Project Management Careers Q&A – Getting Started with Networking

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I want to become better at networking, do you have some simple steps I can start using today? I think networking is one of the most underrated skills for people in management positions today and that applies to project managers too, so it’s great that you recognise that you want to get better at it. …

Project Management Career Q&A – Lacking Project Finance Experience

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“I have been trying to break into a civilian PM job having left the Forces but always seem to fall at the hurdle regarding project finance. I’ve always worked to a budget in the military and of course am able to control personal budget but interviewers tend to focus very heavily on the finance side …

What is Happening in the Project Management Marketplace Today?

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You might have noticed that Arras People launched the latest Project Management Benchmark Report earlier this year? On the 20th May we will be at an APM event in the North West talking about What is Happening in the Project Management Marketplace Today? It’s not enough to just talk about salary levels and what you …

Using Mind Mapping in Meetings

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Meetings – they’re everywhere! How often do we joke or pass comment about “yet another meeting…” Have you ever wondered how many workplace meetings take place throughout the world in just one day? Over 11 million formal meetings take place each day in the US alone Employees globally spend an average of 5.6 hours per …

5 Golden Rules of Effective Change Management

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Successfully managing a company through a period of change can be a difficult thing to achieve. Not only are you attempting to introduce new processes or techniques into the workplace, but you also have to get different teams on board with them and implement the changes as seamlessly as you can. In order to help …

PM CV Workshop – Free Workshop Only at Project Challenge

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Arras People are exhibiting at Project Challenge later this month (25-26th March) and we thought why not add a few little extras into our time there so here’s the plan. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to do exhibitions you’ll probably recognise this. The time when the door first opens can be a little slow …

The Project Management Job Seeker and Professional Currency

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Professional currency? In its simplest terms it is what you have to trade with when looking for a new job. The best professional currency is that which is current, up-to-date, something you excel in, something you’re qualified to do. Professional currency is not something you did 3,6,9 years ago. The work you did back then …

A New Career Planning Tool for Project Practitioners

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Here’s a neat little tool that can help you frame your project management career against the qualifications from AXELOS (PRINCE2, MSP, P3O etc). It follows on well from the article from earlier this week on what to do when you’ve taken your PRINCE2 Foundation AXELOS have put together something called Career Paths, it takes a …

What Can I Do After I’ve Got My PRINCE2 Foundation?

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Due to the popularity of PRINCE2 we find that all kinds of people actually take the PRINCE2 Foundation accreditation. They’re not all project management people either. Sure some are taking the PRINCE2 Foundation because they want to get into project management and PRINCE2 Foundation is seen as a first step in doing this (rightly or …

Do I Have to Give Notice as a Project Management Contractor?

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Another question that I was asked recently from a relatively new project management contractor (BTW we’re also getting a lot of people wanting to make the switch from permanent to contracting, wonder what’s in the water?). They are working on their first contract and the project is winding down. They want to move on rather …