Your first PM role

Getting that first role as a product manager is incredibly difficult. To the employer, you’re unproven, you have no experience with the role. You are a risk. So how does one transition into this incredibly popular role?

It starts with you. How do you market yourself? If a company can scan your resume and see examples of product management in the document, then they might give you a shot at interviewing. The easiest way to transition is to become a product manager within your own company. The managers already know you and are more willing to give you a chance to prove yourself. They’ll give you a small assignment and see how well you perform.

Alternatively, if you are trying to transition from a different industry and have no experience at all, try to get into a company where you have some experience from school or from your side projects. For example, did you participate in a self driving car competition in college? A company that focuses on self driving car technology may be interested in you. Do you love real estate? Try to become a product manager for a technology company that focuses on Real Estate statistics.

With these tips you’re sure to land your first job as a product manager. Once you get the first job, you have an opportunity to shine and transition into another role at a different company.

Looking forward to the future, the possibilities are endless.

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