|Getting A First Management Job
Your Guide to Management.
What You Need To Know And Do To Get That First Management Job.
Every manager has had a first management job somewhere in their career. Mine was supervising two other consultants on a proposal preparation team. Like most other jobs, though, 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 you a first job. Here's what you need to know and, more importantly, what you need to do to get that first management job.
Do Your Job Well
Nobody is going to put you in charge if you can't do your own job. The first step toward landing a management job is doing a good job at the job you have. You don't have to be the best, but you do have to be good. The best programmer in the company may not make a good Development Manager. He or she may prefer to write code instead of taking on the responsibilities of management.
Do Your Homework
Find out what managers do. (See Management 101 for the basics.) Watch the managers in your organization and see what they do and how they do it. Read books on management and leadership (there are some good ones at Top Leadership Books) and learn what to do and what not to do. Ask questions of managers you know.