Everyone with the same job title as me / in my department has a PhD, I only have 2 bachelor's degrees. I'm officially at an Engineer 1 level (I think level 2 was postponed due to COVID promotion freezes), but that is not my official title. My work sounds impressive, and I have had a small part in some impressive projects (that I don't exaggerate). But the problem is for the last year or so I've been sucked into a completely different type of work that has little to do with my official title.
I am struggling how to put this on my resume because it's like I'm working 2 very different jobs at once, but the work under my official title has rarely been done over the last year. And with that, I feel like my skills have atrophied a bit as far as what's relevant to my official job title.
Maybe it's a silly concern, but I'm worried that (1) I will look overqualified when I'm truly not and (2) my resume will be confusing if I have two concurrent roles OR if I have one very convoluted role that tries to combine the two.
So far I've just separated them on my LinkedIn as if they were two concurrent positions. Because they are just so different it hardly makes sense to put them together. And in some sense, I am attempting to do them both at the same time (and my boss expects me to).
How should I handle this on my resume? One is research engineer (prototyping new tech) and the other is lead engineer for a specific product (>90% of my time toward PM and not actual engineering work). Technically I do "lead" the engineering via PM, and I was given the unofficial title of Tech Lead by my department. But I feel like these titles make me appear more experienced than I truly am, because at larger companies there's no way I'd have these titles.
I'm wondering if applying to something like "data analyst" would be seen as suspicious or odd. I can't even apply to other companies for "research engineer" because they all require PhDs (and honestly, they should). So I feel like I'm in an awkward spot.
Frankly I'm just tired of unsuccessfully trying to be stretched between two positions that have such a vast difference in cognitive demand. I can't realistically do them both and I have been promised since I started working on this that they would hire someone to officially replace me, and it hasn't happened despite (1) my significant efforts to show how my workload can be distributed to appropriate parties and (2) major demands from our customers increasing our sales on the product I lead (even to levels that exceed our other product lines).
So I feel like I have no hope and they're going to ride out underpaying me as long as they can until I finally quit. The PM work I do seems under my pay grade, so asking for a promotion seems impossible. My boss has not officially acknowledged the tough position he's put me in in performance reviews, only as an apologetic aside in 1-on-1 meetings. And yet I feel trapped in that my skills don't match my titles, so I'm not sure how to approach a new job search either.