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Project Management Careers Q&A – PMO Manager Career Path

I’ve been working as a PMO Manager for a number of years now and I want to progress further into portfolio level PMOs, getting involved in strategy execution and generally working at a more senior level. What do I need to consider to make this transition? As well you know, there are many different types of PMO in existence so the transition you make will largely depend on this – the culture, context, and the type of services provided by your PMO today. It will also depend on the type of management level skills you have been providing in your ...

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Taking Time Out of Your Project Management Career – Q&A

I’ve taken a couple of years out to care for a relative and now I’m finding it impossible to get back into a project management role, any advice? Hopefully you are making it clear on your CV what you have been doing for the last few years; hirers don’t like to see unexplained gaps and would prefer to see something rather than nothing. You don’t mention what types of roles you have been applying for but there could be some problems with trying to gain the same level of role you held previously. From a hirer’s point of view if ...

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Applying for Project Management Jobs at the Right Level

I’ve been trying to apply for positions at a certain salary level but I’m not sure if my resume reflects my experience at that level, what would you advise? This is a common problem for job seekers – how do you make sure that when you apply for a position, at say £100K, that your resume reflects that you’re worth that salary level? It works both ways too, you don’t want to pitch your resume and experience as too high or too low. With a project related CV often it comes down to the context of what and where your ...

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Moving On in a PMO Career

I’m working in a PMO at the moment and looking to move on in my career over the next year. Is there any advice you can give to help me get prepared. PMO still causes quite a bit of confusion in the marketplace – mainly because there are so many different types of PMO and in turn so many different types and levels of people who work within them. If you’re looking for a new position outside your current organisation you need to start your research now into how other organisation advertise their PMO positions, playing close attention specifically into ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Moving to a Portfolio PMO

I’m currently working in a PMO, supporting a large program. I’d like to move into a portfolio PMO in the next few years and want advice on what I should be doing to make this a reality. The link between an organisation’s strategy and how that strategy is delivered is commonly referred to as portfolio management. It is becoming increasingly common to hear about organisations putting together a portfolio office to support this kind of activity. For people currently working within project or program offices, the portfolio office presents a new challenge because of the shift of focus. To date, ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Sharing Sensitive Information

I’m working in a security sensitive organisation and the projects I manage also require security clearance to work on them. I’m looking for a new position and want to update my resume but I’m unsure how I can do that without sharing sensitive information. Any advice? This is quite easy to do and I wish most project managers would think about this when writing their own resumes. You concentrate on writing about how you did something rather than writing about the project. If you think about who reads a CV and what they want to see – they would rather ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Not Enough Planning Experience

I’m currently looking for a job and I’m concerned that I don’t have enough experience in the initiation and planning of projects – my experience has always been in implementation. What advice could you give to tackle this problem? Well first of all, it is only a problem if you choose to make it a problem. Just because your experience has focused on the implementation side of projects, does that really mean your initiation and planning experience is lacking? I’m sure throughout your delivery experience there has been many times the planning aspect needs changing or there have been changes ...

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Carers – Returning to Project Management

I’ve taken a couple of years off to care for a relative. Now I’m finding it impossible to get back into a project management role. Any advice? Hopefully you are making it clear on your résumé what you have been doing for the last few years. Hirers don’t like to see unexplained gaps and would prefer to see something rather than nothing. Depending on the types of roles you have been applying for, there could be some problems with trying to gain the same level of role you held previously. If hirers have two résumés with similar experiences and skills, ...

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