The Product Management Career Blog

Resources and guides to help you develop or begin your Product Management career.

The One Obstacle People Face when Applying for PM Jobs

Landing a Product Manager job is hard for many people, and the reasons for such a situation varies based on every person.  However, there are common obstacles that befall many applicants and prospective hires.  Most of these are psychological, with many of these caused by inexperience from new Product Managers that recently made the transition over to the field or uneasiness by Product Managers of any background that are new to the job-hunting process.  We here at Product Gym will

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Why You Need to Stop Thinking about Taking a Pay Cut

When people are transitioning into Product Management from a non-Product field such as finance or consulting.  Most believe that their backgrounds aren’t impressive to Heads of Product and hiring parties for companies’ product teams.  They believe that they are at a disadvantage to everyone else because their background in another field has little or no resemblance to the Product Manager role that they are applying for.  As a result, people who haven’t yet completed the transition will look for ways to

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How to Negotiate the Best Product Manager Offer for You Podcast

As we always tell our members, it is crucial that one plays the numbers game when applying/negotiating for Product Management roles. More offers create more options! Once you have a number of offers on the table, the next step is to navigate through each of them to decide which one is best for you. Suppose you really want to work at one company but you feel like you are

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How to Prioritize Effectively with AppNexus Product Manager

Product Management is commonly described as being at the intersection of business, technology and user experience. With that said, part of the challenge is figuring out what to do with all the data coming from these different areas. We spoke with Tina Kit, a Product Manager at AppNexus, to discuss filtering out what she calls, “signals and noise,” as well as the importance of thinking

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How to Get a Product Manager Offer with ListenFirst Media Senior PM (Podcast)

It’s important to know that when you are interviewing for a Product Manager position that you are not interviewing to be hired because your skills and talents are better than everyone else that was applying for the same role. In reality, you are applying for this position (and prospectively hired) in order to help a company solve its existing problem or need. In many cases that we have seen here at Product Gym, prospective

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How to Satisfy the Unmet Needs of Your End User Podcast with CoVenture PM

One of the main tasks of any Product Manager is to envision the success of their product. But not every product will be successful and it is not an easy task to perform in this market in which, as a Product Manager, you will be competing against well-established companies, such as Apple or Samsung, as well as the newer generation of innumerable startups. How can you triumph in order to

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How to Communicate with Software Engineers Podcast with Quadency CTO

Computer Science has, in the last few decades, become one of the most studied fields. Today, we see a push to teach basic programming skills to younger members as a way to start their interest in the field of computer science. With the creation of programming languages, such as Scratch, it is becoming more relevant to bring the idea of implementing computer science as a core

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How to Transition to Product Management from Consulting by CB Insights Product Director

We sat down with Luxi Huang, who worked at EY and Goldman Sachs and is now a Director of Product at CB Insights, to discuss her transition into Product Management, and the skills carried over from finance which she found to be most useful. We also distinguish Product Management from Product Marketing. Product Gym: What is your definition of Product Management? Luxi Huang: Product Manager is the steward of the product, who owns the product end-to-end success – from the idea through creation to ultimately the product’s launch and subsequent iterations. Product Gym: What

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