How to Manage Your Manager

Previously on Hunted I’ve written about how the best Managers can change your life. And once you think you’ve found one of the best, it’s important to manage the relationship.

This article shows you how to do just that. By managing up the chain. Rather than becoming a pawn in your own career.

Tell them how you like it

Whether you’re embarking on a brand new relationship or working with the same boss you’ve had for years, being vocal is paramount to finding harmony. Communication’s obviously important in the day to day, but to make the most of the relationship, you need to be up front.

There are countless methods of management. And rather than taking a risk that you’ll get on, it’s critical to offer advice from the beginning.

Don’t be afraid to push back against certain methods if it’s going to cause friction in the long run. Attentive processes might be needed if you’re more fledgling. While a more hands-off approach might suit you if you’re experienced.

If they’re a great manager, they’ll have a different strategy for every person they manage. And you should both be tailoring this relationship.

Build the relationship

Chances are, you’ll have an early opportunity to share a bit of levity with your Manager. Time out the office or at least away from the stress of work is a great way to build a rapport. And by the nature of the job, there’s going to be less stress at the start of your tenure.

So get off to a great start by chatting. Not about work.

Find out who the person is behind the title. What their career’s been to date. What they do outside of work. What do they do for fun. All of the best relationships in business transcend structure and there’s no reason you can’t be friends with your boss.

Doing so will do you a lot of favours.

Be Preppy

No matter how senior you are, you’ll quickly know what’s needed to stay on the right side of productive

And part of that productivity is knowing your stuff. That means going to every meeting well prepared. Being on top of any KPIs. Accepting and embracing any failures. Knowing why you succeeded and how to carry that on.

Meetings in the middle of the day in recruitment rarely come at a good time. Both your boss and you have things to do. And no time to do them.

So minimise the dead time for you both by preparing well.

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Use them

Your boss is almost certainly more experienced in the game than yourself. Which means they’ll have unique and helpful advice to offer you. Use it. They say teamwork makes the dreamwork. And however much, like me, you cringe when you hear that, two heads are normally better than one.

Even if you’re simply sharing your opinion, or status of live roles there’s always a better coalition to be had by collaboration. You’re the one in control of your own destiny. But you should be using the free mentor you’re being offered.

After all, that’s one of the biggest benefits of being in an organisation. Not simply working as a lone wolf.

See the bigger picture

You may be the most docile person in the world, recruitment’s going to test that.

At every point in your working week, you’ll have a focus. And that might change, depending on what happens as you go. But the macro goal shouldn’t change too much. Whether that’s a financial figure you’re aiming for or number of contractors. Similarly when interacting with your boss, you should always have an eye on the overall strategy and how you’re going to get there.

There’s plenty of time in your week to deconstruct the small things. And you’ll no doubt be given plenty of opportunity to do so.

Surprise, Surprise

Everyone loves a surprise on their birthday. Or maybe as a thank you, out of the blue. But in your relationship with your manager, surprises are normally a bad thing. Even when the content of the surprise is positive.

Your boss’s job is to make you a success. Your job, is to make them a success.

So try not to keep anything important from them. Be that deal news. Interview progress. Forecasting. And the important stuff, like your happiness.

Alongside this is keeping your word. You’ll do this with candidates and clients. And it’s paramount to being seen as a trustworthy recruiter. Make sure your boss sees the same trait.

Provide solutions

Problems occur in recruitment. In a lot of ways, overcoming problems is your primary job. The problems in someone’s current role. The problems in a client’s team. The problems in a candidate’s salary. The problems with a skill shortage at a business.

Your job is to find a solution.

And working out how to do that will denote how well you’re paid. The more you collaborate with your boss, the better solution you’re able to offer. But taking initiative will mean this process becomes more streamlined and easier for both parties.


You and your manager should have a great relationship. You should know each other very well and constantly strive for the best results. That way, when you struggle, there are two people fighting the same battle. And when you succeed, there are two people in the celebrations.

For anyone who’s managing a team and wants the best possible results, this article’s for you.