Career growth for individuals with diverse experience?
I am struggling with not fitting the exact requirements for posted jobs, and hence recruiters and even hiring managers not buying into my capabilities.
I have a MS in EE, started out as a electronics engineer in design and development working on new design projects, quickly promoted to Engineering Project Mgmt (which is very different from a project manager job in some of these large companies like Dell etc, who have no direct responsibility for any portion of the project except project managing it, they also are not necessarily an expert in any of the fields or depts that are involved).
Eng. Proj mgmt role requires not only deep technical competency but managing the project from an Engineering role with many non-direct reporting sr. engineers that must be motivated with influence. It also requires interacting with the rest of the dept. in a company (Operations, Mkting, Manufacturing etc).
After this I moved to a Product Marketing role with a different company in a totally different industry which was a mixed bag of responsibilities (P&L goals, go-to-mkt strategy setting, out-bound mkting as well as feeding into requirements for New Products). Then I was promoted to 1st line mkting mgr for New Products. I have a very small team of product managers <4.
All of this adds up to 10 years of experience in 2 completely different large visible companies in 4 different roles which I could sum up as:
1. Design: appreciation for technical detail
2. Engineering Mgmt: Know how to successfully take a technical project to completion
3. Product Management: being able to take on almost any role within a marketing org. (as explained above)
4. Marketing Mgr- New Products: Ability to motivate experienced emp and craft a mkting org and it's strategy
1st two roles 7yrs next 2 roles 3yrs. I would like to hear from recruiters, Marketing Directors and VP's why such a diverse background is not desirable for a marketing manager/director hire? I feel like I have the capability to learn any role extremely fast and execute to excellence - which I believe is evident from my career. So why am I stuck on the next move? I hear comments like:
1. You do not have 5 or 10 yrs exp in mkting. This is true technically, but why doesn't the rest of the exp count?
2. You are not are not an exact match for our industry (these are tech/electronics companies, but different industry). Now I realize that I have never worked in that specific industry, but I have a proven record of being able to move industries and execute.
Looking forward to any insight on how I can burst out of my bubble.