Finding the right job or the right candidate
shouldn’t be hard work. But heading straight to
those online job search sites may not be the most
efficient way to go. Instead of scrolling through
generic job portals, project managers—and the
companies looking to hire them—are better off
zeroing in on a site targeted specifically to the
profession. At PMI’s online career center, Career
Headquarters, it’s strictly project management all
“Our specialization means job searchers and
employers don’t need to wade through thousands
> For more information,
head to PMI.org and then go
to Career Development and
then Career Headquarters.
of unrelated opportunities or résumés to find the
perfect fit,” says Cara Hungerford, marketing
communications specialist at PMI.
Located within the Career Development section
of PMI.org, Career Headquarters collects project
management job opportunities across a wide variety
of industries, responsibilities and locations.
“Make sure that every project you take on is a
little more complex and a little more difficult than
the last one and you’ll be fine,” Mr. Arends says.
India Takes the Lead
Outsourcing chunks of software design and
development to India has been commonplace
In addition to perusing the site’s job listings,
project managers hunting for a new post can also
use Career Headquarters as a hub for managing
their careers or for marketing themselves.
The site allows all users to perform standard
tasks such as building or uploading résumés. But
PMI members get a few added perquisites, including the ability to create searchable résumés as
well as online portfolios showcasing their work
samples and certification documents.
Members can also make use of the site’s
virtual career coach, which, for a fee, offers
everything from tips on improving a résumé
to constructive feedback on professional
strengths and weaknesses. Coaches can help
project managers learn about advanced degree
Career Headquarters isn’t only for job seekers,
It’s also valuable for employers who can find
prospective candidates among PMI’s nearly
500,000 members and credential holders in 175
countries, Ms. Hungerford says.
A customizable résumé agent automatically
funnels all searchable résumés to employers
based on their stated requirements, such as
qualifications and locations.
for a long time. Now, Indian software service
companies are taking the lead.
“This has increased the role of the
project manager in the service companies
from just a resource manager to being
responsible for every aspect of the project,”
says Sudipto Chanda, director of engineering