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So often, people are afraid to take a new job because it is not quite perfect. Here I address that issue in order to help you make a great choice.

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Now, here, I want to talk with those of you . . . I think it's more applicable to senior level job hunters, but it can certainly be true of more junior people.

It's the notion of "the almost perfect job" can be. Now, for a junior, for a staff level individual ,there's no reason to worry about this, unless you've been out of work for a long period of time. After all, in good markets like the one that we're in now as I'm recording this, there are choices that will exist for you. other opportunities, unless you're in a small town, away from many choices, okay?

But for a senior individual, you're stepping into a fire of some sort. Someone was in the role previously, and they've left. They need to hire someone. Obviously, there was a reason that they left. If they were fired, what were the issues around poor performance? If they left voluntarily, find them on LinkedIn, and talk with them about the situation.

However, sometimes you step into newly created role that isn't quite perfect. And you know, it is just something that's signaling a problem. Maybe your boss seems a little peculiar. Maybe that's about they're different than what you're used to. They're raising an issue around your comfort. Maybe it's something else. The money isn't right. Maybe it's the benchmarks for success seem a little too extreme for you.

I always remind people that, if you've been out of work for any length of time, the almost perfect job really can become that. They're figuring it out as they go along. You're going to figure it out as you go along. This isn't about compromise. This is about facing what the realities are.

And if this is an organization, where you can say to them, "Hey, look, I'm not sure if your goals here are attainable within the period of time but I'd like to try. I hope you wouldn't hold it against me if they were unachievable based upon conditions that we'll talk about as we go along. I want your input if I'm missing something here." If they can respond to that, great. If they can't, you've got to think long and hard if you can afford to turn it down.

After all, the longer you're out, the harder it is to land, even in the C suite. Again, the longer you're out, the harder it is to land. After all, you've already been using your network to find opportunities. They are going to exhaust themselves. Seehey're going to stop calling. Why not just allow yourself to resolve some of the issues in this "almost perfect job" while in it and become the winner that this organization needs, getting yourself back to work, doing something that you enjoy and going from there.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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