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How Flexible Should You Be When Accepting a Job?

How Flexible Should You Be When Accepting a Job?

Margaret Steen | Monster

What’s Most Important to You?

Perhaps you’d be willing to take less money as long as you got the title and authority you wanted. A longer commute may be more palatable if you can telecommute some of the time.

“You really need to do all this thinking — what are the trade-offs you are willing to make in order to be employed?” said Libby Pannwitt, principal of the Work Life Design Group in San Carlos, California.

Will This Job Help in the Long Term As Well As the Short Term?

Consider what you’d like to be doing several years from now — and whether this job could help you get there.

“I really believe that a lot of people panic and get anxious about short-term needs and forget all about their long-term goals,” Levin said. If a job will give you an important new skill, for example, it may be worth making other trade-offs to take it.

“In a knowledge-based job market, learning is your quickest pathway, your best investment,” Levin said.

What’s the Alternative?

To know how flexible to be, you have to know the market. Long-term unemployment is hard on both careers and finances.

If you decide to wait for a better job, what will you be doing with your time while you’re waiting? “If you aren’t working for someone else, then work for yourself by treating your job search as a full-time endeavor,” Levin said.

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