Monday, March 15, 2010

Money Rocks, But It Ain't Everything

If you're lucky enough to have to jobs offers on the table, think twice before taking the one that offers the most money. Let's dig deeper...

Job Offer A pays more than you've ever made in your life. It's for a big company doing something you're really good at, and the benefits are outstanding. Sure, the place won't be quite as challenging and your colleagues sold their souls to the corporate money machine years ago, but you'd never do that.

Job Offer B is more risky. You'll be stretched to the limit for months as you try to build a new department from scratch. The hours are long, the pay stinks, but at least it's close to your house. It also happen to be doing something you totally love.

There's nothing wrong with taking Job A, but why are you taking it? Did you just have a kid and need some stability? Are you sick and good health insurance? Do you need the salary as a validation of your worth? Maybe you want to save up all of the cash you'll make and try something else later in life (I like this reason).

There are a lot of reasons not to take Job A. You won't learn anything, except how to be the inspiration for a Dilbert cartoon. You wouldn't do it if someone didn't pay you, so taking the job makes you kind of a sell out. People will also be able to tell you don't like your job, which won't be good for you in the long run.

I don't know that I have any great advice on making decisions here, but I think you should decide why you want to take a job for a reason other than money. If you can't think of reasons except for the compensation, you're probably heading down a path of self induced misery.

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