Win tickets to see Jackie Bavaro's Lean Product Lean UX event on October 13

  • 5 October 2021
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Looking to break into product and grow your PM career? Jackie Bavaro (author of Cracking the PM Interview and Cracking the PM Career), Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia (Product School) are speaking on a panel and sharing answers on how to get your first role as a product manager.

To enter: Share a story about trying to break into the PM space.

  • What’s been the hardest part of finding that first role?
  • What worked or didn’t work for you?

We’ll select winners on October 12 at 7:00am PT.


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Coming from a non-product background the hardest part for me was to get past the resume screening round. What worked was crafting my resume in a way that highlighted the transferable skills I bring from my past experience to the PM role

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What’s been the hardest part of finding that first role?

It’s interesting. I moved into a product management position internally and that’s how I got into PM in the beginning. Even so, my first “jump” outside of that company was pretty nerve wrecking. As we all know, product management and the role of “product manager” means a plenty of different things to different organizations. The hardest part, for me, was understanding what product management meant on a more holistic perspective - while each company/organization takes chunks of the whole to define their “product manager” role, there are always overlapping needs. Identifying that and understanding how to utilize some of the things I learned in interviews into my day-to-day practice as a product manager really helped me land my first PM role.

What worked or didn’t work for you?

Coming from a mathematical background, I thought that my confidence in understanding and explaining numbers was going to be a strong point in my interviewing skills (it comes naturally to me). However, I learned that there’s a balance of what many hiring managers are expecting in that domain. I came off as too confident. Even when outlining some assumptions beforehand and getting clarity from the interviewer, the way I explained and demonstrated my results came off as “theses are definitive answers” versus “these are possibilities.” Once I shifted my tone and my method of presentation, it helped indicate that I was only presenting potential solutions versus the definitive solution.

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Thanks @skakkar and @david.morgan for entering. I’ll DM you details.