Cover Letters for an Internal Position or Promotion

Promotion Cover Letter Writing Tips and Examples

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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. 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 / or 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.

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.

Best Regards,

Your Name

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.

Best Regards,

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