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Internal Job Opportunities

Often we work with alumni who have decided it is time to move on from a current role, with the request, “Can you help me find something out there? I don’t know where to look.” As we dissect the options, there is usually a pause when we ask what the alumnus/a is doing within his or her current organization as part of the search.

It is only natural to think externally when we conclude it is time to move on. Yet, part of the process is to ignore, for a moment, where we should go. The first order of business is to decide what you want to do! Once you gain confidence in this assessment, and then begin to ask “where?” internal opportunities cannot be ignored.

Our Alumni Career Advisors

Alumni Career Services

401.874.9404

Karen Rubano
krubano@uri.edu

Marie Geary
mrgeary@uri.edu

URI Career Services and Employer Relations

228 Roosevelt Hall, 90 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

Seeking a role internally is very similar to an external search, and there are many advantages. Inside the organization, a number of resources can help:

• Trusted peers, who know you, your work ethic and have many internal contacts

• Your manager, who expects that employees will move on, can be an exceptional promoter of your knowledge and transferable skills and can connect you to other managers for informal career discussions

• Human Resources business partners, who are people experts and serve employees in many ways, including assistance with career discussions

• Recruiters, who can provide insight into the areas that are actively recruiting, the types of roles, and the competencies needed for those roles

Access to these resources is not difficult and career or job changers need to proactively seek discussions. Just as in an external search, internal informational interviews should be a primary activity so you can collect information to help with your next career decision.

One critical point: do not allow current internal postings to be a deterrent to internal discussions. Do not think that timing is simply not right for an internal move. Moving to a next role takes time. It is a process of determining what we want to do and then spending time talking to people. Discussions can lead to re-purposing a role or creating a new one. Organizations are in business to succeed and do not want to lose good internal resources. If you are happy with the organization overall but feeling the itch to move on, the internal landscape may have a great deal to offer. Be as proactive internally as you are externally!

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