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Should I Keep My Job or Take Chances on Market?

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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)


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