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So You Want to be a Project Manager

February 10, 2010

You want to be a Project Manager, or you have been a Project Manager, and you are looking for ways to improve your skill set and marketability.  I found an interesting series of articles on Gantthead.  I have attached the links below.

In order to read Gantthead articles you usually have to register.  It is free to register as a basic user and you will have access to wonderful articles, templates and other yummy stuff.

In addition to reading the series of articles, consider the following suggestions:

General Suggestions

  1. Learn as much about Project Management as you can.  Read, take classes, talk to other Project Managers.
  2. Join local related professional organizations.  The Project Management Institute has local chapters and specific interest groups throughout the world.  For more information, see their site,
  3. Join related groups on LinkedIn.  Read and contribute to the discussions.
  4. Keep your resumé and LinkedIn profile updated.  They should always reflect your most current experience and education.

If you are working:

  1. Look for opportunities to manage projects within your organization.  Talk to your manager and human resources to see what opportunities are available.  If you do not ask, you will not know.
  2. Talk to Project Managers in your organization.  Ask them how they became Project Managers.
  3. Take advantage of educational opportunities provided by your organization.  Many companies offer in-house training or tuition reimbursement.
  4. Incorporate Project Management techniques and tools into  your current work.

If you are not working:

  1. Consider entry-level Project Management or Coordinator positions.
  2. Volunteer as a Project Manager for local organizations.  (if you need suggestions, let me know)
  3. Find out what educational opportunities are available through local unemployment services.
  4. Update your skills.

Breaking Into Project Management Part 1

Breaking Into Project Management Part 2

Breaking into Project Management Part 3

As always, comments and suggestions are always welcome.  Keep your chin up!

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