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Pria
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Hi,

I'm new to this site. I have two and a half years project management experience. I'm involved with implementing IT systems, from initial scope with client through to implementation, to training and go-live.

I'm looking further my career in a global software organisation and to work on bigger and more challenging projects. Unfortunately, I don't have experience in budgets, and managing resources, which is what I would like to be able to do in my next role.

Can anyone offer me advice on how to go about approaching these global software companies, ways of networking, contacts, as I'm up against people who have a lot more experience?

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks.
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Hi Pria,

Recently, my company took on a young inexperienced guy keen to become a project manager. What impressed me about him during the interview, was his enthusiasm and knowledge of project management. I could tell he’d studied the subject well and learned the theory. I could also see from the outset that he’s the kind of person determined to realise his dream of becoming a project manager. This counts for a lot in my mind.

Once you get an opportunity you need to grab it with both hands. Energy, enthusiasm and an excellent understanding of the subject (project management) will certainly help portray you in a favourable light.

Be careful not to play down your current experience, or downgrade yourself. On the other hand, don’t overstate your capabilities. Get a good balance. Often people fail to see where they have relevant experience if it’s not an exact match to that required.

If you have not already, create a LinkedIn profile and start networking with people you know and have met in your business life.

Hope this helps.

Duncan
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Hi Duncan

This advice is very much appreciated!

Thanks
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Pria-

You've probably already heard this before, but make sure you do your best to quantify your experience on your resume. HR reps and hiring managers are used to the jargon, but if you can put numbers to your experience, that is always a plus. Rather than stating that you successfully managed a diverse project team on an IT implementation, give specifics like stating that it was a $1.2 million effort, you managed a team of 12, etc.

Like Duncan stated, be aggressive and state your experience in hard hitting terms, but don't overstate. Firms are looking for experience, but they are also looking for experience in smaller increments so that they can get a PM that may not cost so much but might be hungrier...and that sounds like you. Good luck.

Brad
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begeland wrote:Pria-

You've probably already heard this before, but make sure you do your best to quantify your experience on your resume. HR reps and hiring managers are used to the jargon, but if you can put numbers to your experience, that is always a plus. Rather than stating that you successfully managed a diverse project team on an IT implementation, give specifics like stating that it was a $1.2 million effort, you managed a team of 12, etc.

Like Duncan stated, be aggressive and state your experience in hard hitting terms, but don't overstate. Firms are looking for experience, but they are also looking for experience in smaller increments so that they can get a PM that may not cost so much but might be hungrier...and that sounds like you. Good luck.

Brad

Brad has made a real valid point here. Making your achievments objective and tangible is a lot more powerful.
King125
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Really tough task....you should be aware about budgeting and scheduling first, then you go on further.
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