(Closed) Declining job opportunities

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You are right, finding a job is a difficult task.  To put it simply, I would advise you to: take advantage of these opportunites available to you internally.  If this really is not your passion, start applying for jobs while working your new assignment and feel blessed to know you have these options.

Post # 4
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Papillon23:  I agree with this advice.  After I graduated, it took a year and a half for me to get a job!  It was terrible.  However, you DO have options, and I would take advantage of that opportunity.

The stories are depressing.  The fact that these new graduates have ever increasing amounts of student loan debt does not help.

Post # 5
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Take the job and then while you’re still employed look for a new job.

Never let a job go without getting a new job.

Post # 6
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Papillon23:  I agree. 

I’m a very practical person. I tried to put myself in your shoes, and the thought of turning down these “sure thing” jobs makes me cringe. If you truly want to do something else, you can always apply for other jobs while working one of these jobs like Papillon23 said. Also, I know it’s not idealistic, but I remind myself all the time that sometimes a job is just a job. Sometimes the more practical things in life take precedence over idealism. You could always find a way to incorporate your interests into your free time through volunteer work, hobbies, etc. without putting yourself in a position of possible hardship.

Post # 9
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

In this economy, it is taking well educated professionals YEARS, not months, to find a new position. You could (and should) begin your search now, but I would not be optimistic enough to say that 5 months is more than enough time to find a new job – particularly if it is in a field that you do not have any direct experience in.

It is a better career move to take an offer that is certain and in the meantime continue to look for other opportunities elsewhere. Just because you commit to this new position does not mean that you cannot still put out resumes/cover letters (particularly if this job is not contracted – you can leave whenever you want, for any reason or no reason at all).

Also, something to think about: some hiring managers will only look at resumes from people who are currently employed. For example, my father’s company will not even consider interviewing a candidate that is not currently working – it sucks, but in this economy, the employer holds all the cards and job applications are a dime a dozen. . . actually, make that four dozen.

Talk to anyone who is an unemployed college graduate – or even an unemployed masters/professional student. Ask them about their job search in your area (not sure where you are located, but things might be different in your city/town than where I am located) – I think that may help put things in perspective for you and could help sway your decision.

Good luck on your search!

Post # 10
3786 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@PinkMagnolia:  “Never let a job go without getting a new job.”

Post # 11
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Having just quit my job I’m being picky about the next job I take. I realize the job market isn’t what it used to be but I’m finding it suprisingly easy to find something. In your case I don’t think it would hurt to maintain these people as your contacts but if you feel you can find something better for yourself (and if you’re anything like me) I would probably pursue other options. I quit last Tuesday and have had 2 job offers already that I’ve told the recruiter I needed to think about. I don’t want to trade one horrible job for the other.

Post # 12
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@masqueradestars:  If you’re afraid of not finding something once your 5 months are up, then I’d say take these assignments. 

I don’t want to leave these people hanging especially when they can find someone else who may be more interested in the positions. It’s not fair to them, and not fair to me.  <–That’s considerate of you, however, this whole job/career thing is a giant game we all have to play.  You ultimately have to put yourself first.  If that means you commit to these new opportunities, start working on the new projects, and end up finding a better job down the line, then so be it.  That means you would have a job you’d like, and they would find someone else for the position.  Just a part of the job cycle, really.

Post # 14
8 posts

Will the positions they are offering you eventually end as well? If so, that could buy you some more time. Technically you wouldn’t owe them anything if you accepted and then found a different job in the next five months before the new job started. Although, I could see how you would feel bad.

I quit my job a few months ago to move with my FH. I haven’t had much luck finding a new job and after not looking for jobs for a few years, I can tell that employers are expecting a lot more from candidates that they were before. If you quit with no job lined up, be prepared to deal with the unexpected and feeling like you will never find something. Also, be 100% certain that you can manage financially for a while. I have a feeling I may never find a job and have been contemplating just going applying at Target and trying to not feel like a failure. I am living in a highly concentrated area with a very high unemployment rate, so that could be part of it too. But overall just be sure you won’t kick yourself for not taking one of the jobs.

Post # 16
8 posts

@masqueradestars:  Perfect! Best of luck to you with your decision. Do what will make you most happy! 🙂

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