Most Wanted Hires: Interactive Project Managers
At the intersection of creative dynamism, unwavering leadership and a love of staying organized stands the mighty Interactive Project Manager. These linchpins of successful interactive campaigns are in high demand and earn very handsome salaries. Do you have what it takes to be on our Most Wanted Hires list? Take a look at our summary of the top three qualities hiring managers look for the most when they need an Interactive Project Manager.
Being highly organized isn’t enough to convince hiring managers that you’re the best lead for their interactive team. From innovative web apps to enticing multimedia advertisements, the most-wanted interactive project managers know what it’s like to work directly on the creative and technical elements of successful interactive campaigns.
Hiring managers these days need interactive PMs who have prior experience working in web design, web development, and a variety of other creative roles. Justin Court, Talent Manager at Onward Search New York City, says he sees the most demand for interactive project managers that are,“hands-on with the projects they work on and understand the software languages and programs that their web designer/developer etc. are working with.”
Experience with the work being done makes your decisions more informed, your guidance more confident, and your QA skills more sharp, which is exactly what will land you on the most wanted list. Tailor your resume to spotlight specific elements of your creative experience for each company that you want to work for to grab much more attention from the right people.
On Top Of Trends
How will you demonstrate your strong understanding of the latest industry trends when a hiring manager considers you for a PM role? If it’s online, point them to the blog or Twitter account on which you analyze and share trends you’ve discovered. If it’s in person, describe what you learned at a recent event or conference and how you intend to apply the information to the scope of your next project. No matter when you do it, speak about these topics with authority and confidence to leave the impression that you are the best candidate to run a well informed and cutting edge interactive team.
Natural Born Leader
If you work in interactive right now, you know how scattered and hectic projects can get. Tight deadlines and limited resources aren’t unheard of because companies are moving fast to keep up with both their competition and the speed at which the interactive industry is evolving. This means hiring managers are looking for an Interactive PM that can, above all else, lead a team under any circumstances.
The most valued interactive project managers are able to delegate effectively, motivate their team and inspire everyone to produce high quality deliverables no matter what’s going on. If you possess these most-wanted qualities, are you showing them off online and during your interview? Hiring managers (and recruiters) want to see keywords and phrases like “ambitious”, “self-starter”, “under budget” and “under deadline” in your resume and online profiles. When you get to the interview, be prepared to share stories and measurable evidence of instances where you inspired world-class creativity.
The world needs interactive project managers that are more than just hyper-organized or creatively inclined. As our Most Wanted Hires summary shows, companies need creative, experienced leaders who can bring the projects they work on to the next level of interactive innovation. If you possess these qualities, apply today!