Lateral move within company

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You could always put some feelers out there first, or just go talk to the ones who are hiring.  Ask if they have a minute to chat, then if they do, mention that you know they are hiring.  Say you’re interested in learning some new skills and branching out and are just wanting to know if they would consider someone with knowledge of the company but who might need a little time to come up to speed at the specific job.  Hopefully they’ll get the hint and let you know that they were happy with your performance and would love for you to apply, or will let you down easy by saying “well… we’re really looking for someone who can jump right into the role with the corporate clients…”

Post # 4
9092 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think an expression of interest in branching out within a company is a good thing.  I work for a fairly large corporation and anytime I’ve made a reasonable idea of other areas within the company that I might have an interest in exploring now or in the future it’s been met with either a lateral move actually occurring or concrete advice on how I might put myself in a position to gain the skills for it in the future. 

Post # 6
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My SO moved from entry level marketing/advertising for a publication company to being the only assistant to a manager running an entire department by herself.  I can’t get more specific without giving away personal details but it was a big career jump for him because he went from answering the phones in marketing to doing everything but soliciting sponsorship for this other department.  He basically got management experience without being a manager.  He had no experience in anything that he was doing.  I think he saw an internal posting and his manager at the time recommended him to the other manager (big company so he didn’t know the new manager). 

I agree with PP about sending out feelers- expressing interest is always good because you seem motivated, and someone may give you direction on how to move toward it even if it’s not the right position for you now.  I think that lateral movement is likely to be much easier within a company than between companies, so now’s the time if it’s what you’re interested in. 

Post # 7
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I think your desire to learn new things to broaden your horizons within the company is a positive thing! A lot of companies prefer to promote their own employees internally. Training would be easier for them since they already know you.

I’ve done a lateral move — same paygrade — different jobs with the same employer; best move I have made since it opened a door for me to get into the department I’m at right now. Make sure you stress that you love working for the company and are looking for new challenges. Simply put, tie how this lateral move would help you in your personal career goals.

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