For many companies, developing and nurturing the talents of its current employees is a top priority. This means opportunities for shaping your career are richer than ever before.
If you are interested in learning something new or your current role no longer feels challenging, it may be time to consider seeking an opportunity within another functional area. Internal transfers can be an ideal way to move your career forward while leveraging your industry expertise and knowledge of the business. Pursuing the right opportunity, however, requires careful planning.
How to Properly Plan for an Internal Move
First, evaluate your current performance. Can you use your achievements and work ethic to make the case for a transfer or is this a good time to polish your image?
"When looking for a new role within the same company, your reputation is everything," notes Rebecca DiRienzo, Director, Talent Acquisition at AmTrust. "Make sure your attitude is positive and professional and remain completely committed to your current role even if you're feeling restless."
Secondly, meet with your manager to discuss your career goals. Be honest about where you see your career moving and ask for his or her feedback and advice in how to get there.
Thirdly, develop relationships with the employees and leaders in the area where you see your skills best utilized. Consider volunteering to assist with a project and don't hesitate to meet with a decision-maker to learn more about opportunities within his or her area.
"At AmTrust, we are committed to helping employees leverage their skills and talents to their fullest extent, and our leadership team welcomes the opportunity to discuss career paths with employees, regardless of whether the employee is already on their team or not," adds Chaya Cooperberg, EVP and Chief People and Communications Officer.
Finally, check out the internal career opportunities available within your organization. Be sure your resume is up-to-date and tailored for the role you seek. If selected to interview, prepare as thoroughly as you would for an external job interview.
If, despite your best efforts, you are not selected, use the experience as a learning opportunity by finding out where you may have missed the mark.
"Identifying gaps in your skills or weaknesses in your overall presentation are enormously valuable in getting you closer to the path you seek," Rebecca notes.