Prepare a terrific cover letter for your move from operations to management.
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Its often not enough to simply put in five years and expect a promotion to manager from a staff position in operations. Granted, knowing your employers operational side of the business is worthwhile, and its an integral part of the business model. But becoming a manager requires leadership skills in additional to your job knowledge. When you apply for a managerial role with your current employer, stress your skills and qualifications from a functional or technical perspective, as well as from a workforce-management stance.
The first paragraph of your cover letter for an internal transfer and promotion should contain the position you want, the job you currently have, how long youve been with the organization, your department and position in operations. Indicate that youre including your updated resume. If you were referred to the position by your supervisor or manager, always state that in your opening paragraph. Name recognition goes a long way in positioning you as the best candidate for the job. In addition, if theres a specific process for applying for internal positions, state that youve followed the exact steps for consideration.
Im applying for the open position of Operations Manager. My supervisor, Ms. Jocelyn Smith, believes I have the job knowledge and the leadership skills to succeed as manager.
Youre already in-house and familiar with the company processes, so your qualifications set you apart from external candidates for the managerial role. In addition, if you have established yourself as one of the organizations top performers, also mention that in the second paragraph of your cover letter as part of your qualifications. Two aspects of your qualifications you should focus on in this section of your letter are functional expertise that youve gained from the operational side of the business and your leadership skills that equip you with the knowledge and capabilities that managers must have to be successful.
In my five years with the company, Ive been named Top Performer three times and was in the running another time. Along with my day-to-day job responsibilities, I took on new duties as needed in order to learn more about the company. In this way, I learned to…..I also led my team on many projects, such as….and learned to delegate responsibility, critique work, diffuse problems in advance and mediate issues that arose.
Some of your qualifications, such as leadership and interpersonal skills, analytical and critical-thinking skills, conflict resolution and strong communication skills, will dovetail your professional traits and core competencies. These are fundamental to your performance as a potential manager; state them clearly in the third paragraph of your letter and during your interview.
Having been with the company for five years, Im familiar with the workplace culture and interdepartmental relationships. My critical thinking and communication skills will be a plus to me as a manager.
Avoid direct comparisons to or judgment about external candidates — the HR department and hiring manager want to know what you bring to the position, not what external candidates dont.
The conclusion of your cover letter is simple. Restate your interest in the job and convey enthusiasm about moving into management with a company to which youve devoted your career. One or two feel-good sentences about how much you admire the company philosophy, mission and business principles will demonstrate that your values align with the organizations. Indicate when youre available for an interview, and if your schedule isnt during normal business hours, describe your working hours. Provide your telephone extension and email address. Close your final paragraph by expressing appreciation for the readers time and your interest in moving forward in the selection process.
Thank you for taking the time to review my credentials for the job as Operations Manager. I look forward to talking with you in person about my qualifications and ideas for the job.
Ruth Mayhew has been writing since the mid-1980s, and she has been an HR subject matter expert since 1995. Her work appears in The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry, and she has been cited in numerous publications, including journals and textbooks that focus on human resources management practices. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ruth resides in the nations capital, Washington, D.C.
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Mayhew, Ruth. Cover Letter for Internal Promotion From Operations to Managerial.
Mayhew, Ruth. (2018, March 16). Cover Letter for Internal Promotion From Operations to Managerial.
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