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+.

Seeking Advice: Getting Over Being Passed Over for Promotion

An employee wrote in and is very frustrated being asked to fill in for supervisors when nobody is available but getting passed over for promotions when it really counts.

A shortened version of what was submitted is below:

I really appreciated reading this post, Tired of Your Job? Maybe it's Time to Ask the Tough Questions. I have been focused on college for two years now, while at the same time building a good reputation with my job. However, along the way, I have become what I like to call a bounce-ball supervisor. I am there when they need me, but when promotion time comes, I do not get the raise and the position.

However, they are quick to point out when there is nobody available that "I am the man for the job." After almost two and a half years, I feel used and tired. I want to stay, but am tired of being called a good leader and then not promoted when good leaders are needed.

If anyone has a different outlook, please advise me.

My advice is to talk with your supervisor or someone in the company who would be in a position to observe you day to day about why he or she thinks you are not getting selected for promotions. It may be something you are doing <or not doing> or it could have absolutely nothing to do with you at all. It's easy to spin within our own thoughts about what we think other people's motives are and a few facts can make a world of difference. Listen to what they tell you - do not argue, defend or challenge. Take the feedback for what it is. Getting over being passed over is not easy, but it can be done. Not all employers have nefarious motives but if yours does, it may be time to move on. 

HR professionals, what advice do you have for this reader?