How do you land an entry-level project manager role?
The strategy outlined below will minimize your job search time. This article will provide the best results if you will either be searching for such a role soon or hoping to accelerate the pace of your job search process. As a note, if you would like a more tailored strategy for the project manager role, we will provide relevant reading at the end of this article.
This is the project manager’s guide to project managing your job search. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, you are qualified for the role. Now, it’s just a matter of getting in the door.
Search Indeed.com for 20 companies in your area searching for entry level project managers. Now, organize these in order of your self-assessed likelihood of landing the role. The 5 most difficult companies are your “reach companies,” the next 10 are your “target companies” and the final 5 are your “safety companies.”
We will use the strength of numbers to let you work past any entry-level jitters that may plague you.
Start with your safety companies. Get connected to someone who works there by sending a few cold emails. You can find their email on the company’s website or, if it’s a large company, you can typically guess it by applying the following format: email@example.com.
In your email, introduce yourself, explain why you are reaching out and request them for a 10 minute phone call. If they do not respond within 3 days, you can either reach out to a different person or send them a followup.
On the phone, the most important thing you can do is be friendly. After all, you want to convince them that you’re going to be great to work with. Express your interest in their role, their company and ask if they would be willing to help you out in the application process.
Specifically, you can ask if they would be willing to critique your project manager approved resume and put in a good word with their HR department. These steps should earn you an ally and an interview spot for the project manager role.
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