Project managers fill one of the most important roles within the information technology industry. Project managers take on the responsibility of developing plans as well as creating and managing the process of using computers and technology to grow your business and achieve organizational goals.
As IT has become increasingly important across all industries, it has become ever more essential for every company to have great project managers who can keep IT staff motivated, who can keep projects on track and on deadline, and who can bring creativity and technical knowledge to the job.
When you are looking to hire the best project managers for your business, there are a few key things you can do to make sure you don’t just get qualified professionals but that you also get candidates who will excel in taking your IT efforts to the next level. Your company should consider the following points.
Not waiting until you need a project manager to start searching for qualified candidates.
If you wait until you actually have a project that needs a manager, you could find yourself rushed to find qualified candidates. It is a good idea to start searching early, as soon as a project is in the pipeline. In fact, it may be best just to keep tabs on who is working well within the industry and to have a shortlist of candidates you would be interested in trying to recruit in case a project management position becomes open in your organization. If you know who the top project managers are and you have your finger on the pulse of the industry, you should never be rushed into hiring the wrong candidate.
If your company doesn’t have a list of candidates for potential project manager openings, one way to keep the pipeline fresh with qualified options is to work with a recruiter in the field. They continually work to have qualified job candidates ready to take the next step in their career.
Listing actual job duties and avoiding generics.
The responsibilities that project managers take on can vary greatly depending upon the size and scope of the project and the specific project goals. You don’t want to waste your time with candidates who aren’t qualified for a particular position. Make a list of the skills you want your job candidates to have and create a detailed job description so only candidates with those abilities will be considered.
Focusing on soft skills as well as technical knowledge.
You want a project manager who understands the technology involved in the ways you’ll use computers in your business. However, you also want a project manager who has the skills necessary to keep staff motivated, keep projects on track, resolve conflicts, and to otherwise manage the people as well as technology. You should look for skills like leadership, skill in conflict resolution, and a strong ability to inspire.
Technology Partners is a full-service IT staffing service which helps businesses to find project managers and other professionals to fill open positions. We can help put you in touch with candidates who are qualified as project managers and who are recognized as thought leaders in the IT field. Give Technology Partners a call today at 877-636-1331 or contact us online to learn more about the assistance we can offer.