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Employer Ready Skills – PMs in Most Industries

Employer Ready Skills – PMs in Most Industries
Project Management Certification and Related Skills Training

Employer Ready Skills – PMs in Most Industries

This picture depicts the “Employer Ready” training that must be acquired by a PM so that his / her resume surfaces on the top on a pile of hundreds of job applications.

In today’s competitive job market it is of utmost importance for Project Managers to keep their skills employer ready. For every open PM position, the employers often get five hundred to one thousand applicants or even more. The employers thin out the list of applications by tossing out those which do not have the PMP® certification. Then the employers look for the other competencies in the remaining applicants.

Now application jostling begins and the employers look for applicants who are “employer ready” – that is, they have the competencies that match the specific skills they would lessen their learning curve if they chose them as employees. For a PM position in most industries, the skills needed are project leadership (certification, scope, time & cost), collaboration, documents management, and a project scheduling tool.

SmartPath LLC has been training project managers for the last several years and has witnessed hundreds of cases where PM’s were hired on the spot because they were “employer ready”. Employers are looking for job competencies in the project management category, however, specific to their job requirements. A PM must have the total understanding of the project management processes, interpersonal skills and leadership. Also, along with the above mentioned skills, the employers are looking for PM skills in collaboration and in one of the time management tools.

SmartPath LLC’s training curriculum includes courses that make a PM “Employer Ready”. After completing Project Management training, a PM is trained in SharePoint 2010. Training begins at their experience level - basics to intermediate (Class I), intermediate (Class II) and for Project Management (Class III). After SharePoint training, the PM learns Microsoft Project through “Power Learning”. They will learn what Employers will require of them most of the time. This combination makes a PM competent and employer ready. The PM is able to manage projects, collaborate & manage documents as well as manage timelines. These are the most important skills that the employers are looking for most industries.

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