You'll probably get asked why you want to step into a management role a lot throughout your interview process, so you'd better have a great answer ready to go. Are you passionate about employee development, full of great process-improvement ideas or eager to challenge yourself?
Whatever your reasons, be prepared to explain why you're interested, how you know you're ready, what transferable experience you'll bring to the table and why a prospective employer should give you a shot.
As with any application, you'll want to be realistic about how well your qualifications actually line up with the requirements of a given job posting. For example, if you've never led a team before, it's probably best not to apply for a position where you'd be managing a staff of 20. If you're not sure if it's a reach, read this.
Staying within the same industry or targeting opportunities that'll allow you to manage functions you're very familiar with will also help to increase your chances of being considered.
But if you feel genuinely ready to take this next step in your career, you should go for it!
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This article originally appeared on The Muse.