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While many people believe that the only time a resume is required is in support of an application for a position with a new employer, another instance where a resume could be utilised, is to enhance a candidate’s application for an internal promotion. Regrettably, in the latter, a resume is either disregarded or if submitted, fails to include pertinent information that will strategically position the applicant’s submission as a worthy candidate.
With an internal promotion application it is easy to presume that management are either aware of your job responsibilities, or can locate this information from a job description or other resources obtainable through the Human Resources department. For those who believe this to be the case, beware, as you could be disadvantaging yourself from the outset. The fact that you are currently working with the employer does not mean that your current manager (or potential manager) is familiar with the solutions and achievements you have secured within the work place, so it is up to you to portray this – and what better way than within a contribution-oriented resume.
When developing your resume for an internal position, imagine you are targeting a role with another employer and don’t assume that the executive team know what you have been doing in the organization, or the value you have contributed. This is even more important if the position you are aiming for is senior to your current role, and you will need to qualify why you should be extended the opportunity for a promotion. This can include evidence of leadership and management accountabilities, or responsibilities specific to the new role.
Read through the following statements to assist you in collating relevant information to include in your resume for an internal promotion:
Begin to keep track of your accomplishments, special assignments or involvements within the organization by writing them down. The potential to forget pertinent information is easy, and can regrettably disadvantage your application. By including your contributions and achievements within your resume can certainly optimise your internal job campaign.