As a recruiter, I meet candidates at different points in their career. More often than not, it’s not the unemployed that come to me, but those who are currently working but looking to make a change. By way of reasons for wanting to leave, I have heard it all over the years – some reasons more valid than others – but one that stands out has been “it’s not what I expected it to be”. 

Time and time again, I have candidates telling me that they found themselves in a job that they didn’t sign up for, or one that didn’t develop into what was promised to them. Sure, it’s up to each and every one of us alone to take ownership over our role and be responsible of our own development and growth, however, what about those instances where every action is blocked by the company in which we work in? 

Employers are breeding a workforce that is overworked, underpaid, and is overall disgruntled about not being able to meet their expectations. This leads to a sense of restlessness and a desire to look for new employment. 

So what can be done in order to minimise the risk of mis-marketed job opportunities? Well, it’s simple really – Transparency and open communication. This applies for both sides and starts from the very beginning. 

As an employer:

Once you start preparing the job description for your vacancy, ensure that you state all the key responsibilities and are realistic about the candidate profile. Moreover, during the interview, you should be open about the company and the role, and discuss in an honest manner about growth opportunities and timeframes. Vagueness can end up hurting both you and the candidate.

Furthermore, make sure you set some time aside every six months to touch base with your employees and go over their existing responsibilities and possible future duties. Make sure that those under your helm feel like they have an opportunity to freely communicate any concerns they may have. 

As an employee:

Be honest about your skills, capabilities, and interests – there’s no point in applying and subsequently accepting a job you do not see any value in. Additionally, know that interviews are a two-way street – You too have an opportunity to ask any question that is important for you, so prior to the big day, ensure you jot down a few points to bring up. If you feel like the interviewer is being vague, then you have your answer – do you really want to work for a company that isn’t upfront about something so important to you? 

In addition, don’t shy away from requesting to meet with your direct line manager or the company’s HR manager in order to express any grievances or concerns you may have. 

Unfortunately, no one can guarantee that things will turn out how you expected, however, with certain measures of open communication, you can reduce the chances of finding yourself back on the job market.