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How Do I Get My First Management Position?

ESS Candidate Newsletter – March, 2018

Worthington, OH March 01, 2018

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss how to get management experience without already being in a management role.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
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Ask the Recruiter “How do I get my first management position?”


Just breathe.

These days, it seems as if everything is speeding up in our world, including the interview process. As a result, we are noticing more misunderstandings between the employer and the candidate. 10 years ago, people would sit in their car after the interview and write down notes to reflect on the experience they just had. Today, people run out to get on their smart phones and check their e-mail, texts, social media sites, news, etc. This constant flow of available information holds our attention and prevents us from digesting the interview and reflecting on how we feel about the company.

If you are interviewing and would like help processing the information and need a third party to help talk things through, please let me know. I want you to make the right choice for you and your career. Do not make these decisions quickly, based on emotion. Instead, you should base them on facts and experience. My goal is for you to have all of the necessary information to make the most informed decisions possible. If you need help, please let me know.

Ask the Recruiter – “How do I get my first management position?”

Growing in your career requires moving up the leadership ranks.  Getting that first management role can be exciting and nerve racking at the same time.  However, how do you get the experience required for a management role without already being in a management role?

  • Stay put – Your best chance for a management role is at your current company versus a new company.  People who have seen you perform will be better able to explain your qualifications than people who have never seen you lead or manage.
  • Find projects – Inevitably there is always a project you are assigned to or have the opportunity to get involved with.  Find the best fit and take the lead role.  While in this role, demonstrate your organization, collaboration, listening, leadership and results oriented skills.  Do not sit on the sidelines or give minimum effort.  Exceed expectations.
  • Find other departments – When you are a subject matter expert and recognized by other departments, you increase your value to the company.  Having a good reputation in your department is nice, but building a reputation for getting things done across other departments will increase your chances for a management role.

Companies are always looking for people who want to step into a leadership role and take on responsibility.  If this is you, make sure your manager knows your intent.  Silently hoping you are selected is not as effective as directly communicating your wishes.

If you are ready to position yourself for a management role, and would like my help, please let me know.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at