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3 signs you’re destined to become an interim manager

Thinking of making the shift to an interim management role but not sure what to expect? Admittedly, it’s not for everyone – but if you’re craving a change in your Monday to Friday and want to work in an environment where you call the shots, then becoming an interim manager could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Today, we share 3 telling signs that you’re destined to become an interim manager…


1. Change excites you 


Not a creature of habit? Interim management roles allow for constant change, as you’ll be moving from company to company on a regular basis and encountering new challenges along the way. However, if you’re the type of person who enjoys office culture and seeing familiar faces around your desk, then interim management might not be for you. 


Salary is another key consideration to take on board when deciding whether to pursue an interim career, as this can too vary from role to role. Nonetheless, with high demand for staff in the public sector it’s unlikely you’ll go long without work – especially if you are an expert in your field. 


2. You’re highly independent 


As an interim manager you have way more autonomy over which projects you work on, as well as how long you take a break in between contracts. In contrast to permanent positions, you will have more freedom to prioritise personal commitments and spend time with loved ones. 


While this flexibility can be a blessing, it does require organisation on your end. For example, if you wanted to take extended leave between roles you’d have to plan your finances in advance – especially if you’re not sure what your next gig is going to be. Working independently also means having the skills to market yourself as a valuable asset and attending regular networking events to meet potential employers. Make a good impression to keep the contracts rolling in!


Alternatively, consider working with a recruitment agency who will already have a plethora of contacts within the social care industry and will help you promote yourself as a candidate. 


3. Communication is your forte 


One of the challenges of being an interim manager is being able to lead a new team and convincing them to do things your way, despite being temporary. Communication is at the heart of doing this right and to be successful you will need to be strategic and cater your language to fit the company’s culture. 


The delivery should be seamless while the message should be clear and inspire your colleagues to reach an end objective. This requires exceptional managementment skills and self-confidence, as you’ll be expected to meet targets and at pace. Not much of a talker? We’d recommend sitting this one out…


As you can see, becoming an interim manager has its equal share of pros and cons so it is important to weigh up what you want to get out of your career and which aspects you want to prioritise. On the other hand, if you tick all of these boxes then it’s likely you’d be a great fit! 


Start browsing our interim roles now to find out more. Still making up your mind? Speak to one of our experienced consultants about your career path and we can help you figure out next steps. 

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