Have you put a lot of time and energy into your job search, only to end up with an offer that doesn’t thrill you? When it comes to the workforce, many candidates experience less than stellar offers from time to time, especially in the early stages of their careers. The important thing to remember is not to let an average job offer get you down, but rather, use it to propel you to further success. Here are some of the top reasons to accept a less-than-perfect job offer:
Relevant industry experience.
If you’ve been hoping to get a job in a certain industry, getting even an average job in the field can give you a major advantage in obtaining future employment. For example, if your goal is to become a property manager, accepting a job as an assistant or receptionist in a property management office can be invaluable to your career growth. A more entry-level job can provide significant experience, allowing you to acquire the necessary knowledge and confidence to navigate the field. In the growing property management field, there are a multitude of skills professionals must master to land higher roles, including customer service abilities, tenant communication; budget management; vendor management; scheduling and time management; and administration, among many others. Using a baseline job as means to acquire these skills and gain exposure to the nature of a property office will allow you to progress in the industry. The key here is to target jobs in the industry you aspire to be part of as leverage for advancement.
Mentorship and growth.
Sometimes the most mundane, seemingly uninspiring jobs can provide life-changing opportunities for growth. Though the job you’re being offered may not appeal to you in some respects, if it offers an environment of individuals and opportunities that will benefit you personally and professionally, it may be the perfect position for you to learn in a dynamic and forward-thinking workplace. Having a boss or teammates that provide mentorship, support, and the tools to learn will give you an edge both in the position and as you apply for future jobs either at the company or elsewhere. As you consider the offer, think about the employer’s mission, vision, and corporate culture. If the company itself offers a sense of vibrancy and innovation that can’t be commonly found elsewhere, these intangible benefits may outweigh some of the cons.
Job security and resume-building.
There are many jobs that, while they may not be ideal for the long-term, can help you maintain an income and build your resume. There are instances in which accepting an entry-level or lower-paying job will offer financial stability while you decide which type of career or industry you wish to pursue or as you make the decision whether to further your education. Additionally, the job can help you gain more experience and skills that will enhance your resume and make you more marketable for future positions. There’s no shame in taking on a role that will give you the means to make transitions in your life while earning money and growing your professional expertise.
If you’re solely focused on salary, you may be dismissing some amazing benefits that come along with an employment opportunity. In addition to pay, the employer may offer a multitude of benefits that can significantly enhance your quality of life. Some types of underrated benefits can include generous paid time off, flexible scheduling, remote work options, comprehensive health insurance, and employee health and wellness programs. In some cases, you may value these benefits more than the pay itself. If work-life balance is a top priority to you, a job that offers flexibility and affords you more freedom in your day-to-day routine may be a deal-maker for accepting a lower-paying job.
If you currently lack the right set of skills or expertise for your intended career path, taking a position that provides on-the-job training may be the perfect fit. From greater job satisfaction to higher levels of motivation, there is a tremendous value to receiving formal training from an employer while getting paid on the job. This can be especially useful if you’re in the process of switching career paths and need to learn about new methods or technologies (such as advanced types of computer software). Rather than seek education from external sources, you’ll enjoy learning directly from individuals at the organization in which you can refine and expand your skills and gain the knowledge you need to excel in your intended industry.
These are just a few of the many reasons to consider accepting a job offer that may not have been your first choice. No matter where you are in your career, having an open mind and considering a variety of options will allow you to expand your horizons and ultimately help you reach new heights.
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Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.