During my annual review, I indicated to my manager and director that I was interested in finding a new role elsewhere in the company. Reasons for wanting to leave are because they are largely clueless as leaders, do nothing to leverage the strengths of the people on their team, and de-motivate people with their micromanaging tendencies.
My manager recently mentioned that they had chatted with the director and HR rep, and it was suggested that I create a generic cover letter and provide it to the manager and director so that if they were to have discussions with others about possible candidates, that they could share this cover letter with them.
I am having really mixed feelings about this. On one hand I feel grateful because this is the first time they have ever committed to taking actual action to help me in my career. On the other hand I have already told them both in multiple past conversations about my background, strengths, and long-term professional goals.
I feel that after working with me for a few years now, they should be able to speak to my experience, work style, and goals organically without a cover letter as a crutch. In the past I have been asked to produce similar summary documents with talking points for work initiatives because they know next to nothing about the subject matter, and this seems like a different version of that same tactic (read: it isn't to hand out to others as much as it is to prop them up).
I would love to get some insights from this group about this. Am I expecting too much from my leaders about how much they know about me? Has anyone else ever been asked to create a pre-emptive generic cover letter for their leaders to hand out? If so, does anyone have any tips or pointers on how to make a cover letter like this great? Or is this wasted effort? I typically create custom cover letters when I apply for positions, so having a generic one too seems odd.
Thanks in advance, you all are the best!
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I just started a new job last month where you only move up by applying for a job.
A job above me was open and I applied for it and got it after only being on the job two weeks. An associate has been going around telling anyone who will listen that I was not qualified for the higher position and that I must have done something manipulative to get the promotion. She even reached to former employees to tell them about the promotion. I have been told that I have a defamation case. I have confronted this employee and explained what happened but it has not stopped her. We do have union representation. Should I approach my union rep? I did bring it up to my supervisor but as far as I know she did approach the subject with the employee.
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"I did a TON of work leading an ERG!
But I have no idea how to put it on my resume, or if it even belongs there..."
Oooo, my friend! Your ERG leadership role absolutely, 100%, should be on your resume if you are seeking out a new leadership/management role.
Now that THAT is out of the way, let's talk about HOW to include that role on your resume.
1️⃣ List it out as its own role.
Just because your ERG leadership position wasn't your Full-Time job, does not mean it hasn't earned its own place on your resume!
You can include your ERG leadership role as a separate role with overlapping timeframes (totally fine) so that you can give it the real estate it has earned for accomplishment-driven bullet points.
2️⃣ Include your ERG role within a leadership subhead of your current role/company.
If you've been in a role for a long time OR if you are looking to switch into a new function or industry, I like to break up bullet points into a few subheads.
Think about the key skills and experiences you are utilizing in your current role that are RELEVANT to your next target role. If leadership or project/program management are on your list, you can include your ERG leadership role and key accomplishments under one of those subheads.
3️⃣ Focus on quantifiable accomplishments.
Metrics, please! People, money, scale, scope. Numbers help tell your story.
Start here: Did you grow your ERG membership? Did you secure funding to host events or programs? Did your ERG touch an increasing number of folks within your businesses through your activities? That's gold!
4️⃣ Double down on those accomplishments.
If you're getting stuck on your accomplishments as an ERG leader, list out the responsibilities of the role. But don't stop there!
Take that list of responsibilities and then ask yourself - because I did THIS responsibility well, what was the positive outcome?
OR if I didn't do this responsibility well, what would have been the negative result?
Either question can help you turn responsibilities into accomplishments.
5️⃣ Include ERG Leadership as an area of expertise.
I love a good Skills or Areas of Expertise section on a resume, and I especially love a really TARGETED Skills/Areas of Expertise section.
ERG Leadership itself can be listed as an area of expertise but you can also break this down further. What skills/experiences did you build in this ERG role that would be highly valuable to your target companies?
To make sure you're including the right stuff here, review job postings, LinkedIn company profiles, and company websites.
✍ Ready to get writing? ✍
Off you go!
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I have been job searching since Feb and my previous year of employers I can’t get recommendations because I’ve had to take them to court to get payment.
I’m trying to break into a new industry in which they are from. I also had a long sabbatical during Covid so I’m not sure what to do she. they ask for recommenders or if my previous unscrupulous employers are causing a done of issues. I’m getting interviews and moving to the presentation round, two jobs have been leading me on for 4 months for a different role they have yet to post. References is a challenge.
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I was in a job for 7 months and left for a higher paying temporary position which is ending soon.
Should I leave it off my resume? The company was mad that I quit so I worry that they will leave a bad reference if they are contacted for employment verification.
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