I’m looking for advice on applying for a senior PM role. I’ve been a PM for 2 years, a Software Engineer for 3 and a front end for 3. Would you expect my past experience to improve my chances at a senior position? What are the skills I’m likely missing?

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Your past experience should be an added benefit to your career as a product manager. However, having a technical background alone will not land you a Senior Product Manager role. You need to have other product manager fundamental soft skills and practical skills. What product manager skills do you have today?

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You’re likely going to need closer to 5 years as a PM for senior. Depending on the company. I’d faang, definitely need more experience. I’d startup, you could maybe get senior pm. Main thing is to realize what you’re hoping to do in that role. Ie: do you want to drive strategy or do you want to be in a more comfy and execution type role. Some senior positions can be more fluff and some non-senior positions can give you a run for your money with how strategic it actually is.

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2 years of experience as a PM might not be enough for a Sr. PM role. I think you should look to spend at least 2-3 more years in the role to a level where you are handling a big functionality or even a portfolio on your own. Just saying.......

Your technical background is great, and for a Sr PdM role I would agree with others on more reps as a PM ...

- 5+ years of experience in product management; specifically the value of end-to-end oversight of repeated launch cycles. Each release will have learnings - good, bad, and ugly - which will help you as a senior PdM to avoid the ugly.

- 2+ years of demonstrated ability to create and execute product strategies; the key here is to understand how to originate an idea (what, why) from concept to identify the opportunity (value, viablity] and apply it to solution decisions through execution.

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