With unemployment still higher than normal, you may be faced with a tough decision. Do you hold out for your ideal job or do you go the practical route and take something less than ideal in exchange for steady income? Of course in the best of all worlds, you would find your ideal job quickly at the pay that you want, and obviously some people have been able to find that combination. But for those who do not have time on their side and need to earn an income quickly, it may come down to what they are willing to sacrifice.
The right job
Even though you can often find the right job by willing to be mobile, you may be in a position where you have other commitments that keep you from moving to the other side of the country for your dream job. If that is the case, you may need to find something that is still in your field even though it is not doing the type of work that ideally you would like to do.
For example, you may need to take a step back in terms of your position and/or pay in order to stay employed. This is challenging for some people because it is difficult to accept that after paying your dues to get to where you are in your career, you may need to take a step back. But if you are on the edge of your own fiscal cliff, taking a step back is the smartest thing you can do.
The right company
Obviously it would be great to get the right job at the right company, but it may be to your benefit to find a job with a company that is a great fit for you. You can then either work your way into another position that is a better fit for you or recommend that the company create a job that meets their needs as well as yours. After being in the company for a while, you will be in a better position to create your own job because you will know the company from the inside and you will have proved your worth.
The right industry
It may be necessary in some cases to take a not so ideal job in a growing industry just to get your foot in the door. Many people have had to switch industries because the industries they were in have tightened considerably as a result of the economic downturn. In such cases, getting into the new industry is the most important thing since many employers are hesitant to hire outsiders.
It usually takes a lot of networking and learning the lingo of the new industry in order to make yourself appealing to employers in a new industry. However, it makes sense to invest the time and effort to do this because a growing industry will present more opportunity for you going forward.
Depending on your situation, you may or may not be able to land your ideal job immediately. But you can still work towards it by positioning yourself appropriately in the right company and/or the right industry.
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