How To Land Your Dream Job As A Manager

So, you want to be a manager. That’s great! But wait do you know what it means to be a manager? 

There are many different types of managers. Some have employees and some don’t, but all have the same goal: to make their teams more successful. So how do you land your dream job as a manager? 

It takes time, effort, and patience (and hopefully some help from us here at 99U). Here are five steps we recommend taking on your journey towards becoming a leader of people:

1) Make Your Resume Stand Out

You need to make sure your resume is up-to-date and easy to read. If you’re like most people, you probably have plenty of jobs there.

But maybe not the most relevant ones. You must highlight your best skills and accomplishments so that hiring managers will know what they should expect from you if they hire you.

Also, be sure that everything is spelled correctly! The last thing a hiring manager wants is an employee who doesn’t take care of details.

2) Create A Portfolio

A portfolio is a collection of evidence that shows what you’re capable of, and it can be used to demonstrate your skills and talents to get the job you want. It should include examples of your work, such as presentations, reports, or other documents. 

You might also include testimonials from former supervisors or colleagues about what they like about working with you. If possible, including some non-work-related interests and hobbies is good too it shows that you are so much more than just someone who loves their work!

Whether or not it’s required by your current employer (and many times it isn’t), creating an online presence through social media profiles will help make sure people know who they’re dealing with when they come across one of your posts while searching for candidates on LinkedIn and these days everything seems to start with Google searches!

3) Practice Data-Driven Decision-Making

You’ve heard it before: “data is king.” It’s true, but it’s also a little misleading. Data can certainly be used to make decisions, but often, the data that matter most aren’t readily available. 

That’s why you need to master the art of making decisions based on incomplete information. Here are three ways you can do this:

Understand the problem.

The first step in making a decision is understanding what you’re working with and identifying key question(s). Does it make sense for our company to expand into this new market? Or should we look into different options? 

Is there any way we could improve customer service? What would happen if we changed our product offering? 

If there’s one thing every manager needs to understand about decision-making (and management), it’s that many times things aren’t cut-and-dry they’re nuanced and complicated. 

The best managers learn how their company works so they know when something seems off or unusual; they ask questions until they find answers, and then they act accordingly

4) Be A Team Player

When you’re interviewing for a new job, no one is going to tell you what qualities they think are important in a manager. 

So it’s up to you to gather as much information about the position as possible and figure out what attributes are going to make you stand out from other qualified candidates. 

One of the most common characteristics that employers look for in managers is that they take initiative without being told.

This means you need to prove that no matter how selfish or uncooperative your coworkers may be (which they will be), they’ll always know where they stand with their manager and if necessary, who’s in charge.

This doesn’t mean being bossy or demanding; it just means being able to lead by example and do whatever needs doing without having anyone ask first if there’s anything else that needs doing right now…

5) Work On Your Soft Skills

Great managers know how to work with other people. They can communicate well and understand what their employees need from them. They understand that they can’t do everything themselves, so they delegate tasks to the right people at the right time.

When it comes down to it, soft skills are often more important than hard skills when it comes time for promotions or raises. A manager who is good at communicating well and understanding others will be able to manage her team better than one who isn’t as good at these things.

6) Learn New Skills Like Analytics, Spreadsheets, And Database Management

If you want to impress a prospective employer, learning new skills is your best bet. The ability to learn new things quickly is a huge asset in the workplace, and employers want to see that in their employees. 

Learning new skills through online courses or even just a few minutes of research can help you get ahead of your competition.

The nice thing about learning new skills is that it doesn’t have to cost money you can do it on your own time with no additional resources needed! 

A great way to make this easier for yourself is by having a goal in mind. For example: “I want my next job offer as manager position at [company name] because I am tired of working here.”

7) Give Yourself The Upper Hand By Specializing In A Valuable Skill

By specializing in a skill that is rare or difficult to learn, you give yourself an edge over the competition. 

If your manager is considering hiring you versus another candidate, they will take into account how much time and effort it will take to train you in their processes, systems, and procedures. 

They may also think about whether or not there would be an issue if one of their current employees were forced to give up some of their time to share knowledge with you.

This gives you the upper hand because they are more likely to see your skills as valuable and worth investing in, which can help increase their confidence in hiring you. 

The more unique your experience is compared to other candidates’ experiences (and especially compared to other job candidates), the greater chance there is for them to see it as something worthwhile and therefore making them want what’s best for themselves by choosing YOU!

8) Use Your Network For The Job Search And After You Land The Job

Network with former colleagues. If you’ve worked in an industry or field before, reach out to people who know your work and ask them if they have any contacts at companies where you’d like to work. 

Your former colleagues can also provide valuable insights into what it’s like working there from office culture to benefits packages (and whether they’re worth the cost).

Network with people from your university. It may seem obvious, but one of the best ways to get a foot in the door is through alumni networks: reach out to graduates from your school who are now in similar roles as those that interest you most.

Find out if they’d be willing or interested in connecting with current students about career opportunities at their company or organization, and request an informational interview (more on these later).

Network with people from your current job or organization. This includes everyone from senior leadership down through rank-and-file employees and beyond! Include people who work directly for each other too; 

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9) Don’t Be Afraid To Switch Industries Or Fields If It’s Not For You

You may not realize this, but it’s possible to be too comfortable with your job. If you’re not happy or satisfied with your current position, then it’s time for a change. 

Don’t be afraid to switch industries or fields if it’s not for you. Some people think that making a career move is risky, but there are many ways to mitigate the risk of losing money or getting stuck in an unhappy situation.

For example:

Find out what other careers are paying similar salaries as yours and see if they would be better fits for your personality traits and passions. 

For example, A career analyst who hates public speaking might get bored working as a salesperson because they would have little opportunity to use their data analysis skills on the job (unless they were promoted into management).

Search online at sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn Jobs to see what types of jobs are currently being posted by companies around town (or across the country). Then make sure that this list includes roles within multiple industries you don’t want just one option available! 

Every potential employer must have at least five options so that there will always be room for negotiation later down the line when someone comes knocking on their door asking about salary increases.”

10) Highlight Your Values In A Company’s Mission Statement

This is your opportunity to showcase the work you’ve done to demonstrate that you’re a good fit for the job. You can also discuss how your values align with the company’s mission statement. 

For example, if your company’s mission is to “improve people’s lives,” it might be helpful for you to explain how in your past jobs, you have worked toward this goal by creating new programs or products that have had a positive impact on employees’ lives (e.g., by improving retention).

Additionally, many companies use their mission statements as guidelines for hiring decisions. 

By highlighting how well your values align with theirs and explaining what makes those values important to you personally (as opposed to just listing them).

They will see that they are hiring someone who understands their values and therefore understands what makes their company great!

11) Talk To Other Managers About How They Landed Their Jobs

When you’re getting ready to apply for a job, it can be helpful to talk to people who are already in the field.

Ask them how they landed their jobs and what they wish they had done differently when they first started. They’ll likely have some great insights that will help you avoid common pitfalls on your path toward becoming a manager yourself.

A good way to find these people is by talking with people in your network or attending events where professionals from various industries gather. 

If someone seems like a good candidate for advice, ask him or her if he or she would meet with you sometime soon over coffee at Starbucks, if possible (I’m just kidding).

12) Take Risks While You’re Still Young

During your twenties, you have the luxury of taking risks and trying new things. If you don’t like a job, it’s easy to give notice and find another one. 

The same goes for relationships: You can pick up and move several times in your twenties, but it becomes more challenging as you get older because there are so many more factors involved.

Take advantage of this time in your life by experimenting with different types of work until you find something that fits well with who you are. 

If after a year or two at a job or relationship doesn’t pan out, take it as an opportunity to learn about yourself what works for others may not be right for everyone!

13) Be Humble But Confident During The Interview Process

Be humble but confident in your abilities. Don’t be afraid to talk about what you’re good at, even if it makes you seem cocky or arrogant. 

Remember that the interviewer wants to know what makes you a great fit for their company; they are trying to determine whether they need someone like you on their team.

Be confident in your experience. If this job requires skills that are new to you, let them know that! 

While it may not be the ideal first step into management, it could be a stepping stone to get there eventually and will give those who are considering hiring you a better idea of where your career is headed.

14) Know What Makes You Stand Out

Now that you’ve got an excellent resume, it’s time to get the interview. To land your dream job as a manager, you must be prepared to answer questions about yourself and what makes you stand out. This is where knowing what makes you unique comes in handy.

When answering questions during an interview, it’s important to stay positive and confident in your abilities while still being honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. 

Your interviewer may ask questions related directly back to tasks listed on the resume (ex: “Tell me about a time when…” or “What was one of the first challenges that faced this project?”). 

If they don’t ask any specific questions about those experiences directly mentioned on their page one by page two then don’t worry too much because there will be plenty more opportunities for discussion throughout other sections of this article!


We hope we’ve inspired you to land your dream job as a manager! Now it’s time to get out there and start making it happen. Make sure that you know what the job description entails before applying, so you can demonstrate your knowledge of what will be expected of you. 

Then, follow the steps above to make yourself stand out from other candidates who are also vying for positions.