Monday, February 2, 2009

Searching for the right opportunity?

One of the responses to the recent Boulder Net employment survey was regarding a job with fewer responsibilities, at lower pay, than one was laid off from. The commenter said that it was better to have a decent employment while continuing to search for the right opportunity. I think there is no right or wrong answer here and the approach heavily depends not only personal situation but also on the overall market prospects.

Recently in the Wall Street Journal Career section a similar question was raised regarding taking on part-time or hourly jobs while searching for the right opportunity.

To decide whether to hold out -- and for how long -- your husband needs to look at the overall health of his chosen career path. Is it getting better or worse? Will there be other, better offers down the line? "If employment prospects in his prior industry or occupation are poor, it might be wise for him to go back to work as soon as possible and start building new experience on a job that will result in higher future wages,"
The one key point is the risk of allowing oneself to be overwhelmed by the current job leaving no time for career development. When taking a part-time or other jobs one has to conscientiously allocate time for their networking and career search.

What do you think?
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