How to Make the Most Out of an Internal Transfer

If you have been selected for an internal transfer, the news may be bitter sweet. This type of transfer signals the closing of one chapter of your career and the beginning of another. Before the move you may experience a healthy amount of apprehension, but not to worry; these tips can help make your transition go relatively smoothly and allow you the opportunity to excel at your new position...

Before You Leave

One thing you don’t want to do is leave your team and your current manager hanging after you leave. Make sure to speak with your team members and you department manager to find out which projects need to be completed before you make the move. If you are training someone to take your place, don’t hold back. Let them in on the details of exactly how to be successful at your old job. Providing your replacement with helpful tips will show management your initiative and, in the end, will be greatly appreciated by both department heads and your successor.

During the Transition

Your work relationships with coworkers and upper management have served as the building blocks for your career. During the transition, make sure to continue nurturing your old relationships while you are courting new ones. Remember to maintain the balance of both old and new relationships during and after the transition. Often the hardest part of an internal transfer is the possibility of losing the comradery you had with coworkers in your old department, balance means letting out the leash, not leaving them behind. Simply put, be there for your old teammates, but don’t forgo solidifying new relationships in the process.

After the Move

Once you have made the move, its go time. You need to write out a set of clear objectives and goals for your new position. This can help you focus on your new responsibilities and also help you make a commitment to your new department. Setting goals before you begin or during the first few weeks can aid you to successfully outline your career path and help you better manage growing pains. 

While You’re Training

Training time is an excellent opportunity to keep you head down and learn the ropes. Instead of using this time to make an impression, use it to develop your speed, hone your skills, and show your interest. During training, you are expected to take it all in and properly adjust, use this time to your advantage.

Show Them What You’ve Got

You were promoted to his position for a reason. Obviously the higher ups believe you have what it takes. Now is the time to show you were the right choice for the position. Be excited, enthusiastic, and helpful while working with your new coworkers. Show them they made the right choice by proving your worth.

Make an Impression

Making a positive impression means delivering early on. Though there may be some material you are still shaky on, use your skills and expertise to land some wins. Start off with the simpler projects and once you get a handle on your position, take the initiative for more complex projects as soon as you feel you are ready.

Making an internal transfer can be hard at first. Remember that this is an opportunity for you to grow and learn, making you a more desirable hire for the future. As you make the transition, do whatever it takes to get rid of the jitters, your new colleagues will sense you fear and it could deter you from making the best impression. To conquer apprehension, try to stick to your career goal outline. Keep in mind that you are new and you must take into account the aches and pains associated with your career growth spurt.


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