Can I really get my first role in product?

Can I really get my first role in product?

If you're looking to get into a product role then you might worry that the opportunities just aren't there for you, but that's not true.  Just taking a look at the entry level roles shows you what employers are looking for, and you can definitely meet their needs. 

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How to answer the product vision question in an interview

How to answer the product vision question in an interview

Product vision questions are intended to show that you can think through what a product really exists for and then take that on to the next level.  For example, 'If you were the CEO of Instagram what would you do next?'.

We've all got opinions on products that we know of and use, and this question is intended to find out whether you can consider the product from the business and the customer perspective, not just your own personal viewpoint.

Nail this question and you'll have given yourself a real shot at your dream role.

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All about ... a quality product

All about ... a quality product

Improving quality decreases costs.  Decreasing costs improves productivity.  Improving productivity captures the market.  It's easy really, however, we often get distracted from our drive to delivery quality, perhaps jumping in to reducing costs or aiming for productivity gains at the expense of quality.  How should you go about it?

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All about ... product process

All about ... product process

When it comes to the product process, we are effectively talking about the whole process from idea generation through to customer usage, and everything in between, which might sound like a tall order for a product manager to take on.

However, changing the whole process is the task of the whole business, and it's the PMs role to guide the business with a few well placed processes and steps so that they take themselves on the journey to transition.

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All about ... product prioritization

All about ... product prioritization

One of the main tasks of a Product Manager is to prioritize things, whether that's prioritizing larger features in a backlog or smaller features within a deliverable. There's a constant organizing and reorganizing of the different items and this shuffling of the pack needs to be based on some criteria. The question then is what is the criteria you're working against?

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How to answer the estimation question in an interview

How to answer the estimation question in an interview

Estimation questions are the questions that are intended to understand how well you approach working out what an answer might be through your deduction and assumption skills.  An example of an analytical question is "How many people are currently flying at the moment?"

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We now have a bookshop!

We now have a bookshop!

Books get mentioned in many of the posts on this site, so we thought why not make them available to everyone nice and easily.  We also heard about a great movement to support small booksellers in the US, and with our bookshop we get a chance to do both.  

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Layouts can make all the difference

Layouts can make all the difference

There's no point having a great personal summary and some amazing work experience included in your CV if you make it hard for the recruiter to find the nuggets of information.  Your layout needs to enable the recruiter to scan the page and pick out the key elements for them.  

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Make your work experience work for you

Make your work experience work for you

If you're looking to find a new product opportunity then getting the recruiter to notice your CV is the first step in the process. We've looked at the power of a personal summary, and the next area to focus on is to make sure that the work experience you have is doing the most for you.  Even if your direct product role experience is limited, there are opportunities for you to get across how you've been exercising your product skills in whatever roles you've held.

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The power of a personal summary

The power of a personal summary

How do you sum up what you can offer an employer in the space of three or four sentences? How do you get across to someone who you've never met what you're capable of, what you've achieved and what you want to give?  How do you stand out from the crowd and get the recruiter to spend more time on your CV finding the reasons to hire you, rather than quickly looking for reasons to discount you?

The answer could be in a well crafted personal summary that brings front and centre your irresistible qualities.

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What you need in a good product CV (part 2)

What you need in a good product CV (part 2)

You've got a short amount of time to grab the attention of a recruiter when they're looking at your CV, which means you need to have all the right elements in place to get across your skills and abilities and make sure that they can picture you working in their organisation.

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What you need in a good product CV (part 1)

What you need in a good product CV (part 1)

For the last Product Manager role I recruited for, I had over 200 applications.  Of these, 90% had the job title of Product Manager within the last two roles they had held.  This means that having a CV that stands out is all important if you're going to make it into the 5% of them that will get to the first stage of the recruitment process.

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The PM Library take a look at my bookshelf

The PM Library take a look at my bookshelf

The Medium publication The PM Library have kindly featured me in their On My Shelf series of product people talking about their favourite product books.

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