Project Management Recruitment Ideas – All the Gear and No Idea

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In this  Project Management Recruitment Ideas, All the Gear and No Idea refers to project management training and accreditations that some individuals have but lack the practical application experience.  Great phrase isn’t it? I also like “All mouth and no trousers!”. You’ve probably met people throughout your career who are the epitome of this; you …

BP and Risk Assessment: In Hot Water

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It goes without saying that some projects inherently present higher levels of risk to higher amounts of people and environment than others. You also would nod your head in agreement that the public relations backlash against your company, client and/or firm can be devastating if the bull started raging the china shop after the risk assessment was …

CV Writing Services & The Professional Job Hunter: An Oxymoron?

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In an ongoing tough recruitment market your CV is still the one document that recruiters and employers will use to make those all important decisions about whether your capabilities and skills make you a great bet to bring you in for an interview. Rightly or wrongly, this outdated mode of presenting yourself and your case …

ROI Change Management Survey

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Findings from their ROI for Change Management survey completed by ChangeFirst last week found some uplifting conclusions on the ROI of change management investment, for which a white paper is due out soon. The biggest finding: that for every pound spent on change management for a large project (spending is greater than £1 million), you …

Skills Shortage Fever: The Last Five Years

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This article is from the July edition of Project Management Tipoffs, the project management & recruitment issues newsletter from Arras People. Subscribe today and we’ll send you free monthly editions, including last week’s July release. Back in the good old days of 2005, Tipoffs reported that the UK project management marketplace was hit by a …

Webtronic – the Salford winning team!

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Budding project managers from Salford Business School created history by being the first undergraduate team to win the Association for Project Management (APM) student competition and this was the focus for a recent event run by the North West branch. Held annually, the competition pits teams against each other in turning a profit on a …

Are you a PMO professional based in the North?

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If you are, there is a free networking and seminar available for you to attend through the PPSOSIG (Programme and Project Support Specialist Interest Group) in Leeds on the 26th August. The event is being held at the Leeds University and runs for two hours from 5pm to 7pm. The agenda includes two presentations – …

Tipoffs Out Thursday

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Project Management Tipoffs is out Thursday free to all subscribers. We encourage those not subscribed to Tipoffs yet to sign up by Thursday morning to receive the July 2010 edition, concentrated on reviewing some of our best careers advice-related articles over the past 10 years. Here’s another quick glance at what we’ll have on offer …

Summer Holiday Blues

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The summer holiday season is notoriously a time when many people seriously consider handing in their notice. The combination of winding down and settling into a slower pace of life for 2 weeks or so, gets many people thinking about their lives and asking themselves the question – am I happy in my job? For …

Project Failure

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Project failure has always been a hot topic; many organizations have come a very long way to define the root causes of project failure hoping to reduce the increasing rates of project failure.  Arras People have recently released the 2010 Project Management Benchmark Report that has been conducted to understand how the recession has impacted …

One Week to Go: July Tipoffs Preview

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The July edition of Project Management Tipoffs will be out in exactly 7 days, or, as Bookman from “Seinfeld” aptly put it: “That is one week!” As you know, Tipoffs is available free to subscribers, of which there are nearly 16,000 right now. So sign up to receive the leading project management & recruitment issues …

Book Review – ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever

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Author: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson Publisher: Vermillion Size: 288 pages Just Another Self-Help Book? A big resounding No! A brilliant book that aims to “Change the Way You Work Forever” by imparting cute sound bites, words of wisdom and short advice pieces from the Basecamp creators (the project management software company). This book really …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – References

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We’ve looked at a number of different areas of the recruitment process so far in this series of Project Management Recruitment Ideas, see the links below. This week I’m going to look at the reference checking process in light of some new research from PeopleChecking, a background screening company. “Two thirds of respondents (employers and …

What You Need to Know About the Recruitment Process

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Over the last few weeks Arras People has been dissecting and writing about the project management recruitment process on the Camel Blog, providing advice, hints and tips on how any project management job seeker can improve their job hunting tactics (links available at the end of the article). Why? Well one thing that has become …

Project Management APMP Self-Study – Planning How to Do It

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Back in March we kicked off our own internal “project” here at Arras People,  the APMP qualification by self study. The plan was to take the exam in August after working through the newly available self study guide and accompanying resources available through Parallel Project Training. We’ve formed a little study group and meet up …