I’ve got a typical toxic boss who makes tensions in our team by trying to set us off against each other, rarely gives any constructive feedback, and demeans you in front of other staff and customers.
I’ve heard him blame others for mistakes that are down to him and he’s probably saying the same about me to others.
Any tips on how to handle this? Please don’t just say find a new job – it’s one bad manager, the rest are really good and I feel like I’m beginning to get noticed and a promotion could be on the horizon.
Most recruiters, these days, use ATS software and often this software finds it very difficult to read “creative CVs”. Ideally CVs should be submitted in plain format so that they can be easily parsed by recruiting software.
I have seen CVs that come through as completely blank or with key text blocked out because of the sender using a creative format.
You should remember that CVs are searched for using key words and it is important that yours comes up in searches. You can always get creative at the next stage of the recruitment process.
In summary, keep it simple – the purpose of your CV is not to get the job, it’s to get the interview.
If you can document how they are making mistakes and blaming things on you, whether it’s keeping emails or texts, or asking for things to be clarified so you can always go back and show them how these mistakes occurred might help.
Although bosses who seem to provoke and thrive on tension tend not to deal well with you showing them evidence. Perhaps it’s something to mention to HR, especially if it’s unusual in your company.
Having a quiet word about some of the more terrible practices – demeaning you in front of customers, for instance – might work. It presents a bad impression of the company and makes customers uneasy. If you can frame it in language that makes it seem like the company suffers, that might get a response.
That said, if you are close to a promotion then keeping your head down and trying to get on with things as diligently and competently as possible is the best way.