How to Write a Cover Letter for an Internal Promotion

by Faizah Imani, Demand Media
    Be concise and clear when writing a cover letter for an internal promotion.

    Be concise and clear when writing a cover letter for an internal promotion.

    Many employers have an internal promotion policy that allows current employees to apply for open positions before outsiders are considered. Getting the promotion is all about selling your skills and abilities to your employer. The cover letter is a tool you can use to accomplish this task. Word your cover letter in such a way that it leaves no room for guessing about how much you can bring to the table if awarded the position. Writing a cover letter for an internal promotion is quite similar to writing one as an outside applicant. Limit the cover letter to one page.

    Step 1

    State your reason for writing the cover letter, including the fact that you heard about the job vacancy through an internal posting. Mentioning how you heard about the job opening lets the employer know that you are already an employee. This is especially helpful if you work for a larger employer.

    Step 2

    Mention the department you currently work in, along with the length of time you have been working in that department. To show progress, mention the position you held as a new hire and the short time-frame it took for you to move up to your current position.

    Step 3

    State a few of your qualifications. If you hold any special certifications, mention them. If you have participated in specialized company training, mention the training and how it has prepared you for the promotion.

    Step 4

    List some of your accomplishments while working for the company. If company productivity has increased as a result of your efforts, state this fact. Include statistics to back up your claims. Such statistics show the employer that you are an asset to the company. When listing your accomplishments, use bullet-point formatting instead of using a comma sequence. Using bullets will make your accomplishments stand out visually.

    Step 5

    Ask for an interview at a mutually convenient time. List your contact number and your current shift hours. Your shift hours tell the employer the best times to interview you.

    About the Author

    Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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