Job seeker flexibility is important in a tight job
market; but how flexible should you be?
One of the biggest career decisions a job seeker will make is whether or
not to take a step down in their next position.
Because “step down” jobs can harm a job seeker’s future employment
prospects, they should not be taken without carefully weighing the
consequences. Let’s take a look at a few questions a job seeker should ask
themselves before taking a job which is significantly beneath their previous
types of employment:
Bad Is Your Financial Situation?
If you’re unable to pay your basic living expenses,
then it may be necessary to take whatever job you can get. However, any job
seeker taking an emergency job should have an exit plan. Remember, don’t stop sending resumes and
going to interviews even after you’ve accepted the “step down” job.
Does The “Step Down” Job Benefit You In The Long-Term?
The short-term benefit of taking a job beneath your
skills and experience is obvious – the ability to get income right away. However, the job should also offer some
longer term benefits especially if you plan to remain there for a year or
longer. Will the job teach you a new skill?
Will it offer you experience in a field of interest to you? Whatever the benefits are, take note and be
sure to exploit those benefits once you’re hired.
The “Step Down” Job Costing You Money?
One of the negatives of taking a job beneath your
skills and experience is that it can end up costing you financially. Ask yourself the following questions: How much will it cost to commute? Will the job’s salary cover the cost of child
care? Will you earn enough to save and
invest in retirement? Does the job require travel or further training but fails
to offer reimbursement?