In recent years, many university students and fresh graduates have taken jobs that they didn’t want, just to cover their living expenses, while others have remained unemployment for months. Economist Rand Ghayad, in a 2014 study, shows that the shorter the unemployed time is, the higher chance a job is landed, and the longer the unemployed time the more unlikely it is a job will be found.
Andrea Kay, a career expert and author of This is How to Get Your Next Job says before taking a job you don’t love, “it’s important to reassess your strategy.”
So if you’re struggling with whether to wait for the “right” job or take the “right now” job, here are a few steps to help you choose:
Step up your game
You sent hundreds of CV’s went to several interviews and got a lot of rejections and no offers. Take a step back and think about what is the problem and what you could do to change it. Remember the old adage, if you carry on doing what you’re doing, you’ll carry on getting what you’re getting.
The problem might be in the way you dress for interviews or being more unspecific about your experiences in your cover letter and CV template. The way you dress, your CV and cover letter should depend on which field, position and company you are applying for. Do thorough research; don’t just send out the same CV to everyone.
Ask your friends for their honest input about your assets, especially those who used to work with you in team projects and group assignments at university.
Kay has noted that demonstrating your interest in the field by sharing ideas, discussing industry news or talking about recent projects you’ve worked on, shows your enthusiasm in working for the company and the turnover rate will be low if they choose you.
Set a deadline
Working outside of your field might not be your first choice, but after a few months, it could be the smartest decision, according to Ghayad’s 2014 study. Ghayad found that the longer a person stayed unemployed, the less likely he or she found a job in any industry, regardless of experience.
On average, a person who had been unemployed for one to three months was over eight times more likely to get an interview request for a job in his or her industry than an applicant who had been unemployed for more than six months.
Take the opportunity to reassess
After trying for a long time without results, how about starting a deeper kind of searching and think about another path.
One graduate started to apply for her desired job in the PR industry right after graduating, but the tough job market didn’t bring the job to her. Finally she decided to try acting, something she’d always loved but never dared pursue. Now she’s doing commercials, music videos and student films.
Although it’s easy to feel discouraged to find the jobfit to your expectation, keep your mind open with new opportunities. You might be surprised when you find something outside of your field that’s also a good fit.