Office politics for dummies
January 19, 2012 8:51 PM Subscribe
How do I position myself for an internal job change when no job has been posted?
posted by anonymous to work & money (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been at my job for about a year and a half. During this time, I've taken every opportunity to get experience in an area that will be a major growth area for my industry, but is a little underresourced at present. I have also told my immediate manager that I am interested in taking on more responsibilities in that area.
I work in a small division of a much larger public company. The management tends to be very hierarchical and secretive. Rank-and-file pretty much never know about changes before they happen (good or bad), and there's little cross-communication between departments.
Today I heard a rumor that management is planning to add one (or more) positions in the area I'm interested in. The new position(s) would be in a different department, under a VP who I've never spoken to, although I've worked quite a bit with several other members of the department.
I also heard that they are talking to a former employee (the previous incumbent of my job, actually) about coming back to work in this area.
No positions have been posted, internally or externally.
How do I make sure I get a decent chance at one of these positions? My boss's boss likely has some influence, or I could go to the other department's VP directly, although I don't know her. (Not helping is that I tend not to be very confident with upper-management types. They're always so difficult to catch in their offices, for one thing!)
My direct boss and I are not the closest. I get decent reviews, but I don't think I could count on her to advocate for me. I think she'd be more concerned about disruption in her department.
I know I need to come straight out and tell someone I want one of these jobs, but who do I talk to and how?
Advice, strategies, pep talks welcome.