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This not part of my job description

You just joined a new job and realized that the scope and responsibility on the ground is different and you are being asked to deliver on things that were never discussed. Someone has left the organization and suddenly their load is dumped on you, what was a two-person job, is now all you. You have been automatically thrown into a project and yet you have not received core training on the specific tools that will set you up for success.

If you are in a situation like this is the article for you. Before you make that decision to either quit, or stay miserable till your contract ends, here are tips to get you out of that funk.

1. You are the solution

There is always a solution to each problem. Maybe you being there, doing all the things you didn’t expect to do is for you to be a solution.

Do a little bit of research. Is it that there is no one else who can do it? Is the organization under-staffed? Is it that there is no one with the appropriate skills? Is it because of the budget?

Once you find the root-cause of the problem, offer your services either to help in recruitment, brainstorm activities that may help the organization generate more funds, or propose to upskill someone else internally. If this is done, it not only will prevent your burnout but also ensure that these tasks now delegated, are being done effectively.

Also, your boss will recognize you for your initiative and not someone that always complains, but someone who offers a solution and this is how you will move up in the leadership ranks.

2. Yes, to new frontiers!

Granted all you do is not in the job description, but you can always take it as a blessing. Taking advantage of the added responsibilities you have been given and adding it to your CV and LinkedIn which can get you scouted for other opportunities.

These added responsibilities can also open up internal mobility opportunities because you will have proven you can multitask as well as take on more responsibilities.

In addition, your CV will be talking about how flexible, versatile, and adaptable you are, which is always a plus.

3. Know your rights

Using the right communication channels, bring up the issue in conversation to your boss and the HR who is a neutral party during your performance management meeting and refer to the job description you signed up for.

Through this communication, define a clear way forward that would be for the benefit of everyone on board. It could range from an increase of the scope of work you do which would lead to pay increase to include the added responsibility, or a pathway to a promotion

4. Walk away

When worse comes to worse. You can always walk away. While it is the easiest way out, sometimes, it is necessary.

Picture a case where you have been expressing yourself to your superiors but no one is listening, no initiatives are being taken to rectify your problem, your views are not valued, or no change is taking place. In cases like this, just walk away amicably, leave in good grace.

At the end of the day, employment is a partnership and you should not allow yourself to be abused physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Accepting that the job you had been waiting for the longest time was not what you imagined can be difficult. Whether you decide to take it positively or walk away, you are justified. If you ever feel stuck, reach out to us at

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