I’ve been given a job offer after a month of being laid off but I’m not entirely excited about it. I go back & forth on this given everything going on, what advice would u give for weighing pros & con

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You have a job that will give you money. Something not everyone has right now. You can go into it with the best attitude you can and stick it out and make the best out of it. OR you can simply take it and look for something else while at the new job.

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I would take it and keep looking. The job market is pretty dismal right now and there’s a lot of competition for few roles. Plus, it’s a lot easier to find a job when you have one and who knows, you may end up liking it.

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Pros:
- Income
- Experience
- Something to do

Cons:
- 🤷‍♂️

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A crap job you hate is better than no job right now. Take the job. Then start looking for something else.

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TBH if unemployment + stimulus is close to the salary offered by the job, I might turn it down.

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Yeah, I filed for unemployment about a month ago and my claim has yet to be processed given the influx of UI files so it’s a bit hard to rely on that.

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This is a tough one. There are so many factors—market, financial situation, etc. My personal take is we are in for a rough ride thru at least fall 2021. If you think it’s at least doable without impacting your sanity, I’d say go for it. Look at it as a band aid until we get through this virus and the economy improves. Agencies aside, so many companies aren’t hiring right now. Your offer is a rare commodity these days.

I say this as someone who was looking to leave my company before the virus screwed the market—Now perspective has changed to the above...making it work until this storm passes. I hope this is helpful.

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@SL that’s exactly my situation. Was looking to leave before this all went down. Now I’m grateful to have a job.

OP as someone who generally takes a very “whatever will be will be” attitude, and wasn’t sweating potential layoffs two weeks ago I say take the job. It does feel like we’re in for a prolonged recession.

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Take it. It’s dark out there right now.

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Go for it, you don’t have to stay once you get in.

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Are you not excited about it because of the offer $ or the company or the career growth? Are you interviewing elsewhere or is this your only lead?

Pros: you’ll have a job, be able to pay rent, reduce stress from lack of income. We don’t know how long this will all last so I imagine gaining employment will just become more difficult.

Cons: I feel iffy saying any cons because there are plenty of people unemployed who need the income and would be excited to give their all to this job (even if you’re truly the best candidate which it sounds like you are since you got the offer!). If you know you really have the savings to withstand unemployment for a long time and feel like you’d be taking a step back in your professional goals, then sure, pass it up. I don’t think I’d be in the position to pass up a role if I become unemployed; it’s tough to give the same advice as if this weren’t happening during a pandemic.

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Industry vertical mainly but I’ve had a few other leads that ended up being frozen or filled internally (understandably so) and this seems to be a reoccurring theme as time passes with other job positngs so I’m trying to be realistic with the state of the market.

Your cons shared are helpful, thank you. I only have savings for a couple months and it’s hard to plan when there really isn’t a line of sight to this new world so I appreciate your perspective.

Just remember; once you’re there, you’re there. Leaving immediately won’t look good on your resumé, so you’re looking at potentially being some place you’re not excited about for the next year and a half/ two years. Maybe you could work out a freelance-to-hire deal with them?

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I haven’t really considered freelance but good point, I’m not sure if that option exists but worth exploring.

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It's time of COVID. If you can afford to be picky, all the power to you. If you need money now to sustain the next 6 months, you know what to do. Don't think of things/decisions having to be absolute - you don't like the job, move.

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Definitely, helpful to hear that — thank you.

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If you like to eat into your savings, don’t take it :)

Yeah this is what I go back and forth with just because it’s hard to plan when there really isn’t a time frame of when the job market with be better.

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