I'm a Phoenix rising from the ashes- But I'm not sure how.
Hi everyone! I hope you're healthy & happy.
I've been working for a company for about 7 years. I was growing with the company for the first 2 1/2 years I was there. I was 'promoted' to a different department & was excelling within the department. After 8 months or so, the department manager asked me if I'd like to train to be a buyer for the department. Well OF COURSE I wanted to. I was doing well and learning, and mastering skills, but I began to notice that I wasn't being trained to do some fairly important aspects of the job. When I asked about it, I'd get some screwball answer from my mgr., but that was his MO. I figured that they'd changed the job description, as we were preparing for a buy-out at the time. About 10 months later the department manager was fired. I quickly learned from the acting (previously assistant) manager that I'd just been doing part of the previous manager's job all along, and hadn't been properly trained to do the ACTUAL job. In the meantime, she'd been properly training her friend for the buyer's job, and asked that I don't apply for the job when they did post it. That left 2 candidates for the job. Her friend, and another person who lived 50 miles away from the store. I was livid! I transferred to another location closer to our home. I was there for about 3 months, when my health started to go downhill. After 2 years for diagnoses & treatments, I'm ever so grateful to be healthy again. My experiences with my treatments have inspired me to continue my education, and completely change professions. But in the meantime, I'd like to be able to take advantage of other opportunities that come my way. Why the story? Because in my mind, that 4 1/2 years of undocumented training/doing the job, and ill health wrecked my resume. Most employers want the last 2-7 years of job references, and I tend to stay at my jobs for a long time (this job 7 yrs, the last one, 8 yrs). Some of my job skills have 'fallen off' of my resume. Being 55 years old isn't helping matters, either. Since I can't change my age or the past, I need to change my approach. I developed a plethora of skills in those years, but sadly, they don't fall under a particular job heading. I'd appreciate help with conveying the learned skills aspect of the experience without sounding like I'm on the pity pot. I'm fine where I am for the next few months. I'm just one of those girls who wants to be as prepared as she can be before she steps into the fire. ;)
Thank you for any help you can offer.