Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
JOB SEARCH / JAN. 10, 2014
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Job Description Suddenly Changed? Here is What to do

Employers can change their employees’ job description to meet the needs of their organisation. The fact that your job description changes, can be good news or an alarm that something has gone wrong.

If management is taking responsibility away from you, even if your official title or salary have not changed, you should be concerned about your future in the organization. On the other hand, if you've been given a lot of extra responsibility without a salary boost or promotion to justify the extra workload, that can also be alarming, even if you were looking for more challenges and hope to turn the situation into an opportunity.

Either way, you should take an active role in investigating what lies behind the issue. The following tips will help you to strategically handle and make the most of the situation.

Self Assess

Take a look at yourself first, especially if you've been losing responsibilities. Have you been slacking off or ignoring feedback that you need to improve? If so, take this as a major warning sign. If you want to keep your job, it's time for some serious improvement and action on your part. On the other hand, if you've been asking for more challenging work, you may have gotten what you requested, except without the pay raise you were expecting.

Take some time to evaluate what you're being asked to do and think whether or not it is in your best interests to manage the new workload without a raise. If not, be sure to raise it with your supervisor when the time is right.

Look Around.

Are you the only one experiencing a change? If everyone has been given more responsibilities out of the blue, it may mean something big is coming and the company is trying to prepare you all. What you won't know is whether the big thing is good or bad – unless you can get the inside scoop from someone who knows. It's also likely that new responsibilities are falling to you and your colleagues because your firm’s cost-efficiency policy prevents the hiring manager from hiring new employees assuming extra roles.

On the other hand, if everyone in your group now seems to be an unwelcome person, it's probably a bad sign about your team's role in the organization, or it could reflect poorly on your boss. Keep your eyes open and evaluate your situation in the context of everyone else's.

Refer to Your Supervisor

Whether the change seems like a positive or negative sign for your career, after you check yourself, it’s always good to discuss the situation with your boss. This would be the time to explain how you're going to do better going forward and that you hope to earn your old responsibilities back, or to ask when a raise or new title will accompany your responsibilities. Bear in mind, unless you are ready to leave the job, don't issue any ultimatums about your needs. It's best to keep those close to the chest until you are ready to leave.

Take Advantage of the Situation

If you are suddenly facing new challenges you've never handled, do your best to ramp up quickly. Tap mentors or senior friends in your industry to help you maintain your performance and succeed with your new role. Start making a list of the types of skills you are using and challenges you're managing so you can update your online profiles and resume.

If, on the other hand, you're experiencing a demotion, take it as an opportunity to learn and try to improve. Or, take it as a sign that it's time to move on and make plans accordingly.

Think of the Next Steps

Regardless of how your responsibilities have changed, it can be difficult if you weren't prepared and if you aren't being paid to do the job you're delivering. Keep close tabs on what you are doing and at the same time make sure you know what to expect as much as possible at your organization. If it's time to make a shift, don't think it needs to happen immediately. Start ramping up your outside of the office networking and social networking efforts and look into improving your marketing materials and resume. You need to be ready if you want to effectively spot a job.

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