5 Reasons To Request a Job Transfer

Jennifer Herrity

Updated June 30, 2022

Published October 7, 2019

Jennifer Herrity is a seasoned career services professional with 12+ years of experience in career coaching, recruiting and leadership roles with the purpose of helping others to find their best-fit jobs. She helps people navigate the job search process through one-on-one career coaching, webinars, workshops, articles and career advice videos on Indeed's YouTube channel.

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When seeking a job transfer, it can help to approach your employer with strong reasons for your request. While you may already know how your job transfer request will benefit you, it is important to be able to express why your transfer is the right decision for the company as well.

Look to these examples for guidance if you are considering requesting a job transfer.

Reasons for requesting a job transfer

Assessing your reason for the transfer can help you make a convincing case that the request will benefit all stakeholders. Below are some of the most common reasons for transferring jobs within a company, as well as ways to explain your reasoning to your employer.

1. Life change

If you have recently undergone a significant life change, you may consider requesting a job transfer to stay with your company. For example, maybe you have found an educational opportunity that will allow you to develop the skills necessary to seek higher positions in your business, but you must move to take this opportunity. Whatever the cause, a life change is one of the most justifiable reasons to seek a job transfer.

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2. Seeking growth

An internal job transfer can often offer new challenges, responsibilities and opportunities for growth. If you have exhausted the opportunities for development with your current position, transferring to a different department or location can allow you to develop skill sets and new connections. Requesting a transfer because you are seeking growth will also display to your employer that you are motivated to improve.

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4. Improving chances for a promotion

In addition to stimulating personal growth, requesting a job transfer may open new opportunities for promotion. If you seek a managerial or executive-level position, your familiarity with the many facets of your company is an important asset. A job transfer can help you gain experience in multiple departments and could position you for a variety of roles. A range of experience will help you become a more attractive candidate for a promotion.

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4. Improving job security

Transferring jobs can help you secure a position when changes are made within your company. If your department is downsizing but there are open positions elsewhere, requesting a job transfer will not only help you keep your job, but it will also help your employer place someone qualified in the open position. 

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5. Improving work-life balance 

You may need a change at your job to improve your own wellbeing. Requesting a job transfer can allow you to maintain your responsibilities but also spend more time with family, take care of yourself and pursue hobbies. Improving your work-life balance will not only help you on a personal level, but it can also make you a more productive employee.

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How to request a job transfer

Once you have identified your reasons for the request, you will need to approach your employer. This request most often takes the form of a job transfer request letter, where you will present your case and convince your employer that a job transfer is in both of your best interests. Here are some suggestions on how to structure your letter:

1. Start with why you are requesting the transfer

Be specific about your reasoning and your timeline for when you need this job transfer.

2. Include your background with the company

Remember that this letter should display how the company will also benefit from your transfer. Reinforcing the value of your role in the business can help your case. Include your job title, your time with the company and some of your major accomplishments.

3. Make your argument

Make your argument for why this transfer will benefit both you and the employer, with your focus leaning more heavily toward the employer. Take care to sound eager for the opportunity rather than expectant of it. Express how your employer’s investment in this transfer will lead to improved productivity and better application of your skills.

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Sample job transfer request letter

Use this example as a guide when drafting a job transfer letter:

July 2, 2019

Jane Doe
5678 A Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Ms. Doe,

I am writing to request consideration for a transfer from my position in the product development department at ABCD to a position on the marketing team. While I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the product development team, I am eager to expand my skillset and challenge myself by seeking new opportunities in the marketing department.

While on the product development team, I have guaranteed that our products meet the needs of our customers. In fact, this past year I led our team in the development of both the updated XYZ and HIJ products, both of which earned 35% more than their predecessors. My work developing products for our customers has already given me experience researching our target audience and working with them in mind. I am confident that I can bring those skills to the marketing team, and with my in-depth experience developing products, I will contribute that nuanced understanding to marketing those products to the consumer.

I have enclosed my updated resume for your review. Thank you for your time and your consideration in this matter. If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

Dina Ross

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