Dear Seniors,
Now a days i am loosing my confidence to work. day by day my frustration level is increasing due to my boss.As in interview it was informed i am recruited as Hr head here but on paper it was written executive assisatant, i never indulge in arguments at that time.The job profile he is drawing me is as a personal secretary. He tells to bring curtains for his home, tells to get kittens for him,etc. if i take initiative to do something as Hr its never appreciated and really feeling to quite company but it can affect my resume too.please suggest me what can i do in this case.

From India, Pune
Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
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Ashutosh Thakre
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Ashutosh Thakre

Dear Priya,

If your core competenance is in HR, then please for heavens sake, pull yourself together, give your notice pay and leave the organisation to join some other organisation in your desired post. You should have at the appointment time itself, not accepted the profile of the personal assistance.

There is a huge difference in being and Head HR and Personal Secretary.... If you are unhappy with the job leave it. if leaving a job looks bad on your CV, then beig away from HR and being a personal secretary will be distratious.

Pull yourself together and leave the job and move ahead in life. If you have proofs and can prove that you were interviewed for Head HR job but appointed as Personal Secretary, then you can as well file a case for sabotaging your career. But as you have already signed the appointment letter and have been working in that stituation, it wont be in your much favour.

Finally the decision is yours, to stay and rot your knowledge or move out and start afresh.


Ashutosh Thakre

From India, Mumbai
Dinesh Divekar

Dear Priya,

Your frustration is understandable nevertheless, we need little more information to give suggestion of any kind.

At the time of your selection, who took your interview? Did interviewer ask questions related to HR or Executive Secretary? What is your past experience? Have you worked in HR department earlier?

Who is your "boss", I mean what is his designation?

When did you join this organisation? Have you been issued with Appointment Letter? If yes, then what designation has been mentioned in the appointment letter?

You have written that "i never indulge in arguments at that time." At what time you did not indulge in the arguments?

What is total employee count in your company? What are the glaring shortcoming in your organisation? What suggestions did you give to your boss to overcome them?

Sometime you need to have tête-à-tête with your "boss". Discuss with him how your intellectual capacities are underutilised. Unless you discuss with him, nothing can be sorted out.

All the best!

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Thanx Ashutosh for suggesting me and at time of interview it was totally as per Hr position.i was interviewed by my boss who is CEO of company.
From India, Pune

This shows that your boss has hardly any appreciation or awareness of the role of HR.
Bringing kitten or buying curtain is not HR role.
You need to tactfully tell your boss that your knowledge and talent is not being used properly and you need to focus on HR role which can be advantageous to the company and all employees.
Very discretely tell your boss that non compliance of statutory requirements will impact company and the boss and affect business prospects adversely.
While trying to convince your boss,keep an eye out for a discreet exit.
Dont ever loose confidence in your skills and ability.
The problem here is a lack of appreciation of what HR should do in an organisation.

From India, Pune
Shivangi Misra

Hi Priya
I had also face the same thing they had hire me as hr of the company but they make me do telecalling only .....after 15 days i left the organisation. So i suggest you to look some where else you deserve must better job from this....dnt change your job profile.Please do share your cv to me i have some frnds in consultancy they will help u out.
my mail id :

From India, Delhi

Hi Priya, Let me first know how many years of experience you are having? Also instead of quiting you can ask your boss to provide you the post you deserve if not then take a decision of leaving.
From India, Pune

Hi Priya,
You can set a reasonable time say something like three months.
In that period keep searching for another Job.
You can have a frank dialogue with your boss about what role you want to do.
Since you have accepted a job different from what you were interviewed for, have some patience
and give yourself an opportunity to make amends for it.
My suggestion would be that you should resign only after getting another job.

From India

The situation faced by the poster does happen often in our job market.
People get recruited for X job and end up doing Y job and sadly enough our job market is such that people cannot really throw the job and look around.
In such situations the person should always have confidence in own ability and never give way to a defeated feeling.
Be resilient and bounce back.
Patiently look around for another opportunity.
Never loose any chance to add to your qualifications.
Always start saving for a secure financial future right from first salary.

From India, Pune

Hello Priya,

Can you pl respond to Dinesh Divekar's queries?

A lot on 'HOW' you move from here depends on the details asked........though it seems fairly clear on 'WHAT' to do--QUIT ASAP.

But just quitting without any groundwork COULD land you in more trouble.

To add to the queries of Dinesh Divekar, can you also clarify on 'how' you came about this opening........meaning did they contact you thru any Job Portal OR did you make the first contact for a job OR was it thru any reference OR any other means?

There 'seem' to be some missing links........frankly I find it surprising--though NOT entirely unbelievable--that a CEO can interview for you a HR position, then puts you into an Executive Asst/Secy role but finally/actually uses you as an errand person [works usually done by office boys].

While NOT equating with your situation, I have seen a bit similar situation happen in another instance where the CEO had to bow to relative pressure to hire someone, but also had to find ways to 'force' the person to quit on his own, so that the CEO doesn't have any issues with his relatives. Hope you get the point.

Pl give the additional details for actionable suggestions.

All the Best.



From India, Hyderabad

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