It's in an employer's best interest to be very clear with a candidate about what she'll be doing every day once she joins a new company. Hiring is expensive and difficult, and there's no profit in luring an employee on board with false promises about what a certain job will entail. Before they accept an offer, candidates are also wise to determine how they'll be spending the day in their new workplaces, and how their actions will support their employers and their own long-term goals.
But in spite of an employer's best effort to provide a clear picture of what the future will hold, and a candidate's best effort to make an accurate prediction of what the job will be like, miscommunications and skill mismatches still take place every day. Right now all over the country, new employees are sitting at their desks wondering when they're going to start actually editing, selling, managing, curating, teaching, or programming as their job descriptions implied. In many cases, an employee actually finds herself toiling away at a task that has nothing to do with her education or skill sets, one she may not excel at or enjoy at all.
So how can employees recognize when they're facing a skill mismatch that benefits nobody? And when they realize they've been handed an unintentional bait-and-switch, how can they set things right?
How to Recognize a Skill Mismatch: Four Important Signs
Here are four key indicators that your skills and your job are misaligned:
You're on the Wrong Path: How to Fix It
Here are the steps you should take to get back on track:
Get Ready to Move On
If your requests for task realignment are ignored, you'll have two choices:
1) You can stay with this employer and put your goals on hold while you follow the re-drawn path in front of you.
2) You can head back to the job market and look for a more appropriate position.
If you choose the second option, make sure your next job hits the mark. Visit LiveCareer and explore the available positions posted in our extensive job database. Type your job title and geographic area into the search bar and keep looking until you find the position that matches your criteria. Don't settle for second best.