How to Accept a Different Position Within a Company


Accepting a different position within your company poses both an opportunity and a challenge. The new position may advance your career or allow you to pursue your interests more directly. It also may cause tension between you and the department you are leaving, or between departments within the company. If you are offered a new job within the same company, you need to be honest and open with both departments about your plans.

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  • Tell the recruiter for the new position about your dilemma. Let him know that you are considering ways to tell your manager that you are switching to another position. The recruiter may be able to help you by holding a meeting with you and the manager to talk about how your skills can be best used for the new position. Ask about the transition process and if the employer offers a program for those switching positions within the same company, such as benefits rollover.

  • Inquire about training. If the work of the new department is unrelated to the previous position you held, you will need comprehensive training. Make a list of your inherent and acquired skills and think about how you can translate each skill into the new position.

  • Tell your current department that you are moving to another position. Tell your co-workers and your manager that you will be working at the same company, but contributing your skills in a different way. Let them know that you intend to keep in touch with them, and perhaps think about ideas on how you can collaborate.

  • Accept the position only when you have successfully terminated your previous position, to avoid creating ill will between departments.

  • Be clear with the recruiter about your goals. This new position may be your dream position, or it may be another step to get where you want to be. Being clear about your plans will help prepare the recruiter about future switches in position. Also, if you are open with the recruiter, she may recommend opportunities as they come.

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