In case you had not noticed, the labor market is not in great shape these days. Somehow, this scandalous situation has come to pass. Those of us who have been lucky (or diligent enough) have acquired specific professional qualifications have felt the soul Chiling threat of unemployment much less severely than others … But still I felt. Besides that, there are not that many jobs "Project Manager" offers out there … And when there is one, or is not a perfect "fit" or there is too much competition.
Here are some suggestions to help you apply for the few jobs you can find PM: 1. Use the focus
Once upon a time, the story goes, it was perfectly possible to say "I have been managing projects" and for the most part, when we were looking for a new position, we might find a lot of jobs that roughly fitted our criteria. Today we need to "reduce our defense," according to job description. To put it bluntly, while you are waiting for a "perfect fit" for their career plans, more bread does not appear on your table. This means you have to use your ability to think analytically and laterally to determine the specific skill set required for each job vacancy, and focus on the part of their experience shows that it has' been there and done that. For example, if you have experience in Production and Management of Supply Chain and the job description is mainly seen as procurement outsourcing, then it is worth the effort spent to rewrite your resume to focus on chain management supply and outsourcing aspects (instead of Production) in its summary section skill and his recent 'responsibilities' employment.
2. Get your PMP certification PMP Certificate
-Being is a great blessing that should put you head and shoulders above 96% of the other applicants (only 4% of project managers in the US / Canada has the PMP certification). Therefore you must make a clear mention of that in your resume and also dedicate a prayer in his letter to emphasize the fact. In addition, you should call the attention of the employer how, in the achievement of their state of PMP, has acquired a broad-based skill that transforms into a highly versatile person. In your resume, make sure your skill summary section describes and illustrates how to successfully manage projects from inception to closing.
3. Focus on all aspects of the task PM
You will notice that most of the vacancies or job advertisements have project management requirements of technical and social skills. Therefore it is necessary to identify and address these two dimensions, even if they are not clearly separated in the ad. The easiest way to apply for a job is not to make a table in an Excel spreadsheet and list all the specific requirements of the job on two sheets of different work. For example, under Technical Skills include university degree, PMP certification, experience, technology, budget and financial management experience. And under social skills include management and leadership skills and experience, the ability to motivate, demonstrated success in building team relationships and partnerships across organizational lines, etc. Then, in a separate column for each of these lines of writing their own abilities and how your previous experience they relate to this job.
This approach will help you prepare a resume and more specific to this job offer letter, and will force you to think hard about your "elevator speech" during the interview, where you have to prove that they are a perfect complement to this position. All this involves no effort on your part, but one or two applications made in this way is more likely to result in success presented hundreds 'mass'. The whole time you're preparing your resume and cover letter, you should be thinking about the interview and the questions that are likely to ask me. It is a fact that by carefully targeting the application, the candidate can largely control the interview questions.
4. Research, Research, Research
If you go to avoid creating a resume cookie cutter, you need to know something about the company you are applying. Your resume should not only focus on the job they are advertising, but the company. Each company has its own corporate culture. You need to show that you fit into theirs. A consultancy and engineering company will not ask the same kinds of questions. Their needs are different and their questions will reflect those needs. As much as possible, you want to answer these questions before you ask them; they say to themselves, "This sounds like the kind of person we've been looking for."
So, what do you need to know about the company? Basically, all you can find. Use these questions as a checklist for your treasure hunt:
– What is your main product or service? – Who is the end user of your products or services? – Have you received new contracts recently (check the press releases on its website)? – What kind of organizational structure being used for project management (functional, matrix-based, project-oriented)? This can greatly affect the limits of their authority and responsibility as Project Manager. – Do they have a (Project Management Office) PMO active? – Who will be reporting to and what her background is Project Management? – Who are the major stakeholders in the project (government, private sector, environmental groups, etc.)? – It is expected that the Project Manager to have a strong technical knowledge about your product, or there could be support staff (engineers and technicians) working on the project team? – What kind of training specific to the industry offer? – What tools Projects Management Company regularly used (MS Project, Primavera, SAP)? – PM is expected to maintain and update these tools, or are done for others?
Many of these questions can be answered by a thorough review of the information is on the website of the company or through search engines. The time spent investigating these answers will help you develop your resume in a way that is much more focused on meeting their needs. Some questions may become topics of discussion during the interview and show more interest in the company.
5. Gather information on past projects
Ammunition you will use to make a resume and cover letter are explosive presentation projects has managed or coordinated before. What you are selling is their experience and ability to get things done. So, dig up every bit of information you can about your past projects and review; in search of success and achievements that can be used to impress the hiring manager.
While his experience can be particular product or industry specific, they do not want to let the hiring manager with that idea. Project management is project management, whether for aerospace or medical field. While it may not have specific knowledge of the aerospace sector, its project management experience still carry.
Far as possible, avoid being specific industry or product, unless the product or industry you have worked before aligns well with the position you are applying. Whether in your resume or interview, steer away to be specific and go to be more general; showing how their achievements and experience can provide a benefit to your company and the project they have to manage.
6. Create a "WOW" factor
For each position you are applying, you should assume that 20 to 30 other people out there are looking for qualified that position. With this overwhelming flood of applications to sift through the resume average can only receive a minute or less. Your resume and cover letter must grab the attention of the hiring manager in that short time, or just ends up in the scrap heap.
Companies that are hiring want to know what you can do for them. They are assuming that you meet the basic requirements, or would not have bothered to send your resume. A long history of work and education only shows that you are qualified, who has no "wow factor". You want them to look at your resume and say, "I want to talk to this person"
How would wow a hiring manager? By showing their achievements. Did you save $ 200,000 in a project that you managed? Did you negotiate a lawsuit brought $ 150,000 to the project? What's to finish projects before the scheduled due date? What enormous obstacles they had to overcome in a project, yet completed? Ensure those rave about.