Feel my career stalling...PM career advice needed

New 2004dis
Sep 20 9 Comments

I have 4.5 years as a PM in digital/web space at a marketing-tech services company, 3 at Microsoft (2 years in a rotational PM program in MSIT). I don't have experience running, managing or launching internet scale products at SaaS or product-centric companies. I believe this is what is holding back hiring teams and managers from proceeding into detailed conversations with me, I do get a TON of bites and invites to interview given the # of years of experience I have and the market at the moment, however, nothing materializes cuz I believe there's better applicants with actual PM experience out there.

Should I keep pursuing SaaS product roles? If not right now, how should I work on my profile before moving in this direction?

TC: 130K
YOE: 7.5

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  • Deluxe / Product
    Levels

    Deluxe Product

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    Electronic Arts (EA)
    BIO
    AMA about video games industry.
    Levelsmore
    Thanks for sharing this. I know the feeling and I’d like to try to help.

    Can you give some more details as to where conversations don’t move forward in the process?

    I expect the process is:
    - Submit resume
    - Recruiter phone screen
    - PM Phone interview
    - PM On-site interview

    Are you applying to PM roles where you past experience makes you a front runner for the position? E.g Marketing Tech Product Manager or Product Marketing Manager for your favorite big tech company.

    I’m sure you’re very talented. I feel that you just need to change your perspective slightly. There are many open doors!
    Sep 22 2
    • New / Product
      courtneyc

      New Product

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      IBM, Accenture
      courtneycmore
      Not to hijack OC's thread. But I am in similar situation, what do you suggest. Let's say someone is stuck at Recruiter phone screen.
      Sep 22
    • New 2004dis
      OP
      Thank you for your detailed response. I have got stuck at all the above phases.. different with different companies although not as many on-sites as phone convos, maybe about 6-8. I am not restricting myself to a particular product or industry - primary passionate about driving growth/success for the product and business while delivering happiness to the customers.

      I am looking for a 'real' product gig working end-to-end for product and customers and not just the digital marketing aspect which is why I haven't been applying to the marketing PM roles. But you have a point where I could be working on a marketing tech product itself.
      Sep 22
  • Deluxe / Product
    Levels

    Deluxe Product

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    Electronic Arts (EA)
    BIO
    AMA about video games industry.
    Levelsmore
    OP, happy to chat too. Your skills must match the companies needs. Don’t go for the generalist PM roles. Target companies and roles where you shine against the competition. You should meet a few of the preferred requirements and all the minimum.

    @courtneyc - 100% storytelling if you can’t pass the recruiting screen and you have all the necessary experience for the role. Find the top 10 behavioral questions. Write the answers to them in STAR format (situation, task, action, result).
    Practice telling these on interview platforms such as PRAMP.
    Sep 24 0
  • General Assembly / Product Jdec75
    I'm happy to chat about this. I had a similar issue the last time I was looking and it could be storytelling. I have 7 YOE at both large companies and start ups
    Sep 23 2
    • New 2004dis
      OP
      Thank you. Its possible that its storytelling. I'll DM you if that's ok
      Sep 23
    • General Assembly / Product Jdec75
      Absolutely
      Sep 26
  • New / Product
    WeeTomato

    New Product

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    Gap
    WeeTomatomore
    OP, dm me if you'd like to chat. I just recruited 2 PMs in the last 9 months and can at least help with how I run the process and why you might be stalling out.
    Sep 22 1
    • New 2004dis
      OP
      Sure I'll DM you, thank you.
      Sep 23

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