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Transitioning into Project Management
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Not sure if I can post this here.. but here goes!

I am currently completing my bachelor's with a concentration in Project Management. I will be scheduling to take the PMP soon.
I've searched for a mentor with no luck.
I have worked Accounting projects over the years, so my background is Accounting/Financial.

What is the best way to transition into Project Management.
When my Resume is looked at, all they see is Accounting.

Tonjia Wilson
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Tonjia, the best way to transition into project management is to specifically ask for a PM assignment. Do you want to transition finance PM, or are you going to a new industry? On your resume, be sure to highlight skills that overlap with project management (teamwork, planning, managing, communication, etc). Network with a PM at the company you wish to work. Good luck.
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hi Tonjia

If you would like, you can check my book on PMInterview, which includes how to transition, some resume tips and all the questions you need to break through the interview with PMBOK references.

When I first transitioned from BA, it was quite difficult for me as well.
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1 reply by TONJIA WILSON
Jun 20, 2017 4:40 PM
TONJIA WILSON
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I will take a look

Thank you! :)
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Jun 20, 2017 4:28 PM
Replying to Deepa Kalangi
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hi Tonjia

If you would like, you can check my book on PMInterview, which includes how to transition, some resume tips and all the questions you need to break through the interview with PMBOK references.

When I first transitioned from BA, it was quite difficult for me as well.
I will take a look

Thank you! :)
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I applied for a PM job as a “why not” shot. Glad I did because even though I hadn’t had the PM title I have all the skills and attributes the company was looking for. You never know what you can do unless you try!
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I fully agree with Ashley here. If your current situation ables you to do that go for a PM job no matter perhaps you have to "sacrifice" things like money for example.
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You say that you will be scheduling to take the PMP exam soon. In order to even sit for the PMP, you have to demonstrate that you have 36 months of professional project management experience, and 4,500 hours spent leading and directing projects. If you can sit for the exam, you already have plenty of project management experience even if your title is not Project Manager! As Mr. Johnson noted above, that is what you need to emphasize on your resume. Look at the experience you listed on the exam application and put that into your resume when tailoring it for a PM position. Highlight the PM skills above accounting skills. I transitioned into project management from accounting and software development, so I know it can be done. You already have the skill set! Good luck!

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