I’ve stated often that it’s an employer’s market only to be told by a few I’m full of it. While I respect everyone’s right to their opinion, those who say that haven’t walked in my shoes over the past few years, nor have they come across examples such as this gem (click on image).
This is an advertisement for a dishwasher job I found during my job search. Call me wrong if you like, but to me a “dishwasher” is someone who washes dishes. That’s it. Not wash and peel vegetables. Not clean and sanitize the entire kitchen. Not unpack and store food. Not take out the trash.
The post-2008 recession years have seen a rise of consolidation and compression of responsibilities where the job title no longer matches the duties expected. This “dishwasher” position is a result of that consolidation. It probably meant those who only washed dishes before the 2008 recession, but I suspect the layoff of staff that followed tacked a few extra tasks to the description. I guess I’ll never know, since my inquiry to the company about this position remains unanswered as of this post date.
Look, I understand businesses have to watch their bottom line in this Age of Austerity and the jobless recovery, since consumers are being frugal in their spending. The least they could do, though, is change the title of the position to match the duties. Unless, of course, it’s so employers can respond when an employee asks for a raise: “You want a raise? For a dishwasher job? You must be out of your mind!”
Thanks for reading!