Resources for Internal Candidates

From our outstanding benefits and dynamic learning environment to our innovation-driven culture and enviable faculty and staff, there are many reasons employees enjoy working at Harvard University. Amid our culture of achievement, it’s no surprise that many employees progress in their careers by taking on new roles within Harvard.

Exploring Your Options

  • Discover the possibilities. Check for the latest job postings on ASPIRE. As a Harvard employee, you can view all open HUCTW positions and most open service/trades and exempt positions for 10 business days before outside candidates can. View all job opportunities, search on specific criteria, or set up a search agent to notify you when positions are posted that match your qualifications. 
  • Find your fit. Wondering what field is right for you? Visit our FinanceDevelopmentIT, and Other Career Paths pages to learn about some of our career options.
  • Want to position yourself for that next great position? Consider advancing your skills by taking a class at the Center for Workplace Development (CWD). See below for some of the key career-enhancing classes the Center has to offer, including classes specifically aimed at preparing for the job search.

Start Here: How to Prepare as an Internal Candidate

This one-hour session is great for general preparations as an internal candidate or just understanding how to stand out as a candidate. Offered both as an in-class program and on-demand online.

In class: January 12, 2017, 9-10 a.m. or May 16, 2017, 1-2 p.m. Center for Workplace Development, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

Online: How To Prepare as an Internal Candidate

Before You Apply

As you get ready to apply, ask yourself these questions:

  • Have I been in my current position long enough to cultivate good relationships and prove my abilities? Hiring managers look for a stable work history.
  • How strong is my performance in my current job? If your current rating is not strong, think about ways to improve it first. Cultivate a reputation for getting things done while maintaining good relationships.
  • What are my skills, strengths, and passions? Be realistic about your strengths, professional passions, and preferences. They’ll help you recognize potential fit in a job opening.
  • Do I have high-quality, up to date application materials? Have a well-written, relevant resumé and cover letter, and a prepared list of references.
  • Am I ready for an interview? You’ll need to be prepared, rehearsed, and appropriately dressed for every interview. Learn as much as you can about the department and the job ahead of time, so you can be specific and enthusiastic about the position.

Polish Your Skills

With a wide variety of skill training courses and programs through the Center for Workplace Development (CWD), you can get the computer, communication, business system and management skills you need for the next step. The courses listed below are specifically designed for current employees who want to review their careers and improve their job-search skills.

Interviewing Skills

The Center for Workforce Development at Harvard has an Interviewing Skills workshop with both guidelines and practice for future interviews. Check back for upcoming summer/fall dates

Career Directions

If you need some career guidance, the Center for Workforce Development has workshops and classes to help you determine your next move.

Career Roadmaps: This is a two-day course that helps you explore the options available based on your talents, interests, motivators and skills.

  • Dates: June 13 and 15, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Location: 114 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.

Your Career Path: One hour introduction to Harvard's 12 job function groups and the type of work/jobs available within Harvard's schools and Central Administration. Check back for upcoming summer/fall dates

Resumé Help

Polish your current resumé with the Creating Your Best Resumé workshop. 

  • Dates: May 3, 2017, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Center for Workforce Development, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.

Linked in for Your Career: Lab-style class shows you how to leverage your LinkedIn presence through an engaging profile. Check back for upcoming summer/fall dates​​​​

The Center also offers a recorded seminar about building a new resumé: Resumés from Scratch.

CWD courses are open to benefits-eligible Harvard employees. Please register through the Harvard Training Portal, where you will also find complete course descriptions, pre-work and other information.