How can I move into management when I have no management experience?





It’s the chicken or the egg. How do you move into management if your position does not offer the opportunity to manage others?


There are two types of management: project management and people management. Both are considered a learned skill.


For people management, although there are natural leaders, management skills can be acquired. You probably have used some management skills in your current position.


If you want to move into management, share this desire with your manager. Look for stepping stones to gain experience.


An excellent way to gain management skills is to volunteer for a leadership role. Raise your hand and volunteer to manage a small project within your company or professional association. Examples can include organizing this year’s upcoming holiday party or arranging a networking event.


By taking on extra responsibility, you’ll have the opportunity to prove yourself while making new connections. Plus, you can test how it feels to have management responsibility without taking on a full managerial role.


The secret to good management is solid communication and organizational skills, as well as the drive to get the project completed on time and within budget.

Consider taking management classes offered by your company, a local college, or training school. You’ll learn while making new connections.



Passing the Background Check

Passing the Background Check


With all the changes in the economy, job security is not guaranteed.


In addition to keeping your résumé current, maintaining your professional network and on-line presence, what else is important to stay marketable?


It’s hard enough to get a job interview, let alone a job offer. Many companies are making offers contingent on successful completion of reference checks and background checks.  And more candidates are losing offers because of the background check.


To prepare for a background check:

  • Always state truthful information on all job applications, including dates of employment, titles, past salary, and degrees earned.
  • If you earned a degree, can you find your diploma?

It’s always best to disclose upfront information that could negatively impact your background check. Sometimes just having a conversation will head off the perception of concealing information.  For example, we’ve seen candidates disqualified for failure to reveal convictions, including DUI, and inability to prove educational background.

Universities and colleges no longer maintain degree verifications.  Tracking down proof of your degree earned can take three weeks or longer.  To expedite the process, you may consider contacting this central site to which many schools outsource the maintenance of this data:


Having a copy of your degree in hand can cut short weeks of waiting for a background check to clear.


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