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During the current economic downturn, as executives cut spending, many organizations also terminated their project managers. As a result, many experienced professionals are now searching for new positions--during a time when such positions are far fewer than during stronger economic times. This article describes how project managers can find new positions by rebranding themselves and extending their job search beyond a particular industry. In doing so, it suggests how project managers can update their resumes by focusing on their skills instead of reflecting on their work in a particular industry. It identifies the one factor that can differentiate one project manager from a pool of other candidates. It then explains how one project manager successfully landed a job at the animal product retailer Petco, a position that involved project work vastly different from his previous position. It also points out the key issues that a project manager must address after landing a new position within an industry that dif
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