I graduated from college and got a position in the accounts payable area of Fiscal Services for a Community College. I have been here for almost 8 years now. I decided in 2011 to go back to school while working to get an MBA. I graduated at the end of 2013.
Since this is an educational environment, everyone was supportive including my supervisor. Once I started my MBA program I was immediately treated very poorly. She gave me the worst projects and loaded more and more work on me until I was doing significantly more than my department colleagues.
Then the Director retires and through some miracle (my supervisor was not a good supervisor, she can't maintain relationships for longer than about a year, and unknowingly did nearly everything possible to destroy morale and motivation) my supervisor gets the promotion. When it comes to filling her position she chose someone who "needed" the additional money (he had a family and lived with his parents with his children and spouse, but belonged to the same religion as my supervisor). He is just as bad as my old supervisor. He has told me in private meetings about my religious beliefs that were disgusting and unacceptable. (no competent supervisor would do something like that).
So I realize I'm getting held down for some non-career reason. I'm smart, I'm well liked, I have a great attitude, I've been nominated for the annual employee of the year award more times than anyone in the 100 person division (3 times in my first 6 years).
I know I need to leave, I want out of government because many projects I have done have saved the college hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and no one in the "chain of management" acknowledges that I did it. I have significant evidence that my first supervisor is intimidated by me and does her best to dismiss all of my accomplishments.
Since I have been in accounts payable I reached out to one of my contacts at a vendor we use. I got an interview with the CFO of her company for a staff accountant position. He met with me and basically told me that based on my accomplishments he didn't think I was an accounting person (I'm not, I have a business degree and an MBA).
This CFO told me based on my resume that I should be making double what his position was paying.
The problem is that I have too much experience and education to get an entry level position and only experience in government (that most companies don't take seriously) and not enough experience in any specific position to get a management position.
I feel like this leaves me unemployable. I'm smart, motivated, work hard and get great results, and I get along with everyone but I feel completely unemployable.