Should You Accept A Job You Don’t Want?

Should You Accept A Job You Don’t Want?

It can be great news when hearing you’ve got the job, but what if it’s a job you might not be fully committed to?

The team looks at a topical recruitment subject of a candidate taking a job they don’t really want.

Harriet Wilson, Assistant Operations Manager says, “I would say that you shouldn’t accept a job you don’t want unless personal circumstances are critical. Stability is important for everyone, but be aware that treating work as a continual stepping stone, does not instil confidence and reliability to a hiring manager, in fact, it can taint a reputation.”

“It is better to accept roles you want, not because you have to.”

Jordan Ball, Senior Industrial Recruitment Consultant, shares from the temp side. “When looking at CV, skillsets and longevity in work is something I tend to pay more attention to. In the temp space, it can be acceptable to take a role you may not be fully attached to. For instance, a priority to pay off a student or credit card loan, or trying to save for something does put priority over the immediate job. However, I’d say it can become a risky strategy when it comes to the temp to perm and permanent market. Remember, not every job has to be your dream job.”

Karen Jayne Harris, Senior Consultant, acknowledges that looking for a new job is not easy, but you need to be open-minded, “If a candidate is experiencing hard times, then naturally income becomes the driver. However, a new role has to encompass what you want. For instance, if a job you are about to accept might not feel perfect, but make sure you explore the development of the role. If you are about to take the job for the sake of a job, what is likely to happen is that you’ll be in the same position in a few months.”

“Salary, benefits and company culture always play a big role when it comes to a decision. Don’t think of a job as just a stepping stone to a brighter future. Understand how training and development can support your happiness, confidence and progression. Where you are now could be different in 18 months time at the company you are about to commit to.”

A checkered CV could raise some eyebrows and employers are always more inclined to have staff with a strong work history. Whilst there can be circumstances to take the job offered, whilst not feeling fully committed, think about what you want and not just where you are today, but the opportunity that can develop over the coming months and years.

Work is a big part of our lives, we all deserve a place to be happy with the decisions we all make.