There are times when a paycheck is urgent, and any job is better than none. If this is your circumstance, I would support your decision to take the first job that comes along.

At the same time, even in what feels like a dire situation, having choices can dramatically improve your quality of life.

What improves your choices? Develop your skills, be flexible in the work you will try, have a stable work history by remaining less than a year at few jobs, and demonstrate that you’ll show up for work on time and every day you’re scheduled.

Even if you struggle with one or more of these, look for a staffing company like ours: we will present you to as many employers as possible within 24 hours of our interview. Having choices while moving quickly gives you greater confidence that you are making a good decision.

When deciding which job is best for you, weigh all factors: pay, location, hours, responsibilities, and work environment. A job might not be worth the extra pay if the hours are bad for you or your commute would be too long. Similarly, you will stay longer and be happier if you are doing work you enjoy – and working with people you respect.

Looking for a new job can be intimidating, and it is tempting to simply take the first job that comes along. Set yourself up for success by having choices AND moving quickly.