Join Cole Mercer for an in-depth discussion in this video Build a portfolio with a side project, part of Get a Job in Product Management.
- Hey, what's up? Welcome back. So as I mentioned, the key to getting a product management job is having some sort of relevant experience to talk about and point to on your resume. If you have no experience at your current job and just can't think of anything you've done related to product management at all, then a side project is the best option. So if you've been following along with this course, especially to the sections that Evan has taught, then you already have a really good idea of how to do a side project on a small product or feature.
What you need to do is document your experience of coming up with ideas to solve user problems through a product or feature and put it together somewhere like a blog post on your own website, a slide deck, or you can actually make your own prototypes really easily and put that online. These projects can be very detailed or, really, just high-level. You can even take a product used daily and describe, in writing or graphics, how you would change it in order to solve user needs better.
This is a pretty common tactic in the world of design, actually. You've probably seen a lot of designers post their own, like, redesigned versions of popular websites or apps or product. And a lot of designers get their jobs this way. You can actually do the same but for product management and with features and that sort of thing. But if you want to do a deep dive into the topic of doing your own project, I recommend two great resources. Firstly, check out the other courses that Evan has taught on coming up with ideas, creating an MVP, or getting started as an entrepreneur.
These will set you up with everything you need. Another option, if you want to do a step-by-step project while also learning about product management, I recommend you check out my friend Ellen Chisa's course called The Fundamentals of Product Management. You can find a link on her website at www.ellenchisa.com. Ellen also writes some really good blog posts on her experience as a product manager, and she's got a lot. So also be sure to check those out. So to recap here, doing a side project is a huge benefit.
If you don't have any sort of relevant experience at all and can't think of anything in your current role that qualifies as product management-style experience in the least, then you should start thinking about doing a side project. All right, in the next lecture we're going to talk about some other things you can do to really prep and increase your chances of getting a job as a product manager. I'll see ya there.