Hack Your Job Description
Do others look the other way when you want to put your best foot forward? Quantum career leaps are made by people who understand it's in their hands.
If you are frustrated because you know for a fact you could do more or better work, the first place I would start is with your Job Description.
One of the biggest misconceptions about work is that we have to do what we were hired for.
Here's the thing. Most likely, your Job Description as advertised was incomplete or outdated. If it wasn't, then you probably work for a younger company. Young companies tend to experience lots of change, so by the time you leave your job will look different than when you started anyway.
Something to look out for is the tendency for companies to pass you under the radar of a lower pay grade, but expect you to do the work of a higher one.
It is part of your job to take stock of this. Official Job descriptions slip through the cracks. HR just can't know everything. Your manager can't know everything.
There is probably a gap between what your role requires and what you actually do. Even more than that, if you know what you WANT to be doing, use your job description as the starting point for building your career/promotion strategy. (We go over this more in Undercover Executive.)
Here are a few tips:
1. Cross off duties that are no longer relevant. Add duties that are. This alone might be enough to request a change in job title, which can be great move in between now and a promotion.
2. Almost no one really looks at the "JD", except when hiring and looking for jobs. But it needs to be part of your ongoing work toolkit. Update it as you go. It is a living document you can use inside your current company to write your future.
3. Write your dream job JD. Then compare the two. How can you bridge the gap? If you curate your Job Description with your career path in mind, you are just making it easier to make that next step.
Most people will stick with the status quo because they don't want "more work". They just want to get through the day. But Hacking Your Job Description isn't only about more work, it's about work that positions you for the next step in your career.
If you want dream work you have to earn it. But that doesn't mean it has to be hard.
Don't underestimate your own potential when you can take charge, feel better about your work every day, and reap the rewards in the long run.
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