Can I ask to be acting manager? Pt 2

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 2
5000 posts
Bee Keeper

You already expressed interest.  Your manager acknowledged it and is receptive to helping you reach your goals.

That’s pretty much it.  50% is making sure they know youre interested and you’ve done that.  The other 50% is working hard and learning the job.  So keep doing that.  And have patience.  You haven’t been there that long.

Post # 3
9080 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

I agree with PP, you have expressed your interest, now you just need to concentrate on consistently doing a good job. Give it time. 

Post # 4
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not surprised your colleague was asked, they are more experienced and better known than you. 

You have to slow your roll a bit. You’ve let them know you want to progress (great) but now you need to demonstrate that you can consistently do the job they hired you for and then that you are able to move to the next step. This won’t all happen next week. You should be thinking 2 years min. 

I’m afraid your attitude (I want it now) shows an immaturity which won’t work with a management position. 

Post # 5
2525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

If your manager wanted you to do it you would’ve been selected. You made your interest known now understand that they may not be interested in you for that role. 

Post # 6
491 posts
Helper bee

It’s just a temporary position! It’s not like he offered her a permanent job that she doesn’t want and you do. It is a temporary manager role, she’s older, more experienced. It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t want to do this long-term because she is fit for the role right now.

Cool your jets, get over being offended, and buckle down and do your work well. Your turn will come in time, but meanwhile people will pick up on your attitude…

Post # 7
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I would ask the actual manager what steps you could take to make yourself more ‘manager mmaterial’.Dont specificallyaskabout the temporary thing or take a ”pick me!” position because in the scheme of things the temp role doesn’t pay more and doesn’t really translate well on your resume so it’s likely not going to dramatically move your career forward. If you can get your manager to write down goals for you, you complete them ,make them aware that you have and request new goals, you will get noticed for being proactive assuming you have a halfway decent manager. You may want to also take book recommendations on management and start implimenting the strategies you read about in your day to day.

Post # 8
4091 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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SVandy60918 :  In my line of work, interim leadership roles do come with a pay bump… I would hope that someone is being fairly compensated for taking on more work than their usual responsibilities. But we are already overworked and underpaid in my field. 

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shadows9x :  Like others have said, keep talking to your supervisor about your professional goals and prove yourself through your performance and positive attitude. Also, ask for professional development opportunities that will help you grow your leadership abiltiies. I’m participating in an emerging leaders program on my campus (I work in Higher Education) that has won national awards and highly sought after. My supervisor nominated me and the VP supported me because they see leadership potential in me and I’ve stressed how important my professional growth is. Best of luck to you!  

Post # 9
10386 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I want to be a supermodel, that doesn’t mean I’m actually qualified to do so.

Your coworker may not want to do this type of position but they are the most qualified to do it. And frankly, work is all about doing shit you really don’t want to do.

For you, work hard, continue to gain experience. Volunteer for projects and extra work. Your time will come.

Post # 10
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Wasn’t he going to be off for like 2-3 weeks? I’m surprised they even appointed anyone.

Post # 11
52 posts
Worker bee

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annabananabee :  I agree. The ball is in your manager’s court. I had a similair experience – I was assistant manager at a location and a coworker of mine expressed (openly to me, infront of colleagues) that she felt because I was younger than her and less experienced, she should be in charge when the manager was out. That cut deep and really made me see her in a different light – but I would never let her know that.


Don’t express your frustration to the one put in charge. DO NOT – I repeat – DO NOT let them know it got to you. However, I would just keep expressing to your manager your interest to grow in the leadership skills set and having an active role. Definitely start thinking of yourself now as a leader – do not wait for the opportunity, take the opportunity. 

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