Returning to a Project Manager Job After Illness

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I’ve been away from the working world for two years with a serious illness. I’m recovered now but I’m finding it difficult to get back into a Project Manager role. Any advice? There will always be some organisations that think a gap in your career should stop them from employing you. Equally when you’ve been …

Moving from Project Manager to Programme Manager

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I’ve been spending time thinking about my future career and one day I’d like to move on from being a Project Manager to a Programme Manager. What development steps should I be thinking about to make that happen? I see programme management as a step away from hands on project control and delivery and a …

Making the Switch from Permanent Employment to Contractor

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Is the grass always greener on the other side? Whatever your work status – an interim contractor or full-time employee – each may envy the other’s position!Let’s look at the terms involved with the different types of employment; all of these are common in the project management marketplace today “Contract” An interim or contract person …

How to Pay Yourself from Your Limited Company

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In order to ensure your limited company runs as smoothly and effectively as possible, you need to be detailed and process-orientated. You need to busy yourself with the day-to-day running of your company, including obtaining contracts, managing accounts and finding suppliers. In the face of all this hard work, you may assume that paying yourself …

Conducting Project Management Interviews

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We recently put together a top five list of project management interview questions after speaking with some of our clients. The questions below are generic open questions that can be asked regardless of the project management role being recruited for.   How do you turn around a failing project?   Project Managers that stand out …

Where Are All the Project Management Vacancies?

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In today’s marketplace most candidates we engage with are working two well trodden paths when looking for a new position – the online job boards such as Monster, Linkedin etc and company website’s or career portals; but are they missing a trick? It is suggested by some commentators that as many as 70% of jobs …

25 Years Project Management Experience: Do I Really Need PRINCE2?

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“Even though I’m a veteran project manager, I’m not PRINCE2 certified, but that seems to be all companies want in their PM job descriptions. How do I get companies to look at me anyway?” In our experience at Arras People we find a good deal of employers ask for a project management qualification such as …

Ten Trends in Project Management Recruitment in the UK

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At last month’s Project Challenge, we got asked a lot of questions, the most popular by far is, “What is the market like at the moment?“. Without getting into specifics about how the market is for certain types of project management practitioners, here’s the current top ten trends in project management recruitment in the UK-based …

Let’s Be Agile Together!

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As a project manager of many years experience, working both pan sector and discipline, whilst using many different flavours of methodology I have to admit that I am still struggling to position the “Agile” movement in terms of delivering projects. Coming from a manufacturing background I have exposure to Lean (make to stock) and Agile …

Getting Ahead in Project Management

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A few weeks ago it was Project Challenge in Birmingham, it was a good couple of days we met so many different types of project practitioners, asking so many different questions about their careers. We’re also presented a session on the topic, “Getting Ahead in Project Management”. We recorded that session – so if you …

How Will the Overhaul of Public Sector PSC Contracting Affect Me?

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The 2016 Budget announcement in mid-March showed a £400m overhaul of public sector PSC contracting. The new guidance will mean contractors who work through a personal service company will now be liable for tax and IR35. The aim of this new guidance is to clarify when contractors become employees to prevent PSCs from being used …