My very small employer is trying to hire a new person for the support staff. One person sent an interesting resume complete with a 6" block of 10 pt text describing duties that seems copied and pasted on the second page. It included duties someone in her position should not and could not do and made us all lift an eyebrow. She was pleasant and honest when phone interviewed so an in-person interview was scheduled. However, when she called back yesterday she was reportedly short and rude with one of the other support staff answered the phone.
This is going to be fun since we'll be down a total of two staff members in 2 weeks and no good leads since my employer doesn't pay well or offer benefits and it's intense work. I'm starting to think it's professional Darwinism to only advertise your open skilled position on Craigslist when you have two months notice to find more staff in order to save $100 and 15 minutes of time despite the rest of your staff's urging to use several other good resources.
The bolded is something I am having difficulty understanding. Why does the position govern job duties? The position I am in at my current employer is a hybrid of many other duties. Is that a possibility in this case?
Well, if the position was data entry operator, and the duties she listed included supervising other employees, monitoring work flow, ordering supplies, managing boss's schedule, preparing marketing materials, etc, I would wonder. It could be that her role was more loosely defined at another company, or it could be that she just copy/pasted text from somewhere else.
I see both sides:
I learned years ago to put much more stock into the listed job duties than in a job title. When I first started in my career I mistakenly applied for "Graphic Designer" positions that had primarily receptionist's duties with "update the monthly newsletter" and "create marketing materials" thrown in -- which usually turned out to be photocopy price sheets or stuff envelopes. I learned quickly to disregard the job title I was applying for and look very closely at the duties.
It can work the other way too: before I came to the university I work at now, I held the job title of Creative Director. This would imply that I had subordinates, but the duties I listed reflected that I was a graphic designer, part-time IT person, and a bit of a receptionist (answering phones, customer service, etc.) My department consisted of me, myself, and I, and my title was mostly a way for the business owner to sound more important to clients, and a way to "promote" me by adding to my duties without actually paying me more. This was something I had to explain to a very skeptical interviewer (now boss) who wondered why I was applying for a position well below "Creative Director". I think he thought I would ultimately be after his job, or I would want too much money.
Now that I'm in an academic environment, title means everything
. There is a huge difference between an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Adjunct Professor. This strict adherence to hierarchy permeates all levels of the university -- Vice > Executive > Director > Manager > Assistant > Associate...and they often even have sub levels too Associate II > Associate III.