Recently a recruiter called me out of the blue and said “I have a great opportunity that I think you would be perfect for.” My usual response it to politely listen and then let the recruiter know that I am not interested, I do have a decent job. But, one does not want to burn bridges, especially in the contractor world.
This time however, two things came up at once; I found out my job may loose its funding in the next 6-9 months, the job the recruiter called me about was closer to home and a career growth opportunity. So after the recruiter and I had a nice 45 min conversation to go over my skills and make sure I was a fit for the job I told him to go ahead and submit my resume to the hiring manager.
Unfortunately, this is where things go off the rails, like it has in the past. The hiring manager takes forever to give feedback and in the end they say “your resume is impressive but you do not have enough management/leadership experience.” I politely thank them for the feedback and move on with my day. Yea, I am disappointed but not surprised.
Here is the thing I wish hiring managers would take into account or the job hunting process had a better way to take into account. Not all of my skills will fit on a 2 page resume. Furthermore, people often have skills they do not put on the resume because while their jobs officially say one thing, what you end up doing is way more. Especially when it comes to leadership. Just because I have not held the title of “manager” does not mean that I have not been in charge of people or been in a leadership role.
In my case I have had various degrees of leadership responsibilities for most of my working life but I don’t put it all on my resume because I would not want to be accused of lying if someone checked and saw my official title and job description did not include the leadership/management tasks that I took on.
I have mentored many coworkers over the years and I am often the go to person when someone needs help with HR tasks like timecards and counseling. Sometimes I have had to develop a get well plan for an employee who is not meeting the expectations of their job. I could go on but I won’t.
I wish the hiring manger understood that there is conferred authority that is the official title, and there is the authority that people give you because you are trusted and can get the job done. I can help people learn and grow in their jobs, I can manager their schedules, I can do all the boring paperwork, I can counsel people, and oh by the way, I have a management degree so I have training in the legal aspects of the job.
How does one show all the skills they have and avoid the “you lied on your resume” trap. I don’t know but I need to find the answer because I am don’t want to spend my life being passed over and undervalued.