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Old 08-04-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I'm a recent college graduate. I have an interview next week for a 10/hr "cash counting" position. I'm kind of worried that If I take the job it will set me farther back from finding a position in my field. I understand that the farther you get from graduation, the more difficult it becomes to find employment in your field.

I'm living at my parents right now, so I'm not desperate for money (I am however desperate to move out).

It's a full time job so It would put my GIS job search on hold.... In addition, I'm sure I'd have to stay at this job for at least 6-10 months to be in good standing.

If I happen to get offered the job should I take it and not think twice? Or should I consider rejecting it?
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Can you do it part-time so you get some experience but at the same time have time to look for other jobs and interview?
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Can you do it part-time so you get some experience but at the same time have time to look for other jobs and interview?
I'm pretty sure it's a 9-5 Monday through Friday kind of job.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Use this job to obtain experience, while looking for jobs in your field. If you need to interview during business hours, try and see if the prospective company will "phone screen" first. Proceed with an "in-person" interview, only if the position appears to be a good fit.
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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I'm a recent college graduate. I have an interview next week for a 10/hr "cash counting" position. I'm kind of worried that If I take the job it will set me farther back from finding a position in my field. I understand that the farther you get from graduation, the more difficult it becomes to find employment in your field.

I'm living at my parents right now, so I'm not desperate for money (I am however desperate to move out).

It's a full time job so It would put my GIS job search on hold.... In addition, I'm sure I'd have to stay at this job for at least 6-10 months to be in good standing.

If I happen to get offered the job should I take it and not think twice? Or should I consider rejecting it?
You're right about the difficulty increasing as you get further from graduation, however the same amount of time out will do far more damage to your prospects if you are unemployed than if you are employed. Having a job -- [almost] any job -- will look good to a hiring manager.

Go to the interview, take the job if you get it, and keep looking for an entry level GIS position after work.

No one in your field will blame you for leaving what you are describing once you get an in-field offer (just make sure you stick around for a while if/once you do get that). Further, at $10 an hour for a college graduate the people interviewing with you don't expect you to stay around for a long while either -- they expect you to learn quickly, not make too many counting mistakes, show up to work on time, act and dress professionally, and never, ever steal. Be honest with them, the honesty will make you look good (since the number one priority they are going to be concerned about is the last point) and the worst that can happen is you don't get a relatively boring $10/hour job.
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