So you’re wondering whether transferring to another department is the right thing for your career?The short answer is yes. The long answer includes three questions to determine whether your CURRENT organisation is the right place for a job switch.
But first, let’s start with the basics of why you might consider a move to a different department, which essentially boils down to this:
ARE YOU AMBITIOUS FOR THE TOP JOBS?
I’ve worked with 100s of women. The ones who make it to the top are those who get a wider range of experience in that company. The longer you are with a company, but working across different siloes - you get a better understanding of how the company works as a whole. You’ve seen it through ups and downs and you understand both the external market and internal politics far better than anyone joining the company from outside. This is vital as it’s expensive and time-consuming to onboard people, and half the time they don’t work out, something you might want to point out in your friendly way :)
YOU on the other hand, already know your way around and a wide range of contacts and advocates if you’ve worked across an organisation - you’re simply more memorable and have more allies. If you’re ambitious you don’t want to get stuck as being known as ‘Jane in accounts’.
So that brings me to whether or not your CURRENT EMPLOYER is the right place to look for internal transfers? That boils down to 3 questions to ask yourself on whether the company is a keeper, (even if the department isn’t.
1. Is the company a good long term employer with great benefits?
This is one of the main reasons to stay, but move to a different department. If you can’t answer yes, you’re better off moving to a different organisation completely rather than simply transferring to a different team. However, companies push to improve ‘employee engagement’ companies are wising up to how much people value generous parenting leave, flexible working, good pension contributions, holiday leave, tuition reimbursements and other factors. If they’ve got all of that and you still want a change, then a move to a different department would be better than a move outside the company.
2. Are you optimistic about the company’s future and its purpose?
You’ve probably had enough pep talks to get a sense of where the bus is headed. Is the company, and more specifically, the team you’d like to join growing? As importantly, do you like where that bus is headed? If so, stay in the company - but switch to a different department when you want a new challenge.
3. Can I get Profit and Loss responsibility?
Okay, so fiscal responsibility may not sound as sexy as it could be, but having experience with profit and loss responsibilities is vital for people who want to get ahead. The most common objection I hear about C-suite or Board appointments is of the candidate’s lack of Profit and Loss experience. They want someone who can tell their ‘Cash Flow’ from their’ Balance Sheet’. This particularly affects women. Women are less likely to be in those roles or seek them out. But if you’re ambitious, as we’ve already seen you are - then having a grasp of Profit and Loss is something you’ll need to develop on your way to the top. So get into a role in a department where you’ll get these skills.
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What is your USP? A question asked by many employers in the workplace. Knowing your unique selling point and how to use this to your advantage can be greatly beneficial in your career. Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris, in this video, talks about YOUR unique selling point, the USP definition and all about personal USP examples.
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Creating your own USP and knowing how to use your unique selling point appropriately can be an issue in one’s career. In this video, Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris talks about what is your USP, how to find your USP, USP examples and personal USP examples. These can greatly enhance your career and get you the promotion that you deserve.
This really simple AND QUICK exercise will help you discover how to find your USP! I’ve got plenty of USP examples to help you.
I've helped many clients understand what their own USP is. And here's why...
Owning their unique selling proposition, has been a key part of many of their success, mainly because it helped people know what to go to them for.
Any interview - whether it’s for a promotion or in a completely new organisation, has two key parties, YOU and THEM.
So this involves thinking about the USP (Unique Selling Point) of both.
And both will involve doing your homework first. Watch today's video to find out exactly how to create your own personal USP using my examples.
Lateral career move (aka switching jobs within a company, job switch, transfer job within same company, horizontal career move, lateral movement job) is often under-rated, I’m here to tell you that it can be the smartest move you can make when moving jobs. Whether you’re thinking about switching careers, career change, career move, switching jobs, or moving jobs, you should consider moving departments within the company through lateral job move or lateral promotion. Find out everything about lateral move including how to change jobs inside your company, lateral move salary negotiation, job transfer, internal job move.
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So what are the best midlife career changes and what are the answers to how to change careers? You may want a career change, career transition, career switch, or just some career change ideas.
Today, I’m talking about three of the BEST examples of midlife career switches that were a stretch, but not completely outlandish. I know a grandiose career change won’t work for many of you who have mortgages to pay and kids to send to school. That's why I'm going to give you three very different midlife change examples.
You might not see it coming...
You might already be halfway through your career..
You might be thinking ‘but i should have it all figured out by now’
If you need a new career, career advice on midlife career change or ideas for how to make a career change after 40, this video is for you. My clients often say things like: I need a new career, I’m looking for a career change, how to change your career, how to change careers successfully and what does career change at 40 look like.
This video will help you get the career change and the rewarding new career you are looking for.
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