Reapplying for your job is something that employees can be asked to do, particularly during a restructure or following a merger of two organisations.
There may be duplication of functions in the merged entity requiring headcount rationalisation, or equally there may be innovative plans ahead for changing how areas of the business operate, giving rise to new roles and growth opportunities. Either way, being asked to reapply for your job is usually viewed as threatening because it throws up the possibility that you, and your skills, may no longer be needed.
From the organisation’s perspective, going through this process will ensure fairness to all employees by removing any biases associated with choosing who goes and who stays. Additionally, it will (or should) ensure that the team they end up with will be the best fit for the new-look organisation.
If you’re an employee who’s considering reapplying for your job, rather than viewing this scenario as threatening, what if you were to focus on the positive aspects?
Flexibility: It has been well documented that a person’s career path within an organisation is no longer secure, linear, or well defined. With increased competition, globalisation and unrelenting technological advances, organisations need to be flexible. They need to be disruptive and repeatedly challenging themselves to ensure their continued viability. For employees, keeping your head down and towing the line is no longer enough!
Employees need to be externally focused in order to understand the changes taking place around them, and to ensure they have the right skills and tools for that environment. Innovative thought, asking the right questions and continually questioning assumptions are necessary as we move towards an unpredictable future. By recognising the impermanence of current work roles we can adopt a more open mindset that allows greater flexibility around understanding our place in the world, and how we can maximise opportunities.
Career Re-evaluation: Reapplying for your job is a great time to reflect on your career to date and future goals. Is this the right role for you right now? Do you reapply for your role or does it make more sense to look at something different to provide you with fresh challenges that are more congruent with your long term goals? How successful have you been at your own career management? How can you steer your current role to gain useful experience?
CV Reflection & Update: Putting together a great CV requires considerable reflection of your ‘currency’, that is, how relevant your skill-set is to the current market. How effective have you been in your recent roles, and how do you demonstrate that in your CV? While qualifications provide a foundation for early roles, you’ll almost certainly need to continue learning throughout your career. ‘Life-long learning’ is just that. What steps can be taken to keep learning current and in line with your career goals? Your resume is an ever-evolving document that will benefit from a periodic update.
Tips to consider if you are Reapplying for your Job
- If you decide to re-apply for your role, you’ll need to be competitive in your approach. Consider re-evaluating everything from your career self-analysis, to identifying transferable skills, building a strong resume and cover letter, and finessing your interview skills. Be assured that any external candidate will be devoting this much effort so make sure you take the challenge seriously.
- You’ll experience mixed emotions about the whole situation, but challenge yourself to keep those feelings under control. You’ll need to present a professional image throughout this process (and it may be a long process), not just during the formal interview.
- Ask yourself what your employer knows about you. It’s likely they only know a small percentage of the ‘total you’. In the process of reapplying for your job, work to incorporate more of these different facets into your resume and during interview.
- Focus on strengthening your internal network and use the time to build good relationships. Even if you don’t remain in the organisation, the positive networks will help you in the future.
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Nothing is certain until you have something in writing, so look externally for new roles too. This will also help you to compare opportunities, company cultures, salary and benefits – which is especially important for anyone who has been at their current organisation for more than 5 years.
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