Guest Post: How To Transfer Positions Within Your Company

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the average person holds 11 different jobs during their career, and 60 percent of those jobs were held from ages 18 to 27. Many of us have changed jobs multiple times; however, have you ever transferred positions within your company?

The recent economic climate has forced many job seekers and recent college graduates to take the first position they were offered.  Now many people are finding themselves stuck in an unfulfilling position not within their true passions or strengths.  I was a recent college graduate when the economy began its down turn.  I accepted a position that I knew was not where I wanted to be long-term; but I knew where I wanted to go.

It took me nearly two years to successfully complete the transition to my new position. During that time I developed many of the skills needed in my current position within a marketing team. I also had three different bosses, purchased a home, and became a father in that time. Looking back, I know that all of my hard work was worth it.

If you are interested in how to transfer positions within your company here is how I did it.


In order to get where I wanted to be, I knew I had to start developing strategic relationships with my leadership team as well as coworkers across departments.  Identifying those necessary connections and building a relationship is vital for transferring positions. Managers have connections and points of view that you can utilize to help get you where you want to go.  

I also used my knowledge of social media tools such as Twitter to reach out and connect with coworkers across departments, some of whom I had never met. If I saw an opportunity to participate in cross-departmental projects, I would always volunteer.  Soon my inter-office network was growing and I was developing essential professional relationships.

Dress for Success

I learned early on in my career to dress for the job you want not the one you have. So even though it wasn’t popular among my coworkers I “tied up” every day. Trust me; if you want to get the part, you need to look the part. Leadership will take notice. This could also mean standing out by using the latest trending tech gadget, such as an iPad. 

Goals for Development

When you have goals you are able to really focus on the next steps in developing your career. If you are just going through the motions you will never be satisfied.  Whether you are looking at changing positions or transition into a new career make sure to set goals to achieve, and keep adding new skills to your repertoire that you will employ in your ideal position.

It is pivotal to find the career path that you are passionate about. Don’t be satisfied with the status quo, transfer positions within your company and have no regrets.

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About the author: Grant Tilus is an Inbound Marketing Specialist at Rasmussen College.  He started in admissions and is now responsible for creating superior content and blogging about different degree programs ranging from Human Resources and Organization Leadership to Internet Marketing.  Feel free to connect with Grant on Twitter and Google+.

Do You Know How to Read?


Do you know how to read?

Are you sure? Because the #1 skill for HR professionals, beyond the skills associated with the HR Competency Model, is the ability to read. If you have gotten this far, you are probably thinking you've got that covered. But do you? Do you really? Reading is more than stringing consonants and syllables together, it is knowing what you are reading and knowing just how to read it.

Knowing what you are reading

Documents come in all shapes, sizes and levels of importance.The Code of Federal Regulations, the Master Agreement, and the Americans with Disabilities Act are big deals. A department's standard operating procedure, a letter of instruction, or a smoking policy are little deals.

Look at the document in front of you. Is it a must do, should do, or a consider-only-if-the-feeling-moves-you type of a document? Is it promulgated, precedential or proposed? Is it a draft, a directive or a final decision sustained on appeal? Is it an exception, an exclusion or subject to expiration?

Does the document even apply to the question or issue at hand? Stop right there and don't reference, redact or refute it (or go any further) until you are sure.

Knowing how to read what you are reading

In most cases, you read a document from left to right and front to back unless, of course, you are reading a government document. Then you go front to back,to and fro and criss-cross references until you are tangled in a web of detail. Regardless, there are somethings that hold true across documents.

Process steps numbered 1-2-3-4 are sequential. That means 1 is to happen before 2 and 2 is to happen before 3 and the process is not complete until you finish the final step. Two items separated by AND means that they both are included. Two items separated by OR means only one item is necessary. The all-time tricky AND/OR combination pretty much leaves the option up to you, the reader. Sub paragraphs lose their meaning when separated from the main paragraph and contrary to popular belief, not all sub paragraph As are created equal and are not interchangeable. Get my drift?

References are cited for a reason and provide a backward trail of information. Follow them until you've gone full circle and end up right where you started. You have to know where you came from to know if you are headed in the right direction.

Knowing why this is important

HR is not a one-size-fits all profession nor are documents one-size-fits-all answers to questions. Documents are printed in black ink on white paper but don't be fooled, they are anything but black and white. Documents are not complete and final answers and I'd say that HR professionals who disagree with me are doing themselves a disservice.

So, do you know what you are reading now? You are reading a blog by an HR professional who is not an expert but is one with an opinion and a hot button (can you guess what it is?) You can take this in tongue-in-cheek, as it was intended, but please do so with a touch of seriousness.

Do you read me?