Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job.
Occasionally, one would pop up that would seem almost right. It would have a great job description, but there was something off about it – whether it was the hiring manager or the company wasn’t offering a competitive salary. Many parts of the job would be great, but it didn’t feel like the right fit.
I would tell my mentor about the jobs I was considering and discuss the pros and cons of each. If a job seemed like the wrong fit, he would encourage me to walk away. The thought of turning down an offer without another in hand was nerve-racking. He would then remind me, “Jobs are like buses. Just wait; another one is always coming.”
He felt it was more important to find the right fit rather than take the first job that came along. Looking back, this was wise advice. You typically don’t choose to marry your first date, so why would you commit to your first job offer?
Often, we want to accept any job when we’re feeling desperate. We think that anything would be better than our current job or no job at all – even if it is just for a short time.
The problem with this strategy is that your next job may have just as many problems as your current job, if not more. As the saying goes, sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.
More importantly, though, planning to take a job for a short time forces you to explain why you’re looking for a new job just after accepting one.
When you choose to wait and select the right job, you’ll be able to focus on the positive aspects of that job when interviewing or negotiating an offer. And, you’ll also likely want to stay there for more than just a short time.
When you’re having a tough day job searching, try to remember that jobs are like buses. Just wait. Another one is coming, and you want to be sure you get on the right one.
– Angela Copeland is a career expert and the founder of Copeland Coaching. copelandcoaching.com