Dealing with problems at work

April 6, 2017

Every mindful employer strives to be very clear about the professional skills of the candidates for a particular position. Due to the fact that hiring is a difficult and expensive process, there is no point for the employer to attract candidates by making false promises about work conditions in the company. In turn, the employers expect the candidates to be honest about their professional skills as well. 

On the other hand, mismatch of professional skills is a serious problem in hiring process due to miscommunication between an employer and a prospective candidate. In such circumstances, how can the employer and the candidate be certain of the evident mismatch of skills? If you want to find that out, check the most distinctive signs of mismatch of professional skills.

Admitting skills mismatch

  • You were informed that it would take some time before you start working at the position you were hired for. Meanwhile, you are given other tasks that are barely related to the job you initially hoped for. Be alerted when so-called “transition period” lasts over 6 months.
  • You were coping with your job responsibilities well, however, they were gradually delegated to other workers. Now you find yourself doing completely unrelated tasks, such as making coffee for visitors.
  • At the beginning of your career in this company you were given a supervisor who controlled your work progress. Now he/she totally lost interest in your advancement and left you on your own.
  • Your daily responsibilities have nothing in common with your job description. For example, you were hired as a sales manager, but you do editing instead.

Although it may be hard for you to admit the mismatch of professional skills, it is necessary to discuss them with your employer as soon as possible. It is recommended to take the following measures:

  • Negotiate your dissatisfaction with work related issues with your supervisor. Let him/her be aware that your best skills remain unused.
  • Express yourself taking into consideration the interests of the company. If your professional skills are not used fully, the company is losing profit.
  • Find out the reason that prevents your employer from utilizing your skills. Maybe you are expected to demonstrate them as your own initiative.
  • Be clear with your supervisor about the deadlines of your transition period. Get to know the exact date when you finish serving coffee and start real work.

For some reason, your employer may be resistant to giving you full responsibility of using your professional skills. In this case, think of changing your current job. When you are hired, you want to get personal satisfaction from the job as well as contribute to company’s progress. If it is not so, do not hesitate to leave your current job behind!

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