You've been in the same job for years, yet your duties and responsibilities have increased several times. You take a look at your job description and notice that what you actually do has little resemblance to the document you are reading. What can you do?
In some cases, you may want consider asking your manager to ask human resources to reevaluate your job. Now this isn’t for everyone. If you are in a standard job with many people doing the same thing, then you probably won’t have any luck. However, if you are in a single person job, or you are in a standard job but do several things above-and-beyond the traditional duties, then you may be a good candidate.
When a job is first created, there is usually a definitive purpose for what it will do. In order to add headcount, the hiring manager usually has to jump through several hoops to justify spending the company’s money. Over time, responsibilities may be added, shuffled around to other positions or even transferred to other departments. Some jobs grow into something much bigger than what they were originally intended to be. So when you find yourself in this situation, what should you do?
First, gather as much information as you can to make your case. This includes gathering such things as:
• a company job description
• an organization chart for your area
• an account of the role when you first stepped into it
• an account of what the role does now, along with your professional opinion of whether the activities you do now are of greater or less responsibility than what is documented in the job description
• internal comparisons of how your job and department compares against other similar roles in the organization
• any survey information you can gather (from professional organizations, salary.com or other market data you may be able to gather)
Once you have gathered and organized this information, present it to your manager. To be successful, you will need to get the buy in of your manager. More importantly, they will need to be able to sell upper management and human resources on the need to reevaluate the job and also find the budget to accommodate and upward adjustments.