Sep 5 • Thomas Bartelsen

Recruiting 101: How to grow your career internally

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Looking to take your job to new heights? The best way to do it might just be right under your nose. Growing your career internally can be an easy and effective way to climb the ladder, and we're here to show you how. With a few tips and tricks, you'll be on your way to success in no time! 
As an (internal) candidate, you can benefit from our company's development plans (IDPs) which are personalized roadmaps to help you set professional goals and plan your career growth. In easy words, an IDP is a delta between your desired job (hard and soft skills, i.e., English at C2 level or Power BI expert skills) and your current skill level. These IDPs are designed to support your personal and professional development within the organization. 
With an IDP, you can customize your career path and achieve your goals while also having access to various job roles and levels of responsibility.

What is Internal Career Change and How it Affects Your Career Path?

Internal career change is a term that refers to the process of transitioning from one job to another within the same company. This move can significantly impact your career path, allowing you to explore new opportunities, develop new skills, and gain valuable experience without leaving your current employer. One of the main benefits of internal career change is that it can help you grow your career within the company, leading to promotions, salary increases, and other benefits.

To identify opportunities for internal career change, it's essential to keep an eye out for job postings, network with colleagues, and talk to your manager about your career goals. Once you've identified a potential opportunity, it's vital to prepare yourself by updating your resume, practicing your interview skills, and developing a strategy for success. You can create new opportunities and achieve your career goals within your current company by taking the initiative to grow your career internally.

What is Internal Career Change and How it Affects Your Career Path?

Why an internal change might be a win-win; according to current data (please remember to use auto-translate of the browser to read it in english) cost of open roles might be up to 38.000 Euro per available role. That means that from an employer´s perspective, having a vacant position is very cost-intense. Now, try to take an employer's view and understand why YOU would benefit them.

1. Open vacancies cost them money (see above).

2. Once an external candidate is hired, they likely have a notice period meaning that until they start, it will take even longer.

3. An in-depth onboarding of a new employee takes a couple of months

4. The risk involved: you don´t know whether the candidate fits the company (so-called cultural fit)
Point 5 is probably the most astonishing figure

up to 18%
of employees leave within their probation period

In Germany, up to 18% of employees hand in their resignation within their first 100 days due to several factors – and that´s the worst that could happen to an employer since this means an open role again AND lost resources and time
Considering the above, you can quickly see that there might be a win-win for both your company and you. Filling the open position fast can help your potential employer save money and avoid lengthy onboarding processes. Additionally, by showcasing your skills and experience during the interview process, you can demonstrate how valuable of an asset you would be to their team. Consider what differentiates you from other candidates and highlight those strengths during your interview. Show that hiring YOU will benefit them in the short term and contribute to long-term success for both parties. Remember, job interviews are a two-way street - it's not just about convincing them why they should hire you; it's also about determining if this is the right fit for YOU. But by approaching interviews with a persuasive tonality focused on mutual benefits, there's no doubt that both parties will come ahead.

Therefore, it might be genuinely beneficial both to the employer and you. Accordingly, you might consider this a basis for your argumentation strategy on why this would also be a practical move for the company. 

What is Internal Career Change and How it Affects Your Career Path?

Identifying opportunities for internal career change can be daunting, but it is essential to grow your career and achieve your goals. Start by researching your company's structure and identifying the departments that interest you. Look for job postings and speak with your supervisor or HR representative about upcoming positions. It's also essential to assess your skills and experience to determine if you need additional training or education to qualify for the work you desire. Networking with colleagues and attending company events can also help you gain insight into different roles and departments. Keep an open mind and be willing to take on new challenges to expand your skill set. 

For example, in Germany, it´s roughly 5x likelier that employees consider leaving for an external change than moving internally. This is relevant because it demonstrates how beneficial it might be for you to stay as your bargaining power increases. 

Now, according to Linkedin there is five countries (globally!) where this effect is even higher. The top three are: 
An internal career change can bring numerous benefits, including increased job satisfaction, professional development, and better work-life balance. By taking the initiative to identify opportunities and prepare yourself for an internal career move, you can take control of your career path and achieve your goals.

Preparing Yourself for an Internal Career Move

Preparing yourself for an internal career move is crucial to successfully growing your career within your organization. It involves identifying your strengths, skills, and interests and aligning them with the opportunities available within your company. You should also assess and improve your weaknesses to increase your chances of being considered for an internal role. Some questions to ask yourself could be:
  • 1. What must I include (hard skills / soft skills) to get to the next role I want?
  • 2. What have I done to change or grow internally?
  • 3. Is there an individual development plan in place?
  • 4. How well does internal mobility work (i.e., policies/career paths) at my current company? Is there any program for it, such as mentorships or other formats I can use?
  • 5. Have I applied internally already, and if yes, what did I learn?
  • 6. Have colleagues applied internally, and what can I learn from them?
  • 7. What feedback did I receive in my last annual review, and how can I incorporate that into my plans?
  • 8. Have I approached my current lead (i.e., during a yearly) about my plans to grow in X (X stands for your goal) direction?
Sometimes it´s best to browse your internal career website of your employer and look at the jobs to see if there´s anything that draws your attention.

It is crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and developments and acquire relevant skills and knowledge for your desired function. Networking and creating connections within your organization can also help you gain visibility and increase your chances of being considered for an internal role. Developing a strategy for successful internal recruitment, including updating your resume and preparing for the interview process, is also crucial. Taking the initiative to grow your career internally can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career path within your organization. Embrace the opportunity to grow your career internally and take the necessary steps to prepare yourself for an internal career move.

Developing a Strategy for Successful Internal Recruitment (=be recruited)

Developing a strategy for successful internal recruitment is crucial to ensure you are making the most of the opportunities available within your organization. First, identify your career goals and the skills and experience you need to achieve them. Then, look for opportunities within your current role or department that align with these goals and start building relationships with key stakeholders.

Networking is essential in this process, as it can help you gain visibility and access to new opportunities. When preparing for an internal career move, make sure to highlight your strengths and accomplishments and be prepared to articulate how you can add value to the new role. During the interview process, focus on demonstrating your enthusiasm and passion for the unique opportunity and your ability to collaborate and work effectively with others. Finally, take the initiative to grow your career internally by seeking new challenges and development opportunities. By embracing the opportunity to grow your career internally, you can achieve your career goals while also contributing to the success of your organization.

Networking and Creating Connections 

Networking and creating connections are crucial components of successful internal recruitment. By building relationships with colleagues and managers across different departments, you can gain valuable insights into the organization's culture and identify potential opportunities for career growth. Attend company events, volunteer for cross-functional projects, and seek out mentorship from senior leaders to expand your network. Additionally, consider joining industry associations or attending conferences to broaden your professional connections beyond your current organization. By cultivating a strong network, you can increase your visibility within the company and position yourself as a top candidate for internal career advancement.

Remember, building relationships takes time and effort, but the payoff can be significant in terms of career growth and job satisfaction. So, don't be afraid to put yourself out there and start networking today!

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