Resume Writing Tips for an Internal Promotion by Kim Isaacs So, you’re going for the big promotion and think you have a very good shot. Either way, give yourself an edge by submitting a hard-hitting resume and proposal package that proves you’re the perfect candidate for the job.
Follow these tips to make sure your promotion goes through: 1. Even if you’re a model employee, there may be other candidates ready to nab the position.
Also, you may know what a great job you do, but your employer may not fully realize your potential.
So treat the opportunity for a promotion as you would for any job opportunity that strongly interests you, and take your approach very seriously. As you’re updating your accomplishments, keep in mind the position you’re applying for, and tie in accomplishments that would be important in the new position.
For example, if you’re a retail sales associate seeking an assistant manager’s position, write about leadership accomplishments like training new employees, increasing sales, improving customer service, cutting costs, improving merchandising, and working overtime to complete special projects. Include an “Expertise” or “Key Skills” section in your resume, and add skills that would be important in the new position. Many employees going for internal promotions don’t bother with a cover letter if they haven’t been asked to submit one.
The idea is for your employer to start envisioning you in your new position. A brief, keyword-rich list of your related skills will help the hiring manager see that you have the skills to do the job. You’re not only going to write a letter, but a powerful job proposal that is sure to put all eyes on you (in a good way).
A job proposal outlines how you would contribute to the operation if you were promoted.
First state your interest in the promotion, followed by a bulleted list of what you expect to accomplish if given the opportunity.
This is your chance to show that you fully understand the challenges of the position and are ready to take them on.
Your proposal can include list of problems/challenges you will face, your intended actions or approach, and the benefits to the employer. If the position has been opened up to outside candidates, use your loyalty to the employer as one of your key selling points.
Provide examples of anticipated results, along with a timeline of when you expect to accomplish them. As an insider, you’ve already shown that you are dedicated to the employer.
You’re committed to the employer’s success, as your resume’s accomplishments indicate.