5 Steps to Become PM While Working Full-Time

Gabriela Araujo

BY: Gabriela Araujo

June 7, 2017 - 1 min read

Updated: January 9, 2023 - 1 min read

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5 Steps to become a Product Manager while working full-time

Step #1: Learn to think like a product manager

think like a product manager

  1. The Product Book: Become a Great Product Manager

  2. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by Nir Eyal

    The Lean Product Playbook, by Dan Olsen

  3. Cracking the PM Interview, by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

    ace your product manager interview

Step #2: Start networking

Product School Slack

Step #3: Build and ship a side project

your secret weapon

side project


Idea Scoring Tool

Ship your side project

started as a side project2,000 users within just 2 weeks

Step #4: Learn how to be influential

#1: Have a good attitude

Sara Bird

#2: Show gratitude and empathy

#3: Foster discussion

Step #5: Start your job outreach

#1: Revamp your LinkedIn profile

check out the Carmen Spitz’ LinkedIn profileShopify

LinkedIn Example

#2: Find companies that are hiring product managers

Angel List

  1. Remote Ok

  2. LinkedIn

  3. WeWorkRemotely

  4. Indeed

  5. Hacker News

#3: Skip the application, go for connecting

Sample email intro



Updated: January 9, 2023

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