Should I accept the job offer or should I wait for a better one?

Finding a good job right now requires a lot of efforts. You prepare your CV and motivation letters, search for job offers, research companies, contact recruitment agencies, talk to friends and families for possibilities they might know about, make tests, go to interviews once, twice… three times… and even so you do not get feedback or you are rejected…


All of this takes a lot of time and might be rather frustrating. Finally you get a job offer and you can relax. But is this truly the job you have been looking for? Complex times might call for compromise and certain lowering of standards when considering whether or not to accept a certain job offer or not. Nevertheless, there is always the question: “Should I stay or should I go?”.

Evaluating a job proposal will help you organize your own priorities. The decision might depend on many things: whether it covers your requirements, how long have you been unemployed, how long can you afford to continue searching, etc. You need to figure out what are the most important things for you at this particular moment, what can you compromise with and for how long. How satisfied are you with the salary, the social bonuses, the corporate environment, the possibilities for growth, stability, your potential future boss, and above all what it is that you like and what it is that you do not like about what you would be expected to do daily. Your priorities are up to you to define.

Even though the job offer might not be your dream job or the payment might be lower than expected, you should also keep in mind that there is a rather elevated risk that there wouldn’t be any other offers coming in as easily as they did a few years back.

Studies show that it becomes a growing tendency that even highly qualified and experienced professionals might be looking for a new job for over 3 months, a mean that used to be much lower before the beginning of the crisis. It is often the case that at the beginning of the unemployed period the criteria for selection set by the candidate are rather high and with time they would go moderating and changing them to fit the actual job market.
Thus, you should sit down and carefully consider the alternatives and objectively identify the pros and cons of any new professional challenges. Here is some advice on how to best do that by recruitment specialists.

Think carefully and if you consider you need to give up too much do not do it.

Taking a job has long term consequences and should never be taken lightly. The positive side is that you will be starting immediately – having prolonged unemployed periods on your CV is often seen negatively by recruiters. Further, you will have a job, a salary and the comfort that you are in a safe place during the harsh crisis we are going through.

There are negatives, too. You will always be working thinking: “What if….” May be your job is not challenging enough, you are not using all your knowledge or skills, you do not get to practice your foreign languages or you consider your salary to be lower than deserved. In other words, you are not completely motivated to deliver, and willingly or not this would affect your work. You have started a job with the idea to quit. Thus, you are likely to be adding another short-term position on your CV – something HR specialists are getting increasingly sensitive about and will most likely work against you in the future.

Thus, if you are confronted with such a situation, think carefully, put the positives and the negatives on the balance, evaluate your situation objectively and make the best decision you can based on that.


The Team

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