I’m not a full-time blogger. I’d love to be, but for now I write at night and on the weekends.
I currently work a day job as a recruiter for a national staffing company. Some might call it a career. I spend my days on the phone talking to prospective and past consultants, looking at resumes, and getting lots and lots of e-mail.
It is from this unique position that I get to see a small section of the economy – who is hiring and firing in our area. I speak to both employed and unemployed individuals every day. Some people are looking for career change. Others are looking for a paycheck.
Unemployed? Take Any Job!
I’ve been recruiting for three years now and it never ceases to amaze me to hear the responses we get from some unemployed individuals that we call regarding open positions. When you call these people you can hear the TV on in the background. I imagine them sitting in their underwear eating Cheetos. “Nah, that’s not for me”, they say. I sigh and hang up the phone.
There are a multitude of reasons to not turn down a potential job opportunity.
Unemployment Will Run Out. For starters, you are unemployed. You shouldn’t turning down anything. Those unemployment benefit checks will not last forever.
Taking a Job Avoids a Huge Gap on Your Resume. For those in the professional workforce having a big gap on your resume doesn’t look good to prospective employers. In the past, having a six month gap would be a very bad sign. Times were good. Why couldn’t you get a job?
Employers are a little more understanding these days with the recession we are all living through. Nonetheless, the smaller the gap on your resume the better. Get back into the workforce as soon as possible and avoid a huge gap on your resume.
A Potential Job Isn’t Guaranteed to Work Out. Just because a recruiter or human resource representative is calling you doesn’t mean you’ve got the job. You still have to interview and compete with other candidates. Holding out for the “right job” doesn’t guarantee you will be selected to interview for that job.
Your Emergency Fund Won’t Last Forever. If you’ve been reading Cash Money Life for some time you’ve picked up on the idea that you need an emergency fund. If you lose your job you can rely on unemployment and your emergency fund. But your emergency fund will run out eventually.
If I lost my job I would be willing to take just about anything to help pay my monthly expenses and stretch out my emergency fund. If this meant working at a home improvement store for $10 per hour I would do it (and work 80 hours per week!). If it meant joining a landscaping crew and working out in the heat I would do it. You should have the same mentality.
You Can’t Recover Lost Income. This is the biggest reason of all you should never turn down a potential job. The income you are missing out on today by being unemployed can never be recovered. Ever.
Intrigued? Stick around, subscribe, and come back next week. I’ll run through the math on lost income through unemployment.