Room at the Top: Position Yourself for a Move to Management

Companies are struggling to find management talent—which means opportunity to rise.

Group of business colleagues during a meeting in office

Suzanne Garber first learned of a highly appealing job as chief operating officer for the Philadelphia-based Americas Region of International SOS Assistance, a provider of medical assistance and security services, from her longtime mentor. A senior vice president at the company where Garber worked as a manager, he heard about the position from an executive recruiter; it dovetailed with her passions for helping people and international travel. "My mentor received the fax for the job while I was sitting in his office, and he passed it over to me even though he knew it would mean my leaving the company," Garber says. He then provided a reference that helped seal the deal.