WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HIRE A PROJECT MANAGER
Modern companies always have something going on whether it’s a new promotion, a new product launching, a seasonal offer, or a million other things that are designed to push sales numbers up. These are the kinds of campaigns you need to hire a Project Manager for. Find out what you need to know before hiring one right now.
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Table of Contents
What is a Project Manager?
Why is a Project Manager Important?
Important Skills and Traits of a Project Manager
Where to Hire Project Managers
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What is a Project Manager?
A Project Manager, as the name implies, is someone in charge of the development, planning, execution, and evaluation of specific projects within an organization. These projects can cover a wide range of activities from sales and marketing to social outreach and public relations, and everything in between.
Given that companies may undergo a wide range of projects, it is imperative that a Project Manager be knowledgeable in different fields that these projects may fall under.
Why is a Project
Company managers and/or department heads have constant responsibilities in the day-to-day operations of a company. When a company decides to launch a specific project, it may become counterproductive to pull one of the existing department heads or managers to oversee the project.
This is where the importance of a Project Manager comes in.
A Project Manager will have no other responsibility other than the effective and efficient development, planning, execution, and evaluation of a project. Normally, this will entail working and coordinating with other company managers who oversee company operations needed for the specific project.
For example, if the company decides to do a new product launch, the Project Manager will have to work closely with the product development team, the marketing team, the graphics and development team, as well as the customer service and/or technical support departments. Having a dedicated Project Manager will mean that the product launch will be done successfully without sacrificing the quality of work of the existing managers.
Moreover, a Project Manager will be better equipped to handle post-project analysis and evaluation as this is usually a part of his/her scope of work.
Important Skills and Traits of a Project Manager
In order to be effective, a Project Manager needs to possess a certain skill set and certain character traits:
Exceptional Management Skills – whether it’s managing people or managing material resources, a Project Manager needs to be able to make use of available resources in order to successfully develop, plan, and execute a project.
Effective Communication – should be able to explain project details and requirements not just to management but to rank and file personnel as well. This is always a critical element of any project.
Critical Thinking – a good part of a Project Manager’s job is solving problems and implementing sound strategy.
Ability to adapt quickly – even the best laid plans and project implementation programs can have problems in execution. It is an essential part of a Project Manager’s job to make changes and adjustments to running campaigns on the fly.
Being receptive to new things – Project Management, just like any kind of management and operations position, is dynamic and ever-changing. A Project Manager needs to have an endless supply of curiosity and desire to learn – not to mention patience and a thick skin.
Where to Find Project Managers
As mentioned earlier, a Project Manager is an integral member of any growing company or organization. That being said, the first thing you need to decide when deciding to hire a Project Manager is whether you want to hire a local or a remote one.
The advantages of hiring locally include:
Ease of access and the ability to work with you face to face – it’s always easier to work with someone face to face.
Less cultural and social adjustment needed – you’re most probably living in the same city as your local Project Manager so you’re in the same time zone, speak the same language and share the same culture. This makes work so much smoother.
Better team-building opportunities – being in the same place physically creates plenty of opportunity to train, collaborate, build rapport, and get feedback.
On the other hand, hiring local talent can have the following disadvantages:
Specific skill sets can be harder to find – if you’re limited to a particular geographical area, finding a rockstar will be challenging.
Overhead expenses – if you hire locally, you’ll be obligated to keep an office which means you have to pay rent, pay for supplies, pay for electricity and other utilities. If you already have an office, you’ll have to provide your new hire with a work space which translates to the same thing – increased overhead.
Here are the advantages of hiring remotely
Access to a global pool of talents – you’re not limited to who’s available in your city and what they know. Hiring remotely gives you access to talented Project Managers from different countries who may even charge relatively smaller fees than local recruits. This is true to both project-based freelancers and full-timers.
Little to no overhead – most remote workers work from home so you don’t need to worry about providing them with work spaces. This is especially true for project-based freelancers. However, for full-time employees, you may be required to subsidize their internet connection, computer equipment etc. But these costs are still far less compared to local overhead expenses.
Less contractual obligation – you can hire Project Managers on a per-project basis. If you like their work, continue to give them projects to work on. If you don’t, just don’t give them any more tasks to perform and that’s that.
Here are the disadvantages of hiring remote workers:
Trial and error – you can’t really gauge the level of expertise, experience and even work ethic of the remote worker until you take a leap of faith and hire them. The good news is, if you don’t like their performance on the first project, you can just part ways right then and there.
Time constraints – if you hire a remote Project Manager, particularly a freelancer, you need to understand right off the bat that you’re probably sharing him with several other clients (some paying more than you). That means your project is at the mercy of the freelancer’s workload. This may not be the case, though, with full-time remote employees.
That being said, here are a few places where you can find project managers online. Note that in some of these websites, you’ll have the option to hire either locally or remotely. It’s all up to you, your needs and your budget:
Upwork (local and remote) – geared more towards the US market. You can post a project management job job, and available contractors can start lining up to apply. All you’d need to do is choose the best candidate. This is a good place to look for either part-timers or full-time project managers.
Fiverr (remote and local) – contractors already post their services and their fees upfront. However, there’s still room for negotiation once you’ve touched base with a contractor. This is your best choice for one-off projects.
People Per Hour (remote and local) – geared more towards the European market. Just like Upwork, you post a job and contractors will apply. You can choose the best candidate and go from there. This is also a good place to look for either part-timers or full-time project managers.
C9 Staff (remote) – specializes in providing remote staffing services from the Philippines. It is considered a concierge service where you don’t simply hire a project manager from the Philippines (or any other kind of remote worker for that matter), you hire a project manager with an entire management service behind him to keep him accountable and always on his toes. This is ideal for people looking to hire the best and expecting to get the best while keeping costs relatively competitive.
Do you have previous experience with project managers? Or is this your first hiring one? Do you already have a team in place and you just need a kickass Project Manager to complete it? Or are you planning to build a team around your Project Manager?