‘Not What I Signed Up For’: Why 85% of Workers Have Felt Employers Fooled Them

Kevin Malone of The Office, feeling confused about his job description, acts as receptionist.

Kevin Malone of The Office, feeling confused about his job description, acts as receptionist. | NBC

Few things are more infuriating than being tricked. The feeling you’ve been coaxed into a snafu or played an unwitting part in some sort of ruse is enough to raise the blood pressure of the most zen yoga teacher. But it happens. And sometimes, it happens at work — such as when you accept a job, end up working for a bit, and slowly come to the realization you aren’t doing what you signed up for.

It’s as if your employer has played the old bait-and-switch on you. You might be angry. Or maybe you’re just struggling with the unanticipated duties you’re now performing. The question is this: How did this happen, why did it happen, and what can you do to remedy the situation?

The good news is you’re not alone. A lot of people evidently feel this way to a varying degree. It might not be that you’re doing a completely different job from what you signed up for. Maybe the pay is different. Or the hours aren’t as promised. It could be a number of things, but the end result is the same: You’re frustrated. The results of a recent poll from job search site Monster showed 85% of respondents answered “yes” when asked whether they had felt a job description fooled them.

To get to the bottom of things, we talked to Monster career expert Vicki Salemi. A recruiter and an author of books covering career strategy, Salemi told The Cheat Sheet job descriptions are tricky, and job seekers might want to cut employers a little slack.

But first things first: How can it be that 85% of workers feel duped by job descriptions?

More Articles About:   , ,