Project Management Career Homework – Targeting Organizations

Filed under Career | Posted by PMStudent

Most of you know I teach people to research and find organizations they want to work for first, with a focus on specific jobs second.

But are you actually doing it? I’d bet not, because it’s so counter to the common approach to job hunting.

My Challenge To You

For those of you who are serious about your project management career and brave enough to take my challenge?

Stop right now and do 10 minutes of research with Google and LinkedIn to find a few organizations you may be interested in working for.

Peruse the job titles they have (not advertised jobs, I’m talking about positions people currently hold). Do you see a progression in titles for project management? ?For example,

  • Project Manager I
  • Project Manager II
  • Project Manager III
  • Project Manager IV

or maybe

  • Junior Project Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Senior?Project Manager
  • Principal?Project Manager

How about specialization? For example,

  • Business Analyst
  • IT Infrastructure Project Manager
  • Project Controller
  • Cloud Computing Project Manager
  • Project Scheduler
  • Web Services Development Project Manager

Always remember that not everyone in the world uses “Project Manager” as a holy title. Many project management roles go by other names.

There are many paths into managing projects. Your background and the specific organizational structure come into play.

Your Homework

Leave a comment below. You don’t have to share which company or companies you’ve discovered and wish to target as potential candidates.

Leave your comments and questions about the process of finding organizations this way. What uncertainties did you run into when you explored these organizations for yourself? I’ll be watching for your comments so I can respond and help as soon as possible.