Tips for Doing It Right
Before you begin your goal to stay with one company, even if that means hopping from one department or position to another, here are some tips to guarantee the positions you want, you’ll get.
Resume Updates – Each time you change positions, make sure you update your resume with prior positions, skills and achievements—be specific. If you saved one department thousands or improved sales outputs, mention these achievements.
Human Resources – Make yourself well known in the personnel or HR department. Try to make connections with managers and those who post jobs internally—perhaps you’ll get a heads up on upcoming positions.
Exit Gracefully – When moving from one position to the next, especially if you’ll be working with a different group of people, thank the co-workers for the time you’ve all worked together and let them know how you’ll still be around if questions about your former job arises or to help train a newbie.
Be a Learner – We as people are constantly learning. Take advantage of every training opportunity or continuing education benefit offered to you in each new position. If you do decide to eventually leave the company, these can be invaluable for obtaining a new job.
Job hopping from one department to another can be a good thing, if done correctly. Avoid mistakes and make use of the advantages your employer offers if you decide to stay on but don’t just make a lateral change because you think it’s the best choice; if you don’t give one career position a chance and cross-hop you may be sorry once you do. Finally, job hopping within the same company without training your replacement will not only be difficult for the department you’re leaving, you may also lose some professional respect of your peers. Don’t move too quickly and provide ample notice to your supervisor before changing positions.