The “Band-Aid Job”

Yesterday I was at a networking event in Hermosa Beach. It was an intimate group, and we were enjoying a lively conversation about interviews and job hunting. One of the topics that arose was that of the “Band-Aid Job.” For those of you who are not familiar with the Band-Aid Job, it is a job that will stop the bleeding and help you to get through the short term, but may not be a long term fix. Personally, I recommend that you SHOULD NOT go on an interview unless you are willing to give your right arm to get the job because let us be honest, if you are not willing to give it your all, someone else is, even if the interview is for a Band-Aid Job. It is also important that a job seeker should always have very strong reasons for wanting to work for a particular company.

If you go into an interview and seem disinterested, it shows! However, during our discussion about the Band-Aid Job, there was a concern: What if you really don’t want the job your are interviewing for, ie. it is a Band-Aid Job that is simply going to hold you over? Then what? Should you still rave about how much you want to work for the company? Good question.

Some would argue that if you are not legitimately interested in the job you are applying for, it is disingenuous to show enthusiasm and come up with strong reasons you want to work for them. However, there is another way to look at this.

In today’s current economic condition, people are struggling more then many of us could have ever imagined. There are far less jobs then would normally be available in today’s market. While your options may be limited, you should not just roll over and die. You should always stay positive and never take a job you would be miserable in. If you wind up taking a job that you know you would HATE just to supplement your income, you will be miserable and eventually wind up in the same place you were originally: unemployed. However, if you find a job that is outside of your normal niche, or perhaps not the ideal position of your dreams (on the surface), but there are other upsides to the job such as location, money, people and/or benefits, then it is important to consider all your options. While you may not foresee yourself in this potential job until you retire, you can certainly look for the good in the opportunity, and mention the things you could see as potential positives in the interview.

As I always say, attitude is everything. If you go into an interview disappointed from the onset, then you will likely not get the job offer, and if you do get the offer and accept it, you will always be looking for reasons why it is not a good job. If instead, you are grateful for the opportunity and look for the positive attributes of the job/company, you will be more likely to land the job offer, and perhaps even wind up liking it.  Even though this job may be a “Band-Aid Job,” it is important to remember that you can always find something positive if that is what you are looking for.

Remember, your end goal of every interview should be to GET THE OFFER! In the worst case scenario, you turn it down, or perhaps meet some great leads along the way. Just remember, the next time you get an interview, even if it is for a Band-Aid Job, always play full out because you never know what might come out of it!