How to Apply for a Management Job


People with prior management experience may have no problems applying for a management position. However, those who have never held a management position and want to move into this job category may need some guidance when applying for management jobs. Fortunately, with a few key exceptions, applying for a management job is not much different than applying for any type of job.

  • Craft a résumé and cover letter that highlight your qualifications for a management position. If you do have previous management experience, make sure to highlight that. If not, highlight educational achievements, such as a master's degree in business administration, or previous volunteer and work experiences that required leadership skills.

  • Submit your résumé and cover letter to companies with open management positions. You can find management job listings in popular online job boards such as Monster and CareerBuilder. You may also want to look in job boards specifically for people looking for management positions, such as TheLadders and ManagerJobs. Make sure to address your cover letter to a specific person within the company, not just "Hiring Manager."

  • Contact the hiring manager at the company where you'd like to work. The name of this person may have been in the job advertisement. If not, contact human resources to find out who the hiring manager for this position is. This may be the person you would report to if you got the job. Contacting him directly will show him that you take initiative. A nice note explaining that you submitted your résumé and cover letter will suffice. Go over one or two key points from your cover letter in your note. Additionally, say that you look forward to meeting the hiring manager in person.

  • Follow up with a phone call a week or two after sending the note. This will let the hiring manager know that you are serious about getting the job and that you have the persistence and communication skills necessary in a good manager. If the employer has not yet asked you to interview for the position, this is an opportunity to volunteer to come in and meet with the hiring manager in person.

  • Attend the interview. Dress professionally and have an additional copy of your résumé on hand. Also, have a list of questions that you would like to ask the hiring manager about the company and the position. Do your research beforehand so that you have good questions that show your knowledge and interest in the company and in the field of management.

  • Send a thank you letter after your interview. In addition to thanking the hiring manager for his time, mention a key detail from your conversation in the letter. This will ensure that you are not easily forgotten. When hiring managers are interviewing many candidates for one position, it can be easy for them to confuse candidates.

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