I’m having some trouble with my job search … how do I list my current position title?
Technically it is Department Assistant. The official org chart lists me at the bottom of the group.
But in actual practice, I do all the things that a manager does, including planning and budgets. My boss (company president) often discusses with me in private the direction he wants for the department with the expectation that I lead the group accordingly. Of course I cannot officially give feedback, but the others in my department look up to me as a leader for the group.
When I started two years ago, my boss and I had an understanding that a manager's position would be created in the near future, and when it happened that I would be the one to fill it. It looked like an opportunity to move up from a child company to the parent company. I've mentioned tactfully a few times that the work he expects me to do is made more difficult by my menial position in the company. The president replies that a mere title should not hold me back from stepping up to the work that needs to be done. He extolls my skills and hard work verbally and frequently in private and in public.
But as Mark says ... until you got somthin', you got nuthin.
My resume lists my correct title along with all my practicing responsibilities and the fact that I answer directly to the president. A recruiter told me today that my resume looks great (Thanks Mark and Mike!), except that my title makes it look like I’m actually responsible for the president’s coffee. Of course the reason I’m looking for a new job is because of this discrepancy between my title and pay with my actual work – combined with the increasing realization that the company president is happy to continue getting a higher return than his investment.
The recruiter wants me to change my title, but I don’t want to lie. Yet, this is the first call back I’ve had in months of looking, and I suspect the recruiter nailed it. Despite being completely discouraged with this total lack of reponse to my daily search, I believe the right thing to do is to keep my title as it is, but maybe… could there possibly be another right thing to do that also gets my resume past the recycling bin?