How do I Become a Facilities Supervisor?

Erin J. Hill

There are various methods available to become a facilities supervisor. The exact route you take will depend on your individual skills, preferences, and where you currently are in your career. Getting a degree in management may be a good starting place for some, while continuing to work up within a company of employment may be a better option for others.

Most job applicants will need to submit a resume to be considered for a position.
Most job applicants will need to submit a resume to be considered for a position.

One way to become a facilities supervisor is to get a four-year degree or higher in management or a similar major. This may allow you to enter a management job right after graduation, depending on a company's needs. More than likely, however, you may begin as an assistant manager or an associate with a company and work your way up from there. The time it takes to be promoted is generally shorter for those with a college educations.

If you have already spent years with the same company and are not interested in obtaining a degree, you may choose to continue to work hard and climb your way up within the same company. Keep in mind that this method is not always successful, because many companies require that supervisors have some college courses under their belts. This means that even those who are capable of handling a higher position may not be promoted because of company policies related to education.

Assuming you have gotten your degree, you can work to become a facilities supervisor by speaking with local businesses in your area. If you have any industry experience, you can begin your search with companies in those arenas. Otherwise, use your degree in management as your main selling point.

Aside from speaking with mangers at companies you wish to work for, consider searching on online job boards and other sources. This will allow you to see what local companies are looking for in facilities supervisor candidates, and you will know exactly what experience and educational level you need to reach your goals. Odds are if one company required specific things, many others will have similar standards.

Craft a resume and begin submitting it to employers. Remember, if you are applying for positions in multiple industries, it is always a good idea to have a separate resume for each industry. Highlight your experience or knowledge of each industry's practices, and send them to the appropriate place.

Don't forget to ask friends, family members, and coworkers to put in a good word for you as well. One of them may have connections to help you become a facilities supervisor, or to a company that may allow for advancement. In fact, up to 80 percent of all employers hire those who are referred by word of mouth, so your social connections may be your most valuable job hunting resource.

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