Having a job you love is wonderful, and I truly believe it's very similar to being in a strong and healthy relationship. Sure there are days when it's not all roses but the good days far outnumber the bad, and the happiness you find from the relationship makes your life better. Most people spend years of their life seeking out that perfect mate, and go through many dates and relationships along the way from your high school sweetheart to the college almost-love-of-your-life. It's like trying to find the career you were meant for. You end up with a variety of different jobs when you're young, from flipping burgers in high school to internships in college to those first job-hopping years of young adulthood. It's all energy spent on finding the perfect match and it's generally energy well spent. But sometimes, it's not about the perfect match, it's about having a date for this Saturday night.
Throughout this downturn, I have talked with many people who are unemployed and seeking a new job - but they're only looking for the kind of job they just had. It's like you just got dumped and you expect to jump right back into a great relationship. It's probably not going to happen that way and in the meantime you deserve to be out there having a good time. I'm here to tell you it's OK to settle for what I like to call Mr. Right-Now.
With so few really great opportunities available, the name of the game right now is simple Employment. Sure, you can sit around lamenting about how the job market sucks and collect unemployment but you can also get out there and find a job. Is the Starbucks down on the corner hiring? The flower shop downtown? The telemarketing company that had a job fair last week? Maybe none of these jobs are ideal but they're like a rebound relationship - you know it's not going to last but it's something to occupy your time and in this instance, pay some bills. There should be no shame in taking a job that's not the same kind of job you just had or ultimately want. You don't even have to put it on your resume - just like you don't have to introduce everyone you go out with to your parents.
Your Mr. Right exists however he may be on an overseas assignment for the next year and you're not destined to meet yet. In the meantime go on a few dates with some other guys and try to have fun passing the time. It's OK.