It’s never easy applying for a new job: not only do you have to dedicate some serious time to your CV and LinkedIn profile, but you also have to trawl through the hundreds of adverts and work out which one is the best fit for you. Then it’s job interview prep (what to wear? What to say?), salary negotiations and the like. Finally, if you land it, there’s a trial period – which gives your new boss a chance to see if you’re right for the role, and you a chance to see if, y’know, you actually like the company that’s hired you.
It’s a long process – and one which can feel pretty tiresome, particularly if that first tempting ad turns out to be something of an embellishment. Maybe the “private office” you were promised is more of a cubby, the “large team” you were set to manage is, at most, two people, and the “exciting travel opportunities” are less Paris, more a slog to Slough. Whatever the little white lie, it can leave you feeling hugely disappointed.
Little surprise then that this painfully honest job advert, apparently published by mistake, has gone viral. Because it fills applicants in on all the nitty-gritty bad points way before they ever sit down to interview.
Check it out:
It’s certainly informative, isn’t it?
Naturally, the poster realised their mistake when the tweet started blowing up, and the position was quickly withdrawn from the recruitment site.
UPDATE: The position has been filled? pic.twitter.com/AHu4mMfyjD— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) September 29, 2017
But, of course, this being the internet, it was too late for that. And the ad – which has been screengrabbed and shared widely on Twitter – has left many feeling concerned.
Yikes there are so many red flags in one posting— Sarah Rogers (@sarahnrogers) September 30, 2017
Yes, some took issue with the “wonky” maths:
Next, the ad says they've 22 editors @ $2200 ea., but would rather spend $40-45k; same thing, but for ONE person to do the work of 22!— AltPooetryman (@POOetryman) October 1, 2017
The math is wonky, for starters. $22/hr x 10 hrs = $220, not $2200.— AltPooetryman (@POOetryman) September 30, 2017
"We're unwilling to pay for a real photog, and Melissa ain't one anyway. Would you take a pittance if it comes with the title editor'?"— Charlie Hall (@Charlie_L_Hall) September 29, 2017
But the majority of the online community was worried about just one thing – Melissa’s wellbeing.
Nah, the job poster f'ed up, the magazine had to take it down &Melissa is gonna be screwed for the foreseeable future... #GiveMelissaARaise— Rosetta Drone (@RosettaDrone) September 30, 2017
Melissa is DOING EVERYTHING— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) September 29, 2017
Melissa is totally burned out. She told me. And Tom and Joel don't know what they are doing. She is done with the office drama, obvs.— Kathleen M. (@MommaKatMont) September 29, 2017
It's obvi that Melissa is so over the office drama. Let's be honest, @ some point in our professional careers we have ALL been the Melissa.— Miss Bossy Boots: ♥️ (@StayWoke_____) September 30, 2017
Tom doesn’t seem to understand payroll taxes, insurance or other benefits in this cost analysis, but yes Melissa needs help.— Robb (@Korinke) October 1, 2017
Haven’t we all been Melissa at one point? #teammelissa— Lori Niles Hofmann (@loriniles) October 2, 2017
We’ve all been Melissa at some point – but, while we can do everything we put our minds to, that doesn’t mean we should.
So how do we deal with a full-blown stress burnout?
American Psychological Association’s David Ballard PsyD describes job burnout as “an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.”
He told Forbes: “A lot of burnout really has to do with experiencing chronic stress. In those situations, the demands being placed on you exceed the resources you have available to deal with the stressors.”
To combat this, Ballard suggests making sure you unplug at the end of the day (no out-of-hours emails), focus on leaving the office on time and prioritise relaxation.
Above all else, though, you need to figure out when enough is enough and talk to your manager or HR about EAP services, mental health benefits or stress management training – or at least about how to improve communication and create a better, more positive work environment.
“I do think there are times when, no matter what you try to do, the organisation is unable or unwilling to make those changes,” Dr. Ballard says, “and in those cases, it is just time to move on.”
To find out more on the unavoidable signs of stress-induced burnout – and how to combat them – click here.