Project Management is one of the most popular jobs we staff for, and for good reason. The Project Manager plays a critical role for companies when it comes to organizing a big transition, coordinating a roll out, or supervising other major plans. Here’s why becoming a Project Manager could be your next best career move.
Sometimes a position is listed as a project manager, but it’s actually more akin to a lower-stakes program coordinator role. This means focusing more on the administrative tasks involved and, because of that, makes a fantastic option for administrative or other professionals looking for a career stepping stone. A great candidate is someone who is organized, responsive, adaptable, and a good communicator. Down the road, you can evolve to a higher-level Project Manager role. Or, because the position is so versatile and the skills are so valued, it may open doors in other industries.
More than ever, we are seeing companies who need to implement big projects but the existing employees just don’t have the bandwidth to take these projects on. Because of that, there are lots of top-tier organizations that are opening contract positions for Project Managers. The beauty of this is that once you finish an assignment, it’s likely you will be able to jump into another one or transition into a permanent role. You’ll not only be building your resume and making professional connections, but you’re also benefitting from a steady stream of income. And, in the case of KNF&T’s contract employees, you can also enjoy comprehensive benefits.
While the actual projects vary, there is a core set of skills that make a great Project Manager. This means being incredibly organized and good at technology – in some instances exceptional, and in other cases being able to adapt to a new technology quickly. As the gatekeeper, it’s essential to have great follow-up skills and adhere to timelines. This could mean pushing back, managing up, and enforcing deadlines. Adding to this is a strong sense of urgency and the ability to communicate clearly and to a variety of different audiences.
If being a Project Manager or Project Coordinator is something that appeals to you, we urge you to go for it! We’re here to advise you on career strategies and can help place you at excellent companies with these open roles. Contact us today to get started.