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Trouble Hiring a Project Manager? 5 Possible Reasons Why

A good manager is a difficult asset to find, and an even greater one to retain. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander explains why there is so much adversity in hiring a project manager. Use these tips to learn how to solve your problems.

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It is important to understand why you are struggling to attract the right people to the job, so you can amend your practices for the future. According to Alexander, there are five possible reasons why you are having trouble hiring a talented project manager:

  1. Being too ambiguous in the job description
  2. “Casting too wide a net”
  3. Procrastination
  4. Company reputation
  5. Recruiting in a competitive environment

For a project manager role, it is important to have a specific job description that details responsibilities and the intended outcome for the project. Job descriptions that are too ambiguous may attract project managers with the wrong skill sets to the job.

Do not wait for the right project manager to magically find you; employ some job agencies to scout out the perfect fit. When you utilize concentrated sources you tend to find the person with the specific skills you need. Likewise, never procrastinate when you are looking for talented project managers. Your organization is hardly the only company looking for such talented individuals. There is going to be competition, so do not put it off.

Sometimes the reason for having difficulty attracting project managers is because your company has a poor reputation. This is where employee exit interviews can really help, because they are more likely to honestly inform you what they think is wrong with the company and where it should improve.

Some geographic regions spark greater competition for talented project managers than others. Organizations in the less than desirable environments may need to become innovative in their approach to compete with other organizations.

With effort, you can indeed hire the right person for your niche position. You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/having-trouble-finding-a-project-manager-this-could-be-the-reason/

About Danielle Koehler

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Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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