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Have you ever been faced with the dilemma of being offered an uninspiring job within a great company? What do you choose the company or the job?

I have seen many a fashion hopeful faced with this exact dilemma. Being offered a job you feel does not meet your needs for mental stimulation or is below your expertise level can often be something you would turn down right? Wrong! When the company has so much to offer let me give you some good reasons for taking the risk!

Job security is one of the most important factors to consider when you change jobs. There is no point in taking a role within an organisation that can't support you or worst still probably can't pay you! Just to have the glory of the job title or job is not enough. Do your research and ensure that the prospect you are investigating is within a business of security.

Future potential and growth is essential. Working for a company that has the ability to offer you future roles within their structure to enhance your career is a huge draw card. Look into the future and plan your 5 and 10 year goals. Assess whether the companies present structure or future plans will accommodate this. For this reason alone choosing the company over the job can put you exactly where you want to be in a relatively short space of time. It is worth the time investment!

Having the prestige of working for a market innovator or well known brand can set you up for life. Consider the brand and business reputation over the job. You may find that working for a market leading company will open new horizons for you through networking and business contacts or simply your next employer will fall head of heals for the knowledge and experience you gained by working for a market leader.

What ever you decide make sure you decide with commitment. If the job is below your expertise level ensure that you plough energy into everyday so it is not obvious to your boss. By showing energy and initiative the promotions will come! If you take the negative approach and feel the role is below you it will show and you may loose the opportunity to work for an exceptional company and get to where you want to get to!
Natasha Zurnamer is a co Director of Rat Race Recruitment Online, the global hub of fashion jobs featuring 150 fashion job categories and new fashion jobs listed daily. To search or advertise jobs in fashion visit

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