Differentiating Yourself: Where Things Stand Today

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In recent times we have advised potential job seekers that a significant amount of job vacancies are never advertised to the wider public. In fact 80% of roles are never advertised which might seem like an astonishing figure to anyone entering the job market. The truth is the number of unadvertised vacancies has always been …

New Project Management Book Available for Review

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Deborah H. Herting was kind enough to forward to me a copy of her book, The Power of Interpersonal Skills in Project Management: Including Strategies for Success. In turn, anyone interested in reading (and then reviewing) a book for Arras People can have it. Some brief information before the sweepstakes begin. Herting is a certified …

Contractor or Agency Worker?

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With the AWR (Agency Workers Regulations) due to come into effect on the 1st October 2011 in the UK, we have been busy updating our contracts and procedures to make sure that the Arras People operation is fully compliant. During this process the one question that stood out, and I am sure will be asked …

Higher Education and the PPM Influence

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When compared to the likes of the classics, sciences and history, a project management-specific curriculum in higher education throughout the United Kingdom is in its relative infancy. PPM is an evolutionary subject, one that has trouble being properly evaluated on such a scale because of its relative youth in layout, definition and bonafide origin. Some …

Selling Project Management

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‘Our customers really love us, so they don’t care if their projects are late and don’t work.’ Is this what you think? Is this what your project ‘customers’ are really saying? How about this? ‘We figure it’s more profitable to have 50% overruns than to spend 15% on project management to prevent them.’ Do you …

Lessons in communication – a job seeker’s special

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Having spoken to a number of frustrated jobseekers recently it has become clear that as candidates, they are being left in the dark in the recruitment process. Recently, a candidate that we’ll call “Jane” came to me for advice. Jane had been for an interview through a different high street recruiter and had gained great …

Arras People Loves Manchester

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For those of you who don’t already know it, Arras People runs and organises much of its business activities from the head office in Greater Manchester. And for the remaining few out there who don’t already know this as well, Manchester was one of several UK cities that bore the brunt of the recent riots …

Book Review: Rescue the Problem Project

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Anyone reading this book must first face the uncomfortable truth that most projects have issues, and in many cases this will lead to the 25% failed projects claimed by the author. Like any issue, recognising you have a problem is the first step to dealing with it. This is a very honest book in that, …

KPMG & REC on the UK Labour Market

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The 3rd August Report on Jobs from KPMG LLP & the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) (compiled by Markit) provides an interesting study in comparison to our own studies of project management role availability and candidate interest. This monthly report states that its ultimate goals are to feature “original survey data which provide the most …

Extolling Stakeholder Management Skills in a CV

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“How do I make myself effectively come across on a CV as having strong stakeholder management (or perhaps even just strong people) skills?” – Mike, Kent Steve Trippier of Arras People says: Hi Mike, good question, and it is the sort of question that will always generate a good debate within the project community. In …

Change Management Book + Pocketguide Up for Review

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UPDATE (16th August): The first to come was Mr Geri McLeary, and he’s the winner. Check us out in the near future for other titles to review. First come, first served time on the book review front arrives once again. Through a generous contribution from ChangeGuides LLC, a change management consultancy and training group based …

Question and Answer – PRINCE2

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“Being a project management professional who has been made redundant and actively seeking a role to no avail for the past few months, would employers take notice of me if I gained my Prince2 qualification?” – Ian, Redhill Thanks for your question, Ian. A simple answer is maybe – it’s always difficult to say based …

Stakeholder Management and the Politically Savvy

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It’s a common cause of project failure directly attributable to us human beings if it is not carried out effectively. It’s considered to be one of the arts of project management – not a science. It features prominently in job specifications and advertisements when organisations are looking for project managers. It basically covers the relationship …

Tipoffs Out Next Thursday

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For Project Management Tipoffs, the monthly newsletter of project management & recruitment issues, we’re easing into holiday mood. Picture us rolling. Re-read this post, close your eyes and picture us poolside, floating in the inner tube with a built-in cup holder (container in the cup holder can be whatever you like). We’re just lounging, thinking …

Combining PMP Certification, APMP and PRINCE2 into a Global Project Academy

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Project management, which was born in the 1960, is increasingly being recognised as a true project profession with recognised standards and accreditation routes. However around the world a number of different standards have emerged for the accreditation and certification of project managers. These include PMP Certification from the USA based Project Management Institute. This is the most popular …

Q&A Project Management Careers – LinkedIn

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This week’s Q&A is taken from my PMI PM Network careers column which was published last week. I’ve recently signed up to LinkedIn to reconnect to people I’ve previously worked with and also to connect to other project management professionals I’ve met through Chapter meetings. What else can I use LinkedIn for that could help …