Securing a Management Position Without Management Experience

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7 questions to ask yourself to write an attention-grabbing resume.

Many job seekers are interested in advancing to their first management-level position, but, because the potential job candidate hasn't been a manager yet, they are not sure how to reflect their related talent in a resume. Sharon Green, resume writer and owner of Ace Resume, can help and frequently does.

“There are a number of ways to capture the attention of employers and achieve this career objective,” says Green of Ace Resume. She goes on to add that a key difference between a management and a staff-level position is showing you are a decision maker, a thinker, a problem solver. “Managers look at the big picture, rather than simply concentrating on task completion. Leaders can influence the performance of others, meet goals, and accept challenges as opportunities to reduce costs or enhance revenue growth, efficiency and performance."

And here is the good news. You don’t have to hold a management position to be a leader or show it. Most likely, the job seeker has already exhibited leadership behavior and gained experience with “management-type” responsibilities prior to gaining the title. Use the following questions to determine valuable experience to include in a resume and be positioned for a management role.

As an employee have you:

1.    assumed a leadership role in the absence of the manager?

2.    been selected by management to lead or play an integral role in key projects? Be sure to provide detail and results / successes of the project and to emphasize any team leadership.

3.    attended planning meetings with managers or strategized one-on-one with them? The more association an employee has with management, the more they appear part of management.

4.    proposed a new idea (s) to management that was adopted? Show the benefit or result of this effort on the department, organization, employees, or customers.

5.    trained new hires or existing employees or been viewed by colleagues as an expert to obtain vital information, strategize or problem solve?

6.    hired employees or participated in the hiring process? Show ways you have been a team builder.

7.    proposed new or revamped policies or procedures that were instituted and contributed to such things as the achievement of bottom-line objectives or profit growth, improved productivity / efficiency, or enhanced service?

Green, of Ace Resume, also suggests that job seekers showcase any teaming with other departments that has allowed them to gain a broader understanding of an organization’s inner workings and key functions. Discuss any interdepartmental coordination or special projects that show this.

And don’t forget to show an example of initiative and the commitment to do what it takes to get the job done and do it well.

For additional information on writing first-time, management resumes, contact Sharon Green at 602-494-1688 or visit

Ace Resume is a professional resume-writing and interview-coaching service, meeting the needs of all levels of professionals across all industries.


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