How to Start a Career in Product Management part two will show you some valuable tips on becoming a Product Manager.
First, you need to stop worrying about your resume and start spending more time building your own product.
Here’s how to do it👇
📝 Document EVERYTHING. This will be your portfolio📝
🤔 What’s the best way to convince your friends that you are a great cook?
Well… prepare a meal for them! It’s the same thing with Product Management.
Convince people that you can be a PM by working on a product!
🔎 Find problems to solve around you!
New year, new resolutions… I’m sure your friends and family have thought of accomplishing things this year, like going to the gym. But somehow, that has been the same resolution for the past five years, and they still don’t go to the gym. Why? Talk with them, figure out their pain points. Why can’t they keep up with this or another resolution?
📊 Validate your hypothesis!
Once you understand that there’s a problem… talk to more users with the same problem! Surveys will be your friend – even a LinkedIn poll can help.
✍️ Put your ideas on paper (or Figma)!
How would you solve the problem you found? Why not design a few rough sketches or prototypes?
Share it with those who have the problem.
Take their feedback as a way to improve; never take it personally.
💻 Start building your product!
You saw a problem ✅
You talked to people ✅
You validated your hypothesis ✅
You got feedback on your prototype! ✅
It’s time to start building your idea!
Here are a few options:
💰 Throw money at the problem: Hire freelancers on to help you
⏱ Throw time at the problem:
Know how to code? This could be a fun side project.
🔎 Throw resources at the problem:
Don’t know how to code? There are plenty of no-code apps that can help you achieve your goal!
🚀 Get feedback, iterate, and launch!
Get users involved in the process and get ready to launch your product! A great way to do this is by posting about it on social media, including LinkedIn!
📈 Measure your success!
How do you define success!
Was your product successful? Why?
Did it fail?
Product Managers are not perfect; if your product fails, learn WHY did it fail – sometimes that is more valuable than a product that is successful the first time.
🏆 What are you going to build this year?
💎 Having this product experience will show recruiters and hiring managers that you have the skills to be a Product Manager💎