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The Toronto Sun CareerConnection


By Shannon Jackson
Special to The Toronto Sun

Q:I started a new job three months ago. I know that I am over-qualified for my position, but I took the job because it would get me into a great organization. How long do I have to wait before I can apply to the internal postings I see?

A:The answer to this question would depend largely on the policy of the company you have joined.

Many larger organizations have a company intranet, and human resources policies are published for internal staff to read.

There may be a stated policy surrounding career advancement and succession planning, to guide you in your approach to applying for a promotion.
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If this resource is not available, your research avenue will depend on the corporate culture of the organization.

If the company offers a mid-year review, it may present an opportunity to ask your manager about the company standard for internal promotion.

Outside of a formal review, you may wish to contact your organization's ombudsman or HR department to ask about what is considered acceptable in the company.

It is common for an organization to expect new hires to remain in their role for one year before considering other internal opportunities.

I would advise you tread carefully around inquiring about internal movement for at least the first six months. Your manager may be looking to accomplish a level of productivity to return on the investment of your training before seeing you move on to another role.

(Shannon Jackson is the national recruitment manager for Manpower Services Inc.

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