How to Land the Best Job as a Product Manager?

Written by Guest Author: Saurabh Tyagi

Many people want the title Product manager. It sounds and reads suave and impressive. However, the ambiguity surrounding this particular role and its responsibilities and no set defined academic requirements leads people to self-proclaim themselves as a product manager a tad too early in their career. Similarly, many recruiters also do not have complete understanding of the skills of a product manager and as a result companies tend to make hiring decisions based upon domain experience against quantifiable product management skills. Here are some tips to land the best product manager job.

Take product management training for best knowledge

If you want the best product management job, you should have the best knowledge as well. Real product managers drive the product vision, work with designers and engineers and everyone in between, analyze the performance of the features and make decisions. As the tasks involved are extensive it become imperative for the aspiring candidate to have either extensive experience or training in the commonly agreed upon industry standards for the practice of product management. When you get trained, it helps you gain an inside view of the prevalent practices, enhance the existing knowledge and network with similarly skilled professionals.

Read product management books

As a product manager, you will have to manage a range of diverse activities, departments, work on a number of tools and deal with a highly diverse set of professionals. Reading product management books will enable you to speak the language of those involved. Interviewer might even ask you about some extra resources that you follow in order to stay ahead of the curve and if you come out with a name or two of some of the famous product management books it will definitely add to your appeal as a prospective candidate.

Crack the Interview

With the responsibilities that a product manager handles, it’s no surprise that candidates are overwhelmed when preparing for interviews.  Sadly, there is no way you can bypass this critical step. The typical interviewer might test your design experience or analytical capabilities, your leadership skills or business acumen or just focus on the technical portion. You can never be too sure, thus, it is best to be prepared for everything.  Customer empathy is another important quality that CEOs seek in their product managers.  As Steven Sinofsky, the former President of Microsoft’s Windows division explains, “as a PM you are the voice of the customer so you have to really understand their point of view and context.”  Some of his favorite questions include

  • What was the last product you bought and why?

  • Describe your buying process and what influenced your buying decision.

Develop Connections and leverage them

Networking has always been one of the best ways to secure a job that you wouldn’t have been able to in normal circumstances. In this age of internet, networking has also assumed different notions, and has turned into more of a social networking phenomenon. LinkedIn has become the de-facto for reaching out and meeting new professionals of an industry.  

Joining the existing product management groups on this social network, and participating in the discussion or starting your own discussion is a good practice to make an impact.  For a real world perspective you can join a local product management association and participate in the events. You can show this participation in your resume and also cash in on the opportunities to establish professional connections. Such groups and associations are sometimes the first places that recruiters and companies search for candidates for product management jobs.

Highlight your achievements

Crafting the right resume is a critical part of any job search process. Make sure that you highlight the right sections in your resume as recruiters only scan a CV for six seconds according to a study. Achievements are one section that fits the criteria. Your new job application should highlight all that you have achieved in previous organizations and jobs, and how these achievements align with the new product manager job that you are applying to.

There are rarely any professionals who start their career as product manager. The majority of them start their career in different functions and after gaining necessary skills and experience, and making the right moves ultimately break into the PM roles.

About Saurabh Tyagi
Saurabh Tyagi is a career author with over 4 years of proven experience and expertise in writing article for various leading blogs and online publishing platforms. He is a technically sound person, equipped with the knowledge on various upcoming web technologies, including social media, product design, web design and development.  You can find him here
Saurabh Tyagi.

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The Product Person Holiday Party 2014! (recap)

Thank you to everyone who made it to The Product Person Holiday Party 2014!  It was a fun, record-breaking event with over 500 people joining us over the course of the festivities!

And, a few of the highlights were…

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…YOU!  Thank you to everyone who made it!

And, an extra special thank you to InVision who sponsored our event by providing free drinks all around!

  • InVision is the world’s most powerful design collaboration platform, giving you everything you need to prototype, review, test, and track progress on designs. It’s your entire design process, all in one place. Learn more @ http://www.invisionapp.com/

The Product Group meet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet, interact, and network in a roundtable setting. It’s awesome to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational gathering.

If you are a Product Person and are interested in having your product featured or participating as a featured guest expert at an upcoming meetup of The Product Group, contact me (or email at jhorn (a-t.) tpgblog DoT com).

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meetup …

Thursday, February 5th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!
 

Stay tuned for more announcements about February’s Featured Product, DOWN.

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!

Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!

TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

Visit http://TheProductMentor.com and
Sign-up today!

Enjoy!

Interested in becoming a sponsor or host of The Product Group? contact me.

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 2 openings

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Product Manager @ Complex Media (New York, NY)
Keywords: Consumer, Content, Platform, Product Management, Web
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1052&lf=twf

Chief Product Officer @ Pinks and Greens (NYC or Florham Park, NJ)
Keywords: e-commerce, magento, mobile, product, retail
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1042&lf=twf

Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Product Management Immersive Instructor @ General Assembly (New York, NY)
Keywords: education, instructor, PM, product management, teach
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1051&lf=twf

Manager, Online Product Management @ The Home Depot (Atlanta, GA)
Keywords: e-Commerce, Product, Product Manager, Retail, Roadmap
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1050&lf=twf

Product Management Intern @ GroundLink Holdings, LLC (New York, NY)
Keywords: Applications, Development, Product, Web, Web Development
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1049&lf=twf

Product Manager, Web @ GroundLink Holdings, LLC (New York, NY)
Keywords: Content, Development, Product, Web, Web Development
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1048&lf=twf

Pinks & Greens, Mistakes and Festivities to Follow

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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.

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Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were…

Featured Product: Pinks & Greens
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from full phone service to customer segmentation (thanks to Allison Dorst)

Product Management Mistakes
from the invisible to Windows 8

The Product Group meet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet, interact, and network in a roundtable setting. It’s awesome to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational gathering.

If you are a Product Person and are interested in having your product featured or participating as a featured guest expert at an upcoming meetup of The Product Group, contact me (or email at jhorn (a-t.) tpgblog DoT com).

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meetup

The Product Person Holiday Party 2014!
(not your regularly scheduled roundtable discussion)
Thursday, December 18th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!  

Stay tuned for more announcements about December’s Featured Product, Pinks & Greens.

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!
TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

Visit http://TheProductMentor.com and
Sign-up today!

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor or host of The Product Group? contact me.

Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Product Marketing Manager @ Kinetic Social (New York City)
Keywords: AdTech, Advertising, Internet, Marketing, Social
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1047&lf=twf

Product Manager @ Kinetic Social (New York City)
Keywords: AdTech, Advertising, Internet, Marketing, Social
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1046&lf=twf

Product Manager @ JW Player (New York, NY)
Keywords: Ad Tech, Platform, SaaS, Streaming, Video
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1045&lf=twf

Product Manager for Media Services @ JW Player (New York, NY)
Keywords: API, SaaS, Streaming, Transcoding, Video
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1044&lf=twf