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How do I break into project management?

I am projects and IT manager for a small company where Prince2 is not tolerated. I want to move into a pure project management role, but have had no success. I fail to understand how I cannot get a job when there are reports of a shortage of IT project managers.

I have over 15 years' management experience. I have successfully managed projects of various sizes and types and I have Prince2 and ITIL. How come I cannot seem to get the break to go into project management?

Identify your use of methodologies

I am surprised, given your training, that you have found securing a project management role a problem. While I appreciate that your current company may not be the greatest supporter of Prince2, you have obviously used it to your employer's commercial success. Have you highlighted where this has been done successfully?

Finding a pure project management-focused role has a lot to do with finding a company where IT roles are clearly defined and segregated. The larger the IT department, the more likely the role will be "pure". You have a distinct advantage over other applicants because you have a wealth of experience across the board.

Whether your own company chooses to recognise the efforts you have made or not, you can boost your chances with them or a new employer by identifying when and where you have used Prince2 and ITIL. Where you have had to be flexible, run scenarios on how the outcome could have been improved if the whole process had been adopted. This clearly displays an in-depth understanding of the methodology and how you have been able to utilise your learning within a restricted environment. Add this to your CV or covering letter and I am sure the response you get will be improved.

Solution by Tracey Abbott, divisional director, Zarak Group

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