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Employers Want Two For the Price of One

Some employers are combating lower profit margins by combining two jobs and advertising for one position with all the responsibilities. The repackaged positions are usually offered with a salary that reflects the half of the job that was more junior. Recruiters acknowledge that more companies are seeking jack-of-all-trades types to wear multiple hats for one bargain salary.

The jobs are often mislabeled or too demanding for one person, and some employers have been taking advantage of eager and often uninformed entry- and lower-level candidates. The Wall Street Journal offers these tips on what to do if you've applied for a position that seems like it's two jobs combined.

  • Ask what position has been eliminated to see if you can handle all the duties.
  • Know the going rates for various jobs and expertise levels, so you can negotiate a fair salary. Don't sell yourself cheap.

Have you seen evidence of this trend in your own company or in jobs you've come across?


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