There are always so many questions when it comes to applying for a new job. When it comes to project management roles, finding the best opportunity for you takes a methodical approach. Our guest blog from The Learning People discusses this topic.
What do you know about yourself professionally?
Can you offer an equal balance of experience, good soft skills, and great managerial qualities, or do you particularly excel in one area?
How are you perceived by those around you?
Taking some time to undertake a personal stocktake of your own abilities, weaknesses and strengths will enable you to supply a prospective employer with an honest outline of your best attributes.
These should include specific examples that illustrate where your skills have come into play and how you have defined them throughout your working life so far.
Any employer will look at a project management candidate as an investment, so the more information they know about an individual, the better.
This way they’ll be able to make a decision on your compatibility with the project and whether you’re a sound investment to make.
Do you fit the role?
Once you have made this self assessment, it is useful to then make a comparison between your skillset and what is required for roles you are looking at.
Asking yourself honestly if you fit these roles, if you have enough experience, or if your skills are even applicable to the projects you’re looking at, will save you from applying for an unsuitable positions.
If you have your heart set on a role which you don’t quite meet the requirements for yet, make an action plan. Whether this is taking a lower grade role in order to gain experience, taking on voluntary project work, asking for training from your current employers, or investing in your own certifications, you’ll be able to decide on a clear direction for your career path – a great motivator going forward.
What is the job spec asking for?
Job specifications, particularly in project management, are notorious for being detailed and formal which can be daunting, so working through what a company is really looking for is essential in your project management job search.
Going through and highlighting and listing all the specific requirements for the role will help you write a detailed application.
Does the specification mention a project management methodology?
If it does, how closely will you be expected to adhere to this, and do you have the knowledge to do so?
Always look the company up online in order to ascertain company statistics such as income, staff structure, and targets.
For example if it’s a public sector role, you will be able to find a PSA – Public Service Agreement – which will list national and local targets the company has to aim for.
Doing so will set your expectations for the position and giving you a clear understanding of what sort of employee the company is looking for to complete these goals.
From everyone at The Learning People– good luck with your job search.