What Is a Management Job...and How Do You Get One?
What Are Management Jobs?
The simplest way to understand what differentiates a managerial job from a non-managerial job is to look at the daily tasks of employees. Management jobs are those positions in which your job responsibility is to accomplish tasks through the work of others, rather than by doing the work yourself. For example, a production manager at a factory does not operate one of the machines even though he or she may be better at that task than some of the machine operators. A software development manager does not write lines of code even though he or she is capable of that task.
People in management jobs do one thing and one thing only, they manage the people below them to ensure that the work is being done properly.
What Jobs Are Not Managerial?
Let's say you are a team leader, or a lead iron welder, or a senior programmer. These are all positions that rank on an upper level in their area, but these are not management positions. There may be times when you manage other people, but when you do the same work as the other workers in your group, you are not in a management job.
What Kinds of Management Jobs Are There?
There are management jobs in every profession and every industry. There are management jobs in large and small companies and in both non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Simply put, someone has to be in charge and have oversight of staff, no matter how large or small.
How Do I Qualify For a Management Job?
To qualify for a management job, you have to demonstrate two things. You must show that you have a mastery of the tasks that are done by the group you will manage and, more importantly, you must be able to show an ability to manage people, which includes motivating them.
How Do I Get a First Management Job?
This is the age-old conundrum. Like most other jobs, no one wants to give you that first (management) job unless you have experience and you can't get experience if no one will give your first job. Here's what you need to know and, more importantly, what you need to do to get that first management job.
How Do I Get a Higher Level Management Job?
Like a first management job, you qualify for a higher management job by demonstrating your ability to handle the position you already hold. You'll never get a promotion until you show you can easily handle the position you're already in. Beyond that, you need to recognize that at each (escalating) level, you are competing with more and more candidates for fewer and fewer management positions. In a large company, for example, there may be many first line managers, but there will only be one manager in charge of all employees, the CEO.
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Top Two Management Tips
- Be careful who you step on on the way up; you may meet them again on your way back down.
- Learn from the mistakes of others