“We keep hearing about ‘specialising’ as the key to hiring project managers, mostly when talking about sectors. I was led to believe the project management skills are transferable. Is that really the case right now, and if so, is there a way for candidates to get around this “narrow-minded” view of specialism?” – E, Leicester Good question, and one which we’ve come across a lot from candidates in recent times. I would start off by saying that Project Management as a profession is such a broad area, that to be truly successful in searching for a PM role the 1 st step for any candidate should be to get a thorough understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a Project Manager. As I am sure you are well aware, a Construction Project Manager is a completely different beast to that of a Software Implementation Project Manager and even within specific sectors there are different nuances within role requirements that play to certain PM’s strengths rather than others. I suppose the best example of this would be within IT, whereby clients tend to come to us looking for very distinct skill sets, be they technical or stakeholder-based for example.