I happen to think that being a product manager is one of the best jobs out there. I find it to be very satisfying because I'm in charge of the success of a product.
If I do the right things, then my product will be selected by a large number of customers and it will solve their problems. If I don’t do my job right, my company will probably decide to stop offering my product after a while. Ultimately, my career is in my hands.
What You'll Find Inside:
* YOUR MOTHER WAS RIGHT: HOW PRODUCT MANAGERS DRESS FOR SUCCES
* GROW YOUR CAREER – WHAT PRODUCT MANAGERS NEED TO DO FOR SUCCESS
* HOW TO BUILD A MENTOR NETWORK FOR YOUR PRODUCT MANAGEMENT CAREER
* TO GET YOUR NEXT JOB, YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW FIRMS HIRE PRODUCT MANAGERS
As product managers, we all control our careers. What this means is that we need to always be networking because you never know when you may find yourself looking for your next job. As we move through our career, it will soon be important that we learn how to not only manage products, but people also.
The way that we land a product manager job is by having a resume that does the work for us. How to create such a resume is a skill that we all have to learn. We don't know it all and so in order to help us to make the right decisions, it can be helpful to find a mentor who is willing to give us good advice.
Once we've landed the right job, our work is not over. We need to understand how to get things done effectively and multitasking is not the answer. Additionally, if despite our hard work we get passed over for the next promotion we need to have a plan as to what our next steps are going to be.
For more information on what it takes to be a great product manager, check out my blog, The Accidental Product Manager, at:
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About the Author
Dr. Jim Anderson is a talented engineer, teacher, and marketing professional. Born in Iowa City, Iowa his family moved many times during his childhood eventually settling just outside of St. Louis Missouri in Edwardsville, Illinois. Dr. Anderson went on to earn four college degrees: three in Computer Science including a doctoral degree and an MBA in marketing. He has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years for both large companies (Boeing, Siemens, Alcatel, and Verizon) as well as at some start-ups during that whole "dot com" thing. Dr. Anderson is now the founder and President of Blue Elephant Consulting. Blue Elephant Consulting shows technical professionals and groups how to use their business communication skills to change the world. By using its Clear Blue Knowledge Systems Blue Elephant Consulting shows them how to become successful communicators and set their ideas free thereby changing the world. Dr. Anderson provides consulting, coaching, speaking and training products and services to help in 5 key areas of business communications: public speaking, product management, IT team management, IT department leadership, and negotiating. Based on his experiences with many different customers, Dr. Anderson has taken the lessons that he's learned in the real world and has documented both the issues and their solutions in the books that he has written. Each book is filled with a unique set of real world challenges that product managers, CIOs, negotiators, IT managers, and public speakers encounter on an almost daily basis. In clear, easy to understand language, Dr. Anderson lays out exactly what the challenge is and then how to go about easily solving it. In addition to running his company, Dr. Anderson has had the opportunity to teach college courses at multiple universities. While doing this Dr. Anderson discovered that his students had a real need for information on how to get their first job after they graduated. His after class one-on-one discussions about the tips and techniques that today's college students could use to simplify their job search lead to speaking engagements and eventually to the book "Making The Jump: How To Land Your First Job After College!"