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Try to look for a Project Coordinator role. This is a great start.
Project coordinator in medium size company will be a start... not in big projects company
I was working in a company as sales and I pushed myself into a small project and made my way.
I started as a seriously technical dude. Application programmer, then DBA. Got sick of badly organized projects, so I slowly did more & more of the PM work. On a new account I convinced my company it was easier for me to oversee others doing techie work and me being the PM vs me educating the PM on how things really worked.
I'm not a fan of starting off as a coordinator, as people get stuck doing secretarial work. Scheduling meetings, arranging lunches, etc. It's a rut rate-wise, good luck ever breaking through to a higher value and hence higher rate/salary job.
I think it's far better to start off in a related discipline, then taking over. I've had QA folks do more & more oversight, then move into QA. Or BA. Obviously programming too. You can command a lot more respect, hence larger projects, when you can show people you used to be one of them. I haven't been technical in 15 years and I still tell people they'll need to work harder to con me than anyone else.
I started through analyst roles. As someone with strong business acumen and a handful of technical talent, I was able to sit b/t the business and development teams to assist with bridging the gap(s) b/t business needs and technical solutions.
Also, do not hesitate to reach out to a professional resume writer. If you are not getting any calls/interviews, it may point to a need to modify your resume. Maybe you are just not telling your story well enough. It is worth the investment.
We all wish you the very best.
Hi Angela. It was by getting involved in a project while performing another role. I think this might be quite common.
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