There's no secret to becoming a project manager. You just have to know the steps

You have probably realized it by now: Becoming a project manager is not the same as getting into some other job.

You can’t just enroll in some program or get certified and everybody will offer you a job.

Not at all.

The fact is:

To get hired as a project manager, you need project management experience.

But wait ... how can you build PM experience without actually working as a project manager?

This doesn’t make sense.

It’s the chicken-and-egg problem.

You need one thing to get the other.

But you can’t get that one thing without first getting the other.

So what should you do?

Read on.

I have good news for you:

Others have made it. You can make it too. Because there is a system you can follow to get into project management

While it is true that the path into project management isn’t as straightforward as becoming a pilot, a doctor or an accountant, those who manage projects today didn’t get there by magic.

They also took certain steps that led them where they are now.

The thing is, nobody has ever taken the time to document the process for becoming a project manager. You are the lucky person who will first read about it.

Let me connect the dots for you:

  • Project Management requires a unique combination of skills. Among the required skills are leadership, communication and problem solving skills. In total, these are 9 skills which form what I call the Project Manager Skill Stack. You can build these skills in almost any job.

    For example, an engineer is also a good problem solver (highly valuable in PM). Someone working in sales will naturally build strong communication skills (highly valuable in PM). In customer service one will develop coordination skills and develop a thick skin (highly valuable in PM). A teacher will develop empathy and the ability to read people (again, a highly valuable skill in PM). I could go on and on, but basically the key message is: unless you are that chap guarding the most remote lighthouse on planet earth, you most likely have built some PM-relevant skills already! (you just might not be aware of it)

  • The next step is to get clarity on where you stand in terms of the PM relevant skills. Do you have 20%? 50% or even 80% of the “must have” skills? This exercise is not just to help you find matching positions. You can leverage your current skills in order to attract the attention of companies looking for PM talent, and start looking for a PM job NOW.
  • Once you know your PM-relevant skills, you start looking for PM roles. Yes, you don’t have to wait! Sure, any position should match your skill level, and in general the more leadership experience you have, the more responsibility you can get. But even with zero leadership experience, THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES for you to join a project and gain experience.
  • You got to be smart at “selling” yourself! Especially when you want to get into another company. You have 10 seconds to make a good first impression when a company representative is checking your resume. The good news is, there are super-effective techniques with which you can stand out. They are easy to implement, but -- to my amazement -- only few people know about them.
  • The last step is the actual job hunting process. You have to be smart about it. Submitting hundreds of online applications is NOT a smart approach, because then you are competing with everybody else (I assume that’s not what you want). Instead you want to differentiate yourself by using other, less common job hunting techniques.

So now you know the general process of becoming a project manager.

But how do you actually go about each step?

That’s what I created an online course for. You can read about it here.

Introducing ...

Your Move Into Project Management

An Online Course Guides You Through The Steps Of Becoming A Project Manager

Module 1 — Your Skills

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  • Learn what skills are required for PM and what these skills actually are about (the Project Manager Skill Stack)
  • Use the included worksheet to assess your skill level
  • Benefit: You will get clarity on where you stand in terms of skills, and you will be able to leverage your skills and experience to get into PM faster.

Module 2 — Your Path

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  • In this module, we will look at different paths that can take you into a project management role.
  • The deciding factor is your skills and experience (which we have assessed in module 1). Your level of confidence matters as well - do you feel comfortable with more responsibility or do you want to start small? Both ways are fine, and I will tell you what positions you should be looking for.
  • What are good PM positions and how do you find them? (Hint: There are a lot more PM opportunities than you might know. I will show you how to find them).

Module 3 — How to market yourself

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  • This module is entirely dedicated to redoing your resume and social media profile so that they reflect your strengths and emphasizes those points that hiring companies specifically look for in PM candidates.
  • It’s about taking all your glory, your wins and successes, and presenting them in the best way possible. In a totally authentic and ethical way, which will make hiring managers drop their jaws with delight when they see your profile!
  • Learn the secret to making your application stand out
  • Rework your LinkedIn profile with my help
  • Rework your resume with my help
  • I will also show you how to write compelling cover letters (yes, they still work extremely well!)
  • The value you get from this module alone is HUGE, and you will see significant differences in responses when you start implementing my tips.

Module 4 — Unconventional Job Hunting

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  • In this module, I will teach you my favorite non-standard job hunting techniques. Their purpose is to get you into the first row of candidates -- so that you can directly connect with hiring managers.
  • Applying those techniques means you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone a little bit, but their impact is huge. And as a soon-to-be PM, keep in mind that your work is always going to happen outside of your comfort zone, so you better start leaving your comfort zone now.

Who is this course for?

  • You have pretty confident that project management is what you want to do.
  • Personal development is very high on your list of things. You are hungry to grow yourself, take on more responsibility and make that leap into PM, even if it feels scary.
  • You are willing to put in the work, because you are clear about the fact that nothing great comes from sitting and waiting. Or, as Arnold Schwarzenegger put it “You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”

About me

Adrian Neumeyer
Adrian Neumeyer

I'm Adrian Neumeyer, CEO and Founder of Tactical Project Manager. My goal is to help you excel at leading challenging projects. Before starting Tactical Project Manager, I managed large IT implementations in the manufacturing sector.

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