Do I Need to Hide my Previous Work Experience?

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Are you contemplating a career transition into a product management role, wondering whether you should conceal your previous work experience? Well, here’s a secret: You don’t need to hide a thing. Why? Because product management is an incredibly versatile role, and it doesn’t matter where or in which role you’ve previously worked. You’ve undoubtedly acquired skills that will aid your transition into a product management role. Let’s explore how to approach this transition from your existing role.

Transitioning to Product Management: A Five-Step Process:
Hey there, it’s your host, Sachin Sharma, a seasoned product manager with over 10 years of experience in product management. I’ve had the privilege of guiding over 1,000 aspiring product managers on their journey to success. With this podcast, I aim to share even more valuable insights on product management to help you excel in your career. If you’re looking to level up your skills and stand out from the crowd, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive into today’s episode without any further delay.

Step 1: Understand the Versatility of Product Management:
First, it’s essential to understand that all hiring managers are aware that product management is a relatively new role in the industry. There isn’t a specific degree that guarantees entry into product management. While some colleges offer master’s programs in product management, these often provide theoretical knowledge rather than the practical skills needed for the role. Consequently, hiring managers rely on two primary sources for product managers: freshers and existing working professionals transitioning into the role.

Step 2: Identify the Skills Needed:
Begin your transition by identifying the skills required for a product management role. You can do this by conducting online research or using tools to discover the necessary hard and soft skills. Remember that product management involves both types of skills.

Step 3: Assess Your Existing Skills:
Next, assess the skills you’ve developed in your current or previous roles, including both hard and soft skills. Consider how these skills can be transferred to a product management role.

Step 4: Bridge the Skills Gap with a Mentor:
Once you’ve identified your transferable skills and the gaps you need to fill, find a mentor who can assist you in bridging these skill gaps. A mentor can provide guidance and practical advice to accelerate your transition.

Step 5: Highlight Transferable Skills in Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile:
In your resume and LinkedIn profile, emphasize your transferable skills. This communicates to hiring managers that you’ve actively acquired product management skills while working in your previous role, making you stand out from other candidates.

I hope this episode has answered your questions about transitioning to a product management role. If you’re still uncertain or seeking a mentor to guide you through the process, consider registering for my upcoming product career web class on Take action, and let me provide you with more insights into this exciting career path.

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