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When you’re asked to train someone for the job you should have gotten

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Q: “I recently applied for the supervisory position in my department, but management selected an applicant from outside the company. Although my boss said I was not qualified for the position, he has now asked me to train the woman who was hired. If he thinks I’m not qualified, how can he expect me to train someone else?”  Rejected

A: While your confusion is understandable, your manager’s request actually does make sense. External candidates are typically chosen for their management expertise, industry experience, or some other useful attribute. What they lack, however, is an understanding of their new surroundings. As a knowledgeable insider, you are being asked to orient this woman to the company, not teach her how to supervise.

Although your recent rejection may have left you feeling slightly resentful, you need to recognize that training your boss presents a valuable opportunity. Not only will she see that you are well-regarded, but you will also be able to impress her with your competence and helpful spirit. If you handle this interaction wisely, she might even recommend you for the next supervisory opening. 

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Debbie September 14, 2015 at 8:37 am

I sympathize with you. I was asked to train for a position in April because the woman was retiring and now I have been doing the job on my own since early June. At the time of my training, there was no money in the budget to hire for the position so I was offered a small dual-position raise to do the new job but to still stay under my old department and help out there when needed. In August money was available to hire for the position, but do to a technicality with my application, I could not even be considered for my job. The dean went ahead and hired my replacement and expects me to “assist in the spirit of cooperation” after I go back to my department under a different supervisor than the position I am currently in. I feel like I was taken advantage of to take care of things as an interim only without the standard pay and the dean was looking for any excuse not to keep me in my position. She said she could have re-posted the position so that I could have applied again with the college’s standards but that she was afraid the budget money wouldn’t be there, so she had to hire someone. It’s messed up and apparently there is not a darn thing I could do. Swallow my pride and assist or stand up for my convictions and refuse…and probably get fired.

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