When an internal position opens up that you want, you need to prepare carefully before you apply for the role. You want to find a way to apply to the job without offending your current supervisor. You also need to find a way to make sure that they see you as ready for the role.
There are many different strategies that can help you pursue these jobs, and ultimately land one that makes you happy.
Strategies For Applying Internally For A Role:
1. Letting Management Know Well in Advance
Consider talking to management about the idea that you’re interested in moving to a different position if it ever becomes available. This will ensure that they’re not surprised that you’re applying when the job opens, and it will help them start to picture you in that role.
2. Ask Them What They Need From You
If you do let them know in advance, ask them what you can do to make sure you’re “ready” in their eyes. If you listen to their advice, you’ll give yourself a much better chance of landing the job.
3. Let Your Manager Know You’re Applying
Don’t surprise your manager. Instead, let your manager know before you apply that you intend to apply. Explain why you want the role and focus on professional growth, not money or wanting to leave the department. Finally, let them know that, whether you get it or not, you plan to keep working as hard as possible.
4. Treat it Like a New Job
When you are ready to apply, approach it like you would a new job.
- Create a great cover letter
- Update your resume with relevant experience
- Network, if possible
Even if these people know you already, these actions are respectful and show the job is something you are passionate about.
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5. Move On
Throughout the process, don’t sit back and wait as if it’s do or die. You may not get the job, even if you’re qualified. Some companies like to try bringing in new talent before they hire someone internally. You can ask them if there’s anything you can learn to prepare for a similar position in the future, and then go back to work. If you do get the job, you don’t want to over-celebrate either. Keep working hard on your current role and move on with dignity.
Your best bet in either scenario is to apply without expectation, and continue to work hard and let opportunities arise for you. Often simply applying to an internal position can open up doors for you in the future, and if it doesn’t, you can continue your job seeking at other companies when you need to.