How to apply for an internal transfer without causing problems

Johnny C Taylor Jr.

Transparency is a good thing and better than blinding your manager when considering an internal transfer.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. addresses your human resource issues in a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest human resource society, and the author of Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.

Questions are reader-submitted, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: I would like to move to a different position in my company but I am concerned about how it will affect my standing in my current group, especially if I apply and don’t get the job. How should I approach the situation with my manager and HR? -Doris

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