How to secure an internal vacancy
James, September 9, 2013
When filling job vacancies, many employers prefer to promote from within.
This way they're ensuring that someone familiar with the company and the other people is going to secure the job. It also means that you, the job seeker, have the opportunity to shine before anyone else gets a chance and there are certain aspects to keep in mind.
This is vital in any stage of your career as it can open future doors and successes. Making contacts within your own company will also lead to strong consideration when it comes to internal vacancies.
If a manager who’s unfamiliar with you is employing you, it helps to have built up a good reputation for when questions start to get asked.
In addition to extensive networking, it's important to keep an eye out for new vacancies. In order to do this, you have to build up an idea of the company as a whole and each individual sector, understanding how it works and where the job vacancies are and where/how to apply. For those with a better idea of where they want to end up, it may be best to target specific sectors of the company, focusing all your energy into building up the right contacts.
Applying for an internal vacancy has to be done in the right way. If you go in there expecting preferential treatment, you'll receive none; maintaining an air of professionalism is vital and it's important to apply in the same way you would with any job. Keeping the CV up to date is important as it's making it clear that you understand the way the company works (after all, you've been working there for whatever period).
This is a time to let your intentions be known; it's no use skirting around the issue as confidence is always key. Let the right people know that you wish to at least interview for the position, including your current boss. Whilst many may find this aspect slightly off-putting, having someone who knows you as well as your boss on your side could work wonders in convincing others that you deserve the role. As one might expect, a degree of caution should be used, as you don't want to let your boss think you're unhappy working for him/her. Focus on the job and the company and allow your ambitions to move up and branch out to become the focal point.
It’s important to maintain your professionalism throughout and stay positive, even if you don't get the job.
Casting a good impression is never a bad sign, even if your application is unsuccessful. They'll know you're in the company and will remember you should another vacancy become available. Keeping positive, excelling at your current role and ensuring you get feedback are the most important pieces of advice to take if you've been unsuccessful as it allows you to continue applying for internal vacancies, adding a dash of extra experience to each one.