Not taking this lying down.

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

But how do you know that the agency purposely misrepresented the position?  Maybe the mining firm left out a bunch of the duties they expected you to perform.  The last time I worked an admin position I was required to do a lot of ordering supplies, stocking, and making coffee as well.  Unfortunately it just comes with the job at a lot of places.  Are you looking for work on your own, independent of the employment agency?  Do you live near any universities or government centers or any other place where you can find a job?  Just hang in there – you will find something you want, eventually.  Sometimes the process is just a hugely discouraging pain in the butt 🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@PositiveThinking: I think filing a complaint and going back to the company and letting them know that this job was not in fact an administrative position is the right thing to do. Sometimes the recruiters don’t know exactly what the job is until someone is in it and gets a first hand look. This happened to my sister often when she worked through a placement agency. when it did happen she would simply call in to the agency and say hey I applied to take jobs in an office setting doing office work, not in a factory or elsehwere doing manual labor. And they would usually find her something else that fit.

 

It’s hard for EVERYONE right now to get a decent job. Don’t give up though, keep applying and keep moving until you find something that works. Good luck OP.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@PositiveThinking:  Just call the temp agency and ask for a new assignment.  Tell them that this isn’t at all what you thought it would be and you’d like something more administrative.  You don’t have to burn bridges mere months into your career.  They make money off you so they’ll want to keep you as an employee and will likely try to find you something that’s a better fit.  Just approach it in a more positive way, though, not “they misled me this is BS!”  If the admin had to do it before, it’s admin work…  Just let the agency know that you’re looking for something that will build your skills a little more, and that since you’ve injured your back you’re hoping for something with a little less physical labor.  They should help.

This job won’t look bad on your resume though – your title is admin and when someone asks you can say that you schlepped around soda all day, but that shows that you can put in a day’s work and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@PositiveThinking:  Unfortunately, that all falls under basic administrative staff functions.  I work in a school, and even the managers restock the beverage fridges, paper cabinets, and help with supplies when they’re delivered.  I am senior level and haul around my own boxes of promotional Tshirts for events, most of which are 40+ lbs.  In the state of VA, I believe standard verbage for “regular” light duty office work is the ability to lift and manipulate objects that are 25lbs.  Heavy lifting is 50+ lbs.

When you go to a temp job, try to find the duties that will help you develop your skills and concentrate on those, instead of getting mad about the little scut work stuff they throw at you.

Post # 10
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Well, good luck with all of that.  Hopefully you find something more suitable soon.  

Post # 11
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Don’t complain, just tell the employment agency that you’re not physically capable of lifting a certain amount and you’d like a new position.

Post # 12
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6017 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

So when you say you completed a “college certificate program” did you end up with any sort of degree? Ex: associates or bachelors? That makes a huge difference. Nowadays anything less than a bachelors degree isn’t really worth more than a high school diploma and you won’t find very high skilled jobs unfortunately.

Even then, this is a temp job. They hired you to pick up the slack or extra work that the full time employees can’t do. Whether that’s filling the fridge with drinks or moving paper. That’s the name of the game, if you will. Technically, that stuff falls under administration.

Post # 13
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1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PositiveThinking:   I’d be happy to take your job! I haven’t been able to find work in months.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Lots of things don’t fall under my job description but I do them anyway. I have a bachelor’s degree and years of experience and I still lift and change out the 5 gallon water bottles or move boxes of paper.

With that attitude, you might not get any more call backs from that temp agency. Those places usually side with the business who is paying the bills and not the temp. Sorry but that’s been the case with a few agencies I’ve dealt with to get temps.

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