Step one: Make sure the gig is a good move “before you upset the whole apple cart”
Strike while the iron is hot.
Megyn Kelly may be looking to fill Matt Lauer’s still-warm “Today” show seat following the anchor’s swift dismissal this week amid sexual misconduct allegations, Page Six reports. Kelly, who currently hosts her own 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s “Today,” also extended an invite Thursday to her disgraced former colleague and his accusers.
“As hard as it is to report on one of our own colleagues, we remain committed to telling people’s stories if they choose to come forward,” she said. “We have been that place in all the other cases, and we will be that place — as well as for the accused — on this hour.”
An insider, meanwhile, claimed to Moneyish the report was “100% not true.” While NBC sorts out its personnel shakeup, take a look at these expert tips on how to seize an open job opportunity within your own company:
Make sure this gig is a good move “before you upset the whole apple cart,” career coach and writer Kathy Caprino told Moneyish. “Understand why you want it, and if it’s truly just an ego-based wish, then think again,” she said. “You shouldn’t take work that you hate just to get ahead, because it won’t get you ahead; you won’t thrive.” Why did the departing employee leave? Do you respect the people with whom you’d be working? Does the job push for outcomes you can get behind? How do others perceive the hiring manager? Are there opportunities for advancement?
Understand what management is looking for and make sure you can deliver, said career coach Roy Cohen. And be honest about your own abilities: “Where are my shortcomings, and can I successfully address those shortcomings?”
Build a strong case for yourself. Assess your measurable contributions to the company, Caprino said, to demonstrate why you’ll be valuable in the new role: “What have you done that are facts, that are irrefutable?” she said. “What needles have you moved that you can measure?” Practice “proactive self-promotion,” Cohen added, by striking the right demeanor, fostering the right relationships, dressing the part and establishing yourself as a skilled, hardworking employee. “It’s about showing through your actions that you fit in,” he said.
Pounce immediately. “Why would you wait?” Caprino said. “If you wait, it looks bad. If you wait, you’re going to be behind the eight ball.”
Tread lightly. Be mindful of the company’s culture and political landscape, Caprino said. If the hiring manager isn’t your boss and “it won’t be political suicide,” she said, you’ll ideally go to your supervisor first — expressing appreciation for your time working for them, emphasizing the opportunity the new role would present, and asking if they’d be open to your exploring it. “A good leader and a good manager wants their people to thrive and would never hold someone back” for selfish reasons, she said.
If you’d feel more comfortable approaching the hiring manager first, Caprino said, “You could say, ‘Fred, I’m coming to you because I saw this open position and it looks like such a great opportunity. I haven’t talked to my boss about it, but I just wanted to explore this with you first.’” If the conversation progresses, she said, ask that manager how best to proceed. And be open with your boss, if possible. “You don’t want to do it behind (their) back if you can avoid it,” she said. “Because if they find out, it’s going to be ugly.”
Be bold and offer a solution. “Don’t ask (managers) what they need or how you can help out,” Cohen said. “What you’ve got to do is say, ‘Here’s what I can do and will do.’” If you can’t articulate exactly how and why you’ll fit into this new role, you’re “dumping the decision-making on them.” “Bosses already have a lot to think about,” he said. “If you make this another data point for them to reflect on, then they may not come up with the right answer. And they’re going to feel like you’re just giving them more work to do.”
If you’re being seriously considered, “a successor plan or a transition plan would be very beneficial,” Caprino said. “It’s really like you’re leaving that job, so what would you do if you had the most integrity and the most commitment to the company? … What kind of transition plan would you create? And do that.” The way you leave any role makes “a very lasting impression,” after all, and can impact your references.
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