Are you feeling up for a new challenge in the workplace? Are you ready for a change but are afraid of the risks associated with changing jobs? Do you want to try doing something new but are concerned about starting over from scratch in a new environment? If all this sounds like you, then looking at the internal vacancies in your institution is probably a good place to start.
Why move internally?
Here are the best reasons for you to consider applying for an internal vacancy in your institution, as opposed to joining a new institution.
1) Familiar environment: If you’re afraid of changing environments, then moving to another department in the same institution will solve this problem for you. You won’t have to change your commute, your daily routine or your familiar surroundings, and you will still know a lot of the people you will be meeting on a daily basis.
2) Less competition: Positions advertised internally are not available to the general public, which greatly eliminates competition to just a few applicants. While externally advertised positions tend to attract between 30 and 60 applications per post, internal positions normally attract much lower interest – in some cases no more than 2 to 3 applicants. If you also consider that not every applicant may be well suited for the position, you can see how your chances of being offered the post are very much boosted.
3) Known competitors: One of the most stressful parts of a selection process is knowing that, no matter how good a candidate you are and how well you are prepared, there’s always a good chance that someone may come across as even stronger. When applying for an internal vacancy, it’s likely that you may actually know who else in the institution is going for the position, which will give you the rare chance to prepare for the interview knowing your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses.
4) It’s still a change: You may stay within the same institution, but you will also get the change you were looking for. You will still move into a different department, meet new people, find yourself with new work conditions and policies, and possibly the challenge of a different work subject.
So, are you still thinking about it?