Should You Take A Job That Isn’t Your Dream?


How do you know if you should accept a job offer if it isn’t your dream job?

The job hunt can be a very challenging experience. If you don’t have a strategy in place for your job search, it’s tempting to say ‘yes’ to the first offer simply because you are tired of searching. 

If you don’t have a strategy in place, create a career strategy now. This will help you stay focused on your short and long-term goals. Once you have your strategy set, it’s time to evaluate the job offer itself. 

Should You Accept The Job Offer?
This article from Business Insider offers great advice on whether or not accepting a job offer is the best decision for you. If you accept a position, it should help you achieve your future career goals, even if it isn’t your dream job. 

Here are a few pointers from the article to help you decide if the job is right for you:

Yes if: It will help you achieve big goals down the line
No if: You’re delaying important goals by taking it

Sometimes you need to pay your dues, but if it’s not part of the larger plan it will not benefit you in the long-run.

Yes if: You’re going to get career-building experience
No if: It’s a lateral move

Beefing up your resume is always a great way to reach your end goals. Just make sure it’s not from a similar to your current job or there will be no valuable experience gained.

Yes if: You’re unemployed and have been applying with no success
No if: You’re gainfully employed and don’t think this will make you any happier

Taking in the logistics of your current situation is an important consideration. If you have been unemployed for a while, taking the position could be your best bet. If you already have a job, think about passing on this opportunity.

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Posted on July 11, 2018 and filed under Search Strategy.