How To Identify A Conflict Of Interest

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Tough times call for tough measures on the part of the workaday warriors. Often this entails holding multiple jobs. While many people struggle to get just one job, walk around with weak (instead of compelling resumes) it is becoming more and more common for the employed to take on a second job to help make ends meet.

Some call it moonlighting while more just call it a sacrifice that needs doing. However, a conflict of interest can arise when two jobs clash, leaving you, the hard working stiff, caught in the crossfire between two occupations.

A conflict of interest is basically when one job intrudes on another. For instance, a conflict of instance usually occurs when an employee works for one company during the day but then heads over for a competitor during the night for a few hours. While it may seem like it makes sense to exercise your same skill set, albeit at competitors, to earn a paycheck, most employers frown on this conflict of interest because you are working for companies that are competing against each other. You have to be on one side or the other.

That’s why you’re ability to craft a resume that generates responses from employers is so important — you build a pipeline of employers waiting for you to leave so they can hire you.

Another type of clashing interest could be when one job is too tiring or operates at late hours, thereby affecting your performance at your other place of employment. This is the typical dilemma experienced by moonlighters who often need to work late hours to make ends meet. This in turn leaves them too drained to be productive at their daytime job.

Finally, another form of multiple interests conflicting is when the workplace ethics of one job are contradicted by a second job. For  instance, if you work at your church or some other sober institution, your superiors may frown on your second job as a bartender or bouncer at a dance club. The two jobs are simply operating in different spheres and if one finds out about the other, trouble can arise.

So, how do you avoid a conflict of interest from arising? The best way is to be mindful of each job’s standards of conduct. You often sign these when you start working and it never hurts to keep yourself informed. Being prepared can pay off big time since covering your bases can help prevent you having to quit one of your jobs.

It sucks having multiple jobs and a conflict of interest rarely arises. However, when it does it often causes a world of hurt, forcing you to choose between occupations. Play it safe and keep yourself informed to avoid any sticky situations in the long run.

Any instances of a conflict of interest in your experiences? Sound off below and let us know.

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