I have been with the same company for the past 10 years. I have had a few job description changes but they are/were all lateral moves within the organization. I started in shipping and receiving then moved into data entry and ship/invoice. I recently took a role as a team administrator to help team leads focus on their technical role while I handle administrative duties and coordinate communications with our CSO.I have applied for management level roles but I get passed up for other candidates.

Currently I am finishing up my degree program through UOP. Should I wait until this is completed, March 2012, before I apply for anymore jobs or do I continue to apply? The problem is that I can not seem to get an interview with my company outside of the site I work at. When I interview internally I am told that I do really well in the interview though. I have twice been passed up without the opportunity to interview for internal postings.

I have previous management experience with other companies and have consistently received high marks during my annual revues for leadership. Is there something more I need to work on, besides my resume, to increase my ability to show management I can perform at all levels? I have never failed at any task given and am constantly asking for more.

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Given the information you've given here, obviously there's no way to determine what is working against you.  In fact, it could have been something completely different each time you've applied.  The usual advice of performing well in your current job, from what you say, is on track.  Of course your resume and interviewing skills are hard to assess from here.

What does your manager have to say about this?  Everyone looking to hire you will contact your current manager and if he or she isn't behind you there's very little chance you're getting these jobs.

It is possible that the degree is your problem, for 2 reasons.  First, it might be a barrier to meeting the normal job requirements (typically not as big of a deal on internal moves).  Second, assuming you put something about working toward a degree on your resume, someone may feel nervous giving you a job with more responsibility if they know you have such a large obligation outside of work.  But it's only a guess -- impossible for us to know for sure.

The reason I suggest a mentor is that sometimes it is hard to get candid feedback from managers directly (it's hard enough to get feedback from your own manager, let alone people you don't report to yet).  If there is something holding you back, a mentor might be able to get the candid details a little more easily.  And even if they can't get the specific information for each role, they might understand the culture or people better and give you more targeted advice.  We at the forums can only guess.

There's a cast for that (link to 1 of 2):

Good luck!

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I have tried to find a mentor, and thought I found one at a certain point. Over the past few years I have encouraged my site to develop a mentoring program, and to try to work within the company to accomplish this. Sad as it sounds my company shows little interest in allowing employees to develop from within. This has been made clear at my site and even new managers have noticed it in the short time they have been there. I will keep trying but all I have right now are my 2 current supervisors which tends to make for a bad mentor given the close relationship we already have.


Thanks for your input.