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Applying for other positions within the company-managers perspective

 
James Hambrick
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If I apply any position within my company my supervisor has to okay it before I can be interviewed for that position. I was curious to know what supervisors think of an employee that has applied for 2 other positions in the last 3 years. Will the supervisor take it as that employee just wants out of the positions he's in? Or will he take it as the employee is just wanting to better him/her self. Lets say the two positions I applied for are along the same lines, but the position I am in now is different than those two. I know it depends on the manager, but in your opinion will applying for other positions inside the company affect my career within the position I have now?
 
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How can anyone possibly answer a question like this? We don't work at your company, so we have no idea of the culture. We don't know your manager and can't begin to get inside their mind to figure out how they will feel about what you do. As you said, it depends on the manager. And I'd suspect it happens both ways. Some people applying for positions really do want to get out from under their current management. Others simply want to advance.
 
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Gregg Bolinger wrote:How can anyone possibly answer a question like this? We don't work at your company, so we have no idea of the culture. We don't know your manager and can't begin to get inside their mind to figure out how they will feel about what you do. As you said, it depends on the manager. And I'd suspect it happens both ways. Some people applying for positions really do want to get out from under their current management. Others simply want to advance.


Yes I understand what you are saying but I am asking if you were a manager and one of your subordinates was doing this what would you think. But then again it would also depend on the subordinate that's applying for the positins too though. I'm just afraid of what my direct suprevisor may think if I apply for too many positions within the company. He seems to be a pretty laid back guy, but I've only met him once during the interview. I work in the SE region of the the US and he's in Ohio. But from the emails and chat we've done onlin he seems like a real understanding person. With the last position I applied for he did not really ask amy questions as to why I was wanting to switch positions that I remember.
 
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Yea, I think if you keep having dialog with him then you'll probably be fine.
 
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