How to ask for internal mobility: Job position change

Do you want to discover another job, while remaining in the same company? We explain how to succeed in your request for internal mobility!

You like your company a lot, but your job is less and less attractive and you want to change… Good news, you should know that internal mobility is an initiative that is increasingly appreciated and encouraged by employers!

By explaining your approach and taking sufficient time to do so, you can easily ask to change jobs and discover a new position within your company. In other words, explore other horizons while remaining under the same sun. We explain the steps to follow to ask for internal mobility and convince your employer!


1) Think about the reasons for the change in position

Before communicating your desire for internal mobility, it is best to be able to argue your choice. The first step in requesting a job change is to think about what motivates you. Weigh the pros and cons of this move, and ask yourself the question “why do I want to change jobs?”

Have you gone through the assignments in your current position? Do you want a change of scenery and to discover a new field? Do you have an appetite for a different line of work? Or have you refined a new professional project that requires a reconversion?

Thinking about these questions will make it easier for you to argue your desire for internal mobility with your manager and your employer, who will see that your choice is the result of real reflection and real motivation.

2) Research the company’s policies and opportunities

Next, find out what your company’s internal mobility policy is. Internal mobility policies in other firms are more developed, with follow-up and skill development plans. It will be easy to apply for a new job as a result of this.

Take a look at the options that are accessible to you. Because there are more positions and people are more mobile in large organizations, you will have more opportunities to shift positions than in SMEs.

3) Talk about your desire to change jobs and identify opportunities

Once you have identified the reasons why you want to change jobs and you know that internal mobility is possible in your company, it is time to discuss it with others and to look for job opportunities in your target area.

Start by speaking with your bosses and coworkers, as well as teams in the field you’re interested in: they’ll be able to tell you whether their boss is intending to hire and for what job. Take advantage of informal gatherings (after-work, coffee breaks, etc.) or professional gatherings to debate the topic (annual meetings, information meetings, etc.).

When you present your project to your manager for internal mobility, be transparent and explain the good reasons why you want to change position: new professional project, desire to improve your skills, what a change of position will bring you… But avoid describing the bad relationship with your colleagues or the toxic management, otherwise, your application will not be fully supported!

4) Determine your own abilities as well as those required for the future position

Changing jobs and industries necessitates learning new skills, understanding new technology, and acclimating to a new work environment. To demonstrate on the day that you are the best applicant for internal mobility, you must conduct thorough research, be curious about the role, and compare your skills to those required.

5) Identify your own skills

Take stock of your skills, and draw on your results and successful projects (especially those related to the target position) to have strong arguments to put on the table. Remember that it is essential that you are already good at your current job before you apply for another internal mobility position.

In the best of all possible worlds, you will be virtually operational in the future position with your current know-how. If not, which is in most cases, you will have to train and fill in the gaps. This is where the personal training account comes in: by explaining to your employer that you are ready to train for internal mobility, you once again affirm your motivation!

-Determine the talents that are required

Don’t be afraid to talk to people who work in the industry you’re interested in (sales, marketing, HR, technical, etc. ), ask questions, and research the newest developments in the field on the internet. Before you submit your profile for internal mobility, you must know everything – or almost everything – about the position you are applying for.

-Make use of your soft skills.

When it comes to shifting careers, or internal mobility, knowledge isn’t everything. As an employee, you are already familiar with the company culture and organization, giving you an advantage over external candidates. But that isn’t enough; you must also demonstrate that you have a genuine capacity to adapt, as well as agility, curiosity, and initiative, all of which are necessary attributes for a successful transition into a new team.

-Getting ready for an internal mobility interview

You may have worked at the company for numerous years, but it does not exempt you from this requirement! You’ll have to perform an interview to justify your request for internal mobility and demonstrate that you have (or are working on) the technical capabilities required for the future role. This is similar to a regular interview in that you must be able to identify yourself, describe your current role, and justify your request for a job move (increase in skills, professional project, etc.). Concentrate on your transferrable skills, interpersonal skills, and the solutions you’ll implement to compensate for your lack of experience (internal training, etc.).



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