I don’t know about you, but on occasions, employees may mention that they are applying for another position within their organization. Sometimes, these positions are for internal applicants only. Other times, the positions are advertised to the general public.
What I found interesting in many instances is some of these employees would either be baffled, upset, or discouraged because they were not selected. Furthermore, those that may have secured an interview either did not make it beyond the initial interview or they did not get the position.
I am only speaking from personal observations. A few of these employees spoke with a sense of entitlement. They were baffled because they through that just because they worked in the organization, that was supposed to guarantee them an interview. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I found that if you are within the organization applying for an internal position, you are competing against your own: someone who most likely has many identical qualifications that you do. If you are applying for a position that has been advertised to the general public, then it gets worse because you are competing against internal candidates plus hundreds of qualified outside employees.
So what can you do to possibly stand out? Here are a few tips:
- If possible, try to speak or email the recruiter before the position closes out. In our organization, the recruiter’s initials and email address are at the very end of the position. The employee can call human resources to get the full name of that analyst/recruiter, or email them.
- When, or if you are able to make contact, try to ask questions about what the hiring manager is really looking for.
- Assuming you are able to make contact with the recruiter, ask if they read the cover letters. Some recruiters do, others do not. Some don’t read it but expect for it to be included. Find out.
- Final tip: Nothing is automatic in the job search/employment process. Every aspect about the process is competitive. You cannot afford to leave one stone unturned.
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