If you receive any sort of job offer, first and foremost pat yourself on the back. This is never easy, and it is usually the result of putting in a lot of hard work. However, it is possible that when you receive the offer you’re not too excited about it. The pay may be below what you’re looking for or it’s simply not what you are looking to do long-term. So how should you assess this situation? Should you take the job because, hey, a job is better than no job, or should you keep looking for something aligned with what you truly want in your career.

The answer can be either to accept or decline the job offer. To start here in part one of this blog series we’ll discuss the scenarios in which you SHOULD accept the offer.

If It’s a Stepping Stone to Your Larger Goals in the Future

In many industries it is common to pay your dues, especially earlier on in your career. You probably must accept lower pay and responsibilities to eventually get to where you have more of both.

If the Pay Will Solve Things Outside Your Career

Life happens. Things like student loans and credit card debt are not uncommon. Or perhaps you simply want to move out of your parents’ house or be able to afford a more reliable, newer vehicle. The fact is, a higher paying job can really de- stress your life outside your career even if your job isn’t ideal to your career goals.

If It Means You Will Gain Valuable Experience

Perhaps the job is going to allow you to add important skills and experiences to your resume. If so, you can take that job experience and leverage it into the job you eventually do want.

If There Is Internal Opportunity for Advancement

At some organizations there is no getting around it. You have to start at the bottom of the totem pole in order to move up it. Assess the job titles above you and what their responsibilities are. If something aligns with what you want to eventually be doing; then by all means take the lower paying job with low rank. If you want to get to the penthouse, you have to first get your foot in the door.