Why You Should Never Settle For Just Any Job

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Being on the job hunt can be quite challenging. Especially when you’ve been going from interview to interview only to receive tons of rejection. The frustration you might feel during this period makes it very easy to settle for just any job. For example, the fear of losing your financial stability can often lead you to giving employers the upper hand by accepting whatever they bring to the table. Truth is, you can have the upper hand by not allowing your current situation to discourage you from having the career you have always wanted.

Unfortunately, far too many individuals choose to settle. This could be the case even if you’re not on the job hunt. You may be settling in your current job. You’ve been there for quite a number of years now, and you’re not really growing or learning, but… as long as it pays the bills why look for something a bit more challenging?
Whether you are on the search for a new job or currently in a job you don’t love. Here are four simple reasons why you should never settle:

It affects your confidence

Settling for a job that is below your capabilities can harm your confidence in many ways. Not only does it limit you from trying new things it also stops you from identifying your own strengths and capabilities. You deserve to have a job or career in which you are learning, growing and developing yourself. Settling for something that is below your skills and experience is like taking a big step backward.

You miss out on better opportunities

The longer you settle the more you are losing out on other great opportunities. For all you know there is a better career opportunity for you just around the corner. Also, settling for just any job does not give you the chance to work on your own development. A career change might just be the new experience you need.

It robs you of your future

Every decision you make today determines where you are going to be tomorrow. Settling for what’s easy to do will always give you an average life. However, if you are hungry for success, it requires hard work and determination. It also requires you to take action and the necessary steps in order to create the future you want. There’s no way you can choose to settle and live a successful life at the same time.

It won’t make you happy

True happiness is achieved when you live a fulfilling life both in your relationships and career. Having a sense of purpose and a life that adds to the well-being of others greatly contributes to that. Settling for just any job will not give you that sense of fulfillment and should therefore not be an option. Try looking for new opportunities or things that will challenge you to bring the best out of you. Choose to have a job or career that will give you the sense of happiness and fulfillment you need.


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SarahJohnson is the Founder and Editor of IAMICareer. She currently holds a BA of Commerce and has a strong background in Marketing. Sarahis passionate about seeing millennials thrive in the workplace and is dedicated to helping millennial girls bridge the gap between university and the corporate world.

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