Monday, October 4, 2010

Get a job, any job

I've mentioned this before, but I figure people might be more likely to believe me if I find more people saying the same thing:

Why Hunting for a Great Job Will Hurt Your Career

Full-time job hunting can be a depressing, long-term experience. Even if you have to take a job far below your abilities (and perhaps way below your income requirements), you should always make sure you have some sort of job. Then you can spend your spare time looking for the perfect job.

  • You'll avoid gaps in your resume.
  • There may be quick promotion opportunities at the suboptimal job, if you perform well.
  • There are better networking opportunities interacting with people at a bad job than sitting at home sending e-mails.
  • When you take a job beneath your abilities, you really don't need to treat it like a long-term commitment. Don't feel guilty when a better job comes along.
  • Not having even a bad job can easily lead to depression and feelings of worthlessness, which makes it even harder to get a job.
  • It's possible to waste a lot of time on the Internet. Anyone trying to spend all day job hunting on the Internet is going to get bored and start visiting sites of lower and lower quality while surfing. At the end of the day, you'll have done 30 minutes of job hunting and 8 hours of web surfing. You might as well spend those 8 hours doing actual work instead - and getting paid.
Remember of course that being unemployed can also be a great time to get additional training - even an additional degree, if you have the means.

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