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Applying for a New Job at your Current Company

You love where you work, but you don’t necessarily love your job. Perhaps you’re no longer challenged and now you’re bored. Maybe you’d like a promotion or different duties, or maybe you want to move into a different department. You don’t necessarily want to work for a different company, but you need a change, and you’re not sure what to do. Then, one day, you find out the company has an internal opening they want to fill, one that is exactly what you’re looking for and that you would be perfect for. So, what do you do next?

Talk to your Supervisor

If you know what you want your next job to be, talk to your supervisor or manager. Let them know what you’re looking for, and they may be able to help direct you to your next job opportunity. They may also be able to give you a different perspective on your abilities and your ambitions.

It’s important to have a professional discussion with your boss before you apply for an internal position. This will hopefully prevent your boss from getting any unwelcome surprises, and they may be able to put in a good word for you with the hiring team.

Apply for the Position

Once you’ve let your boss know that you’re interested in applying for another position, review your resume and update it if necessary. This can be a real challenge, especially if you haven’t kept your resume up-to-date, so don’t be afraid to get some outside advice. Once you’ve got your resume polished up and ready to go, review the job posting and prepare a brief cover letter for your resume, explaining why you’re a good fit for the position.

Plan and Prepare for your Interview

Okay, so you have been asked to interview for the internal job you’ve applied for. That’s some good news, but you should keep in mind that interviewing for a job when you already work for the company can be a double-edged sword. You know the company, and they know you, so they’re familiar with your job performance, and they have access to your records.

When you’re preparing for your interview, take a moment to re-read your performance reviews and compare them to the description of the job you’re interviewing for. Be prepared to use your performance history to show why you’re a good fit for the position, and practice explaining any mistakes you’ve made. Ideally, you can use the experience gained from fixing your mistakes to show how you’ve grown as a professional and have become an even better fit for the job.

Take the Interview Seriously

You likely know, or at least have met, the people who are conducting the interview. But that doesn’t mean that the interviewers will go easy on you. In fact, they may hold you to a higher standard than they would other job candidates. So, make sure you prepare for an internal job interview just as you would any other interview – wear your interview suit, bring extra copies of your resume, and prepare a list of intelligent, pertinent questions to ask the interviewers. Also, make sure you put your best professional foot forward, even if you are friends with one of the interviewers. You can always go back to being friends after the interview, but the interview itself must be serious.

After the Interview

After the interview, be sure to follow up. Send a brief thank-you note and restate your interest in the position. Make sure that the note is clear and concise and if you’re sending an email, make sure you use a brief title to ensure that your message is read.

Let Optimum Staffing Solutions Guide You

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