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The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that there will be about 800,000 new management positions from now through 2026. This represents an 8 percent job growth rate, which is just as fast as the average for all occupations in the U.S.
Are you ready to step up and become a manager in your current place of employment? If yes, you aren’t alone.
Most workers desire to rise through the ranks and become managers. However, this is easier said than done. Becoming a manager needs more than a desire. You’ve to put in the work and go a mile farther than everyone else eyeing the position.
Continue reading as we flesh out 5 effective tips for rising to a managerial position.
1. Don’t Hide Your Aspirations
Often, the difference between climbing the career ladder and stagnating in your current position for years is your ability to be open about your aspirations.
Make no mistake, we all aspire for greater things. But in the workplace, those who aren’t afraid to talk about their aspirations have a greater chance of making it to the top.
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That being said, this doesn’t mean you go around telling your aspirations to anyone who cares to listen. Don’t be quiet, but use tact.
For instance, let’s go back to the day you applied for your first job at your current company. If we retrieve that resume and cover letter, will we find that you indicated that you aspire to become a manager?
Employers look at such things. That’s how they earmark future leaders. And once you’re earmarked, your path to a managerial position becomes a lot clearer.
“f you aspire to become a manager, don’t stay quiet about it! While you don’t have to border on obnoxiousness, it’s still important to let the right people know you’re thinking about taking the next step so they can help you get where you want to be. Let your current manager or boss know you aspire for more, and work with them to develop the skills you need to eventually make the transition.” – 5 Steps to Become A Manager
2. Loyalty Pays
If you’re anything like most workers, you’ll likely change your job 5-7 times in your lifetime. And with the range of career options ever-expanding, you could be looking to jump ship within the next 12 months.
While job-hopping isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you shouldn’t make it a habit when your goal is to become a manager at your current workplace.
You see, employers love managerial stability. They don’t want to have new faces in management every one or two years. So if you have a history of job-hopping (perhaps you’re now on your 4th workplace in as many years), your current employer will think twice before promoting you to a managerial position, even if you tick all the other boxes.
In other words, loyalty pays in the long run. You’ll stand a greater chance of becoming a manager if you stay with the company for a substantial amount of time.
3. Keep Developing and Demonstrating Leadership Skills
Do you have the skills and qualities to become a competent manager? Perhaps you’re even wondering what kind of skill set you need to hold this position.
Well, a competent manager is a well-rounded professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. If you’re a lone wolf who rarely talks to other people at work, nobody will hire you for a managerial position. You must be an effective communicator who has a knack for building rapport with other people.
You also need to be a problem-solver. If you’re always at the forefront solving problems or giving useful ideas that help resolve issues, thumbs up! This is a valuable skill in the eyes of employers.
Now the question is: how do you develop such leadership skills?
It’s simple. Practice makes perfect. The more you try to be an open communicator at work, the more your communication skills will improve.
In addition to practice, you can also pursue a leadership skills course and attend leadership workshops. You’ll learn about the art of managing and leading from accomplished and experienced managers, and you’ll also earn a certificate that you can include in your application for a managerial job.
4. Advance Your Education
Depending on the nature of your job, you might need to pursue advanced education before you can be considered for a management role.
“If you’re unsatisfied with your current career, changing to a career in STEM — which stands for science, technology, engineering and math — might be a solid option.” – How to afford the switch to a STEM career
For example, let’s say you a registered nurse who desires to become a nurse manager. You won’t get the job if you all you have is an active nursing license and years of experience.
What you need to do is go back to school and pursue a master’s degree in nursing management. Only this program will adequately prepare you for nursing leadership in healthcare facilities.
To know if the managerial position you’re eyeing requires advanced education, just examine current job ads for the same position. You can also look at the profile of the person who currently occupies that managerial role. If they already have an advanced degree, it’s likely that you’ll need to earn one too in order to stand a chance.
5. Don’t Let Opportunities Slip By
From time to time, vacancies for managerial positions will arise at your workplace. Your employer will typically invite anyone who feels qualified to apply.
Don’t slack on such opportunities. Even if you feel that the position has come a tad earlier, just give it a go and submit your application. The worst that can happen is the job goes to someone else, but in the process, you would’ve signaled your aspirations to your employer.
Also, don’t just wait for a vacancy in the managerial position you’re eyeing. If a lower position becomes available, go for it, even if you might feel overqualified for it.
For example, if you’re looking to become a department manager and the position of department supervisor is open, don’t overlook it. A supervisory role will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your management and leadership skills.
Becoming a Manager: You Can Do It!
At the start of your career, the prospect of rising through the ranks and becoming a manager might look unachievable, but it’s doable. As long you have the ambition and you’re ready to put in the work, nothing is too great to achieve. And with these tips, your path to a managerial position just got clearer.
All the best, and be sure to keep tabs on our site for more career tips and insights.