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When recruiting project managers, organizations must not only identify top-level performers but also recognize those project professionals who possess the acumen to lead the type of projects that organization develops and implements. This article examines how organizations can recruit the project managers they need. In doing so, it overviews the merits of credentials in relation to field experience; it suggests that organizations look at beyond those candidates who have held traditional project management positions and consider those individuals who have held non-project-manager job titles, individuals who often rise through an organization's ranks by managing project and who have developed the ability to manage projects and lead project teams. It discusses techniques that organizations can use to qualify a candidate for a project manager position. It also describes the significance of hiring project managers who can fit into the organization's culture and structure. It outlines recruiting tips that can help organizations attract suitable top-level candidates.
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