How to Make an Effective Career Transition Inside your Organization
In this article, Human Resources and Leadership Development professional and UBC alumna Lindsay Parker (BA'01) outlines strategies for effectively making a career transition within your current organization.
Applying for an internal role comes with its own unique considerations and challenges. If you’re looking to make a move inside your current company, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Discuss your Plans with your Supervisor
It’s best to be up front about your intentions, and to frame your decision to apply for another role around your career goals. If you are uncomfortable disclosing to your leader, consider speaking to a member of your Human Resources team about how to best handle the situation.
I’ve seen my fair share of internal candidates who apply to every opening simply because they are ready for a new challenge. While your enthusiasm is admirable, you may come across as scattered if you apply for everything under the sun without being clear on your career goals.
Only Apply if you are Actually Qualified
While there may be more flexibility for internal candidates, most organizations won’t overlook major skill and experience gaps. Be honest with yourself when comparing your skills and experience to role requirements.
Do your Research
One of the perks of being an internal applicant is that it’s far easier to talk to other employees or leaders. Schedule short conversations to dig deeper into job requirements, day-to-day realities of the role, leadership style and team culture. Keep your conversations focused by preparing questions in advance. You’ll learn a lot, and reinforce your interest and professionalism.
Take the Process just as Seriously as you Would an External Opportunity
In my work, I’m surprised by the number of internal candidates who put minimal effort into their applications or interview preparation. Remember that every interaction you have in the workplace is an opportunity to influence how others see you. Showing up unprepared or treating the hiring process lightly could create the impression that you’re not truly committed to the new role.
UBC alumna Lindsay Parker is a staunch advocate for taking control of your career. She’s helped organizations in multiple industries increase employee engagement and retention through simple and effective approaches to career and leadership development. Her ear is always open for conversations about career growth, leadership development, the power of mindsets, and busting myths about sustained behavioural changes.
Lindsay is an Online Career Mentor for alumni UBC. Visit her profile on Ten Thousand Coffees and send her a message to connect with her for a career conversation.