Work dilemma - no one understands what my job actually is!

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SugarCanes Sat 12-Dec-20 20:20:05

I am the first person to ever be employed for my role at the company, but the problem is no one (not even the managers above me) really understands what the role is. The person who hired me left very soon after I started. I applied for the role according to job title and job spec, but it's become apparent they think someone with those skills can also do other things - and it's a completely different job!

I keep getting asked to do advanced things that are not my job, and no one with my job would ever be asked to do at another company. It's making me feel I'm just not good enough or what they want, but they would never find a person that can do what I do and the extra stuff too - it is one or the other. To give a picture, It's the difference between an interior designer and a builder - you wouldn't ask the interior designer to build the house and you wouldn't ask the builder to design the interiors.

What can I do in this situation? I have tried to explain but it doesn't seem to work?

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BackforGood Sat 12-Dec-20 23:30:41

Can you refer to the Job spec from when you responded to the job being advertised ?
Or don't you have a job description in your contract ?

SnuggyBuggy Sun 13-Dec-20 07:25:00

I agree with above, it sounds like you need to check your job description with your supervisor to come up with some sort of plan for your role.

KatherineJaneway Sun 13-Dec-20 07:27:47

You need to have a meeting where you clearly spell out what you do and don't do as part of your role. A simple presentation might work. You are frustrated and I suspect they are as well.

ParkingFeud Mon 14-Dec-20 20:36:29

Sugar Canes are you me!? I work in a cross section of gifts/interiors and building/construction! I also am working in a job where the amount of things they want me to do and be good at are completely insane. I admittedly didn't even have a job description, they just wanted to employ me and I had to say yes as it was the middle of the pandemic and I was terrified of being unemployed.
Sometimes I do love the topsy turviness but other times I just feel completely overwhelmed and under pressure. I am trying to plan what for me is a priority and what I want to work on for the sake of my career and present this an option and best use of my time. It generally works for about a week until some other random request gets thrown in. Feel free to message me just for a moan!

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