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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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StefanieO StefanieO 8 years
Ugh, this is the kind of job I have.
katie225 katie225 8 years
i worked front desk at 24 hour fitness, and they did this to us when they fired most of the janitorial staff and made us clean the bathrooms and the exercise equipment. they used to just make us check them, but then they made us scrub them for minimum wage all while abandoning the front desk. i'm outta there!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I've taken on the bulk of the work of two other people who left my office this year. One person's salary was at one pay grade above mine, and the other's was at two pay grades above mine. Unfortunately I can't negotiate for a raise or a promotion because I am a government employee, and these are mighty lean budget times.
odieisme odieisme 8 years
mondaymoos> do you do all that for one company or person? I noticed this at my last job, my boss was just in charge of the research dept which was my department, and then later she was in charge of customer service, and manufacturing and gave her a new job title "Department of Administrative Duties" I also had to do multiple things besides data entry, I set up computer accounts, scanned documents, (I was the only computer savvy one), I guess Administrative Assistants or Receptionists tend to have a lot of duties for very low pay! Also they are first to go when they need to cut back on staff. I've also been searching for jobs and a lot of them wants someone that can multitask and do everything basically. It really frustrates and annoys me! Also at my current job, I'm sales support, they want me to finish tidying up the store right when we close and I can't because there's customers and I'm schedule to work an hour more to tidy up so its like I'm only one person, I need 3 of me to get the work they want me to get done! It's like even computers burn out when they are overworked, when do people get a break? When they get heart disease, seizures, some kind of disability from working their ass off for low pay? Chronic back problems? Seriously companies need to stop treating workers like they're not even human, even computers get a break from time to time.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
This is hardly a new phenom! They've been doing it for ages, especially at the administrative level.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
Nonprofits have been doing this to people forever. One job I had for 7 months had me trying to handle administration for 14 people, AND assisting with reception and marketing duties. It was unfair, unreasonable - and wildly underpaid.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's something that i've deifinitely noticed. the last position that i interviewed for confused me a bit. one guy told me all about the job responsibilities and the description and when i met with the next person, i was told something completely different. i asked my recruiter to get a clear description of the role so i would know what the expectations were on me, but it seems to be the trend that you're not just doing one thing anymore. i'm all for wearing many hats - but i just like to know which ones i'm being asked to try on - since i may not be suited for something and i don't want to 'let people down' when they think that they've hired someone who can handle it all.
Meike Meike 8 years
Meanwhile the companies' CEO's, board members, stock and shareholders get 40-400x the average employee salary for doing only one thing--making or having some say in the business decisions. There really is no reason for layoffs or this type of recruitment. America's biggest businesses knows it.
Row-D Row-D 8 years
Ack, are you sure you're not talking about my office??
jen1975 jen1975 8 years
Um, this is happening at my company right now, but not to new hires--to those of us lucky enough to be hanging onto our jobs at all!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I do alright, lawchick. A lot better than my friends who are at my level college-wise anyway. :)
cubadog cubadog 8 years
My boss did this but I am being compensated for it. I have also heard of this happening at other companies where there is no compensation. Completely insane.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I just hate when companies do this and do not compensate or they create a new title combining two job descriptions. I remember one job interview I had, it was going well and they bought me back for a second interview. They combed through my writing samples and portfolio to tell me the salary was X and they couldn’t move it up. I still tried to negotiate and when they wouldn’t I actually laughed at the VP’s answer to why they couldn’t offer more money. They still thought I would take it.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
dang, mondaymoos. I hope you are well-compensated
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
assistant too.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Ah, "executive assitant". So many jobs rolled into one. :D
sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
Lol I think that more than count.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I'm a barista/file clerk/high school tutor/receptionist/travel agent/bookkeeper. Does that count?
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