There are currently thousands of open management positions across the country. However, you must carefully consider all of your options when going for the manager job that is right for you.
When applying for your first manager job be flexible and persistent throughout the hiring process. If you have your sights set on a specific managerment position within a company you may have to take an alternative position and maneuver yourself into your dream management job. It may take a little networking to really find the job you love.
Always have some type of long term plan. Generally speaking top end managers that end up in supervisory positions have a career plan. The management job you are currently in or working towards, will allow you to meet the key contact people in your field and location. Always take inventory of your skill level and experience. If your skill level has improved and your compensation has not, consider going for the manager job you have always wanted. Some managers end up going from job to job without any long term goals. Don't fall into this trap.
Always join your local professional associations to network with other skilled managers. These individuals will also be able to tell you about the local trends in the job market.
Stay connected with graduates of your MBA program and recent alums. Many of the best management job tips come from classmates who know the corporate world in your job target region. Becoming active in the alumni network is one way to stay involved.
Always exhibit a positive attitude even though a recruiter or headhunter may not need your services at a given time. In the flow of business a manager may quit that day, and a position may open up at any time.