The right way to apply for an internal job

The right way to apply for an internal job

If you love where you work but are looking for a change of scenery, an internal move can be a great option. But before you get ahead of yourself, it’s important to remember that just because you already work for the company it does not mean that the job’s in the bag.


Follow our tips on how to succeed in securing an internal move.


Be honest with your manager


It’s never going to be easy telling your manager that you want to move to a different department,  but it’s important to have that conversation. If they hear you’re planning on moving from someone else, it could be harmful to your application as well as your relationship with each other.

If you’re honest about your plans, your manager should be willing to put in a good word for you.  Additionally, you should ask for referrals from your colleagues too. Ideally, you’d want someone in the team that you’re applying to, but if that isn’t possible ask for recommendations from your mentor, co-workers, or direct reports can help you establish yourself as a top performer at your company.


Meet with the HR representative responsible for the job opening


In addition to speaking with your manager, it’s beneficial to meet with the person who is responsible for recruiting for the role as you can find out more information about the job such as the salary range, the requirements and why they are recruiting.

As well as answering your questions, the member of HR can help you to prepare for the interviews. Seize this as a great opportunity, as in most circumstances the interview process is the same for external and internal candidates.


Leverage your position and success within the company


As an internal candidate, you are at an advantage as you already have first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to work for the company. By knowing its core values and principles you might just have a leg up on competing candidates.

The best way to demonstrate this is in your covering letter. In it explain why you’re a natural fit for the role. Points to include are:

  • You're already familiar with the company's culture
  • There would be no on boarding time for things like orientation and paperwork
  • You would adhere to the same high standards that are currently expected of you
  • You would welcome the opportunity to build upon your success and continue your career at the company


Use your insider advantage to ask smart questions


Still utilising your internal knowledge, draft some questions which illustrate your interest and demonstrate your knowledge in the job role. It shows that you are aware of your surroundings and reiterates your pre-existing involvement in the company.


Send a thank-you letter


Manners cost nothing, so sending a thank you letter to your potential new boss can do no harm. This should echo your covering letter and emphasize your strengths and accomplishments, specifically something that has benefited the company. Also, include a point that was discussed in the interviewee, for example, I found the information on the upcoming year really helpful. Finally, reiterate again that you’re an existing employee of the company.


Update your CV


Most internal candidates forget about CVs, but it matters! Assuming it doesn’t could be a recipe for disaster as it may give the impression that you are not taking the role seriously.

Writing a CV can be boring, so take a look at our CV writing tips and submit your CV to the Monster’s CV Checker to get a free professional assessment.