It's short-answer Saturday! Here are five short answers to five short questions.
boss vs. manager vs. supervisor
What is the difference between a boss, a manager, and a supervisor? At a previous job I was told "A will be your boss, and B will be your supervisor." People at my current job use them interchangeably. Do these terms just depend on the organization or the industry you're working for, or is there an accepted definition of each in the management world?
They all mean the same thing. "Supervisor" generally carries a connotation of a lower-level manager, so I suspect that the very confusing sentence you heard means that A, the boss, will be the person to make big-picture decisions about your goals and performance, while B, the supervisor, will oversee your work in the day-to-day. But they're all basic synonyms for each other.
same company, same title, different job?
I have been working at a company for almost 3 years outside the US. I will soon be moving to the US for a job in the same company, a job with the same title. It's a similar job but managing a different team, so different challenges. I feel like these should be separate on my resume, both because they are in different countries and the challenges will be different - the first job was rebuilding a team, this one will be keeping a more experienced team challenged. Any issues with this?
No issues. Do it.
did I ruin my interview?
I am re-entering the job market as a middle-age lady and interviewed for my dream job last week. It took me so long to get this interview. I should know sometime this week the outcome. I am concerned I made a mess of everything. For starters, I talked too much and said things that probably sounded so stupid. I was interviewed by a panel of four managers and a little nervous. I made reference to being a stay-at-home mom raising my three children and should have focused on my skills in the workplace. I ended the interview thanking them and telling them they had made me feel very comfortable. I did sent out thank you for their time and I it was handwritten cards. Was that the wrong thing to do? I could not read them at all. Do you think I completely messed everything up?
Very hard to tell from this how the interview went, but yeah, in general you want to focus on workplace skills rather than parenting skills (even when there's crossover between the two, which there sometimes is). I wouldn't beat yourself up over this though -- interviews are nerve-wracking for most people, and believe me, we all end up saying things that we're later shaking our heads over. I'm going to be self-promotional here and suggest that you check out my (free) guide to preparing for an interview, which might help set you more at ease. Good luck!
does maternity leave count in years of experience at a job?
Can maternity leave be counted in with my years of experience? I worked for a company for 3.5 years, then had a one year maternity leave (I'm in Canada). While on maternity leave, my division of the company was sold. When my maternity leave was up, I was presented with the option of working for the old company, working for the new company or taking a severance package. I took the severance package of 6 months. When I list my time at the company, do I list it as 3.5 years, or 4.5 years?
Good question. Technically you were an employee of that company while you were on leave, but it's also semi-misleading to say you were doing the job for that period of time when you actually weren't. I could argue this one either way though, so I say go with whichever one seems most accurate to you.
how to list temp jobs on a resume
Having completed a temporary position in my field over the last two weeks, I find myself finally feeling that I have enough of these to be relevant to my experience in IT. As such, I am adding a section to the top of my resume (as these comprise my most recent experience since being laid off from longer positions previously) which will detail each of these positions briefly with the tasks and responsibilities that were included. However, I find myself unsure on the best way to title this section. Normally, it would be something like "Job Title for Company Name" or "Contract Company for Exploying Company", but that information here is, by necessity, part of the individual entries within the section. Should I simply title it something like "Temporary Positions," or is there a more appropriate catch-all header for this sort of section? They've all been through different agencies.
Yes, I'd just group them all under a heading like "temporary positions" or "contract work." However, if these were all very short-term (a few weeks, for instance), I don't think I'd list them all separately; instead I'd have one description for all of them, explaining that you did A, B, and C while working for companies that included X, Y, and Z.