How Taking the Wrong Job Can Cost You More Than You Think

Dwight Schrute working at Staples

Sometimes a wrong job is obvious, like Dwight Schrute working at Staples instead of Dunder Mifflin on The Office | NBC

Perhaps you have been working part-time for a while, but you want to secure a full-time job. Or maybe you haven’t been able to find a job at all, or you simply want to find a better job. While it’s important to make ends meet, and to move forward in your career, it’s also necessary to think carefully about your job choice.

Taking the right job can open up many different doors financially and for your career, but taking the wrong job can harm your job growth and even affect your finances.

Sometimes you have to take a job simply to pay your bills, but it’s important to consider whether the job is the right one for you. In addition to affecting your finances and your career, taking the wrong job can affect you in other ways as well. Here are four ways the wrong job can cost you.

1. Finances

Sometimes you just have to pay the bills, and you may need to take a job that pays less than you desire in order to do so. According to Salary.com, there are certain times when you should take a pay cut: If your choice is between being laid off and being paid less, you want to change careers, you are looking for job fulfillment, you’re seeking job advancement, you want to start your own business, you want to move, you want a better work/life, or you want a shorter commute balance; these are just a few reasons that a pay cut might be reasonable.

However, if you do take a pay cut (or accept a job that pays less than you want), it’s important to recognize that your future salary might be affected as well. Other companies may ask how much you are making or made at previous jobs, and you can try to skirt the question, but the salary you accept can certainly change how much you could potentially make in the future.

2. Career

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Future vs. past | iStock.com/Gunnar Pippel

If you take the wrong job it could hurt your career. Future employers will certainly look at your resume, and if your job isn’t relevant to what you want to do in the future, you could hurt your future prospects. It’s also possible that if you take a job that doesn’t interest you, or isn’t aligned with your career goals, that you might experience burnout. Although jobs you take when you are younger might not affect you as much as they will later, every professional-level job you take will affect how you look to future employers. Even if you take a job that initially seems like it aligns with your career interests, but you later find out that you hate the work at that particular company or in the specific job, you may lose your passion for your field.

Also, if you accept a job that doesn’t align with your future goals, you might also miss out on a different job that you would really enjoy or that would help you achieve your goals faster.

3. Emotional health

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Ensure that the job is a good fit for all your goals; personal and professional | iStock.com

Taking the wrong job can also affect your mood and your emotional stability. It can be difficult to determine if a company’s atmosphere is the right fit simply from an interview: Be sure to research the company to figure out if you have a good chance of enjoying working there. Company culture is really important; in order to determine the culture, you can ask to interview other employees, do a walk-through, read company reviews online, and research events that the company holds. It might seem strange to do some of these things, but don’t be blinded by getting a job offer. If they truly want you to work at their company, the hiring managers should accommodate you.

If you hate your job, or you don’t like your co-workers or the company culture, you risk being depressed and hating coming to work. This can be emotionally taxing and can affect your ability to do your job in addition to your ability to enjoy other aspects of your life.

4. Relationships

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Does your job give you the balance you want? | iStock.com/_jure

Taking the wrong job can affect your relationships. If you take a job that your spouse or partner doesn’t think is a good fit, you may experience strife in your relationship. Carefully consider what reasons your partner has. Also, even if your partner doesn’t voice their objections, it’s important to consider how taking a specific job will affect your relationships. If you have to move, you will miss out on friendships, and possibly, a relationship or time with family.

Even if your new job simply requires a lot of hours, it can affect your family or relationships. If you have less time with your spouse, kids, or friends, you may find that it is more difficult to enjoy your job. You don’t want to end up resenting your job or the people you work with because your work conditions are affecting your relationships.

Taking the wrong job affects more than just your finances. If you are considering a job offer, take steps to consider how it will affect your career, finances, relationships, and your emotional health. You can’t always predict whether a job will be a good fit, but it’s worth trying. Sometimes you have to take a job in order to be able to pay your bills, but if you have a little time, try to wait for the right one.

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