My job titles don't indicate the magnitude of my work
July 21,2021 at 4:19PM UTC
I've been at my current job for three years and am ready to move on to the next thing. I'm hoping for a growth opportunity and am taking my time looking for a position that will be a good fit.
Here's the issue -- my current and past job titles don't indicate the magnitude of the work I've done. I work at nonprofits. For example, I was an Operations Manager at a small nonprofit for a few years. While "Operations Manager" in the context of a resume seems like a junior position, I actually ran a good portion of the organization, including spearheading finances, fundraising, events, communications/PR, and was a thought partner to the Executive Director on organizational goals, direction, and hiring. I unsuccessfully negotiated for a change in job title, but left before it could happen (it was a toxic situation and waiting for a title change wasn't going to work).
My skills/experience is spelled out in detail in my resume, but I'm concerned that recruiters and hiring managers are rejecting my resume because they see unimpressive titles when I'm applying to senior-level jobs and aren't bothering to read (what I think are) thoughtful cover letters and resume text. For instance, I've applied to jobs that I was certain I would be a perfect fit for, only to get a form rejection email within a couple days of applying, which makes me think I was not seriously considered.
Is there any way to work around this? Thoughts on how to get recruiters/hiring managers to take me more seriously? I know skills-based resumes are a thing, but I'm wary of submitting them because they don't look "normal" and one recruiter (years ago) advised me against it. Thanks!
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7 interviews for 4 positions in the same company; no offers.
This has been over just the past three months. I'd like to think that they are looking for a place to put me. But I feel more like I'm continually failing or just not good enough to be employed in this market.
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Should I ask for more (and how)?
I had an initial interview and they said they were budgeting $X-XX (10k span). I said we are probably not a good fit because the lowest I would take is 10k above their highest number. Realistically, I would be happy 20-30k higher (to be consistent with my current role). She said she'd take it to the hiring manager to see what they say. She came back and said they'd still like to interview me.
I'm further into the process now and understand the department was created in the last year and is growing. That makes me think they might be more flexible on the salary.
If I were to be offered the position, can I only really ask for that 10k I said I would consider or should I ask for more? It's tricky because the salary for the position title they have is appropriate but not for what they actually want (the scope is much greater than the title).
Do I ask? What do I say?
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Women who switched careers to Product Management, can you guide me towards getting my foot in the door/any advice?
Apologies for the detailed post but I'm in the "someone please help me" stage of this search and want to provide all the info that can help guide me towards to right audience/mentor:
Fairygodboss ladies, I'm in need of your advice/ the advice of anyone you know who has made a career switch into tech (PM) roles!
I've been trying for over a year to break in and it's insanely tough. I've spoken to people who switched to PM (non CS/Engineering) roles from things like project management, consulting, and creative marketing, but their advice was more akin to "It was luck/ I knew someone who would give me a chance."
These were people (mainly men) who worked for places like META, Microsoft, and other tech software firms and came from non STEM backgrounds with 0 CS skills.
I've exhausted my personal network search and applied to so so many APM, PM roles, including super entry level. And nothing. I'm hoping someone here might have a better approach/have connections who would be willing to give me a chance.
My academic background is in Econ & International Relations (BA), and a recent MS in Negotiations & Change Management practices, with a focus on behavioral neurobiology + courses in biomedical engineering principles (neurotech/BCI/VR) and med tech/device commercialization. I've also taken courses on PM strategy and UX/UI design.
I worked in the international project management/consulting + creative strategy space for some time before grad school, led a few projects and teams from the ground-up (contract consultant for consulting firm's project with US Dep. of State), and most recently have been competing (and winning) product innovation competitions and hackathons.
I recently designed an innovative med device product prototype (hardware+software), pitched my detailed deck to VCs+ entrepreneur judges, and was given advice to patent the idea!
Currently, I work as a product researcher (ed tech/behavioral change) space, giving suggestions for UX improvements, doing market research, and creating business plans and go-to-market strategies for our current products, in addition to researching the science behind what we sell.
I also consult startups in the neurotech/VR space on the side on their business planning and product strategy+ launch.
I'm not picky as to what products I'd manage and have proven to be quite innovative and adaptable in my career. But I'd love to work with products in the wearables (AR/VR) hardware/software space, software for med devices, or health tech apps.
If anyone with advice/contacts who might be willing to point me towards opportunities to get my foot in the door can help me, I'd be forever grateful!
Thank you so much for reading this (long) post!
TLDR version: I need that Fairygodboss women-supporting-women magic to help me get my foot in the door for product management jobs :)
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What to do when you're applying for different types of industries and sectors?
I customize my resume for each application but my LinkedIn is a minefield. I add in the missing sections on my resume that target my nonprofit work including charity events, donor relations and fundraising but 90% of what I'm applying for is in the corporate sector.
I find that even though I've spent time customizing my resume, recruiters check out my LinkedIn and then find those skills are 'missing' online and then I don't hear from them. Does it send a mixed message if I add those in on LinkedIn or stay what's more applicable to the majority of my applications? Thank you!
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"Providing Solutions Is How You Turn on Employers"
Employers are looking for candidates who offer "bundles of benefits."
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What's a typical ask for an increase in pay after being at the same company & position after 10 years?
I've maintained the standard 3% increase every year (along with everyone else company wide) with no large increases. After 10 years, I broached this topic with my boss yesterday.
The Forbes article (https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahdoody/2022/11/16/staying-in-a-job-for-too-long-can-hurt-you-financially-heres-why/?sh=17bd2a40487f) that states “employees who stay in companies longer than two years get paid 50% less” has me really wondering if I've been a fool for (A) sticking around too long, or, (B) not making this ask sooner.
What would the recommended percentage increase be to ask?
Keep in mind our company brings in and average of $5.5M a year and close to 50% of that is from my efforts.