Dear Experts, I was downsized from my job doing phone sales about a month ago and have been on the hunt for a new one in any field, but sales. For three weeks I scoured every job seeking source with not one response. I found what I thought was going to be a great chance to use my marketing and advertising skills. However, it turned out to be an undercover sales job. Knowing how badly I needed some type of income and the lack of opportunities otherwise, I accepted the position. Now I regret my decision everyday. I dread coming into work, although my coworkers can't tell, and think about quitting constantly. The worst part is I don't have enough time to continue my job search because of the hours (9 AM to 9 PM). I know how bad the job market is and I still haven't heard anything from any of the positions I applied for when I was unemployed. So should I stick it out or take my chances on the market again? Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter: Q#473 I would push the job hunt hard on your off days, but if they are making you work 12/7, get out now. (@gradversity) Q#473 It's usually easier to find a job when you have a job; you have some leverage. Use it to your advantage. (@avitacareermanagement) Q#473 Investigate possible other opps in current company. Find some time to research/ID outside jobs of interest. (@keppie_careers) Q#473 Find the time to search for a new job. Don't wait. Be aggressive and get out of your current situation. (@EmilyBennington) Q#473 Keep earning $ & search when off wk. Don't just leap AWAY from something. Know what you're going TO. (@beneubanks) Q#473 Only you're able to make financial decision. BUT "everyday job hate" is toxic. Important to at least change perspective quickly. (@DawnBugni) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
April 15, 2010