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Hadmeathello Wed 24-Aug-16 14:55:19

I work part time as an administrator for a biggish charity. Prior to this I was a sahm for 8 years but had recent, relevant volunteering experience.
I have always communicated to my manager that I would love to take on more responsibility and feel I could do more, both to benefit myself and the charity. She makes all the right noises but says ultimately that because I'm part time there isn't time for this. I often have very little to do and it is likely that my position will be made redundant later this year due to all admin being done centrally.
A full time co-ordinator role has just been advertised and I hoped she would approach me to encourage me to apply (as she did when a f/t admin role came up last year). This hasn't happened but she's been telling everyone to let their contacts know about the vacancy. I would like to have applied but don't feel there's much point without her support. She is the one who will be interviewing and make the decision. I don't have an amazing relationship with her but equally it isn't terrible.
I suppose I'd just be interested to hear if I have unreasonable expectations of my manager or if I'm right to feel the way I do?
FWIW, the person leaving the role suggested I should apply.

RowenaDahl Wed 24-Aug-16 15:07:59

Why don't you speak to her and sound it out? Tell her that you would be intererested and ask her if she thinks you would be suitable. I think you will be able to tell from her response how you will get on with your application.

If it looks like it will be a no, I would start looking for another job (especially as you might be made redundant). It's far easier when you have a manager who is on your side (and this one isn't by the sound of it!).

Hadmeathello Wed 24-Aug-16 15:12:04

Thanks for your reply. The logical thing would be to approach her of course but she is normally very vocal and the fact that she hasn't approached me speaks volumes.

lougle Wed 24-Aug-16 15:35:04

Did you apply for the full time admin role last year, as she suggested, or did you decline in the basis that you want to stay part time? If you didn't apply she may well have decided that you have made yourself clear.

Squeegle Wed 24-Aug-16 15:37:42

Yes, what did you do last year, and is the part time thing important. It sounds like she knows you want to stay part time, but she really needs someone full time. I would definitely speak to her, there is no point in second guessing what she may be thinking!

Hadmeathello Wed 24-Aug-16 15:48:14

I didn't apply for the full time role last year because the timing wasn't right family wise.I told her at my appraisal this year though that I would like to increase my hours if an opportunity arose.

Hadmeathello Wed 24-Aug-16 15:48:32

I didn't apply for the full time role last year because the timing wasn't right family wise.I told her at my appraisal this year though that I would like to increase my hours if an opportunity arose.

RowenaDahl Wed 24-Aug-16 19:58:28

Well, I would speak to her. Perhaps she only remembers the conversation about staying part-time. Managers can be spectacular at not listening!

Tell her you are interested and looking to increase your hours and gauge her reaction.

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Wed 24-Aug-16 20:04:11

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UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Wed 24-Aug-16 20:07:36

Oops sorry wrong thread blush

RowenaDahl Thu 25-Aug-16 07:54:53

grin

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