While employment for Project Managers is relatively stable compared to other professions, someone looking for a job in this field should still understand the best way to go about this search, so as to get the best results. These days, with fewer companies hiring and more and more applicants applying for every position, nothing should be left to chance in the job hunt, not even for those with the very best of credentials.
In order to get started on the right foot, you should be treating your job search like a full-time job in and of itself. Think of this as being like another project, and how you as a Project Manager would tackle this work. You should be spending at least 7 hours a day on the project in order to do it justice and to increase your chances of success within a reasonable time frame.

Second, make sure you understand what distinguishes you from other applicants. Do you have a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential? Certainly, that’s something that you should be emphasizing, as this is a certification that will set you apart from others. In order to take the PMP exam, one needs to have a substantial number of project management hours completed; therefore, your having this credential is a form of signaling, where you’re letting potential employers know that you not only made the effort to get this important credential, but that you also have significant project management experience. You should also emphasize any unusual, challenging, or particularly big projects that you’ve worked on, also to help distinguish yourself from others.

Then, of course, you need to put the time into truly laying the groundwork for finding a job. This means moving beyond a purely passive approach of combing online job boards and other types of want ads; it means going out and networking, selling who you are and your abilities, and talking to people who may eventually have a lead for you. This does NOT mean that you should head into every conversation with the thought that you’ll be asking someone to help you find a job – this tactic is sure to get you absolutely nowhere, unless you’re talking to good friends! In which case, it’s always helpful to let everyone you know, friends and family included, that you’re on the job hunt.

With business contacts, however, a more subtle approach is warranted. It’s fine to let people know what you’re looking for and what your background is, but the key thing to remember is that you don’t want to come across as someone who’s asking others to do you a favor. Rather, your premise should be that you have skills and experience that can be of help to others. By keying in on this aspect, you’ll be forming mutually beneficial relationships that will last into the future.

So, if you have been managing projects and haven’t thought about taking a certification, then, it’s about time you get one. It increases your qualification and helps you stand out among others. A little hard work and patience on your PMP exam prep will surely take you a long way and draw greater opportunities closer.

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