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New Year, New Job?

One of the trends we normally see at Arras People in January is an increased number of people registering and applying for jobs. The mindset being New Year, New Job. So with that in mind, we have collected some materials below that will help guide you through any career changes you are currently thinking about. What Am I Worth? It is important to be able to understand the current market you are in so you can get the best day rate possible. Last year at Project Challenge John Thorpe presented the results of our Project Management Benchmark [...]

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Project Management Q&A: How to Deal with Burnout

How do you raise the issue of burnout with a PM supervisor who constantly stretches the team? How can you do this without fear of being labelled a troublemaker and jeopardizing your career? Great question and one that is surely relevant not only to those working in a project environment but any organisation that cares about its employees. Now we all know that projects ebb and flow and sometimes reach a crescendo where all hands are required on deck to get through those challenging points of delivery. For many project management practitioners [...]

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Project Management Q&A: When Will I Stop Feeling Like a Newbie?

I’ve been working with project management for two years now and even though I understand more and more, most of the time I still feel like a newbie in the field, when does this feeling stop? I think if you asked a lot of Project Managers who have been working in the field for many years they will tell you that they still feel like this at regular points throughout their careers. In some ways that is the great thing about working in project management, a new project comes along and you’re back at the beginning. A new team to put together, a [...]

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2020 Project Management Benchmarking – How Much Am I Worth?

We look to end the year very much the way we started it, in fact you could stretch that back to the decade to be honest, as “How Much Am I Worth?” is still a question that resonates within the project management community. The desire to understand market rates, in terms of salary or day rate remains consistent, be that from a practitioner trying to position themselves against their peers or a hirer looking to understand how much they will need to offer to attract suitable candidates. This year Arras People are running their 15th [...]

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Explaining Your Employment Gap

An employment gap is something that can occur in anyone’s career and there can be many reasons, either positive or negative as to why it occurred. However, from a recruitment point of view this is an essential part of the picture which is going to come to light sooner or later, which to my mind should negate people’s discomfort in including the facts upfront in their CV. Many people assume that employment gaps will be red flags for employers and unfairly impact them when being considered for a role; when in actual fact an explained gap [...]

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Project Management Q&A: Entry Level PM Roles

I want to pursue a career in project management, what are some of the entry-level roles that I could take a look at? What a great question and like many a great question the answer inevitably begins with “well, that depends”. In this case, I would say “that depends” based upon your current position and then your career aspirations in the field of project management. What’s Your Experience? For many people, trying to get into project management seems like a catch 22 situation; how do you get your first role if all the entry level [...]

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‘The Apprentice’ Project Manager – A True Representation?

With the BBC’s popular program The Apprentice back on the television, I thought it worth looking at how true to life are the so-called projects being managed by the so-called Project Managers are; taking in the challenges they encounter and how they deal with them, compared to the approaches set out in the PRINCE2® Method and/or the APM Body of Knowledge (APM BoK). Now, I know the Apprentice is pretty far detached from what actually goes on in real project management. However it does highlight how leading a team involves a certain amount of [...]

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Show Us the Money

Following my recent blog around the shortening window of time available to prepare for the April 2020 Off-Payroll Working (IR35) changes, I thought it would be interesting to look at the implications of the changes in terms of real money. My scenario? A contractor currently running their own PSC (Personal Services Company) who commands £500 per day and invoices for 220 days in the tax year (44 weeks @ 5days/week). Tax code is a simple 1250L and the tax calculations are based on 2019/2020 tax year. The PSC: Courtesy of the Contractor [...]

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Time for Action – Off-Payroll Working April 2020 is Coming!

Whilst I feel it is hard to imagine that any contractor or employer is not aware of the Off-Payroll Working (IR35) changes that are due to be implemented on the 6th April 2020, recognising and acting on the window of change is quite a different matter. As I write we are 21 working weeks (taking out 2 weeks for Xmas and New Year) or 105 working days away from the 6th April implementation date! So, either way the reality is that we are well into the window of change. Some commentators, contractors etc. are still hanging onto the hope that the [...]

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Project Management CV Writing – Keyword Bingo

At Arras People one of the key challenges practitioners ask us about is how best to get past the CV sifting stage of the application process. As an applicant, you have to think of it like a game of keyword bingo. You know the one? When you make a list of keywords and phrases and tick them off as they get said, with the winner being the person who ticks of the most. Writing your CV with this in mind can help you with your job application. But to win this game you’ll have to do more than just litter your CV with keywords and phrases. So what [...]

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