How to Ask for an Internal Transfer

Making an internal transfer in your company can be a great move, considering a whole lot of reasons. Most times, it’s usually for a good reason – not because of a bullying boss or excessive work stress in your current position. You can ask for an internal transfer because you are seeking for a promotion or to acquire new experience, maybe you want to try something new or choosing a new career. However, internal transfers are usually the ways of building portfolio and it is always better if your company see the request as a means of making yourself more available, not reducing your responsibilities.

Internal transfers can be tricky if the right steps are not taken. Here are some tips on how to ask for an internal transfer if you are considering a move within your company.

Find out if there’s a transfer policy

The first step you should take is to read through your company's policy on internal transfer. This gives you a guideline on transfer requirements and possible departments you can apply for. Most companies will require employees to hold a position for a minimum number of years before they can ask for an internal transfer. These are necessary to know before you begin the procedure.

Seek for your manager's support

Regardless of the level of relationship you have with your manager, the official protocols required for an internal transfer is invaluable. This may sound silly if it hasn't come to your mind yet, but your new position requires you to disengage with your current role. It doesn't mean you won't be able to move if your relationship is not good. But before sharing your subject, consider making your boss feel comfortable by expressing satisfaction with his/her professionalism.

Market your insights in the new position

Don't expect that all transfer requests are granted because you have all the requirements. You must be able to convince that management that the position you're applying for is actually where you'll be most useful for the company. Express how the position is going to help your career, let the management know about your change of career if that is the reason why you're asking for an internal transfer. And also show that you won't be a flop in the new role.

You don't want to apply for 5 internal jobs in a week. That may suggest that you're strategically trying to leave your current position at all cost.

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Don't give up just because Mr. Bad news ruins your day. Stay strong!

Prepare well for the interview

You don't have to assume that the interviewing team already knows what you can do in the position because of your relationship with them. Or consider yourself as one with advantages because you're already working with your company. Put up your best and be ready to sell your ideas because you're competing with candidates that can go extra mile to prove they are qualified for the job. Some of the candidates may even have experience in the field more than you do.

Prepare for the transition procedure

Sometimes, your company may present bizarre offers in your internal move. Provisions like asking you to remain in your old position until they're able to find a replacement, they may also request that you cover the two roles until someone is employed to handle your old position. Consider evaluating these options and be open to discuss it with the management if there's need.

When you succeed moving to the new office, you should work hard to keep a good relationship with your old team members, it’s not just about the new team.

Good luck with your internal transfer plan. We are glad to be helpful as you keep building your career.

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