How to Get a Management Job

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Q: I’m looking for a new job in management, but don’t know how to stand out. What should I do?

A: “Management” as a title can cover two different responsibilities: managing people and managing processes. A Project Manager might just manage processes and not have any subordinates; a Retail Manager might primarily manage people; an Office Manager might do a mixture of both.  

It’s important to understand what it is you’re seeking and what the expected qualifications are for the roles you’re interested in. Within a professional services environment, it’s likely that any management role will require a subject matter expertise at minimum. For example, if you want to be an Accounting Manager, you’ll first need to have the experience and knowledge of working in accounting.  

You may need to begin at a non-management level — even if you do have experience managing people. But once you’ve learned the ropes, prior management experience can be helpful to rise in the ranks!

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