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Why You Should Consider Taking the Less-Than-Perfect Job

We’ve all heard the career cliche “if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.” While yes, this is a true statement for some, it’s not always applicable. There will often be a time in life where you need to take a job that doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles you want, but provides what you need: a steady stream of support. Instead of holding out for perfection, consider these reasons for taking the less-than-perfect job.


Looking for a job you love can be a process, and the right contacts can make it easier. Even if you wind up in a position that isn’t your ideal, you never know who you will meet and where that connection will lead you. During these times, take advantage of all networking opportunities and seek out mentors who can guide you in the right direction.


All jobs offer valuable experience, even if you can’t see the connection at the time. Perhaps you’ll develop a unique set of skills that perfectly equip you for what’s next. Or maybe you learn how to do your best in a toxic work culture. No matter what you go through, you can take the lessons learned to future positions.

Stay Active

Resume gaps almost always come up in interviews. This means you could be placed in a position where you have to explain why you decided not to work until you found the right job. This is like saying you’re waiting to date until you find your soulmate. In order to know what you want to do, you need to try things, and staying active shows potential employers you’ll do what it takes, no matter what.

Get Back in the Game

Conversely, if you have been without employment for a while, a job that isn’t what you want could help you readjust to the working world. This way you can shake the rust off those mental muscles and, when you’re ready, pursue the job you really want.

Income through Temp Work

We know the stigma of being a temp, but we’re here to say ignore it. Sometimes choosing to work on a temporary basis can be the perfect combination of these considerations. You gain new experience, keep yourself active, make connections, and earn a paycheck. Why wouldn’t you pursue this option?


Sterling is here when you’re ready to get to work

Trust us, we know how challenging job hunting can be, which is why we’re here to help. Sterling Personnel is a job placement agency in Corpus Christi, Texas, and our team is invested in your success. Whether you want to step into the world of temporary work or find your next permanent role, we’re here for you. Browse our jobs to get started today!