28 Apr 2020

How to Get a Job as a Project Manager Today

Career, Hays
How to Get a Job as a Project Manager Today


In today’s world of work, many project managers find themselves in the position of looking for and starting a new job while working remotely.

To help you navigate this process and settle into a new remote team, Robert Beckley, Regional Director of Hays shares the following advice:

 

SHOULD I EVEN ACCEPT A JOB OFFER NOW?  

It’s understandable that project managers are questioning if they should start a new job right now when everyone is working from home. But rest assured, employers have business continuity plans in place to allow work to continue as normal, or at least as close to normal as possible. What we are seeing now:

  1. There are pockets of demand for project managers despite current market conditions in active industries that are committed to delivering business critical projects. For instance, according to the latest Hays Jobs Report, many private sector organisations are investing in critical digitisation, process automation and technology upgrades, which is leading to ongoing demand.

  2. While most organisations strive towards agile delivery, demand remains constant for project professionals with hands-on experience in Agile Frameworks. Cost reduction is also a focus with project managers sought across multiple projects to maximise output while keeping costs down.

  3. Meanwhile, the banking, finance and insurance sectors require candidates in response to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. Candidates need exposure to risk, compliance and regulatory change, a strategic and business management mindset and a hybrid background in change management.

  4. In the public sector, Local and State Governments require project managers in response to legacy upgrades and transformation works.


UPDATING YOUR CV 

When updating your CV, emphasise practical project experience. While certifications across general methodologies, such as Prince2 and Agile, remain an important factor, it is your ability to accurately and concisely convey the specifics of technologies and systems, results and challenges, as well as financial, stakeholder and budgeting details relative to the projects you have worked on, that will see you receive an interview offer.
 
In addition, the changing technical landscape requires candidates with a continuous learning mindset and the ability to adapt to emerging technologies and shifting business needs. Consequently, employers want to see candidates who can demonstrate an ability to adapt and a commitment and passion for regularly upskilling.

You may also like to compare your salary expectations against current market rates to ensure your expectations are realistic. To compare yours, visit the Hays Salary Checker.

 

HOW TO START YOUR NEW JOB REMOTELY 

Working remotely may not be the way you intended to begin your new job, but you can still get the best possible start.

  • Seize opportunities and communicate: Ask your manager what is expected from you in your first few days and how best to update them on your progress. It is more difficult to be visible when you’re not working in the same space as your manager, so be proactive and check in regularly. If you have any questions or issues it is best to raise these sooner rather than later. As with any new job, you’ll want to start getting to know your team from day one. Grab any opportunities available to have video calls with them. You can also connect with them on LinkedIn.

  • Stay on top of your game: It’s important to look after your health and wellbeing during lengthy periods working from home. Try to get up from your chair and move around once every hour. Go for a walk around the block or do some gentle exercise in your lounge room during your lunch break. Eat well and stay hydrated. Use communication and collaboration tools to keep in touch with your new colleagues regularly and avoid feeling isolated or disconnected. Log off at the end of the day to maintain your work-life balance.

  • Look to the future: Once the current situation passes and the recovery commences, you will have your first day in the office and meet your new colleagues face-to-face. You’ll be able to approach this day with confidence, having already become acquainted with the team through video conferences and having already made a good impression on your boss.



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