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    • Moonshine14
    • By Moonshine14 6th Mar 18, 10:24 PM
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    New job not as described
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    • 6th Mar 18, 10:24 PM
    New job not as described 6th Mar 18 at 10:24 PM
    Iíve just started a new job a few weeks ago and the duties are a lot lower level than described in the job spec and also in the interview. Iím basically the team assistant to 5 people and there was no mention of this. Is there anything I can do. Iíve spoke to my manager but she seemed annoyed that I wasnít happy in the role.
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    • Planet Switzerland
    • By Planet Switzerland 6th Mar 18, 10:42 PM
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    Depends what exactly makes the job different to what was on the job spec. They may be giving you time to settle in and get to know the business before giving you more challenging work.


    When I started out in my career I applied for a job, agency phoned me telling me what a great opportunity it was, went to interview and found out it was paying less than the job spec said.


    I was offered the job, took it to get my foot on the ladder. Got my contract through to find it had a more mickey mouse job title than the spec said. Once I started my line manager admitted it was a mickey mouse job with nowhere to progress to in that company but offered it to me because she knew I'd be good at it, then she left not long afterwards as did her manager, the other one who interviewed me.


    What did I do? I described the job the same way the job spec described it on my CV and left.
    • Masomnia
    • By Masomnia 6th Mar 18, 10:45 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 10:45 PM
    If it's just a case of them easing you in then stick with it.

    If it's not that and the job really isn't what was sold to you then stick with it... while you look for something else.

    Really nothing else you can do unfortunately. Keep your head down and get on with it; better to find something else and resign than be sacked. You'll find it easier to get another job while you're in one rather than when you're unemployed.
    ďI could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.Ē - P.G. Wodehouse
    • keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    • By keepcalmandstayoutofdebt 6th Mar 18, 10:54 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 10:54 PM
    Don't know what your manager thinks a probation period is for? The opportunity for both sides to see if it's working out - Do you get one?

    I can only relate to time when I was new in my longest job that the manager said I'd be like her secretary until I found my feet. Or perhaps it is just a quiet time for your sector and they really do want to ease you in.

    If it starts affecting you outside work, eg overly snappy with family you are best looking for another job.
    "If you are caught in a rainstorm, once you accept that you'll receive a soaking, the only thing left to do is enjoy the walk"
    • Moonshine14
    • By Moonshine14 6th Mar 18, 11:06 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 11:06 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 11:06 PM
    Thank you for the replies and advice. I was actually brought in to do a specific project with a senior member of the finance team but instead I!!!8217;m basically doing PA type tasks for 5 members of the team. I get sent constant emails to book rooms, taxis etc and have touched on any specific workload. I!!!8216;ve had no training but instead get emailed instructions of how to book rooms and then get asked to do it for multiple people. It just frustrates me as I would never have accepted these types of duties as Im not good at them and its not where my skills lie.

    I have got a probation period of 3 months and I agree it should work both ways as the employer also has some responsibility to ensure a new employee is satisfied and happy.

    I!!!8217;m tempted too speak to my boss again. I don!!!8217;t like to be negative especially when new but I!!!8217;m already feeling fed up going in and not looking foward to the next day.
    Last edited by Moonshine14; 06-03-2018 at 11:09 PM.
    • Moonshine14
    • By Moonshine14 6th Mar 18, 11:13 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 11:13 PM
    Apologies for the above every time I type I!!!8217;m it!!!8217;s changing to 8217?!?!
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 6th Mar 18, 11:15 PM
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    Not your fault! It's a known forum fault - affects some users but not everyone.
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    • Moonshine14
    • By Moonshine14 6th Mar 18, 11:58 PM
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    Ah thank you! Thought I was going mad.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 7th Mar 18, 8:56 AM
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    Look upon your time with this company as an opportunity to gain extra skills, expand your CV, so you'll be in a much stronger position to look for another job in the future.

    Many years ago, a friend who was a trained nurse, no vacancies near to her home needed to work and the only position she could find was as a carers assistant and general dogsbody in a nursing home. Within 12 months she was managing a new nursing home for the company. Due to her more "lowly" experience added to her professional qualifications she was a very valuable employee - she knew exactly what all the staff she subsequently was responsible for hiring should be doing.
    • ScorpiondeRooftrouser
    • By ScorpiondeRooftrouser 7th Mar 18, 9:12 AM
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    This once happened to me. I didn't find out until the second day. It took me until the 3rd day to arrange a meeting with a senior manager where I pointed out the problems and said I would be handing in my resignation if nothing could be done. They asked me if I would leave immediately but as I had signed the contract I insisted that I would stay for a month and serve out my notice if required, so they agreed to pay me for a month in lieu of notice.

    I left the building and from the car park phoned the agent I had been dealing with about a different job which I had been offered but turned down on the basis of this one, as described, seeming better. By the time I had driven home he called me back and asked if I could start there the following day. So I got paid by both places for the next month, which was nice.

    The relevance of this is that because they had misled me they didn't argue about paying me for a month in lieu of notice despite me only having been there 2 and a half days. But I think that is the limit of any compensatory action you might expect from the company, and you may have been there too long already for it to fly.

    Of course this relies on you knowing that you have other opportunities you can easily take up.

    But the answer is, leave. Dependent on your degree of confidence about getting another job, either resign immediately or just start looking for others.
    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 7th Mar 18, 11:16 AM
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    Not your fault! It's a known forum fault - affects some users but not everyone.
    Originally posted by jobbingmusician
    I think it's mainly affecting apple users with some particular 'smart punctuation' setting turned on...
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 7th Mar 18, 12:12 PM
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    • Job adverts are like any adverts - they accentuate the positives and gloss over the negatives. Even in an interview, the company is selling itself and the job, as much as you're selling yourself and your suitability for the job.
    • Job specs need to be kept up to date, as jobs change and evolve - often to fit the skills and interests of the person doing that job at the time.
    • You rarely will be doing the whole job in your first few days/weeks at it - you're new, learning the ropes, the company, its people, policies, procedures etc. Sometimes, you need to see a full year/annual cycle of a job before you get to do everything you're supposed to do.

    Only you can decide the extent to which things might improve and they've just got you doing the easy/simple stuff while you get settled/find your feet, or whether you've been genuinely sold a lemon. Dunno how long you've been there, but if things aren't looking up after a couple of months, and your manager doesn't seem bothered about it, then it's probably time to start looking elsewhere, or get used to what you are actually being asked to do.
    Last edited by ReadingTim; 09-03-2018 at 4:17 PM.
    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 7th Mar 18, 2:21 PM
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    I think it's mainly affecting apple users with some particular 'smart punctuation' setting turned on...
    Originally posted by p00hsticks
    Thank you ! That was driving me up the wall
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    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 7th Mar 18, 7:20 PM
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    When you spoke to your manager did you ask specifically when the project work would be starting, or did you just say you weren't happy with the role?
    • Piggywinkle
    • By Piggywinkle 9th Mar 18, 2:08 PM
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    I've been in that situation myself. My background was local government data analysis and that is what my previous post was predominantly marketed as. Instead, I was actually the office dogsbody (photocopying/doing minutes/organising meetings) and I knew I wanted something more challenging that that. I can only advise you as to what I did. Stick at it, whilst applying for other jobs.


    I do data analysis for a high school now and I love it. You'll get there - just get on those job websites.
    • Moonshine14
    • By Moonshine14 14th Mar 18, 9:50 PM
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    Themeone, yes at the catch up with my manager I asked when the project would be starting and I also mentioned I wasn!!!8217;t happy with the current duties.
    • Moonshine14
    • By Moonshine14 14th Mar 18, 9:54 PM
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    Piggywinkle thank you, that!!!8217;s pretty much what!!!8217;s happened to me. I!!!8217;m the general dogsbody with no specific job role just whatever tasks someone wants off their to do list that particular day. It!!!8217;s very frustrating and I can!!!8217;t manage my own workload and beginning to dread going in. It!!!8217;s so unfair when workplaces don!!!8217;t care about how they treat new starters. No effort has been made to let me settle in at all. I!!!8217;m currently looking for other roles.
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