How to Become a Project Manager

by Liz Jones; Updated September 26, 2017

The project manager role is to manage a specific project. An example of this is telemarketing companies who have a different person manage each campaign or client. The project manager does not actually do the work such as take calls, payroll or hiring. Her duties include supervising workers, reporting progress to the management, conferring with the client, and implementing the client goals. The skill sets of a project manager include leadership, motivation, time management and organization. Discover how to become a project manager.

Step 1

Take a project management class or course at the local community college or online at Job Profiles (see Resources below). Make sure the course is specific to project management so you obtain the correct set of skills.

Step 2

Prepare a professional resume. If you have no paid project management experience, include volunteer experience, such as organizing a bake sale. Use a school event if you have one such as scout leader.

Step 3

Consider joining a volunteer or social organization to gain first hand experience in project management. Offer to run the next drive or head the next fundraiser. Plan the next event for your organization from arranging transportation to finding lodging to the daily routine but as a project manager assign someone else to call the airlines and hotels involved. Your job, as a project manager, is to make sure the project gets done - not to do it.

Step 4

Apply for a position in your chosen field. Actual job experience in your field is usually a prerequisite for a project manager job.

Step 5

Make sure your present supervisor knows you want the project manager promotion. If your present supervisor gives you tips on getting the position utilize those tips. Ask current project managers for more details about their day-to-day duties and use this information to advance.

Step 6

Send your resume to other companies with current openings for a project manager. You may have to seek your promotion elsewhere if your present company does not have an opening. Smaller companies may be more likely to hire someone with no prior experience if they have the skills necessary to perform the job. The pay may be lower but you may get your promotion much sooner.

Step 7

Prepare for an interview. Learn as much as you can about the position before your interview and prepare a professional presentation that stresses how you will do the job with as much specific detail as possible.

Tips

  • Dress the part each day when you go to work. Look and act like a person with the authority of a project manager.

Warnings

  • Make sure your present company understands that you are seeking a project manager position from another company because they do not have an opening or that it seems to you that it would take too long for you to get promoted to that position. You do not want to jeopardize your present job.

About the Author

Liz Jones is a freelance writer with extensive experience in a variety of areas, including digital imaging and the food industry. Jones has been writing professionally for three years. She attended the Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Astro Physics.