How to Apply for Another Job in Your Company

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One of the best ways to get a new job is to apply for another job in your company. Assuming that you have a good reputation in your company, applying for an internal position can put you at the front of the pack, an advantage that you won't have at other companies. Still, you need to treat the application process for an internal job the same way that you would any other job application. Don't assume that everyone in the company is aware of your strengths.

  • Choose a job that you qualify for. Your current manager may love you, and you may be the best worker in your department, but if you don't meet the qualifications for the position you apply for, you won't get the job. Look for internal jobs within your department or that use related skills. If you're interested in transferring to a different department, get the education that you need to transfer.

  • Update your resume. Your resume should reflect the current work that you do with the company. The hiring manager in the new department may not know the details of what you do in your current position, so a resume update will help him see how you qualify for the new position.

  • Write a cover letter that's specific to the job. Don't be lax about the application process. When you treat things formally, you're more likely to impress. Your cover letter should express your dedication to the company. Include details like how long you've worked for the company and any specifics about how you've helped the company, such as increasing sales. It should also include a statement about how you fit the requirements for the new position.

  • Follow your company's internal job-application procedures. Every company has a different process for accepting internal job applications. For example, you may give your resume to the hiring manager directly or you may need to go through human resources.

  • Notify your current managers that you've applied for the job. Don't hide the fact that you're trying to switch jobs. Your manager can be your best ally because she can talk you up to the new manager. While she'll surely be sad to see you leave, she can also help you get the position.

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