Post # 1
I’m a paralegal at a law firm and work in a specialized area. We have a set of corporate attorneys who do a little bit of specialized work but mostly corporate work. I helped them out with non-corporate stuff for a few months while their paralegal was on disability and I think they like me but who knows. They hired a replacement paralegal and she just quit after 1.5 months. I want the job but have no idea if they’ll hire me given that I have no corporate experience and don’t even have much specialized experience.
If I apply and don’t get the job, will that reflect badly on me in my current position – will they think I don’t like my current job, think I’m trying to leave the firm, stop giving me good assignments, etc? Thanks
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Thanks ladies! Anyone else have any positive experiences with doing this (or even negative ones ) thanks!
Post # 6
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
- 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.