“The position was one that I really wanted, and I felt that I was not only qualified but that I would be a far greater asset to the organization in support services,” says Doe. “And although I never would have imagined that I could move up that high, that fast without going to another company, it happened right in the organization where I was already working.”
Applying for internal job openings allows employees to advance their careers, says Belinda Hood, manager of reimbursement/medical records for CareMed Chicago, one of the nation’s largest home health aide organizations. With more than 25 years in healthcare management, Hood recalls, “I have watched many individuals climb the career ladder all the way to the top in various companies. And although that might not be the norm, it is possible.”
“Replacement workers will need to be able to ‘hit the ground running,’ and their ability to step in and keep the company business going is what will win them these open positions,” says Diane Wilson, columnist for The Chicago Tribune and career and executive coach for Grimard Wilson Consulting, a downtown Chicago firm.
Dwayne Mitchell, site administrator for Chicago-based Near North Health Service Corp. and an adjunct professor teaching human resources for health service administration at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, concurs: “Internal job openings offer employees the wherewithal to advance at sometimes a faster pace, but definitely within a more secure and known setting.”
To win internal jobs, follow these tips:
- Find out about the job. Research what the job entails, prior to applying, by using your inside track and talking with human resources, the person to whom the position reports, and the person currently in that position.
- Position yourself to get the job. Mitchell says, “Rework your résumé to reflect how well your qualifications and experience match the job criteria.” Also start compiling recent accomplishments that highlight your expertise.
- Inform a select group. According to Hood, you should inform your boss about a decision to apply for another position within the company. Adds Wilson, “Galvanizing all the support you can among your mentors, your boss, and close co-workers only stands to put you in the best position to get the job.”
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Letitia R. Doe had been applying for jobs with other companies for months before stumbling upon an internal job listing posted in her employer’s lunchroom. Doe, then a case manager with the Illinois Department of Human Services, considered applying for the management position in support services.