There are few feelings better than the rush you get after you聽land your dream job, but it can take a while to reach the point in your career when you can聽happily聽spend your days聽doing the work you聽love.聽That said, sometimes聽it might actually make sense to accept a job you (GASP) don鈥檛 really want.聽Whether your offer is聽the聽wrong title, wrong department or even the wrong firm or industry, we sourced some pro tips from Christy Johnson, founder and CEO of The Artemis Connection,聽for how to handle the situation like a total #girlboss while聽keeping your career on track.



Christy advises creating a list of your top three needs when job searching, which will help you streamline your needs versus wants with a company and the role. When asking yourself if you should accept a job you don鈥檛 want, she says, 鈥淭he answer often hinges on whether this job meets your top three 鈥榤ust haves鈥.鈥

People are quick to dive into a job search without really reflecting on what their non-negotiables are 鈥 so figure yours out first and stick to them. 鈥淵ou鈥檒l give yourself much more flexibility by being open to accept a great job that you don鈥檛 necessarily want,鈥 says Christy.


Of course, the 鈥渢op three鈥 will vary for everyone.聽鈥淵ou might have different musts聽in your own 鈥榯op three,鈥 whether it鈥檚 culture,聽development or geographic location,鈥 Christy says. The key is to invest some time to really think about yourself, your professional goals聽and your happiness.

So whether you have serious wanderlust and welcome a chance to relocate or are a creative who requires a team that thinks outside the box, Christy stresses the importance of聽staying true to what makes YOU the聽happiest.聽Evaluating all of the aspects a job has to offer and how they truly fit with the things that are most important to you聽is a useful聽way to identify and capitalize on a great opportunity.



Accepting a job you don鈥檛 really聽want comes with some risks and benefits, both of which should be weighed when thinking about signing on the dotted line.聽For example, Christy says, 鈥淵ou might聽have to deal with聽part of a job that makes you less than thrilled to get out of bed in the morning, but you could聽also discover hidden benefits of doing so, like super growth potential or聽unmatched learning opportunities.鈥 Is the team smart, hardworking and well-positioned to help you along your career path? Can the job, experience or company聽help you reach your ultimate goal? So long as the job meets your 鈥渢op three,鈥 Christy advises pushing yourself to overlook some of the other drawbacks that simply aren鈥檛 as important.

Once you鈥檝e figured out your needs versus wants, carefully considered a job offer and weighed the pros and cons, you鈥檒l be on your way to making聽the right decision. Don鈥檛 be afraid to trust your gut, and follow your heart. Ensuring that your needs are met will set you up for success, and put you in a position to do your best work!

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