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.
Executive Team Leader Cover Letter
Team leads are people who are responsible for running the low-level teams in an organization. They are an important team to any organization, because they need a combination of knowledge, skills along with communication and management skills for delegation. Every organization will need a team lead and therefore the employment outlook for these people is bright.
The demand for team leads is increasing rapidly with many industries, and there is not set-standard of qualifications for an efficient team lead. In this profession, personal qualities are more important than educational qualifications. If an individual has extensive knowledge on team processes and is able to communicate the same to all team members then that person is qualified to become a team lead.
However, first you will have to get an interview to show all these qualities. For getting an interview, all you need is a cover letter to get you noticed. You will have to market yourself in a new fashion and draft a striking cover letter so that the recruiter would want to meet you in person. Your covering letter should be divided into three main paragraphs. The first paragraph should start with a short summary of your abilities and skills and make sure that you address the recruiting manager with his/her name.
The second paragraph should give the recruiter a slight preview of what they can expect in your resume. Mention your work experience and qualities but in a precise manner. The recruiters will not be interested in knowing your life story, does not matter how interesting it is. Give the hiring managers reasons to hire you or call you for an interview.
The third paragraph should tell the hiring manager that you are looking forward to speak with them. Give you current contact details so that they can call you for an interview. Always remember that there is no harm in asking the recruiter to schedule an interview, because this is your only chance.
Here is an example executive team leader cover letter that will guide you further.
Your Contact Information
2746 Omega Avenue
Miami, FL 94784
E-mail id: email@example.com
Employer Contact Information
1874 Victor Street
Miami, FL 93874
Date: June 9, 2011
Dear Ms. Lewis,
I am submitting this application for the position of Executive Team Leader with your organization and I would also like to submit my documents for the same purpose. I am confident that I would be bringing my supervisory skills to this position along with leadership skills, which would be highly beneficial to Excalibur Systems.
Below is a short summary of my skills and experience, which you can find in detail in my resume:
- More than four years of experience as a team leader in a fast paced organization where my excellent motivational skills were put to use
- My remarkable investigative abilities allowed me to find out if the organization is suffering from any losses or if there are any other problems with the organization
- Excellent communicator and ability to handle meetings with large and small groups of people or even with those people who need extra motivation
I know that it is very essential for every team leader to be fair yet firm. For the same reason, I know am sure that I would be a valuable addition to your team and my experience would be used for benefit with Excalibur Systems.
I think that a meeting with you in person would be beneficial to discuss all our mutual needs. You can contact me at 385-298-8948 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a sample executive team leader, you can follow the same format and make your own cover letter or you can make it in your own way. Make sure that you proofread it once before sending it out.