Morning Song. Currently I am an estimator for a marketing/fulfillment company. We have a department of project managers / job coordinators. Prior to accepting the position as estimator, I managed this department.
When I placed employment ads for a project manager/coordinator position, I always searched for applicants with the following qualifications:
1. strong ability to communicate well
2. good organization and administrative skills
3. customer service experience was always a plus
4. needed to have a basic understanding of some of the software programs that we used, ie, word, excel, etc.
5. MUST BE Multi-Task Oriented
#1 and #5 were most important in my eyes. In today`s busy world of project managers, they are required to juggle many different projects at one time and depending on the demands of their job and the individual requirements of the company, they must not only be able to deal with a variety of salespersons (with many different approaches to selling and managing their clients), but must also be able to sometimes step up to the plate and deal with a variety of clients directly. Thow in the fact that you can have any number of requests from any numbers of persons coming at you at any given time and some simply crumble. In our company a job didn`t move without the word or instruction of a project manager, they were responsble for overseeing and handling every aspect, internally, of each project they handled.
Hope this helps, let me know if I can help in any other way.