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This website contains a wealth of FREE articles containing information appropriate for a current Project Manager who wants to improve their knowledge, skills, training and qualifications.

Or for someone who wants to become a Project Manager.

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How to Write a Good CV

This article describes how to write a good CV, regarding the philosophy of how to approach creating the CV and tips on what to include and how to communicate it.

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When starting out in Project Management there are two immediate priorities on one’s radar.

1. To gain as much on the job experience as possible
2. To obtain professional qualifications which will aid in development

Professional qualifications go hand in hand with the experience you will gain whilst in a project role. Most likely, these qualifications will act as a prerequisite into the job itself and will offer a structured, consistent framework, from which you can manage projects of any size.

For individuals wishing to build their project knowledge from scratch, the APM Introductory Certificate Qualification offers solid grounding in terms of understanding the project lifecycle, roles, responsibilities and logical checkpoints. The information presented is simplistic and easy to pick up, even if you have had no prior knowledge or experience within a project environment.

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This article explains how to effectively get the right temporary job in the most efficient way with the least effort and best chance of success…

Temporary work is one of the best ways to gain experience or make money in a set amount of time. It can be a foot in the door to an industry you want to work in. Or a way to earn, even if you are looking for a more permanent job, it can help to fill the gap and take pressure off your finances and your nerves while you job hunt. It also helps out the company that requires temporary work cover!

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We are often asked the question by potential students “Will PRINCE2 training enhance my project management career prospects?” There is a very simple answer to this – Yes!

Most people considering PRINCE2 qualifications do so for career and/or personal development reasons. In the current economic climate, this is often driven by a change of job or career direction, sometimes not by choice. There is strong evidence that indicates that having up to date PRINCE2 qualifications could be the difference between being selected for a new position, whether you have years of project management experience or not. It could, in certain cases, be the difference between selected to stay in your current position or being released.

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I am giving away paper copies of the book “How To Become A Contract Project Manager” to the first people to comment, sharing their experience, on the following point:

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I have three free full software licensed copies of Mpmm Project Management Software to give away….
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I decided to put together some information on the training and certification available for Project Managers.

The following gives some idea of approximate cost and the length of training, perhaps therefore the time needed out of your schedule.
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Project Manager Book List

I decided to compile a list of books that have been useful to me, as a Project Manager.

I have included cover pictures and a link to Amazon for more information on the book.

Some of these books are designed to be a reference to help you in your job, some of them to help with specific PM qualifications and some just to read and retain. I have placed the books in order of importance and influence to my knowledge as a Project Manager:
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In this economic climate it is worth doing anything possible to improve how the CV looks and to differentiate yourself to look more professional than the next contractor to get a contract…

Many of my colleagues have been out of contract for some time and getting an APM or PMP member status is a quick and cheap way of improving the CV, that doesn’t require the time and cash and study that a new qualification would require.
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I am back on the market again and applying for roles. One thing I have noticed lately is that the market is tight, in this competition; agents are hungry for new leads, even new names of hiring managers that they can cold call.

Well, I have seen more examples of my topic ever this week by agents in London! Often agents will ask for your references before you interview, sometimes before you have been put forward for a role!
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