How to Become a Supervisor

Your Career Coach How to Become a Supervisor Dear Michele, My company only seems to give promotions to people that supervise a staff. I’ve never had the opportunity to supervise anyone – how do I get that experience? – I Want to Be Promoted Dear Soon to Be Promoted, First, congratulations on figuring out what […]

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How to Become a Supervisor

Dear Michele,

My company only seems to give promotions to people that supervise a staff. I’ve never had the opportunity to supervise anyone – how do I get that experience?

– I Want to Be Promoted

Dear Soon to Be Promoted,

First, congratulations on figuring out what it takes to get promoted in your company. Recognizing that is the first step to getting promoted. The best way to get supervisory experience is to volunteer for it. If there’s a new project that comes in the door, make sure to ask your boss to give you a shot at managing both the project and the team. If that’s not possible, offer to manage the team developing the next office party, retreat or volunteer activity. Allow yourself to be seen as a leader in some area of your work life and you’ll be considered a leader – and given leadership opportunities.


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