Just posting this up here for a bit of a vent, rant and hopefully some advice.
Anyway I have been working in a job in retail for the last 20 months, it was a job with a new company so I thought their would be good opportunity to progress, while also being in retail would mean I could give enough time to my studies.
So I have just finished college and pending my final results I should have a BA in Business studies under my belt.
SO since I have started working their I have been looked over for promotion 3 times. And the person who got the jobs over me happens to be the same person.
So the first time was just after I started and I had finished being a temp one of the women who started with me, lets call her Ms X got kept on and was given a full time position while I was given a part time position even though I had done a better job than her, I had hit my KPI's and had much better sales figures.
Then about a month later she was made a marketing executive whilst I didnt even get a look in. I have a bit of experience in marketing and have a diploma in it while she was doing a diploma in digital marketing and had no experience.
It's actually a good thing I did not get that one though because it imploded on her within six months and she was back on the shop floor.
The latest one just happened. All the store managers left last month so the company was scrambling to hire some. Both myself and Ms X went for the position. Again I didn't get it while she did.
The interview went really well even though the MD didnt expect much from me. She wore jeans and a tshirt to the interview and her hair was all greasy so I knew that yeah they didnt think i was a serious candidate in the interview. However I am great at interviews, I know my stuff, I have experience and education to back up anything I say in an interview and also I know where the company is weak and how I can fix it. SO I nailed the interview.
A week later I call the MD looking for an update and she informs me that MS X has got the job. We discussed as to why and she said that while I was good in sales I didnt have the experience necesarry. I have 5 years management experience under my belt, I am the unoficial leader of the store and I have strong leadership traits. MS X on the other hand has no experience and is a follower. So that stung a lot to be lied to to my face when I had been so open with the MD.
Now this is the pickle, I am good friends with Ms X and I am super happy she got the job, it sucks because I didnt get it but I am happy for her. However since she has gotten the job I have been doing a lot of it for her. She hasnt been asking me to I just naturally take on a leadership role in the absence of a leader. For example next tuesday I have to sort out pay role for our new employees, make sure one of our staff is going to get holiday pay, sort out holiday pay for the staff, crack some skulls to make sure we get our stationary and cleaning supplies in quickly and do the roster for the next month. ontop of running the shop as i am the most senior person in that day. Now she has asked me to do none of that but it is all stuff that needs to be done and sooner rather than later, it will really annoy me if it doesnt get done so i'm just going to do it.
The option which I am looking at right now is finding a new job, its clear that the company dont take me serious so I will never be able to grow, like I am essentially the assistant manager judging by my duties yet in the companies eyes i am a zero hour flexitime employee as they wont change my contract.
The only problem with finding a new job is that I am so shattered from work that I don't have time to do up my cv. And i cant afford to just walk out to give me the time to work on the cv and find a new job.
Anyway I am feeling super disgruntled right now and I know i should just let it wash over me and find a new job but that is proving easier said than done. I am a helpful person, especially when it comes to my friends so I don't want to see her fail but I am so tired of not being taken seriously and being taken for granted in the company.
With all that said Ms X is really appreciative of me and she and isnt expecting me to go to the lengths i am, like I could stop doing all the stuff i am doing and she would be fine with that, its an internal thing of mine which is making me do all this so seriously I have no ill will towards her at all.
Thanks for listening