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Project managers need more than PMP certification

Looking to hire the best project manager for your small to mid-sized business? Look deeper than PMP certification.

Some would argue that hiring good people is now more science than art. Personality tests, leadership tests, background checks, reference checks, relevant experience, etc., all make selecting the right candidate an easier task. That may be the case for some IT resources, but it doesn't necessarily apply to project managers. And for project managers for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), it definitely doesn't.That's what CIO for Hire Jay Rollins says about hiring a project manager in an SMB. Although it may be more expedient to hire a project manager based on his or her PMP certification, Rollins warns, you have to go deeper. "The certification tells you that they meet the standardized requirements of a Project Management Professional, but it does not address style, critical thinking, approach to challenges, personality and more importantly, motivation."

To read more about what characteristics to look for and how to determine the best project for your small to mid-sized business, check out Jay's latest post, Hiring the Super Project Manager.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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