5 things you need to know when hiring a project manager.
In today’s advertising industry everything moves at a lightning speed, and if you blink you might miss it. From creative campaigns to website redesigns, businesses are constantly evolving and the need for fresh, up-to-date advertising and marketing is a must. But when it comes down to the last minute and there are deadlines to meet, who is the person behind the scenes that you can count on to get the job done?
ENTER THE PROJECT MANAGER.
Every successful company knows that they key to their success is hiring good people. From top-level executives to support staff, everyone plays an important role in getting the job done. Project management is one of those jobs, and it’s a vital one. Therefore, hiring the right project manager will be one of the most important business decisions you will make.
5 things you need to know when hiring a project manager:
1. HIRE A TEAM PLAYER
The project manager will be responsible for being the “middleman” between your team and the client. Therefore, it is extremely important that you hire someone with great communication and organizational skills, so that they can effectively and efficiently run projects between both teams.
2. HIRE AN ORGANIZED MULTI-TASKER:
Being a project manager not only requires that that person be organized, but a multi-tasker as well. Since agencies are always on the go with new and existing projects, the project manager needs to be able juggle all tasks while still making sure everyone has all the information they need for a successful project outcome. In addition, they need to be able to keep track of estimates and timelines, to ensure deadlines are met and costs stay within the approved budgets.
3. HIRE SOMEONE WHO WILL GET THINGS DONE:
Getting things done should be the tagline for project management. It is one of the most important skills to the success of the entire team, because if there is no follow through on the project manager’s part, then everyone loses. When hiring a project manager, make sure that you find someone who delivers on what they promise and will stay on top of the team (both internal and external) to make sure everyone is doing their part for a positive outcome.
4. HIRE SOMEONE WITH PASSION:
When everything is said and done, if there is no passion there is no drive to succeed. Hire someone who is passionate about the industry, your company and your clients, and genuinely wants to make a difference in your business. If they have the passion, it will help them succeed in all other areas of project management.
5. HIRE SOMEONE WHO FITS YOUR CULTURE:
It is very important that the person you are hiring fit within your corporate culture. Since they are the ones with direct contact to your team and the client, you want to make sure they believe in what your business is all about, your core values and what you stand for. That way, their positive energy will rub off on others and remind people that they are all working towards the goals and aspirations of the company.
Hiring the right team is always a challenge.
Your team can make or break your business. They propel your bottom line, represent your brand, and make up your corporate identity. Make sure you have the right support people in place, that you have leaders and managers in the right roles, and that everyone on your team is working together to support your corporate vision. A Project Manager should be the glue that holds your team together and gets your projects moving along at a fast, efficient pace.
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