Insights into the Project Management Job Seeking Process

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Over the years 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 jobseeker can improve their job hunting tactics.  Why? Well one thing that has become painfully obvious over the years is just how difficult and frustrating …

Will PRINCE2 Help Me Get a Foot in the Door?

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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?” A simple answer is maybe – it’s always difficult to say based on a job advert, most asking for PRINCE2 …

Making the Move from Private to Public Sector Working

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“I currently work for a private sector organisation (in healthcare systems) and I’ve been approached to take a new job in the public sector; I’m unsure about the stability of the market and whether it is wise to consider moving into the public sector at the moment. What advice can you give?” – Amanda, London …

Posting Your Project Management CV Online

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“How can I post my CV online without giving out my personal details?” Thanks for your question. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually have to give out any additional details on your CV over and above your name, mobile number, email address and high level location (county or city). Not providing additional detail like …

Practical Insights for Project Managers Facing Redundancy

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Being made redundant is one of the most stressful life events you can face. At Arras People we often speak to people who are currently looking for a new position following redundancy and for some it can be a tough time and for others they relish the change. Here’s one account from a project practitioner …

Project Management Career Q&A | Feedback After Interviews

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Why are employers taking so long to come back with feedback after interviews? Thanks for your question. OK, let’s cut to the chase here and talk about the three types of situations that arise after an interview; one – the interviewers really liked the person and can already see them working within their organisation. It’s …

Project Management Career Q&A | Getting Back to a Sector

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I am looking to go back into a particular field I specialised in over 5 years ago but recruiters / employers are not taking any interest, why? I think we’re all agreed that the market is tough at the moment, with many jobseekers chasing fewer vacancies. This means that you are facing tough competition from …

The Three Dimensions of Project Management Career Progression

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In the course of talking to and managing many PPM practitioners over the years, the question of career progression has come to the fore many times. Typically the discussion has arrived at the point of “is there a natural hierarchy through which PPM practitioners can progress?” If we strip the concept down to three prominent …

What are PMO Technical Competencies?

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Last week I carried out a project management careers clinic for someone looking to move on in their PMO career. There was an interesting part of the conversation when I mentioned that of course PMOs differ in different organisations but generally there is a core set of PMO technical competencies. I never really think about …

Performance Management Report for Sponsors

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The group was sipping coffee and chatting until I interrupted them. Please, I asked, take a look at the question posed and do put some thoughts onto post it notes. The question: So what is project sponsorship like in your organisation? Slowly, they started to write. I called a halt just before I started speaking …

How Long Does It Take to Get a Job After Taking PRINCE2?

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This was a question I got asked the other day on the phone. Someone wanting to get into project management had done the obligatory PRINCE2 Foundation course and was raring to go but unfortunately no-one seems to be biting. What’s wrong with organisations that don’t seem to want newly qualified Project Managers like this anywhere …