Top Gift Ideas for Product Managers/Marketers in your life

outsideinview.comA guest post by Barry Doctor, product marketing manager at Katun, Inc., and lifelong observer of cool gadgets and tech toys, who is green with jealousy of those who obtain these toys in their early stages.

While it is the goal of some product managers to simply obtain enough time off to properly enjoy the holidays – rest, relax and recharge. Others wish for more QA resources and a CEO that shares a change in company direction more than 6 weeks before launch of that major new product. Others were hoping for a job or an acquisition. Since fulfillment of these abstract items is particularly difficult, we’ve chosen some unique, obscure products that solve a market problem or cause a product manager to exclaim “that’s cool” out loud. (more…)

The New Rules of Obtaining a Job – no Snipe Hunting

Today’s post comes from Jim Holland. Jim’s passion is guiding teams that deliver market-focused products. He elevates, develops, and enables talent using natural skills and experiences acquired from individual contribution and management roles. Enjoy the post don’t hesitate to tweet your comments to Jim directly.

How many times have you read a job posting or heard of an opportunity and said, “I can do that job or I have the some of the skills or qualifications to do that?”

In talking to a number of friends recently, it’s apparent that what many of us are doing is hunting snipe.  Snipe hunting for those of you that didn’t grow up in the south or other areas where random pranks took place in deserted locations, is basically practical jokes where inexperienced people are told about a bird called the snipe and are challenged to catch it while running around in the woods carrying a bag and making strange noises.   
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The New Rules of Obtaining a Job

Today’s post comes from Jim Holland. Jim’s passion is guiding teams that deliver market-focused products. He elevates, develops, and enables talent using natural skills and experiences acquired from individual contribution and management roles. Enjoy the post, and please don’t hesitate to tweet your comments to Jim directly.

If you’re reading this post, you’ve recognized that searching for the next position isn’t what it was a few years ago. For those who’ve been displaced after holding a steady gig for three or more years, it may seem like you’ve stepped out of a time machine.
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Know What You Value (A Guest Blog on the PM Job Search)

 

[This is a Guest Blog from Robin Zaragoza. Follow Robin on Twitter: @BstnMelody)

Searching for a job is fun! I relish the opportunity to be put on the spot and asked to prove myself to a bunch of people I don’t know yet. I especially enjoy this when I’m not even sure if I’m interested in the company with which I’m interviewing!

Ok, maybe not. I actually find job interviewing to be somewhat stressful – kind of like the first day of school. There is an underlying excitement at the possibility of discovering something wonderful, but mostly I wonder, “Will they like me?”

Now isn’t that a surprise? I wonder “Will they like me?” not “Will they think I’m qualified?” I thought long and hard on why this might be, and at the end of the day I believe this to be a reflection of what I value in a company. I want to work with people I enjoy being around. Sure, I would *also* like to work with people that are ridiculously intelligent and can teach me the world over. But if we don’t have a good working relationship and I don’t enjoy spending time with you, I’m going to find it very hard to be effective in my job.

This week I interviewed with a company that on paper looks great. They fit my criteria: consumer web company, soon to be profitable, very supportive investors. The founding team has already had a major success with a previous company. The product itself is very compelling and customers seem to love it. The director of the PM team comes from an impressive background. I could go on and on, but you get my point. If this were a […]