“This Wasn’t in My Job Description!”

What should you do if your job isn’t what you expected?

You’ve finally landed that new job after all those applications and interviews, only to find out it’s not exactly what you expected. Maybe your new supervisor asks you to do things that weren’t officially listed on your job description, or maybe it’s something else that just doesn’t feel quite right. What should you do?


Stay calm.

Don’t panic if you have to do an unexpected task on your first day of work. Often, it takes a few weeks to get settled in your position before you really have an idea of what your job is going to be like. Just as you are getting to know your new employer, they are getting to know you. If you make a big deal about having to do a few things you weren’t ready for, your supervisor and coworkers are going to think you’re not a team player. It’s better to start with a good impression and be seen as a hard worker who is flexible.


However, in some rare cases, a company may ask an employee to do a task that makes him or her feel unsafe, or that may even violate safety regulations. Penmac prioritizes the safety of each employee, and requests that associates call Penmac for further instruction if asked to do a task they aren’t sure about.


Review your job description.

If after a few weeks, you still feel like your job isn’t quite what you were thinking it would be, then it’s time to reevaluate. Take a look at what the original job description said. Are you generally doing most of the tasks with only a few exceptions? Is there a disclaimer that requests you to do “other duties as needed”? Consider getting input from friends or coworkers to make sure your perspective is justified—are your extra tasks unreasonable, or did they just surprise you because you weren’t told about them upfront?


Consider your options.

Is this a company you want to continue working for down the road? Do you really need this job to make ends meet, or do you have other opportunities that are available? If you want to continue working for this business long-term, you may just have to reframe your perspective to be okay with a few added tasks. Think of it as an investment in your future. If you enjoy your work overall, but feel that the unexpected tasks truly change your position, talk to HR about updating the job description, changing the position’s title, or even offering a different compensation.


Regardless of whether you ultimately decide to stick with the job or look for a different opportunity, it’s important to have a good attitude and be flexible while you work in your position. Your work performance and outlook will affect how good of a reference you get if you decide to pursue something new. Be sure that you follow your employer’s protocol for resigning from a position, too! Don’t quit without giving notice, or simply not show up to work one day! Word travels quickly, and you don’t want to ruin your potential future opportunities!

If you need help finding a job that is right for you, apply online with Penmac Staffing today! We connect job seekers and employers in 32 locations in 8 states.