If you love your workplace, but feel stagnant about your position there, it may be time to look around for another role at your company. Often businesses have policies that require job opportunities to be posted to employees before they’re available to the public. This is good news if you’re looking for a new title at your existing job. Sometimes moving around is the first step to moving up. These simple tips can help you along the way.
Even if your current role is starting to feel unchallenging, don’t let boredom make you seem lazy or disinterested. When you’re looking for a new position within the company is not the time to rest on your laurels. Work extra hard and show the team what you’re capable of. Remind them why you’re a leader.
Revisit Your Resume
If you’ve been holding down the same position for a while, chances are good you haven’t polished up your credentials in a bit. Update your resume to reflect your current job and any skills you’ve acquired along with it. Also, don’t be afraid to tailor your resume for each position you apply for. This shows attention to detail, and a desire to adapt from your old position to the new.
Talk to Your Boss
Speak up and let your manager know you love working for the company and just want a little change. Maurie Backman at The Motley Fool explains to sit down with your boss and let her know it isn’t personal, “Moving from one team to another isn’t necessarily a reflection on your boss’s management style — so make that clear. Tell your boss that your career has taken a shift but explain how you got there so that your manager doesn’t think you’re making excuses. For example, if your boss runs a marketing team, but you’ve been growing increasingly interested in the analytical end of things, it makes sense that you’d want to move over to the data team. In that case, explain how reviewing that team’s weekly reports piqued your interest and drove you toward that decision.”
It can be easy to get into a rut where you only talk to people on your team, but if you’re trying to expand your opportunities, you should abandon that habit. Hobnobbing at office lunches and company picnics will help people in other teams remember your name when it slides across their desk on a resume.
Check Postings Often
You won’t be able to apply for other positions if you don’t know they exist. Find how your company most consistently updates these internal positions and check it weekly. Some places go old school and put up flyers on a corkboard in the employee lounge, while other businesses may use a web portal. It’s also a good idea to refer to your employee handbook to see how long these jobs typically stay posted and brush up on your company’s rules of hiring internally.
Good luck and happy job hunting.