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Josh - UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley

Josh helps new and aspiring project managers reach their career goals. He has been managing projects in Computing, Financial Services, Telecommunications, and Aerospace for over a decade. Josh’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Management and he is PMP certified. The best method for tapping into Josh’s knowledge and experience is his training for project management, where Josh shares his best practices for how to get ahead in your project management career and his best practices in specific project management processes.

The Tao of Finding a New Job

The Tao of Finding a New Job

To find a new job you should go to a job board website and start submitting applications, right? Wrong. In my experience that method is ineffective. Almost to the point of being a waste of time. Even worse, if you do end up landing a job this way you could be stuck in a company […]

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The Tao of Finding Top Candidates To Hire

The Tao of Finding Top Candidates To Hire

It’s crazy. Job seekers have a hard time finding a new job. Well guess what? Finding good candidates for your open positions isn’t a walk in the park either! Aside from this video tutorial on how to use LinkedIn to find the best candidates (see below) there’s something else that’s important. Networking Of course! Out […]

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The Tao of Mastering LinkedIn Recommendations

The Tao of Mastering LinkedIn Recommendations

Do people run away screaming when you ask them for recommendations on LinkedIn? Well you’re in luck. Watch this video and all your problems will be solved. Or at least this one. Aaaand maybe you’ll learn how LinkedIn recommendations can help you land your next project management role too.

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Your Resume Has 6 Seconds To Live

How much time do recruiters or hiring managers spend reviewing your resume, on average? Studies have previously come out with results of 4-5 minutes, when you ask hiring managers how much time they spend. That’s self-report data. Is it reality? It’s BS A recent eye-tracking study found something a bit different. That’s right. Especially when […]

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How To Be Interesting To Hiring Managers

How do you make a great impression on a hiring manager? A question I saw recently on a message board asked what to do when you are able to network effectively enough to take someone out for coffee, someone who could potentially hire you in the future for their organization. There were some great answers […]

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How To Suck At Networking

In one of the lessons in my Project Management Career Coaching Course I highlight some common networking mistakes people make. Check it out. 1 – Dont’ Be Organized The less organized you are, the more likely you will do something stupid like double-book yourself and have to reschedule a meeting. If you look like you […]

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Stop Looking For Project Management Jobs

What’s the hardest part of landing a new role to advance your career? I asked this question in a poll recently on the Career in Project Management LinkedIn Group. The top answer was that finding organizations and jobs seems to be the toughest challenge, at least from the people who responded to the poll I […]

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5 Self-Inflicted Wounds On Your Project Management Career

5 Self-Inflicted Wounds On Your Project Management Career

You’ve applied to everything that moves. You’ve polished your resume. You’re going for all the right job titles. You’ve pursued an advanced degree. You’re asking everybody if they are hiring and can get you ‘in’. You’re trying everything you know. But it’s not working. It’s frustrating, I know it is. I’ve been there. So why? This […]

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How To Land A Project Management Job

How To Land A Project Management Job

A great discussion about pursuing a project management role on the LinkedIn group recently spurred me to put together some more in-depth information for you today. Sometimes it’s easy for me to forget that many of you may not know about the many routes available to you for landing a project management job. Believe it […]

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How To Break Into Project Management

I received a great question from Chris, a question I get very often. Hi josh, Things are going fine. But it has been hard to enter into Project Management field. All jobs need a minimum of three years of hands-on as a project manager. How one can get entry into this field? Any ideas? Thanks. […]

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Who Is Responsible For Your Project Management Career?

Who Is Responsible For Your Project Management Career?

photo by Kaptain Kobold   Project Management Career questions frequent my inbox and comment notifications. I love them! The Question I received a great one from Biswa just recently: Recently joined in a organization as a Project Coordinator which provides IT Services to government. I have completed my MBA & having BCA > would it be […]

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Why You Fail At Networking

Why You Fail At Networking

Too many people see networking as something you do when you are looking for a job. That is soooo wrong….

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Why You Should Be A Networking Ninja

Why You Should Be A Networking Ninja

The resume or CV is important, but it doesn’t even make up a majority of the decision…

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Are You Experienced?

Are You Experienced?

Jose sent me a great email with some important questions about gaining experience in project management, and education: Hi Josh! I’m a huge follower of yours and really enjoy your tips. I’m sure you get this often, but I have been struggling with what the next step is. I am continuously learning, but feel I […]

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5 Questions For Project Management Career Success

5 Questions For Project Management Career Success

Are you struggling to find your way through this maze that is your project management career?

Struggle no more. Follow this process to the letter and iterate as much as you need to. It will help you get crystal clear on your goals, how to achieve them, and hold yourself accountable for results.

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5 Project Management Interview Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

So you landed an interview for a project management role.  Congratulations! Being evil yourself in an interview is critical, because you want them to see who you really are.  If there is a fit between you and the organization, it will be found if you treat this like an engaging discussion. But there are mistakes that […]

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How to Research Project Manager Salary

How to Research Project Manager Salary

I try to teach people to fish; even if they didn’t ask me to show them how….  they just wanted a fish. You can’t conquer the world using evil minions alone…some things you just have to do yourself. A minion of mine, Jaimie, asked me about specific numbers for a certain area.  In this video, […]

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15 Ways to Hook a Gig as a Project Manager

Mike Clayton recently responded to a question he receives often from his audience, “how do I get into project management?” I really liked what Mike had to say, and so this is my evil riff on his ideas. 1.  Seize opportunities – any opportunities. Take any chance you can to get involved in a project […]

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The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers

Do you want to be an evil a successful project manager? Me too.  I’m actually a bit obsessed with it. As I work with my project teams, more and more ideas keep coming out to enhance our ability to deliver successful projects. I also study how the most successful project managers I know in various […]

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4 Secret Weapons in the Battle for Your Project Management Career

Every time you contemplate what you need to do to take over the world further your project management career, do you get a sinking feeling in your stomach? Do you worry that it won’t be enough, or that you don’t know what you don’t know? It’s a fear that many beginning project managers know well; […]

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Evil Project Management Career Coaching

Evil Project Management Career Coaching

You’ve tried to land the job of your dreams.  You’ve worked and struggled and clawed trying to get into a project management role.  You’ve tried to get better at moving your career forward in all the standard ways. But have you tried the evil way?? I focus specifically on 1) helping people get into project […]

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