Overwhelmingly, the top product-related question I see on Quora, LinkedIn, and Twitter is how do you become a product manager. Product managers come from all walks of life. There is no single path to your first product role. Seeing this question so often led me to write quite a few posts on the topic. I’m wrapping up over a month of posts aimed at helping people make the transition to product roles.
If you are an aspiring product person, the following posts will help you showcase your product-related skills:
- You Don’t Need Experience To Be A Product Manager
- Gain Product Management Experience By Starting Right Now
- To Portfolio Or Not To Portfolio
If you’ve worked to showcase your skills and you are now ready to start the job hunt, these posts will help you get your foot in the door:
If you’ve already managed to land an interview, be sure to review these questions before your interview:
- 4 Questions I Always Ask When Interviewing Product Managers
- The Most Common Mistakes People Make In Product Manager Interviews
If you learn best by example, take a look at these interviews with people who recently moved into product roles:
- Oded Korczyn: On Becoming a Product Manager
- Mastering the Product Manager Job Search With Colin Murphy
- Moving From Engineering to Product Management With Zaz Harris
- Moving From User Experience to Product With Laura Klein
There’s no reason why you can’t start working toward your first product role today.