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Should You Settle For a Job?

The Unemployment Debate: To Settle or Not to Settle?

Although experts claim the recession is over, a whopping 84 percent of you beg to differ. This morning, a local public radio show in SF tackled the topic, and opinions were pretty divided there, too.

One of the questions raised on the show was whether unemployed Americans should be taking a little extra time to find a job that’s the right fit, or whether they should jump at the first opportunity that comes their way, even if they’re overqualified. Researcher David Henderson supported the latter approach, but others disagreed; "I didn’t go to college to become a Wal-Mart greeter," one caller protested.

What are your thoughts? If you were (or are!) in this situation, would you rather stay on unemployment longer to find a job that matches your skill level? Or would you prefer to get back into the workforce ASAP, no matter the job?

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Choco-cat Choco-cat 7 years
My husband looked for work for 1 1/2 years. He would have taken anything offered, he certainly applied for just about anything - but no one would give him anything. People mention part-time and/or retail but those jobs have been hit by the recession as well and are not hiring either. It's rough, really really rough out there.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
When I was unemployed, I had the luxury of being able to look for something that was more my skill level because my husband was bringing in good money, but if I had no option, I would have just taken some retail job or something to earn money.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
There's a difference between waiting 2-3 months and waiting 2-3 years.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
If I ever found myself unemployed, I would probably find a part-time retail job right away so I could have income, but still have the flexibility to look for jobs when I needed to and to go on interviews. Also, having worked pretty extensively in retail on and off (sometimes full time, sometimes part time) over the past 8 years, I've found that most managers will hire someone they think fits the bill, even if they get the impression that person won't be around for more than a few months (at least for part time gigs). There's such high employee turnover anyway, so it tends not to be a huge issue. And, for me, being able to work part time in retail would allow me to really shop around for the best career-track job. I would feel much worse (and I'm sure it would hurt my career much more) if I left a job that was in my field after only a few months than if I left a part time retail job after only a few months.
TimesnLatte TimesnLatte 7 years
I'm willing to take a job for which I'm overqualified, but no one is willing to give me one. I'm sure they think that I will leave as soon as something better comes along, and that's probably true.
MsTwirlySkirts MsTwirlySkirts 7 years
I took the first job that came my way after 8 months of job searching. I had to take a bit of a pay cut and it's not my dream job, but its a paycheck and at the same level career wise as my last job. I will eventually move onto finding a job I really enjoy:)
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