Job Hunting: Should You Lower Your Expectations?

Are you in need of a job? Has the recent dramatic development in the job market hit you so hard? Are you currently unemployed, or are you desperate for a job as you had to close your business?

You may wonder if you perhaps should lower your expectations a bit. Maybe that helps to make finding a job easier for you, and if so, you’re definitely not alone.

When you’re hunting for a job, and when determining if or not you may have to lower your expectations, there are some factors to take into account.

One factor is whether you really need a job. Do you need to support a family? Is there rent or a mortgage to pay? Are car payments due every month?

If all this is the case, your need to get a job may be quite high, and most of us don’t receive any unemployment money from the state. In case your and your family’s survival is depending on having a decently-paying job, you really may have to, maybe temporarily, lower your expectations.

What you also need to take into account is the level of your expectations. Are they reasonable, for instance? Suppose you’re looking for a job as a doctor; it goes without saying that you’re required to hold a degree in medicine.

If you don’t, your expectations are simply too high, and they are unreasonable as well. So if you don’t want to get into a situation where you’ll have to lower your expectations when you’re hunting for a job, simply make sure your expectations are at all times reasonable.

If you, for instance, worked as a retail cashier before the coronavirus crisis hit and hold a degree in business, a job as a manager in a retail store is definitely something worth thinking about. This sort of goal is right and not too unrealistic as well, and these days, there are plenty of job options that can easily get you $50k per year, even if you don’t hold a college degree!

The times have changed

In these difficult times, you should also keep in mind that the times have changed. Examining current job forecasts for the industry sectors that you like to work in is needed more than ever before.

To use the same example as above about the retail store manager job, when the retail sector isn’t doing well, if online purchases have taken over completely, then chances are that openings in new retail stores will be very limited. You’ll have to lower your employment expectations or simply change them to different professional fields.

Of course, lowering your expectations doesn’t have to be forever and perhaps getting self-employed is right for you. When you are qualified for a job as a school teacher, for example, but you need to accept the job as a retail cashier just to make ends meet, this doesn’t have to be permanent.

Sure, it makes sense that you won’t like to take a job that’s considered to be beneath your qualifications. Then again, there may be times, like now in this horrific coronavirus outbreak, when you’ve got little choice. Sometimes you just have to. Just keep in mind that nothing has to be forever.

Job hunting? Look out for scams

When searching for new employment, you most likely will be using the internet. Your local newspaper also lists job openings, but in the last few years, online job searches have taken over this field practically completely. So be on the lookout for scams.

Job hunting scams are also referred to as employment scams or career scams. They are run by con artists who want to profit from other people’s necessity to find a job. Despicable, but it happens.

So be aware of scams when you’re on the hunt for a new job. Employment scams do not only happen online. Though most take place in the online environment, many scams also start to make their way to the employment section of your local newspaper, and you can also learn a lot on this page with practical tips for job hunting.

When you want to avoid job scams, you should know what to look for. One of the common job-hunting scams involves making a required deposit. Though deposits are usually associated with work-from-home opportunities, scammers also want job applicants to make deposits for other job openings.

In this sort of scams, an “employer,” the scammer, says a deposit is required if an applicant starts working for him. They say a deposit is required for training materials, supplies, or just because.

Please remember that you never should pay to secure a job. You are the one who should be paid for work; if not, it’s the world upside down. Sure, you may be required to buy some specific clothing or supplies, but at all times, you’re the one who should be making the purchases in any way you want.

Your personal information

Another kind of employment scam is where con artists just are after your personal information. Here as well, most of these scams are associated with work-from-home jobs, usually done by self-employed folks, but there’s more.

These scams work by having you believe you’re hired for a real job while the job doesn’t exist in reality. The “employer,” the scammer, will ask you to fill out all the required employment forms, including your bank account information.

Once you have submitted all the required information, the “employer” has all your personal information, including your bank account, and you will never hear from this crook again. You may be in trouble, though. He’s got your information, and identity theft may be the problem.

How to avoid employment scams

Probably the best way to avoid employment scams is simply to use your best judgment. If things sound too good to be true, also when it comes to job openings, they usually are.

Avoid any job opportunity where you’re required to pay a deposit. Also, when a job listing wants you to submit all your personal information, probably even before you have any idea about what you’re supposed to be doing, your alert system should be activated.

Just keep the above-mentioned warnings in mind. You will be far more likely to land a good job and work toward a legitimate career opportunity if you stay away from employment scams.