/ Asked by Tanya
I’m having trouble finding a job in my field of study, but I see job listings at restaurants and part-time retail positions quite often. Should I just take anything that’s available even if it has nothing to do with my industry of choice?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, August 27, 2015
It’s really up to you. If you do take a job that is not in your industry of choice, it does not mean you should stop looking. Many companies do not like to see big gaps in work experience, taking a job that may be out of your comfort zone will show your flexibility to try new things, while also allowing you to look for a job that is a better fit for yourself. You could look for a part-time job that will still allow you to focus your attention on applying to jobs and going on interviews while also making a little extra money on the side.
Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, August 31, 2015
Good question! Never settle for a job career that you will not like. To have a job is one thing but to love it is another! So if a job in your industry of choice is what will make you happy, then I suggest you seek out those jobs or companies you would like to work for. Network and connect with current employees within that company/industry of choice and seek out advice or potential job opportunities.
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
If you are looking to make money and need a job then sure, but if you are looking for a career it is best to be in the field and industry that you are most passionate about. If you are having a hard time finding positions you should reach out to your network, career center, professors and you may never need to expand your network. A great place to start expanding is on LinkedIn.
Good luck!
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