How to get hired as a product manager

It’s easy to go to someone’s sites and portfolio to get a sense of what they’re about. Product Managers still appear to be stuck in the “Let me tell you how awesome I am” rut, though. This is a generalization, of course, but what I’m mostly seeing right now is resumes that excel at vagueness.

I’ve seen many of those types of resumes over the years. It makes you sit back and say, “what does that even mean?”



  • http://intertext.com/ Jason Snell

    Telling people why you’re awesome is something you should do when trying to get a job. Not simply that you’re awesome because reasons. :-)

    • http://www.elezea.com/ Rian van der Merwe

      Definitely agree! That’s what I’m seeing mostly though… “because reasons…”

    • f1rehead

      I agree that telling everyone you’re awesome is not productive. On the other hand, the B$ promulgated in that screed is not helpful. Reacting to one extreme point of view by going to the other doesn’t accomplish anything. As a Product Manager with many years and successful releases under my belt, I would immediately cross that company off my list because of the arrogance of the author. He/she has unreasonable expectations. A good Product Manager has strong business skills and general skills across the other relevant disciplines (development, operations, support, marketing, communications, blah, blah, blah). Otherwise, what the F* would they need you for? If a Product Manager were genius across the board, they would NOT be interviewing for whatever crappy company for which you’re writing a blog. Get real. These people expect Product Managers to come in and solve all their business, development, UX, marketing, etc problems. That is not realistic. If I could do everything, I would not be working for someone else. Product Managers are focused on the business first, and are generalists in every other category. I’m not going to try and explain any perceived excessive hubris in the resumes of people I don’t know, but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that the essays suggested by the author are not appropriate for a CV. This person is a jerk and deserves the poor quality Product Manager candidates he/she gets.

  • Moeskido

    “Let me tell you how awesome I am” is a disease that afflicts millions, often including the folks who are also saying “let’s make the site more customer-centric.”