How to write a great cover letter

How to write a great cover letter

When advertising a job vacancy, many companies and recruiters ask applicants to include a cover letter along with their CV. This is the applicants chance to summarize their successes and show their enthusiasm for the role.So what should you include?

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How to fill a skills gap for your career progression

How to fill a skills gap for your career progression

There are a lot of skills that over time a product person will need to master, but if you're starting out on your journey then it's OK to accept that you haven't got them all covered just yet.  However, you need to start thinking about how you might be able to improve your skills and become a more rounded PM.

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Common mistakes when writing user stories

Common mistakes when writing user stories

The user story.  A few lines description who, what and why, accompanies by some acceptance criteria.  How wrong can you get it?  The answer is quite wrong. 

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How to answer the Super Power interview question

How to answer the Super Power interview question

"If you had the choice, what would your product management superpower be?" This is another one of those questions that get asked in product management interviews, designed to understand where you think you'll be able to make the biggest difference to their business, which shows self-awareness, skills, and your own ability to blow your own trumpet.

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17 sources of great product management information

17 sources of great product management information

There are lots of places to get product information these days, and the challenge is starting to become which ones should you really pay attention to?  Whether you like videos, podcasts, or the written word, there is content out there that can help on your product journey.

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Is product management operational or strategic?

Is product management operational or strategic?

When it comes to product roles there is often a lot of debate as to what the roles mean and the responsibilities they have.  The ‘profession’ is developing and as such the roles are too and that means a product role in one organisation might be operational, whilst in another it is strategic.  

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10 reasons why product management is for you

10 reasons why product management is for you

Why do people want to work in product management? How do they know that product management is going to be the right thing for them?

Product Managers come from all sorts of backgrounds, from the technical to the design focused and beyond, so how do they know that their skills will be transferrable and they can make a success in this new field.

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Who do you need to know in your organisation to be quickly be a success

Who do you need to know in your organisation to be quickly be a success

In many definitions of what a product manager does you will find that they get referred to as communicators, or relationship builders, and that’s because they are talking to both sides of the software equation — the stakeholders for requirements and the development teams for delivery.

To increase your chances of success, there are some key people that it’s useful to get to know in order to get these relationships on track.

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Product Management Checklists - How to make your job easier

Product Management Checklists - How to make your job easier

Earlier this year I read Atul Gawande’s “The Checklist Manifesto”, where he provides a compelling argument for the humble checklist, believing it to be the most promising method available in overcoming failure. I think he has a point!

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Product Manager Interview Questions to Prepare For

Product Manager Interview Questions to Prepare For

Wouldn't it be great if you had an idea of what questions are likely to appear in your product management interview?  Here's a list of questions that will give you an advantage over the competition.

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How to get the product experience you need

How to get the product experience you need

When we want to start a new career, one of the biggest challenges we face is being able to convince someone to give us a chance when we don't have experience in the role.

It's a tough one, but there are some steps we can take to try and get the experience we need and put us ahead of the competition.

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How to prepare if your job is at risk

How to prepare if your job is at risk

2020 has been a tough year for the economy, and as such, there are risks for jobs everywhere.  The US has seen 40 million jobs disappear, and the UK 750,000, and the longer the pandemic continues the greater the opportunity for more losses, so it pays to be prepared.  The good news is that you can take some simple steps in case the loss comes your way.

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Working for Facebook or Google does not need to be the Product Manager dream

Working for Facebook or Google does not need to be the Product Manager dream

If you look around the web for information about working in product roles, then 99 times out of 100 you'll come across YouTube videos, Medium stories, or blog posts all about working at Facebook, Google or Amazon.  You'd be forgiven for thinking this is all Product Managers dream of.  They don't need to!

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