What should I keep in mind when applying for an internal role change?
January 28, 2013 10:02 AM Subscribe
A new role has been created within my department for which I would like to be considered. What should I keep in mind when preparing my application for this internal role, given my familiarity with the company and with the hiring managers?
posted by undercoverhuwaaah to Work & Money (3 answers total)
- I have taken every opportunity in performance reviews and casual conversations with superiors to express my interest in this type of role in the past, prior to its creation. This has been met favorably by my superiors (which includes the hiring manager for this role).
- My current role is vital to the ongoing operations of the company -- we do not currently have a contigency plan should I happen to find myself smooshed by a bus tomorrow (although I have advocated for one). I don't want this to hinder my chances.
- I have worked very closely in a semi-hierarchical system with the hiring managers for this job, all of whom are intimately familiar with my work over the last several years.
- The position as described (and the qualifications sought) are slightly on the aspirational side for me, but I think I have other experience and traits that more than make up for the lack of a few letters after my name (e.g., significant institutional knowledge and relationships). Normally in this situation, I would be very careful about the language I use in a resume and cover letter. But, erm, "decorative" wording is unlikely to be helpful in this situation though, given my familiarity with the hiring managers.
So given all that, what tips might the 'filter be able to offer?