Times are tough and jobs are sparse.
There seems to be two distinct lines of thought about what the unemployed should do.
One line of thought says, “The Spice Must Flow” – in other words, go out and get any job you can that will keep the roof over your head and food on the table.
Another line of thought says, “Every Person Has A Calling” – that is, you should get a job you like since that’s the job you’ll be best at.
My personal thought on this is that if you take on a job you don’t like, even if it pays well, you’re going to bring yourself and the company a whole lot of hurt.
First, the company has to pay to establish your benefits – and they have to pay for a month after you leave. More than that, if you qualify and participate in COBRA (a program to continue your benefits after you’ve been laid off/leave the company) the company will pay for a portion of those benefits or at least partially share in the cost increase for any healthcare you receive (in later years).
Second, the company has to pay the costs to train you. This is time and productivity lost on their part – especially if you don’t like the job or take longer to train for a position that could have been better acclimated to than someone else.
Finally, lets say you are completely bored with your job and end up working only 90% as hard as you could have. The company is losing that productivity from you – you’re, in essence, cheating the company because you chose poorly. Even if you swear that you’re going to do the job, do your best, give 100% – you’re eventually going to slip.
Not to mention, if you’re dissatisfied with the main task you’re responsible for, you’re more likely to make mistakes and less likely to correct mistakes when you make them. Middle school dance lessons, anyone? We’re not a nation of ballroom or square dancers.
You might feel differently when you have to buy ramen noodles rather than the spaghetti noodles at the grocery store, but you will most definitely like your job and be happier with your life.