How do I Become an Assistant Regional Manager?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

The job title assistant regional manager has become popularly recognized because of its importance in the plot line of the NBC comedy The Office. Rest assured that you do not have to be anything like Dwight Schrute to become an assistant regional manager. Clearly, the key responsibility of an assistant regional manager is assisting the regional manager. A regional manager is a person who oversees the operations of a company in a specific section, or region, of the country. The size of a company and its number of clients will determine how many regional managers it employs. These factors will also define the size of the region that each regional manager oversees.

An assistant regional manager working with an employee.
An assistant regional manager working with an employee.

An assistant regional manager is second in charge of one of these regions. Not only are assistant regional managers expected to assist regional managers in the daily operations of the company, but they should also be able to step in when the regional managers are unavailable to meet with clients. Therefore, an assistant regional manager should have a strong knowledge of the company’s clients and each client’s needs.

In order to become an assistant regional manager, it may help to first work within the company at a lower position. This way, you can familiarize yourself with the daily tasks and needs of the manager while also building your knowledge of the client base.

If you already work within the company where you’d like to become an assistant regional manager, there are some steps that you can take to improve your candidacy. It is important, for example, to work on developing a good working relationship with the regional manager so that he or she knows that you would work well together if you were being considered for the position of assistant regional manager.

Of course, one of the best things that you can do when trying to get a job or a promotion is to work on your resume. While the document itself should be very well-formatted and edited, you can also always work on improving the content. For example, you can attend a professional conference. Not only will this look good on your resume, but it will also help you to make new contacts in your field. You may even want to consider taking a course or attending a seminar that will improve your knowledge and skills as an employee. Also, taking these initiatives will prove to your employer that are serious about wishing to become an assistant regional manager.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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