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7 Linkedin Tips for Project Professionals

Linkedin – love it or hate it, you can’t deny that it’s become a premium recruitment platform (even though that wasn’t the original intention – or was it!) Here at Arras People, we’ve always said that the Linkedin profile you have is not meant to be a direct copy of your CV – it’s supposed to be something written in a more informal way and also a place to add a bit more personality than is allowed on a professional project management CV. It’s also a place to add more of a careers portfolio too – in other words, you can any [...]

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Project Success through ‘TRUE’ Motivators

Blog by: Richard LampittOne of the many responsibilities of a Project Manager is to lead and motivate in order to get the best results from the project’s team members. Projects often require people to complete challenging tasks, within challenging timescales. The question is though, how can a Project Manager best motivate such people to not just want to complete the tasks assigned to them, but to also ‘feel good’ about having done them, and as a result want to be involved with similar tasks in the future? In some instances, the Project [...]

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Project Management Career Pathways: Contract or Permanent

At Arras People we are always recruiting for a number of roles across a variety of industries. However, despite all the different variations of roles, there are two main types of employment: Permanent and Contract. Both offer different things and are likely to suit one person better than the other. But What is the difference? – Contract work usually involves a set time frame, with the employer only agreeing to hire a worker for the duration of a project. Permanent employment is open-ended, with no formal end date. Permanent employees tend to [...]

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Presenting Your Value in the Project Management Jobs Market

Recruitment in the project management market in mid-2018 finds itself in between times: the recessionary economy of post-2008 and an emerging state of recovery. The relatively high availability of people during recessionary periods means employers don’t have to try too hard to attract new workers; the ability to be choosy means many look for a 120% fit from a candidate as they have no budget to invest in training. Churn levels amongst project management practitioners are low as people feel safer to remain with their current [...]

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Preparing for a Project Management Interview

So you have perfected your CV and secured yourself an interview. If you’re feeling slightly nervous, that’s good, after all, if you didn’t feel some nerves you wouldn’t be human! This post is all about making sure the nerves don’t get the better of you and more importantly how you can prepare to do well in your project management interview.  Arras People: Latest PM Vacancies Prepare for the Preparation Before doing any preparation for the interview you need to make sure you have all the correct and up to date information about the [...]

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CV Writing Services – Are They Worth the Cost?

A CV is one of the most difficult documents you’ll have to write in your professional career. Blowing your own trumpet about your skills, experiences, capabilities, personality, education, work history, achievements and personal details isn’t always easy. In the career clinics we provide we often come across CVs that have been written by a CV writing service. They always look good but they are often lacking detail, especially when it comes to project management. So considering the price that some of these services charge, is there any real [...]

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Is a PRINCE2 Virtual Classroom For You?

Meet Christine. Christine is a mathematics and statistics graduate with over 10 years’ reward experience (a specialism within Human Resources). She began working as a freelancer in April 2016, providing reward consulting and project management services to clients. Since she got started, she has had two major assignments within a financial services organisation. Christine’s background includes 8 years working for a leading international consultancy firm where she gained experience of private sector projects of varying sizes from relatively [...]

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UK Project Management Salaries – Summer 2018

As we approach September which is traditionally a point where many PM practitioners consider their futures as part of the post-holiday blues, we thought it would be a good time to find out the state of the UK project management market.   In a recent blog post: Capitalising on a “Disloyalty Bonus” we discussed how UK workers are achieving on average an 11% pay rise for changing roles as opposed to those who are staying put receiving only a 2.5% rise in salary.   We have pulled together stats in relation to this and salaries in general in [...]

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No to PRINCE2

We hold many project management careers clinics every month and we always get asked about developing in project management – especially formal project management qualifications. Here’s the common type of thought we get: I have also considered investing in the PRINCE2 set of qualifications to make me more PM ready and confident but fear investing in the course with no definite sight of returns. Will it help me land my next role or should I wait on it? I always like to find the answer that says No to PRINCE2 – not an indefinite No – just [...]

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Capitalising on a “Disloyalty Bonus”

Reading a piece in the Times newspaper recently, I was intrigued to see the following statement regarding workers who are switching roles in the current economic climate. Workers who switch jobs are capitalising on a “disloyalty bonus” as their colleagues who stay put see little growth. The statement was linked to a piece from The Resolution Foundation who have identified that workers moving into new roles in the past year have achieved an average increase of 11%, compared to the average of 2.5%. The 11% moving figure is slated as being at [...]

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