6 Good Reasons You Should Accept a Job You Don't Want

Sometimes, in a career-driven world, you will have to face the difficult decision of taking up a job offer that you don't want. There are multitudes of reasons why you will find yourself in that position. Perhaps it could be because you’ve been laid off, unemployed for a long time, getting relocated, or simply searching for a new environment to work in.

Regardless of the predicament you are in, the choice is yours to make. Find out if the job is worth taking a plunge for by considering some of these following reasons:

1.     The Benefits Outweighs the Setbacks


It can be hard to ultimately find the dream job that provides everything you yearn for. To have healthcare insurance, paid time off, performance bonuses and rewarding commission stacked up nicely is what most employees search for as benefits. Choose to have a positive outlook. Though the job offered to you may not have the preferred responsibilities and incentives you’re after, it is better to have some benefits rather than none.

2.     Convenient Commute to Work


How would you like to work at a place where you can commute to work without worrying about traffic congestion and travel distance? If the position offered to you is conveniently located for you to make your way to work with no qualms, which is a good incentive on its own. There is nothing more dreadful than getting stuck in a jam every single day, to and from the office.

3.     Picking Up New Skills and Experiences


We live our life by experiencing new things and gaining new insights from them. That is how we build up our work experience and transferable skills to be more equipped. If you still haven't decided on what you want to do in the future, taking up the position can open up doors to opportunities you never knew could be offered to you.

Regardless of your career background, whether you are a fresh graduate, rejoining the workforce, or looking to level up your work experience; taking up an unfamiliar position can be a great idea. View it as a stepping-stone as you climb up your career ladder.

4.     Your Finances Are Low


We all need to work so that we can financially support ourselves and our loved ones. This responsibility will come whether or not you have landed on your dream job. A job helps you put food on the table and that requires you to work; even if it’s not the job that you want or like. Upon taking up the job you don’t quite fancy, why not start fresh? Have an enthusiastic heart and you might surprise yourself when you try to enjoy it.

5.     Trust Your Instincts


You know that gut feeling you get when something is right or wrong? Follow that. If you have a good feeling about the job after you’ve gone through the interview process wearing the perfect formal office wear and survived the face-to-face meetings, there’s no harm to pursue it. It can be a clear sign of compatibility with the company if you get along with the interviewee or hiring manager. Just in case, do remember to clarify any work-related questions and expectations before joining the company to avoid any miscommunications. Having questions laid out beforehand can serve as a good way for a fine start. We all know that job seeking can be stressful, so when the time comes to accept the job offer, aim to have a conscious and clear mind. It helps to do a quick pros and cons check with yourself so you feel confident with your decision. 

6.     The Stepping-Stone to a Job You Do Want


Not everyone has the opportunity to land their dream job right off the bat especially if you are lacking in work experience. Skills and talents can be learned, but you will still need to understand that most profession requires one to have substantial exposure in that field to be qualified.

There is nothing wrong to take up the lower position as a start. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you aspire to work and grow in a particular industry, this reason is strong enough to push your determination. The training you will receive from this will develop your skills set which can carve a path towards your dream job or company.

Principles to Consider


  • Make full use of your time to research about the company, its future prospects and the work culture
  • Negotiate the job offer and staff benefits from the start.  Share your expectations, goals, and desires about the position in writing
  • Be optimistic about what other opportunities might come into sight


  • Be hasty and take up the job with a sour perspective
  • Overestimate the value of the offer just because you feel desperate or hopeless
  • Assume that the position is not good enough when you decline it. Do decline with humility and respect

So have you found your dream job yet? Feel free to share us your experiences in the comment section below.