Applying for a job within your current company — now maybe that’s something you didn’t think of! But your own company offers plenty of opportunities right in your own backyard whether you’d like to simply get a promotion or whether you’d like to completely change departments. As an employee of the company, you’ll have a leg up on the competition — right? It’s true. You have an insider perspective on the business and access to a lot of information that others don’t have.
Forbes wrote a great piece called 7 Tips for Applying for a Job Within Your Company, and they made a good point: just because you work for a company doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to land the job. You still have to prepare — perhaps even more so — for the interview. You can’t count on your familiar face being the only key to landing this position. You still have to prove your worth, your qualifications, and your desire.
Here are two tips that are especially important and can give you a leg-up on the competition. Firstly, talk to your current boss. If you can get your boss to endorse you for this position, that’s a recommendation that will be taken very seriously by the hiring manager. Secondly, set up meetings with individuals who currently hold the position. Ask them what makes them successful, what is most challenging, and any advice they have. Those are two steps you can take that outside candidates can’t necessarily take. Beyond that, you’ll have to prepare for the interview as if it was any other interview.
Read the whole piece at Forbes.