Did you ever think of getting a “Band-Aid Job”?
So, you’ve left your job. For one reason or another, things just didn’t work out. Or the company isn’t doing well. Maybe that new management that was brought in sucks or you got in a disagreement with your boss. Maybe you got laid off.
Yes, these things happen… ALL of the time.
The initial reaction is almost always the same. You are PISSED OFF. This wasn’t supposed to happen! Suddenly, you find yourself saying “I will never take a job like that again”! You tell your friends how completely unfair the situation was. Then you stew about it. Soon, you get angrier.
Then, something happens.
You aren’t getting any responses from the jobs in which you are applying. A month goes by… Then two… three… THEN… “Holy crap! It has been 6 months. What am I going to do??”
Reality sets in. Maybe I can’t get the job that I wanted? Maybe I am stuck in this dead end career forever?!
Hold on. MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS. Let’s talk about this for a second.
I’m going to define a word that won’t be in Webster’s dictionary. It won’t be found on Wikipedia.
A Band-Aid Job is a job to help stop the bleeding when you need a job the most. It may not be your most ideal job, but will be a job where you can make money quickly. It is a job that is temporary until you find the job that you have ultimately been seeking.
I am a huge fan getting a Band-Aid Job. If you want to hear my story, read it HERE. Just because you lost your job and can’t find a job immediately does NOT mean you aren’t qualified to find a job. Finding the “right job” just takes time.
Here are 7 reasons a Band-Aid Job is good for your career:
1. You Won’t Deplete Your Savings
Swallow your pride here. In some instances you will get a severance. In others, you may get paid your PTO balance or get paid your commissions early. Regardless, the quicker you get a job, the more money you can save and put away in the bank. Rather than waiting and looking 6 months later, take a brief break and get after it. Then use the money they give you at a time when you need it most.
2. You Won’t Have a Gap in Your Resume
As a recruiter, I can tell you: the longer you are unemployed the more questions will arise in the interview process. So don’t take the first job given to you. But if you’re getting declined for jobs time after time, o the interview process is taking longer than you thought, it is better to have a job than no job at all.
3. It Helps Your Self-Esteem
Working for someone just helps you generate a positive attitude. It is easy to get down and depressed when you aren’t working. So go do good work… and build, or rebuild, your self-esteem.
4. You Will Meet Someone that will Help Your Career
Maybe, just maybe, someone is in a similar situation to you? It happens. The larger your network, the easier it is to find a job the NEXT time this happens. In this world, chances are good this situation will occur again.
5. A Band-Aid Job May Lead to a Job That You REALLY Want
Sometimes you have to take a step backward to go forward. So don’t ever say “I won’t” or “I can’t” and blame others when you find yourself unemployed for a length of time.
6. You Can Improve Certain Skills
Let’s say you’ve been a manager. You like being a manager. So you really want to stay at that level. But for now an individual contributor role is the only role available. It may do you some good to be “in the trenches” again. If nothing else, you may understand the people you will be managing better if you are actually doing the job again.
7. Time May Not Be on Your Side
Sometimes the job you REALLY want takes far longer than you EVER anticipated. As many have learned, it could be 6 months, a year or even longer to find a job.
So, hopefully I’ve convinced you to take the “Band-Aid Job.” There is a time and place for them. So don’t let pride get in your way.
After all… sometimes life happens.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Bullseye Recruiting!
About The Author: Will Thomson is the Founder & President of Bulls Eye Recruiting. He has helped organizations such as Rosetta Stone, Dell, eBay, Balfour, and Rainmaker Systems in identifying and hiring top talent from around the globe.