: FEE

The other week I carried out a project management career clinic for someone wanting advice on a project management interview they were attending for an internal post. As part of the interview, they had to carry out a three-minute opening pitch, that should highlight why they were right for the role. I liked the fact that an organisation would include this in an interview – and at the beginning of the interview too – to allow the candidate the chance to talk in their own words rather than in response to a particular question. Having something like this in a ...

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