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Job Seeking In Today\'s Market

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Jason Miceli will recount his recent success story, outlining what went right and wrong, offer relevant tips and advice, and then lead a round-table discussion aimed to help Product Managers plan their next career move, whether voluntary or forced.

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Job Seeking In Today\'s Market

  1. 1. Job Seeking In Today’s Market A case study by Jason Miceli www.productninja.net
  2. 2. A Recent Success Story <ul><li>What worked for me </li></ul><ul><li>Some random tips and advice </li></ul><ul><li>What about you? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tip #1 Know what you want!
  4. 4. Timeline Technology Network Engineer / Project Management Project Management / Product Management IT Integration / Network Consulting Space: Role: Products: Market: Legal / Financial Financial / Compliance Information Security Career: 1997 2010 2004 (7 years) (6 years)
  5. 5. Timeline Technology Network Engineer / Project Management Project Management / Product Management IT Integration / Network Consulting Space: Role: Products: Market: Legal / Financial Financial / Compliance Information Security Career: 1997 2010 2004 (7 years) (6 years)
  6. 6. Timeline Technology Network Engineer / Project Management Project Management / Product Management IT Integration / Network Consulting Space: Role: Products: Market: Legal / Financial Financial / Compliance Information Security Career: Today! Product Management Provisioning & Workflow Automation Construction / Avionics / Medical
  7. 7. The Cold Hard Truth <ul><li>Began my search 9 months ago </li></ul><ul><li>Was working a few warm leads for many months </li></ul><ul><li>SmartEquip approached me 2 months ago, and I initially turned them down </li></ul><ul><li>All potential opportunities were through networking (2 nd choice was actually through church networking!) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tip #2 Focus your efforts wisely…
  9. 9. Job Search Methods Recruiters Career Consultants Ads / Direct Networking (TMI Executive Resources) (Monster.com, LinkedIn, TheLadders, classified, etc.) (Agencies, LinkedIn, TheLadders, etc.) “ We don't find jobs for people, we find people for companies”
  10. 10. Tip #3 Put the effort in!
  11. 11. It Wasn’t Easy <ul><li>I put in tons of effort for weeks </li></ul><ul><li>I visited repeatedly, created presentations, went out to prospective customers , etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The thought of having to do it all over again was terrifying , though realistic </li></ul><ul><li>According to SmartEquip… </li></ul>
  12. 12. It Wasn’t Easy <ul><li>I put in tons of effort for weeks </li></ul><ul><li>I visited repeatedly, created presentations, went out to prospective customers , etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The thought of having to do it all over again was terrifying , though realistic </li></ul><ul><li>According to SmartEquip… </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tip #4 Leverage your Product Management expertise!
  14. 14. Sell Yourself & Leverage Leadership <ul><li>You know how to sell stuff, so sell yourself as though you are a product! Here are some great tips from Steve Johnson: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your story? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What market problems do you solve? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you define your target market? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are the buyer personas and what is their buying process? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you established thought leadership? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your pricing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you doing win/loss analysis? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your product roadmap? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You are all leaders within your organization, and likely your prior organization(s) – use that leverage ! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tip #5 Resume Building & Final Career Advice
  16. 16. Framework Essentials <ul><li>For your resume: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ So what ?” and “ who cares ?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call out community engagement / activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For your career: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take risks, and volunteer for anything and everything you can </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always stay positive – you’re a leader ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shine in every way possible!! </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Jason Miceli Product Ninja www.productninja.net www.twitter.com/JasonMiceli www.productninja.net

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