Hi, I’m Sam! I have been a product manager for years and now I work as an industry mentor for the product, strategy, and operations track at Pathrise, where I help people land their dream job.
If you are looking for your first job or getting ready to find a new position in product management, you need to make sure your resume is as strong as possible. A designated skills section is a great way to emphasize your proficiency in a number of tools and platforms that are needed for success in the role. Before you dive into your job search, it is important for you to build out this part of your resume by mastering the product management tools that will make you a great asset to any company.
We have worked with a number of product managers on each step of their job search, ultimately helping them land great roles where they can lead teams and make exciting products come to life. We outlined 3 important types of tools and examples of each so you can be successful and land a great job as a product manager.
1. Roadmapping and project management platforms
Why is roadmapping important? One of the main responsibilities of a product manager is to create a roadmap that outlines each detail of a product’s creation. They work with designers, developers, project managers, and many other team members in order to seamlessly coordinate long- and short-term goals. Luckily, there has been an increase in roadmapping and project management platforms that product managers can use to ensure organization and success. Many of these follow the Agile methodology, so if you take a course or certificate program in Agile, you will likely gain the skills needed to master one or a few of these tools.
What are some examples of roadmapping software? Asana, Roadmunk, Aha!, ProductPlan, Trello, ProdPad, Jira, Confluence, OmniPlan, Pivotal Tracker
2. Prototyping tools
Why is prototyping important? Product managers work closely with designers and developers to build user-centered websites and apps. Prototyping tools help product managers and their teams wireframe and diagram their mockups so they can collaborate and make smart decisions as they create these products. Many of these tools give viewers the ability to provide feedback and make comments directly on the design, which helps expedite review cycles so deadlines can be met.
What are some examples of prototyping tools? Axure, Lucidchart, Pencil, Balsamiq Mockups, Mockingbird, Justinmind, Visio, Creately, OmniGraffle
3. User tracking and analysis platforms
Why is user tracking and analysis important? In order to judge the success of a product, teams have to look at the numbers. Even before launch, product managers lead beta tests, A/B tests, and other assessments to determine what is working and what needs to be altered. They can use heatmaps to understand how people are using the product or interviews and surveys to find out what users like and what they don’t like. The product manager then takes this data back to the team so that they can make the necessary changes. User tracking and analysis tools help keep all of the metrics organized.
Examples of user tracking and analysis platforms: Pendo, Amplitude, SurveyMonkey, Typeform, Google Forms, Zoom, Google Analytics, FullStory, Hotjar, ProductBoard
Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you want to work with any of our mentors 1-on-1 to help you land a great job in product management, become a Pathrise fellow.