I have been in my new workplace for just over a month, running the social media accounts for the company. However, I’ve just seen a new vacancy come up at where I work doing copywriting, which is where most of my previous career experience lies and is something I prefer doing.
I am so tempted to go for it. However, my partner, who works in recruitment, told me he thinks it would be inappropriate if I applied for this job, considering how new I am to my current role. Is he right?
I might be skating on thin ice here, Erica, if I contradict your partner!
I do see where he is coming from. But… I can’t say that I agree with him 100%! Yes; it’s definitely a little bit of an awkward situation and it could possibly be seen as inappropriate for you to apply for this new job but I personally would go for it nonetheless. You just need to make sure you handle it right.
You took your current job because, whilst perhaps not the closest fit with your previous experience, it clearly appealed to you anyway – and they decided to hire you because you clearly appealed to them! You weren’t to know at the time that this new copywriter role would suddenly come up.
The way forward is to ask your manager for a few minutes of their time so you can have a little chat about it all. Explain that you are happy in your new job but you have seen this new opportunity come up and, given your previous experience, you feel it might well be a better match for you – and it could therefore be to your mutual benefit if you were to apply for it. Nothing ventured; nothing gained!
You have every right to pursue the career you want. If you see a ‘better’ role come up, whether inside or outside your current employer, then my advice is generally to go for it!
Achieving promotion is about consistent strong performance over time but, in the run up to your seeking promotion, you’ll need to make even more effort than usual. Behave like the new broom you once were!
Give 110%. Strive for excellence. Seize every opportunity to learn something new and to develop and enhance your skills and knowledge base. If at all possible, start taking on new and additional responsibilities in your existing role. Show initiative and commitment.
And do update your CV; at the very least it’ll help to get you in the right frame of mind to successfully tackle the job promotion interview.
Make it easy for the organisation to promote you. Make it into a logical, sensible and beneficial decision for them. Make it the right decision.
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