Product Manager working remotely
Mar 23 2020

How Product Managers Can Thrive In A Distributed Work Model

By Jade Bennett We’re currently experiencing an unprecedented moment in time with the escalating impact that COVID-19 is having across the world. Our Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called this a “once in a hundred-year event”. Like many of you, I have experienced a roller-coaster of emotions ranging from stress, fear and sadness for humanity. But instead of feeling hopeless, I’ve been searching for ways to help our community face this challenge. It’s taken me by surprise how novel an idea remote working is for so many companies and their people. Establishing Middleton Executive three years ago as a remote-first business was risky. The recruitment industry was very traditional and often had a culture of ‘presenteeism’. Working remotely has not hampered our ability to support our candidates and clients to meet their business objectives. In fact, we’ve been able to thrive as a remote-first business. I’ve found myself thinking about the Product Management community we serve; the impact this way of working might be having. Specifically, Product Managers, both teams and individuals who are not accustomed to the remote working model. I figure, here is my opportunity to help my Product community! Words of Product Wisdom Reaching out to my network of Senior Product Leaders who have experience with distributed teams of Product Managers, I asked for their help in

5 tips for thriving as a contractor in the gig economy
Nov 14 2019

How To Thrive As A Contractor In The ‘Gig Economy’

By Jade Bennett The rise of the gig economy has been well documented, with over 7.4% of Victorian contractors using over 100 digital platforms to find work. This includes contractor jobs ranging from content creation, UX design and software engineering. With an increasing number of jobseekers opting for greater flexibility, variety of work and career pivots, we offer our tips on how to leverage your opportunities as a contractor in tech. Partner with a recruitment agency that specialises in contract or contingent recruitment Most agencies are heavily geared towards either permanent or contract recruitment across specific sectors. Make sure your recruitment partner knows the tech space well and, more specifically, your domain e.g. Software Engineering, Product Management, DevOps etc. Always keep an eye on the market You may have landed an awesome 6-month contract job, but things can change quickly in contracting land; projects get cancelled, budgets run out, or time simply flies by and before you know it your contract is over. It makes sense to keep close to your chosen recruitment partner so you don’t find yourself with large chunks of time in-between roles. Keep up to date with the latest technology and developments in your chosen field More often than not, companies bring contractors in to fill a tech gap in their existing team. This is usually