Searching for jobs is intense, stressful, and emotional. For those seeking to break into product management, it can feel like your energy is behind too many arrows, because the field is broad and competitive. This can be discouraging, but don’t worry — it’s normal. With focus, strategy, and commitment you’ll get that dream job.

Let’s take the first piece of the journey, the PM resume. By breaking down the resume process, you’ll understand how to sell your best self and discover a wider funnel of PM opportunities.

In this post we’ll cover:

  1. The purpose & audience of the PM resume


How I felt whiteboarding — Source: HBO

Years ago, while searching for a job in my senior year of college — I interviewed for 8 months. I took 12+ flights, 8+ onsite interviews, and lost count of phone interviews while trying to break into product management and software engineering. It was exhausting, stressful, and a tremendous growth period.

My prioritized goals during these months were to:

  1. Find a job (obviously)
  2. Learn about being a PM
  3. See if I can fit passion with a day job

The interviews I learned the most from were with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and late stage start-ups for associate product manager positions.

I hope what I learned can help others find…


The path here

Out of college, I knew building and shipping technology products was the profession for me. When I started out I found the best PM info to be sourced from reflection articles, small business podcasts, Linkedin cold calls, and early-stage founders on twitter. That content made a positive impact on my career, my hope is this reflection article as PM can help others as well.

Source: https://www.mindtheproduct.com/what-exactly-is-a-product-manager/

After almost five years as a PM at Microsoft Azure building with containers and Kubernetes, I’ve learned about the discipline through execution, iteration, and guidance from others.

Constraints can scope your domain and provide focus, so…


The decade is off to a bang with a slick pun and a cobblestone plan. I’m going to be brief for you and transparent for me.

Time is my theme this year, the irreplaceable and most valuable resource we have. At least until we find that bookcase in Interstellar.

4,000 hours.

This is the gift we aspire to garner in 2020. About 6,000 waking hours is what we may be blessed with. A third of that will be spent on a 9–5 job if you have one of those. …


I spend 30 minutes commuting to work and 1 hour coming back. That is 6.25% of my day, this is how I attempt to salvage that part of my life. I generalize three methods: listening, reading, and reflecting.

1. Listen — push learning

Podcasts

a16z: The quintessential VC firm, Andreessen Horowitz, rallies around trending topics in technology and updates very frequently. It can meander into speculative territory often, but in this industry nothing is farfetched.

Ventured: KPCB hits on trending topics that VCs care about and why you should too. …


I have 28 spoons in my kitchen drawer in my apartment. Twenty-eight. To the left of twenty-eight spoons lie four forks. You can imagine the inefficiency occurring in my silverware collection and the resulting frustration at dinner time. Being completely honest — you probably have the same inefficiency happening in your business.

Across the consumer tech scene there are generally three flavors across your engineering/product team. You have developer, designer, and product manager. You have your fork, spoon, and knife. It is essential to clearly delineate responsibilities and realms of expertise across these three paradigms, otherwise you run the risk…


Certainly you have a dream, goal, or objective. Most likely, your projected future is significantly different than your existing present. If it is not, I would encourage you to dream larger. There is a stark difference between being content and being happy.

Now, the road from today to your preferred tomorrow is most likely difficult and fraught with challenges. I can impart on you some advice I have found to help take steps towards those goals (yeah, I know you didn’t ask for it).

My days today sit significantly different than the ones I experienced two or three years ago…

Justin Luk

Day job @Facebook ex-@Azure, write about product management sometimes, learning as fast as I can to share it back.

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