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Top 12 Interview Tips

You applied for a new job and this morning the letter or email arrived saying that the company wants you to come in for an interview. That’s great news, but it can be just a little bit scary at the same time! If you haven’t had to interview for a position in a while you might feel daunted by having to prepare for an interview. It doesn’t have to be hard. Check out our 12 top interview tips and you’ll be feeling organized in no time. 1. Plan Your New Job Strategy How are you going to handle this interview and your job search in general? Create a task list so that you don’t miss anyt...

Top 10 Timesheet Tips

Some project managers find it hard to get their teams to complete timesheets. It doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, completing your timesheet can be a quick job if you do it regularly and use an online system that makes it easy for you. Here are our top 10 timesheet tips in case you are struggling to get accurate time data from your team. 1. Include Vacations Make sure there is somewhere on the project timesheet for team members to book their vacation time to. If they are on the beach or taking photos of a new city they won’t be working on your project, so make it easy for them to re...

Top 4 Project Management Certifications

Professional credentials can be a big help for your career, because employers often use them to make hiring decisions. A credential shows that you have invested time and money in gaining a professional qualification, which means you are serious about project management and understand what it involves. But which credential should you choose? There are plenty of options, everything from short courses requiring no experience to full-time Masters-level courses in project management. You can get certificates tailored to your industry, or generic accreditation that marks you out as a project mana...

5 Types of Project Contract

Watch this project management video to learn about the five different types of project contracts that are available to the buyer, as they range from low to high risk. ...

5 Risks To Your Project Schedule

Project managers rely on their schedules. The project schedule is the one document that tells everyone what they should be doing, when it needs to start and how long it should take. It is also used to track progress, so managing a project without a schedule is virtually impossible if you want to achieve the agreed milestones and delivery dates. However good we think our schedules are, there are always risks when it comes to managing tasks, resources and the project scope. Here are 5 scheduling risks that you could be facing – how will you manage these on your project? 1. Not Scheduling Vaca...

How To Host A Lunch And Learn

“That’s so interesting,” one of my team members said the other day. “Can we do that as a lunch and learn? I expect the rest of the team would like to hear about it.” We were discussing the lessons learned from one of my recent projects. There was some good stuff that had come out of the project that was worth me sharing with the rest of the team, and maybe even wider than that. Perhaps some other people in different departments would like to come along and hear what we had done differently on this project to make it such a success. I agreed that hosting a lunch and learn sessio...

How to Get Noticed For a Job Promotion

If your ultimate goal is to get a promotion – whether it is to senior project manager, program manager or another step up – don’t rely on other people to hand it to you on a plate. If you want to go for your next career move, it is up to you to plan it out and take steps to achieve your goals. Unfortunately, too often we see project managers managing multi-million dollar projects who are passed over for promotion. That doesn’t happen because they aren’t any good (on the contrary, they are some of the most experienced, professional people I know). It happens because hiring managers...

How to Earn PDUs

If you hold the PMP® credential from PMI you have to sign up to doing professional development activities in order to maintain it over the years. These activities are measured in professional development units (PDUs). You also have to gain PDUs to support the PgMP®, PMI-SP®, PMI-RMP®, and PMI-ACPSM credentials. It may seem daunting to effectively be asked to carry on learning when you’ve only just received the approval to use the letters after your name, but it is actually quite easy to gather PDUs. The main thing is to not leave it until the last minute! Put together your own persona...

How To Manage Under-performers

Learn to make the most of the resources you're given because as a project manager, you will not always be able to pick and choose the best people for your project team, sometimes you're just going to get the best people available... ...

Dealing With Conflict On Virtual Teams

These days, most project managers work with virtual teams. A virtual team is one where the team members are based in a number of different locations and they communicate through online project management tools and over the phone. It can be harder to manage conflict in virtual teams because you can’t see people when they are speaking and therefore you can’t pick up on their body language. As a result, conflicts can be quite far advanced before you even realize that there is a problem. When your team all works in the same building it is easy to bring them together for meetings and discuss...
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