In this article from the Wall Street Journal, Dennis Nishi tells job seekers, Job Offer? Check It Out.
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While working as a financial consultant in Miami, William Kaiser was offered a full-time job in the compliance department of one of his bank clients. The pay was fine but Mr. Kaiser had other potential concerns.
“As a consultant, you might not be working for a full 12 months. There’s always an attraction to be in a full-time opportunity—if it’s a good fit,” says Mr. Kaiser, who started prodding his professional network for inside information about the workplace culture at the bank.
That’s when he found out about the spate of turnovers in the department that he would be working in. The bank also had past issues with its compliance practices that might not have been fully resolved. Mr. Kaiser graciously declined the offer.
In this tough job market, not everybody has the luxury of turning down work. But settling for a job that you could end up hating poses risks that can negatively affect your career. It can, for example, visibly taint your attitude toward work and co-workers, or typecast you into a job role that can be hard to break when you’re ready to move.