How to manage internal job hunting
January 17, 2014 4:20 AM Subscribe
When I was hired, I was hired on the assumption that I will move to position A when it becomes available (timeline: years). I've lately been doing some work to assist another department (B). I like this work, and I'd like to explore the job and possibly transfer to it should a position become available, but am not sure as it has the potential to be high-stress. How do I best explore this?
posted by platypus of the universe to Work & Money (6 answers total)
Manager B (who is not my manager nor in my 'path') is pleased with my work, he can offer a good reference and is willing to set up conversations with people who could help me explore job B, but has no control over hiring. Manager A has recently pushed back against time spent on B. How do I explore this new option, without burning any bridges with my current manager/career path by abandoning the path they have for me and screwing up their legacy plans (but at the same time not wanting to immediately leave and clear the way for them to replace me)? Or am I overthinking it and I should just talk to my manager?