Even after you get hired, job opportunities may still come your way. From time to time, there may be job openings within the company where you are employed at. And these opportunities may interest you. But don’t grab them as of yet. Think about some factors.
What are the factors you should consider before applying? How do you write the appropriate cover letter for an internal post?
Thoughts to Ponder
- Growth – Do you think the job offer will help you achieve career growth as a professional? Does it present new opportunities and areas for career development? If your answers to these questions are two yeses, then pursue it.
- Longevity – For how long do you think you can stay on your job prospect? Do you see yourself doing the “new” role for a long time? You should always consider “longevity” in any opportunity presented to you.
- Development – If you think that the job will open lots of future opportunities for you, then applying for it will “future-proof” your career. Further, it is also beneficial for you to meet new people and develop connections and social interactions.
Tips for You
After being able to finally decide on whether or not you should send your application for an internal job opening, the next thing you need to focus on is your cover letter. Don’t know how to write it? Here are some tips from our career experts:
- Know who is the contact person. Is it the HR manager? The department head? Or the team supervisor? Knowing the right person whom you will contact for your application can make the process more fluid and faster. Make sure to use proper salutation in your letter. Check also for spelling errors. Sure you don’t want to spell the contact person’s name incorrectly.
- Collect useful info about the post. Showing the employer how knowledgeable you are about the job being offered will increase your hiring chances. Before you make a draft of your letter, make sure to do proper amount of research. You can also ask key persons to obtain some useful details about the internal job opening.
- Include an updated resume. Make sure to attach a resume with updated information about your current position. You should be able to give the recruiter an updated account of what you are doing in your current team or department.
Reviewing these cover letter how to’s can help you do well for your internal job application. Make sure to create your own checklist for you to succeed.
If you can’t write your own cover letter, seek our help.
Cover Letters for an Internal Position or Promotion
Promotion Cover Letter Writing Tips and Examples
When you're being considered for an internal position or a promotion, you may need to write a cover letter to officially apply for the new position within your company. What should you write in a cover letter for a job at a company where you already work? What's the best way to frame your credentials to secure a promotion?
What to Include in Your Cover Letter
A job promotion cover letter should clearly explain your interest in the job and delineate how you are qualified for the position.
The letter should also recap the experience you have had, your knowledge of your employer’s current mission and needs, and the progressive growth you have enjoyed within the company.
Don't presume that the hiring manager or department manager reviewing your qualifications will know your background just because you work for the company. This is especially true when applying for a position at a large company. Sharing the specific details of your history with the organization will help earn your resume a closer look and ensure that your qualifications get noticed. Also be prepared to discuss these qualifications during job interviews.
See below for a general cover letter for a job promotion, as well as one written for a retail position.
Sample Cover Letter for an Internal Position or Promotion
Dear Mr. or Ms. Last Name,
I would like to formally apply for the Assistant Communications Manager position in the Corporate Communications Department.
As you are aware, I have had extensive experience with [insert Name of Company], starting when I participated in your summer editorial intern program while I was still in college in [insert Year].
Since then I have been advanced through progressively more responsible positions in both the Human Resources and Marketing Departments.
During my tenure, I have developed exceptional writing and editing skills and have designed and implemented highly successful communications strategies at the departmental level.
I have also demonstrated my ability to work with leaders across business units and multiple lines of business, consistently earning exemplary scores on my annual performance evaluations by my supervisors.
In addition, I have been responsible for benefits communications and employee relations, as well as liaising with the company's clients and vendors to ensure that all projects are completed by established milestones.
These are just a few examples of my accomplishments and contributions to our company. I hope that you will find that this brief view, in combination with the attached resume, describes a dedicated employee of ABCD with the experience and skills to meet or exceed the requirements of the position of Assistant Communications Manager.
I appreciate your consideration and look forward to discussing this opportunity for promotion with you at your convenience. Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide that will support my candidacy for this promotion.
Job Promotion Cover Letter for a Retail Job
Here's an example of a letter or email message used to apply for a job promotion to a management position at a retail store:
Subject: Application for Manager - Shoe Department
Dear [insert Name of HR Contact],
It was with great interest that I read that Human Resources is seeking applications for a new Manager in the Shoe Department. Please accept my resume for review and consideration for this role.
I have been with Casy's for a total of four years, two in my current position of Assistant Manager in the Children's Department, and two as a Sales Associate in the Junior Department. Before coming to Casy's, I worked for Mears as a Sales Associate in the Shoe Department as well as in the Men's Department.
With my experience in varied departments, I feel that I would be an asset as a Manager here at Casy's. In my capacity as an Assistant Manager, I successfully took on many of the Managerial duties in the Children's Department last year when Suzy Smith was out on maternity leave, and I would welcome the opportunity to bring that same stability, energy, and dedication to the Shoe Department within the vacancy created by Amy Jenner's sudden departure.
I appreciate your consideration for this position. It has been a real pleasure to come to work every day since you hired me, and I thus look forward to continuing to grow in my career at Casy's.
More About Getting Promoted
When you're working on getting a promotion, it may take some effort to get noticed by management. There are ways you can enhance your promotability and successful move up the career ladder. Take the time to ensure you're in a perfect position to make the best impression at work and to get that promotion you're seeking.