Here are a few ideas during the consideration phase:
Talk to active Product Managers
Talk to people in the field. See if you can shadow them for part of day. Ask about their day-to-day routine and how they got into the field. I found this very helpful in the early stages of my career.
Consider technical or marketing roles as an entry point
Many Product Managers start in development or marketing and then transition to product later. While its not required, its one of the more well-established ways into the field. If you’re on the fence about Product Management, then don’t be afraid to take a developer role or certain marketing roles. You’ll likely still have a path into PM down the road.
Pick up a few books related to Product Management
There are many recommended book lists for product managers (just do a quick Google search). Try skimming a few of these books and see if the topic interests you.
Once you decide to pursue a product role, here are a few suggestions for getting into the field:
Ask for Advice!
“Ask for a job and you’ll get advice. Ask for advice and you may end up with a job.”
People are very willing to give advice. Find a current Product Manager at one of your target companies and find a way to get coffee or a quick phone call. Ask them how they got into the role. Ask what advice they have for someone in your situation? Ask what advice they have for getting a product role at their company.
This won’t always end up in an interview or a job, but you’ll always leave the conversation better informed.
Its a Numbers Game
Most companies have few product roles. Even if you’re a fantastic fit, they may not have a role in the budget. When I was trying to get into the field I started with a list of 30–50 companies. I steadily worked down the list until I found companies that were looking to fill a role.
On a side note, its always good to start the question with — “What are your growth plans over the next 3–6 months?”. Its a non-threatening question for a company to answer that doesn’t make you look like a desperate job seeker.
Find some way to stand out
Create a portfolio. Highlight a side project. Create an eye catching document to accompany your traditional resume. All these things help when you are trying to stand out from the hundreds of resumes in a recruiter’s inbox.