Job Title Description
I was completely psyched for the interview. The job title description sounded thrilling. They were looking for something that they called a “creative consultant.” Apparently, the job was to help clients to come up with alternate ideas for managing their business models. The job title descriptions told me that I would be able to work with a great deal of autonomy. Apparently, as long as I could get the goods and improve productivity within the companies that I was hired out to, I would receive promotion after promotion. I was only answerable to my boss and my clients.
I suppose that I was being a little bit naïve to put as much stock in the job title description as I did, but after all, it was my first gig out of business school, and I was anxious to get going. The job salary was outstanding for a first year employee (assuming the commissions accumulated as quickly as they were supposed to) and the company was reputable. All in all, it looked like the job title description of a good gig.
What I did not realize was that I was looking at a job title description for a standard consulting job. It was the most overwritten business consulting description, and I was being set up for a big disappointment. You see, what the job title description did not tell me is just how much I was expected to change things in order to get those commission. Unless my clients and my boss gave me the most glowing reviews in history, I would not be getting anywhere any time soon. In short, I had gotten myself into a miserable little corner of the entry level job world. Worse still, I had labeled myself as a sucker, easy to lure in with unrealistic promises.
I had thought that, since the job title description seemed to have so many concrete facts, it was accurate. I did not think about the fact that they were willing to take a chance on me, a business school graduate with little professional experience. If the job position was even half as good as the job title description made it out to be, it would be in hot demand. They would be looking for seasoned pros and not fresh faced youngsters like me. I guess that I should have thought more deeply about the fact that the job title description seemed too good to be true. I should have been more skeptical.