They Pulled a Bait and Switch on Me!
By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
I moved 3.5 hours away from home and this isn’t the job they told me. What do I do?
00:27 The situation
01:02 The answer
What do you do when they try to pull a bait and switch on you? I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. People hire me for no BS career advice and coaching globally, because it makes it easier for people related to job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, dealing with workplace issues and so much more.
So here’s the scenario. Someone started in a new role and they’re in a sticky situation. They kind of pulled the bait and switch on them, and told them, she’d be doing one thing and now it’s not what she was told. And she moved three and a half hours away from home for this job. And she wants to voice her concerns but also wants to leave. Is she overreacting or do companies normally treat their employees like this?
So let me just simply say, there’s a lot I don’t know, here. I don’t know if you’ve got paid relocation or a signing bonus that you might have to refund if you left the firm. But let’s just assume that there’s none of that there. And the way I would approach this is I’d meet with my manager. And I would ask them, “I just want to understand something. You know, when I interviewed with you, you talked about our role doing such and such, and I’d be doing this kind of work. And what I’m doing isn’t that. Is this just an unusual situation or is something else where you need me to pitch in for a little bit, and then I’m gonna do what I was hired to do? Or is this the new normal for me?”
“Just smile and nod and say ‘thank you’ and find another job. Now, I’m not saying to quit. I just want to be clear about that. But find another job. I say not to quit, because I want you to look for a job while you have another job. And it becomes a convenient excuse for why you’re looking.
,If you quit your job, employers can look at this as an overreaction and be critical of you, especially during times when there are a lot of people out of work desperate to find jobs.
So, you know, ask your boss this, question, because they may also say, ‘Yeah, we need to pull you into something’ or ‘we’re not quite ready to have you do this other kind of work, so I thought we’d occupy you with this. But we should be able to have you on this other . . . what we hired you to do within a month or two.’
Whatever it is, I understand that you want to leave, that’s your prerogative, but don’t just quit. Have the conversation with your manager first.
I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. Visit my website, TheBigGameHunter.us. Go to the blog and go exploring; there’s a lot there to help you. Plus, if you have questions, you can schedule time for Trusted Advisor Services, which is what this is all about where I answer questions from people who are struggling in some way with . . . related to those categories I mentioned earlier.
And at the site you can find out about my video courses, books, and guides. Again a lot there to help you. Lastly, connect with me on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter. Have a terrific day and be great!
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