Dealing with Employer Dishonesty: Navigating Misrepresented Job Offers

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In an ideal world, employers would be as transparent with potential employees as job seekers strive to be during interviews. But what if your new role isn’t quite what was advertised? How do you handle employers who don’t keep their word?

Recently, a client shared a frustrating experience that brings this issue to the forefront. He accepted a lower-paying role with the promise of a six-month review, only to discover later that the review was taken off the table. His employer even claimed not to recall the initial salary agreement, leaving him feeling exploited.

Such disappointments are not just limited to salary issues; they can manifest in a myriad of ways, including job responsibilities, career advancement potential, workplace location, and more. So what do you do when faced with such a predicament?

Firstly, if the role isn’t meeting your expectations, it’s crucial to voice your concerns. Silence implies acceptance, and the likelihood of change is slim without proactive communication. Request a meeting with your supervisor to discuss discrepancies between what was promised and your current role, emphasizing mutual benefits for making adjustments.

If you’ve recently joined the company, hold off on penning that resignation letter. Many firms employ a probationary period, so use this time to gauge if the initial role misalignment is temporary or systemic. A casual conversation with your colleagues may provide insights into whether the situation is likely to improve.

To safeguard against future disappointments, ensure all promises are documented. A verbal assurance is far less binding than a written agreement. Conducting due diligence by speaking with current employees can also offer valuable perspectives on the work environment. Some companies even allow prospective employees to shadow team members, offering a ‘day-in-the-life’ snapshot before you commit.

Lastly, if you’re experiencing intense job regret, going back to your previous position might be an option—assuming, of course, you parted on good terms.

Switching roles should be an exhilarating phase in your career, not a demoralizing one. When faced with a misleading job offer, equip yourself with a top-notch resume and compelling online presence so you can pivot swiftly and seize better opportunities. Click HERE to see how we can assist you in creating a standout resume.


1 Comment

  1. CLTaylor

    I accepted a position after two rounds of interviewing in a committee style interview process, where members of the committee knew there was an added aspect of the position that was NOT represented on paper, in the offer, nor in the interview process. Upon accepting the position and within the first 12 days it was apparent. I feel they committed fraud, that I was set up, and I don’t know what to do. I gave up TWO jobs to be at the one, I’m there 12 hours a day, I’ve been given responsibility with no authority, and the work I am doing is not what I interviewed for or agreed to on paper, and much of it is the exact opposite of what I described I wanted from a new position at length candidly and honestly in my interview. Based on what I know now, I was NOT an ideal candidate given my goals, but I’m now ‘here’ and feel defrauded.


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