Reality Sets In: Redundancy and Beyond

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Having worked for the same organisation for five years I was informed I was at risk of redundancy and subsequently received scheduled “counseling” meetings leading up to eventual redundancy. At the time I was both shocked (what had I done wrong) and anxious (what will I do now) – after the initial feelings had subsided …

APM – Introduction to Project Management and Risk Management

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Last Thursday evening saw the latest event to be organised by the APM’s North West branch take place in Preston. The Introduction to Project Management and Risk Management evening was organised in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and was held at the offices of the TAS Partnership. These events always prove …

From ESI: Live Webinar – High Impact Communication – Discovering the Value of Persuasive Communications

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The announcement of an upcoming one-hour event, courtesy of ESI International: This webinar examines the growing importance of communication within the professional arena. No longer content with taking a backseat role, “High Impact Communication” is now being recognised as a crucial element of our successful business performance. It is vital that we can communicate with …

Arras + DWP + Technical Support Ensures Results!

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Arras People has been providing the Job Search Support Service in partnership with the Job Centre Plus for 12 months now. We are often approached by the job centre plus and candidates requesting support in their return to the job market after redundancy. The service is there to provide an analysis of the candidate’s individual …

Finding the project management study habit

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After making the decision to work towards the APMP qualification by self study,  we now had to start.  By forming a study group we aimed to help each other through the process.  During the first session we discussed our aims as well as agreeing to aim to take the exam in August at the earliest.  …

Which PMI Credential is Right for me?

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The Project Management Institute (PMI)® offers 5 credentials in project management. Are you confused about which is the right one for you? Well, then here I am to help you find an answer. PMI has a global presence with members in over 170 countries. It is the largest association dedicated to project management in the …

From Redundancy to Tabloid Coverage: One Jobseeker’s Story

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For one Senior Estimator, getting the news that he was made redundant set a few extraordinary wheels in motion that have led to successful employment once again just two months later. Paul Weston was made redundant over two months ago from his construction industry estimator role and through his use of social media he has …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – How Do I Look?

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We’ve looked at the  application process,  the cover note,  competency based interviews,  brushing up on your project management knowledge,  looking after your information and the job interview so far in this series of  Project Management Recruitment Ideas. This week I wanted to cover another element of the application process, specifically the CV format and how …

Guest Blogger – Is Programme Management Right for Me?

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Programme management is the co-ordinated management of a portfolio of projects that change organisations to achieve benefits that are of strategic importance. Programme management involves; working within and changing the culture of an organisation; delivering products at an acceptable pace; and realising benefits. The art of programme management is to balance the impact on an …

Got PRINCE2? So What? Now What?

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Last month I was invited to participate in an APM roundtable discussion on the future of project management qualifications, the discussion will be published in the May edition of Project magazine. I jumped at the chance to join in, partially because I was interested to meet others who were passionate about the subject and listen …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – The Job Interview

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We’ve looked at the  application process,  the cover note,  competency based interviews,  brushing up on your project management knowledge and looking after your information so far in this series of  Project Management Recruitment Ideas. This week we turn to the job interview. Most people will tell you that it’s OK to feel slightly nervous when …

Tipoffs: A Big Day Tomorrow

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A last-minute reminder for fans of great newsletters: Project Management Tipoffs, the project and programme management newsletter from Arras People, will be distributed to subscribing inboxes free tomorrow morning. If you still wish to sign up for a copy, go to this address right now to have a look at some cracking articles, including: From …

Where would you go if you thought your interview was discriminatory?

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I actually picked up this question when reviewing the stats counter for The Camel. It’s always good to see how people came across The Camel and which posts are popular at any one given time. So Joe Public was searching for an answer last week for this question; “Where would you go if you thought …

Book Reviewers Wanted for Tipoffs UPDATED

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UPDATED 13th April: We have now found a reviewer for Project Management Demystified. But there is another writing opportunity available to the projects community through Arras People: right here at The Camel. Email us or go to the Contact Us link above today with your ideas for a post, be it for projects, programmes, methodology, professionalism, recruitment, …

APM’s Professional Charter, the Five Dimensions, and the Professionalism Standard

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A frequent question asked by prospective and aspiring project management candidates is how best to develop their “professionalism” in a way that will enhance their career opportunities. For anyone looking to develop a career in project management it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine which route to take. A cursory glance highlights organisations such as …

April Tipoffs a Week Away…With a Twist

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You’ve waited through the latter stages of March, the jokes from last Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and other elements of early April, Tipoffs fans. Now that you’re primed up and raring for the next edition of Project Management Tipoffs from Arras People, the time has arrived for…the final COUNT DOWN! (Dada da-da…dada da-da-da… I think I’ve done …