Why Recruiters Will Choose Me Over Others?

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Every day, I hear from many aspiring product managers who ask me, “Why would recruiters pick me instead of all the other people applying for the same product management job?” Is this the same question going through your mind? If yes, then this podcast is for you. Hey, it’s your host, Sachin Sharma, a seasoned product manager with over ten years of product management experience. I’ve had the pleasure of guiding over 1,000 aspiring product managers on their journey towards 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.

Standing Out in the Product Management Job Search:
Having this kind of question is entirely natural, and you’re somewhat right in asking it. I hope you’ll also agree that there should be something you need to do differently from others to put yourself on the radar of recruiters and hiring managers. Now, the question arises: What do you need to do differently?

Step 1: Target Your Job Applications:
First and foremost, don’t apply to every company or job posting like others do. The biggest mistake most job seekers make is applying to every job posting they come across for the role they desire. They often fail to consider if it’s a good fit for them, if they can bring value to the company, or if they can gain value from it. They mindlessly click the “apply” button and hope for the best. Unfortunately, this approach not only wastes their time but also the time of recruiters. It reduces their chances of receiving a callback and leads to self-doubt. Instead, focus on specific industries or sectors where you have knowledge and experience. This targeted approach increases your chances of standing out and saves your energy and time.

Step 2: Prepare for the Transition:
Many people who aspire to transition into product management follow the wrong approach. They update their resumes, read a bit about product management, obtain certifications, and start applying for PM roles with the intention of learning on the fly. This is the wrong approach. It wastes time and the time of recruiters and hiring managers. Instead, allocate 4 to 5 months for thorough preparation, guided by an experienced mentor. Avoid relying solely on theoretical knowledge or certifications; recruiters seek practical skills. Consider building a real product or project following product management processes, which will set you apart from others.

Step 3: Create an Impressive LinkedIn Profile:
Your LinkedIn profile is a valuable asset on your journey to transitioning into a product management role. When recruiters or hiring managers visit your profile, they often form 20-30% of their impression about you based on it. Ensure your LinkedIn profile showcases your career transition journey, highlighting your commitment to gaining product management skills.

Step 4: Interview Preparation:
While it may sound obvious, many people underestimate the importance of interview preparation. Understanding the interview process is crucial. Conduct mock interviews with experts to receive constructive feedback. Avoid memorizing frameworks for answering product management interview questions, as interviewers can quickly identify this. Focus on practical skills and responses.

By following these four steps, you’ll increase your chances of being preferred by recruiters and hiring managers. If you still have doubts or need guidance to make a smooth transition into a product management role, consider registering for my upcoming web class on Catchupwithsachin.com/saw-live. Take action, and let me provide you with further assistance.

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