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Look for a new job right away if you’ve been “catfished”

Dear JT & Dale: I have recently been the victim of catfishing. At the interview they told me I would do one type of job, but once I started it was totally different, and it’s awful. I can’t go back to my old employer. It took a long time to find this job, and it pays well, but the work is absolutely horrible. I’m so angry that they lied to me. I’ve spoken to other people at the company who have told me the same thing has happened to them, but they too feel trapped because they can’t find another job that pays as well. Can I do something here? –Jalen

VALLEY: First of all, your question was the first time I heard the term “catfished” applied to a hiring situation, which made me curious. The term is usually applied to a deception where a person assumes a false identity online to sue a victim. I learned from a writer on cybersecurity issues, Nathan Daniels, that “catfished” was popularized by a 2010 documentary about a “young man tricked by a woman with a fake Facebook profile.” Daniels goes on to explain how the term originated much earlier: Surprisingly, it comes from shipping live cod. The shipper would cast catfish to hunt cod, thus keeping them active and therefore cooler. Hence the association of the term with being hunted.

JT: As for the question, it unfortunately happens that when companies struggle to hire, they distort jobs. They say everything they need to get you to join the company and assume you won’t leave too soon as employees have been asked to stay put to avoid coming across as a “jumper”. use “. I don’t agree 100%. Start looking for a job right away. When asked if you’ll be at your new job for a short time, just tell the truth. Just try to keep the emotion out of it. You don’t need to tell a new employer how angry you are for lying. Stick to the facts and stay objective, but definitely get a new job! The best revenge on a company like this is turnover.

VALLEY: This may take some time, so do what you can with what you have. Volunteer for corporate projects that will help you learn or add new skills. During this time, network with former employees of the company to see how they made the transition. Use your employer while he uses you.

Dear JT & Dale: I am looking to get back into the industry I worked in over 20 years ago. But, I was told that you shouldn’t put work over 20 years old on your resume. What can I do to show that I have worked in this industry and have the necessary skills while following these resume design guidelines? – Sand

VALLEY: JT is the resume expert, and she’ll have some great advice, but let me add this: extensive experience is not your advantage in landing a job in our other new economy. On the contrary, your contacts and former colleagues are your advantage. You have a lot of them and they won’t need your CV.

JT: As for the CV, it’s true that people are told not to include experience of more than 20 years. At the same time, there are exceptions. I think what you need is a “relevant work experience” section at the top of your resume, followed by your work history with jobs/dates in reverse chronological order. This way they can see that you have had this kind of experience in the past, but they will also see that you have worked in other areas. More importantly, I can tell you that online systems are likely to throw you out due to how old the experience is. So Dale is right about networking. But I would add this: in addition to former colleagues, you must directly contact the people at the employers for whom you wish to work. This way, you can explain to them firsthand your previous experience as well as your transferable skills from work you have done more recently.

Jeanine “JT” Tanner O’Donnell is a career coach and founder of the leading career site Dale Dauten is the founder of The Innovators’ Lab and the author of an HR novel, “The Weary Optimist”. Please visit them at, where you can email questions, or write to them c/o King Features Syndicate, 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2022 by King Features Syndicate, Inc .

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