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Resume Tips for Internal Job Seekers

By Jeremy Cyrus 02/05/2013
Resume Tips for Internal Job Seekers

Q:
I'm a junior associate in product development, but I'd like to make a transition to marketing. When I went to speak to the marketing director, even though he knows who I am, he asked me for a resume. I wasn't expecting this. How should I respond?

A:
An internal job application can be a tricky thing, and if you'd like to make an in-house switch from one position to another, you'll need to keep these important considerations in mind.

  1. Keep diplomacy at the forefront of all of your efforts. You may want to discuss your intentions with your current boss before you act, so you can gain her support. She may be able to reach out to your targeted hiring manger and pave the way for you, in a social sense. If you approach the marketing manager cold, you increase your odds of being treated like any other outside candidate.

  2. Just because the new manager knows you, doesn't mean he actually knows anything about what you currently do, what you're capable of, or what you've accomplished in the past. Approach your application as if your reader is starting from zero and will need a complete update on your work history. (Visit Free Resume Builder for formatting help.)

  3. Use your resume and cover letter to explain how the lessons and skills you've gained in product development can help you find success in marketing. Don't just brag about how great you are at the old job—your reviewer will want to see evidence that you can handle the challenges of the new one.

  4. Make sure you use your resume and cover letter to explain why this transition is something you want. Why are you feeling a sudden desire to step into marketing? Is it because you have a passion for data analysis? Because you enjoy surveys? Because your natural business savvy isn't fully being utilized in product development? Be clear about this, and be ready to discuss your decision in person.

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