Thursday, December 12, 2013

Decem-Blog-A-Thon: Will Just "Any Job" Do?

In a tight job market, most unemployed--or under-employed--people just simply want to get a job, any job.

But according to a recent post in "The Confident Career" blog, just getting "any job" just won't do these days.  Employers are looking for someone who have what it takes to get the job done, not someone who will keep a desk or cubicle warm for eight hours a day, 40 hours a week.

For example, suppose you're looking for someone to keep the carpet in your house clean, what problem are you solving? Easy. Someone who's not only qualified, but also experienced, in providing the necessary materials to clean your carpet, looking its best every time. In other words, you don't want to rely on the services of someone that doesn't know how to do the job right. Right?

The same thing applies to job seekers applying for any job. Did we say "any job" in that last sentence?  Applying for jobs you're not even close to being qualified can actually do you more harm than good.  Again, employers will only hire the most serious job seekers, not someone who wants--or even needs--a job, simply for the sake of wanting a job.

Which leads to the main question. Will just "any job" do? Or the right job?

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