I know this all too well! Fresh out of graduate school with my MPA, I was ready for my first career-oriented job. I had been with my company for two years, only late three times and went above and beyond to assist the team. When I graduated, I rightfully went to the woman in charge to talk about further career opportunities within the company. I was offered a job on the spot! Awesome right? I’ll get a cool salary, health benefits and a 401K plan. The job: an Administrative Assistant. I declined the offer; I knew that this position was not right for me for various reasons. I was thinking about my future and sanity, and this job did not sit well with me. So I decided to be patient and find something that I felt comfortable with. For you job seekers- don’t just take any job. Know your value and worth and fight for something that fits you. Learnvest has compiled a few reasons why you should second guess taking the first job that comes your way. Check them out below:
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The employer doesn’t respect you or value your time: take notes if the interviewers are extremely late to your appointment, unprofessional or in general just plain old’ rude. Think about what will happen if you make it into the company…this could be a sign of the unhealthy company culture.
Your career objectives and goals are compromised: a position should definitely help you grow in your career. Think about your goals and prioritize them. If the position will ultimately not allow you to progress or be challenged, then it may not be the right place for you.
The environment: scope out the environment you may be working, ask questions about the company and department culture. Look to see if the folks are dressed casually or if the employees socialize. If the environment seems a bit a off, definitely think about if this is the place you want to work in.
I’m not saying to be extra choosy, but choose wisely.