Companies often have gaps between tasks workers perform and what needs done, and most companies value problem-solvers who take the initiative when it comes to filling those gaps. When you see a gap like that, it’s an opportunity to show you’re a go-getter and to move ahead with the company. Get started by preparing a new position proposal explaining the problem and showing how you are ready and available to solve it.
It’s perfectly normal to experience a bit of nervousness when drafting this type of job proposal. After all, it can be as important to your career as the cover letter and resume or job application was before you got hired.
And almost no one wants to look like they’re overstepping the line and power grabbing. You may also worry that your new position proposal may appear as if you’re trying to take the boss’s job, and no one wants the boss mad at them.
All these reasons are why it’s so important to take advantage of the tips and templates available on LiveCareer when drafting your new position proposal. Your job proposal is more likely to be accepted when you thoroughly research the existing situation before delving into how you envision solving the problem for your company, as noted by Simon Fraser University.
Best Practices for Writing a New Position Proposal
- Identify the problem your job proposal solves. If there are multiple issues the position would solve, write them all in your rough draft. You might decide to remove some points or add something during the writing and editing process.
- Do your research and detail the reasons this gap needs a new position created to fill it. Don’t assume your boss already knows why this new position is needed. When you present the facts in an organized way, it shines a light on the issue and why there’s a need to do something about it.
- List the ways your unique skill set makes you the ideal candidate to fill the new position. Hopefully your boss already knows you’re great at what you do, but is she or he aware of other skills you have? This is your chance to exhibit your otherwise hidden talents and your potential value to the company.
- Sell yourself for the position when listing your skills. Add examples of times when you have performed above expectations, within the company, while doing volunteer work, and in your personal life.
- Be concise when writing this type of proposal. According to US News and World Report, keeping your pitch to one page shows the people considering your proposal you value their time. When you keep it brief, you also have the opportunity to hone in on the specifics that would make you successful at the new position.
- Use bold text in the title, subheadings, and bullet points to make it easy for your boss to quickly review the important points in your pitch.
- Thank your boss for taking the time to review your proposal and restate your interest in filling the position.
Also, try to determine if other similar organizations have the type of position you are proposing. If so, gather as much data as possible to build your case. And even if your search is fruitless, you are building your network by conducting the research. Perhaps other more interesting opportunities may arise from it, which means you should know how to update your resume.
Sample New Position Proposal Letter
Why the Creation of a [New Position Title] Would Benefit [Company Name]
Dear [Boss’s Name],
During the course of my employment with [Company Name], I’ve noticed there are some duties that go unfulfilled in the [Department Name] department.
My research shows these unfulfilled tasks are costing the company the chance to increase revenue, and I would like to offer my services to perform those tasks through the creation of a new position within the company.
[Department Name] Issue
Workers in the [Department Name] department are already working hard to achieve their assigned tasks, and the tasks of [List unfulfilled tasks here] remain unattended. Based on my research, these unattended tasks cost the cost the company approximately [Fill in the dollar value determined via your research].
The qualifications I possess that make me an excellent candidate to fill the new position I am suggesting include:
- My education in [Field Name], which is supported by my on-the-job experience.
- Awards Earned That the Boss Doesn’t Know About
- Accomplishments as related to the new job at hand
- My volunteer work as a [Task Performed] at [Organization Name] which yielded a total of [Dollar Value] for the organization.
Thank you for taking the time to review my proposal for creating a new [Position Name]. I hope you will consider me for this new position. I believe my qualifications would help make me successful in creating extra revenue for the company as your new [Position Name], and I look forward to discussing this with you.
Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I have documentation that supports the statements detailed above if you wish to review it for decision-making purposes.
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