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Tips on how to avoid taking job you’ll hate

By Jackie Farwell
AP Business Writer

Have you ever toiled to land a dream job, then dreamed of leaving after your first week? Many of us have regretted accepting a new job, but if your second thoughts persist for more than six months, it may not pay to stay.

Sticking it out with a job you hate could cause your performance and attitude to suffer, damaging your reputation and future job prospects, according to John Challenger of employment consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Some of the most common reasons Challenger cites for regrets over a new position are that the job differs from what the jobseeker expected, or the new employee doesn’t get along with co-workers or perform well.

To avoid winding up in the wrong job, Challenger offered the following tips:

  • Before starting your job search, identify “must have” and “like to have” characteristics of the position you hope to land. Once you receive an offer, evaluate how many of each would likely be fulfilled. Don’t compromise on “must haves.”

  • Avoid rushing to accept. Most companies will give job candidates time to consider a job offer.

  • Talk to friends and family about all aspects of the position and solicit their honest opinions. They know you better than the hiring manager who interviewed you.

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