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Your Next Big Opportunity Is Closer Than You Think: Applying For Jobs Where You Currently Work

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By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Servicespromotion-next-steps

Sometimes your new perfect job is one at your own company, which can be exciting and awkward at the same time. Whether you are applying to a different department or for a promotion, consider the following tips:

Put your best foot forward.
Some of your best opportunities can come out of chance encounters, and this holds especially true within your own company. Even if you aren’t looking for a new position, remember that you can make a good impression on everyone you meet. Take the time to talk with co-workers in other departments about what they do. You never know; you may just end up in a position to be interviewing with someone you’ve spoken with before.

Don’t apply for every open position.
Most often, there is a record of which positions you’ve applied for and when. Applying to every open position may give the impression that you lack direction or true passion your most recent application. While your company may or may not hold this against you, it will be important to be ready to demonstrate why you’re the best candidate for the position for which you’ve applied.

Get the support of your current manager.
Be open with your manager. He or she will be your best personal reference, and you don’t want to catch him or her by surprise. Often, your current manager will be required to work with you during the interview process, and having his or her support ensures that you have at least one person on your side.

Carefully consider what, if anything, to tell your co-workers.
They might be supportive of you. However, it’s also possible to unintentionally stir up ill feelings, especially if those co-workers are applying for the same position or take your desire for a new position personally. It may also be embarrassing if you apply and then do not get the position. Take time to evaluate your situation and be selective about what you share with whom.

Prepare, prepare, prepare.
Since you currently work at the company, you will be expected to know more about the position, department, and details regarding company-wide initiatives than someone applying from the outside. Your interviewer may ask you questions that would not have been asked to an outside candidate, and you must be prepared. Make sure to do you do your research and be as up-to-date as possible.

There are pros and cons to applying for a new position within the same company you now work. Use the tips above to avoid the awkwardness and find that dream job you’ve been searching for!

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