BLUF:I have had several hiring managers/interviewing mangers ask me why they should take a chance on me by offering me a position when I have been with my company for the past 12 years and have never been promoted to manager.
I have been with the same company since January 2001 when I started as a contract employee. In September of that year I was brought in as a FTE.
In 2003 I was moved to a different group (a promotion of sorts).
In 2006 I cross-trained into yet another group.
No pay increase for either of these moves.
In June 2011 I did receive a promotion but it was to a new position, one that was created specifically for me.
I have been interviewing for the past couple of years and this was first brought up by a hiring manager for my own company. He could not get past it.
This issue has come up with more frequency lately and I am not sure I have a good answer other than to show, on my resume, the increasing level of responsibilities I have at work and discuss those during the interview.
Staying where I am is not really an option.
My site manager told me, right after he first started 2 years ago, that the perception is that I am unpromotable at my current location because of errors I made when I first started here.
Any ideas or input is greatly appreciated.