Career Tips

Building a Career

The 9 most important career planning tips:

1. Never Stop Learning

2. Ask, Listen And Learn

3. Fulfill Your Current Job

4. Build Your Network

5. Identify Your Current Job

6. Identify Your Next Job

7. Prepare Yourself

8. Pick The Right Tools

9. Realize Your Dreams


5 Career Tips That Make Project Managers Irreplaceable by Simon Cleveland 

1) Know Your Industry – it’s a very obvious yet often ignored endeavor. A good project manager strives to learn the trends that shape the industry of his or her company. Stay well informed of the latest technologies in your industry, study the health of its economics, its organization and management structure. The more you know the more you’ll be sought after by management.

2) Know The Functions Of Your Business Employer: It goes without saying that if a project manager has very little knowledge about the products or services of the company, he or she would add very little value and value is a top keyword in management’s vocabulary. Don’t get caught unaware of the function your project supports.

3) Polish Your Business Skills – There are many skills that are useful, but the ones to pay special attention are:

Budgeting - A good project manager knows how to track the health of a project – the barometer of which is how good financials are tracked.

Procurement - Detailed knowledge of the procurement processes of the organization can help you successfully navigate the channels to and from your vendors, and let’s face it, keeping your vendors in check can speed up the accomplishment of your deliverables.

Human Resource – A good project manager knows how to motivate his or her team, how to educate and empower his peers. Knowledge of the compensation, benefits, job descriptions and how to properly evaluate employee performance can make you invaluable.

4) Become A Great Communicator – tips on what means to be a ‘great’ communicator can be found on eHow.com but the key to remember is that good project managers spend 90% of their time communicating with key stakeholders from all levels of the organization. Keeping everyone informed helps to manage risk and proactively address future negative impacts. The following are four characteristics of a great communicator:

Presents Well Organized Message
Uses Structured Approach To Communication
Is Efficient
Has Great Sense Of Humor

5) Get Certified – One thing to keep in mind – certification demonstrates to your employer that you are knowledgeable in your field and committed to the role you’re performing. Remember, anything that helps your employer sleep better at night can help you climb the ladder.