By Katy Caroan:
Have you ever been taken by surprise on how your colleague suddenly got announced in a new position? And you didn’t even know there was a vacancy?
I sometimes meet people who decide to take action to make sure that the decision-makers are aware of their ambition, capabilities and drive to take on a new job when the opportunity comes. These people communicate and demonstrate how they would like to contribute. They also succeed in making themselves expendable in their existing job on short notice. This has little to do with lucky timing, it has much more to do with conscious positioning and understanding of employer needs.
However, the majority of people I meet often seems quite unaware of the unannounced internal job market and expect the employer to make the move and offer the perfect, next job. If you were pursuing a new job internally, what would you do to understand more about the informal job market? And what would you do to ensure that you are considered one of the candidates when the big opportunity comes along?