A Project Manager (PM) is responsible for overseeing the successful completion of projects and can work in a wide variety of fields, such as information technology, construction and advertising. Although specific tasks will depend on a Project Manager’s employer and their current project, they will generally be responsible for the creation, organization, execution and completion of specific projects. This includes managing relevant employees, setting deadlines, communicating with company executives about the state of the project, ensuring projects stay on track and on budget, and adjusting if necessary to meet new requirements.
Project Managers typically manage six different aspects of projects: scope, schedule, finance, risk, quality and resources.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Creating long- and short-term plans, including setting targets for milestones, adhering to deadlines and allocating resources
- Delegating tasks on the project to employees best positioned to complete them
- Identifying and managing potential risks and liabilities of multiple projects
- Assisting in the definition of project scope and goals
- Making effective decisions when presented with multiple options for how to progress with the project
- Serving as a point of contact for teams when multiple units are assigned to the same project to ensure team actions remain in synergy
- Communicating with executives or the board to keep the project aligned with their goals
- Performing quality control on the project throughout development to maintain the standards expected
- Adjusting schedules and targets on the project as needed
- Motivating people involved in the project to complete tasks on time
Administrators may frequently handle details like compiling reports, organizing and understanding data and managing programs and schedules. In some cases, they supervise or implement information technology programs. They should be comfortable handling spreadsheets and calendars, with attention to accuracy, so that they can handle anything from meeting times to budget entries without errors. Many Administrator positions require broad areas of ability and knowledge, since an Administrator is an important organizational asset, helping manage data, meetings and reports for a company and even helping with the hiring process itself.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage data in spreadsheets and reports
- Keep records and reports up to date
- Help maintain the budget plan
- Organize and schedule meetings and events
- Supervise other staff and delegate responsibilities
- Handle technical issues in their area of expertise
- Carry out clerical duties, including answering phones and preparing documents
Product Designers help to create new product designs by organizing and managing stages in a product’s design. From initial concept to finished product, a Product Designer creates the potential designs for a product based on client needs, research and marketability of the product. Product Designers usually work with clients to brainstorm ideas and potential designs. A Product Designer also acts as a manager to supervise design teams or to be part of a design team creating new products in coordination with other professionals such as graphic designers, financial analysts and marketing teams. As a team member, a Product Designer will incorporate the ideas and feedback of others about the new product.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Developing product design concepts from client requirements
- Confirming product design specifications with clients
- Preparing design specifications through sketches
- Meeting requirements for project completion with clients and adhering to budgets and schedules
- Troubleshooting any design problems that may arise during the design process needed
- Ensure the creation and implementation of customized experiences for the digital user
- Produce high-quality solutions through flow diagrams, graphic designs, storyboards and site maps
- Maintain a competitive edge against competitor products and industry trends
- Understand product specifications and user psychology and predict what might work for both
- Work with other creative team members to produce content.
- Take creative direction and art direction before and during project to meet guidelines and expectations
- Create guidelines for how logos and other branding materials should be displayed and used.
- Help make design choices (e.g., fonts and colors) for all content your company will use.
- Implement existing brand guidelines and creative direction into creating new materials for client.
- Creating a suitable color scheme or incorporating the client’s color scheme into the design
- Creating mock-ups
Sales Representatives build relationships with buyers and administrators in a wide variety of businesses to sell goods and services. They contact customers, pitch and explain products for sale, negotiate the sale price and provide any requested information or answers to questions that a customer might pose regarding the product. Their primary responsibility is to get their product into the hands of customers.
Skills and Qualifications
- Customer service skills to listen to the concerns of a customer and be able to address their needs
- Interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of people each day, build relationships and network
- Confidence and strong self-assuredness to succeed in cold-calling customers and making a sale
- Communication skills, especially persuasion, to clearly convey the benefits of a product to potential customers
- Physical endurance, as Sales Representatives may need to be on their feet for long hours, spend a lot of time traveling between locations and carry heavy products