A cover letter is as likely to be an email these days – but however you send that (often fiendishly difficult to write) accompaniment to your CV, make sure it shines. It has as crucial a role in getting your foot in the door as your CV itself. So why do some applicants give them so little thought or, as many hiring managers will testify, don’t even bother writing one at all?
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HS2 is an unparalleled feat of modern engineering and conservation. A catalyst for growth and a driver of change, HS2 will link 30 million people across Britain and invigorate our connectivity, capacity and economy for decades to come.
Our annual APM Salary and Market Trends Survey, conducted by global research company YouGov, tracks project manager salary levels across a range of sectors and offers an insight into the trends that will shape the years to come.
We all know that project managers need many skills to be able to do their job effectively. Not just the technical skills that enable us to monitor and control a complex set of inter-dependent tasks, or skills that help us manage often very large budgets, but also those skills that help us motivate and enthuse team members, communicate effectively with senior executives and handle with diplomacy the business politics surrounding major organisational change.
Some of the key barriers to women returning to work historically have been due to negative perceptions by employers and recruiters of a CV gap. Highly skilled and highly experienced senior women have often been written off because of a perception around loss of skills and lack of perceived value.
Liz Rawlinson, who has an MEng in civil engineering, University of Bristol and is a Chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was nominated for Young Project Professional of the Year, APM Project Management Awards 2016 and currently works for Skanska as a site agent. Charles Orton-Jones interviewed her for Project.
I was recently asked advice on which, in my experience, would be the most suitable professional development path within the project management industry. Depending on the background, role and industry of the person asking, this question could obviously be answered in different ways but what they will all involve on-going learning and training.
Lucy Finney sets out her five steps on how you can raise your profile for promotion in her recent blog. Lucy has over 25 years experience in business and has a proven track record in learning and development solutions.
We're all delighted that the APM has been granted a Royal Charter and that the project management profession can now be recognised on the same level as, say, a chartered accountant or a chartered engineer, with all the discipline and rigour such accreditation entails.