5 Reasons to Take the Job You Don't Want
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5 Reasons to Take the Job You Don't Want

by Jaclynn Knecht
Photos Joanne Pio | April 07, 2016

ENOUGH ABOUT ONLY WORKING IN A JOB THAT "SPARKS YOUR PASSION." SOMETIMES, THE IDEAL JUST ISN’T THERE WHEN YOU WANT—AND THAT’S OK.

"If you find something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Unless your dream job happens to fall into your lap, there are going to be bumps along your career path. Unfortunately, those bumps may include jobs or positions that you’re not so interested in taking, which begs the question is there ever a good reason to take a job that you don't want?

Consider these five times when your head may need to overrule your heart:

YOU LACK WORK EXPERIENCE & WANT TO BOOST YOUR RESUME

Whether you’re a recent graduate, re-entering the workforce, or simply have a gap in employment, a seriously-lacking resume will hurt your application. If this is the case, you may want to consider taking a position that you previously discredited. Employers tend to hire those that are currently in the work force, so taking a position while continuing to conduct your job search might just be the way to go.

YOU LOVE THE COMPANY & WANT TO GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR

Ok, the position you’ve been offered isn’t in your field of interest, doesn’t pay well, and includes excruciatingly long hours, but it's at a company you're really passionate about. They offer incredible opportunities for growth, development, and promotion, so... do you consider taking the position? Absolutely. Chances are, if you’re performing well and get along with your co-workers and supervisors, you may not be in the position for very long. Besides, who’s afraid of a little bit of hard work, if it can lead to greener pastures?

Employers tend to hire those that are currently in the work force, so taking a position while continuing to conduct your job search might just be the way to go.

IT’LL HELP DEVELOP SKILLS YOU’LL NEED

If, at any point in your career, you decide to change fields, taking a position that could develop your skills may be the answer. {click to tweet} It may not be the position that you were hoping for, but if it's a stepping-stone to something better in the future, it’s definitely worth considering. Obviously, you’re not going to jump to the top of the ladder when you’re new to a profession, so you should be willing to develop your skills and do the grunt work in order to get to where you want to be!

YOUR SUPERVISOR IS A GOLIATH

This is the “The Devil Wears Prada” scenario: it isn’t your dream job, but the person you’ll be working for, although demanding and overbearing, is revered and celebrated. They could also be the person to set you up with your dream job. Think of it this way: looking at a full year on the calendar, you know it’ll be hellish and hard, but when it’s over, you could be sitting pretty in the career you’ve always imagined. Would the year be worth it? Would you take the position? I think we all know the answer to this one!

YOUR FINANCES DICTATE IT

Let’s face it; most of us need to be working. Like me, you’ve probably got bills to pay, and can’t afford to drop everything and search for your dream job. You may not want to take a position that you’ve been offered, you may need to take it, and that’s okay. {click to tweet} Your survival is paramount to your interests, especially in a moment like this. You haven’t been defeated, and it doesn’t mean you’ll be in the position forever—it just means easing some of your more pressing, financial burdens.

Taking a job you don’t want is never an ideal situation, for anyone, but discounting the position before you’ve weighed your options could do more harm than good! You never know, that job you don’t want, might just lead to the one you do!

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Have you ever had to take a position you weren't super jazzed about? How did it turn out?