Cover Letters for an Internal Position or Promotion
Promotion Cover Letter Writing Tips and Examples
When you're being considered for an internal position or a promotion, you may need to write a cover letter to officially apply for the new position within your company. What should you write in a cover letter for a job at a company where you already work? What's the best way to frame your credentials to secure a promotion?
What to Include in Your Cover Letter
A job promotion cover letter should clearly explain your interest in the job and delineate how you are qualified for the position.
The letter should also recap the experience you have had, your knowledge of your employer’s current mission and needs, and the progressive growth you have enjoyed within the company.
Don't presume that the hiring manager or department manager reviewing your qualifications will know your background just because you work for the company. This is especially true when applying for a position at a large company. Sharing the specific details of your history with the organization will help earn your resume a closer look and ensure that your qualifications get noticed. Also be prepared to discuss these qualifications during job interviews.
See below for a general cover letter for a job promotion, as well as one written for a retail position.
Sample Cover Letter for an Internal Position or Promotion
Dear Mr. or Ms. Last Name,
I would like to formally apply for the Assistant Communications Manager position in the Corporate Communications Department.
As you are aware, I have had extensive experience with [insert Name of Company], starting when I participated in your summer editorial intern program while I was still in college in [insert Year].
Since then I have been advanced through progressively more responsible positions in both the Human Resources and Marketing Departments.
During my tenure, I have developed exceptional writing and editing skills and have designed and implemented highly successful communications strategies at the departmental level.
I have also demonstrated my ability to work with leaders across business units and multiple lines of business, consistently earning exemplary scores on my annual performance evaluations by my supervisors.
In addition, I have been responsible for benefits communications and employee relations, as well as liaising with the company's clients and vendors to ensure that all projects are completed by established milestones.
These are just a few examples of my accomplishments and contributions to our company. I hope that you will find that this brief view, in combination with the attached resume, describes a dedicated employee of ABCD with the experience and skills to meet or exceed the requirements of the position of Assistant Communications Manager.
I appreciate your consideration and look forward to discussing this opportunity for promotion with you at your convenience. Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide that will support my candidacy for this promotion.
Job Promotion Cover Letter for a Retail Job
Here's an example of a letter or email message used to apply for a job promotion to a management position at a retail store:
Subject: Application for Manager - Shoe Department
Dear [insert Name of HR Contact],
It was with great interest that I read that Human Resources is seeking applications for a new Manager in the Shoe Department. Please accept my resume for review and consideration for this role.
I have been with Casy's for a total of four years, two in my current position of Assistant Manager in the Children's Department, and two as a Sales Associate in the Junior Department. Before coming to Casy's, I worked for Mears as a Sales Associate in the Shoe Department as well as in the Men's Department.
With my experience in varied departments, I feel that I would be an asset as a Manager here at Casy's. In my capacity as an Assistant Manager, I successfully took on many of the Managerial duties in the Children's Department last year when Suzy Smith was out on maternity leave, and I would welcome the opportunity to bring that same stability, energy, and dedication to the Shoe Department within the vacancy created by Amy Jenner's sudden departure.
I appreciate your consideration for this position. It has been a real pleasure to come to work every day since you hired me, and I thus look forward to continuing to grow in my career at Casy's.
More About Getting Promoted
When you're working on getting a promotion, it may take some effort to get noticed by management. There are ways you can enhance your promotability and successful move up the career ladder. Take the time to ensure you're in a perfect position to make the best impression at work and to get that promotion you're seeking.
Writing a cover letter might seem like a waste of time if you’re applying for an internal position, but assuming that another department manager appreciates your skills and contributions to the company is a mistake. Even if the department manager knows you, she may be unaware of the extent of your previous experience, knowledge and special areas of expertise.
A well-written cover letter serves as an introduction. It not only summarizes your qualifications, but also details the personal qualities that make you a good choice to fill the position. The cover letter presents the most pertinent facts about you in the best possible light. When you take the time to write a cover letter, you let the hiring manager know that you take the internal job application process seriously. A good cover letter serves as an enticement to read your resume, which should be updated to include your current skills and level of experience.
I enthusiastically submit my application for the Accounting supervisor position. Working at this corporation for the past five years has given me many opportunities for using my training and skills as a certified public accountant and graduate of Carlson School of Business.
Summarize Relevant Experience
Your cover letter allows you to highlight your experience with your current company and with previous employers. Chances are even if you are well-known in your current company, a manager won’t necessarily know every detail about what you do during the day. Other departments may only see the results of the work you do and might not understand the skills and expertise required to carry out the work. The hiring manager also won’t know about your previous experience. If you performed several tasks relevant to the open position in another job, it’s important to mention this, rather than risk the manager dismissing your application as lacking sufficient experience.
My current job duties include cost accounting and internal auditing. I am known for my honesty and integrity. Previously, I worked at an accounting firm in Baltimore where I also managed the office and supervised five accounting clerks.
Mention Special Qualifications
Use the cover letter to briefly explain any special qualifications that make you a good candidate for the job. Any special skills and qualifications that are specific to your company can give you an edge over outside candidates. It’s important to note if you have accreditation, certification or training in your field. If you have a good working relationship with the manager’s department, detailing your experience working on joint projects will emphasize how much you already know about the department’s role in the company.
I am seeking this promotional opportunity because I have many solid relationships within the company and a demonstrated track record of being a team player. Compiling the J.D. Gurney report is just one example of how I worked collaboratively with other departments to meet a pressing deadline.
Promote Company Ties
You have one asset that other applicants for the position don’t: your proven relationship with your company. You’ve already demonstrated that you are a reliable, loyal employee. End your letter by explaining why you like working for the company and what give you a competitive edge.
If offered the position, I can start immediately and quickly get to work in the new job with minimal orientation, or training in company policies, which I already understand and follow.
About the Author
Working at a humane society allowed Jill Leviticus to combine her business management experience with her love of animals. Leviticus has a journalism degree from Lock Haven University, has written for Nonprofit Management Report, Volunteer Management Report and Healthy Pet, and has worked in the healthcare field.
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