As a new graduate heading out into the career world, there are a lot of questions that come up about jobs. I am often asked if someone who is unemployed should take any job or wait for THE job. Here is what I recommend to my friends and clients when asked that question:

Taking any job will provide:

· cash flow
· a track record of work experience
· work ethic confidence
· benefits
· getting a foot in the door

Here are some drawbacks:

· might be less income
· might be less challenge
· less flexibility in terms of looking for THE job

With all of that said, I always think it is better to work than not.  Even a job waiting tables can enable someone to develop the marketable skills employers look for in job candidates. Check out this recent blog post on the details.

Be sure to select a job that will enable you to develop the skills you will need for THE job. For example, a job candidate who wants to work in the video game business might opt for a part time job at Game Stop.  That person will be exposed to the various products as well as the end users.

Susan Kennedy is the Founder of Career Treking, a job coaching firm that specializes in helping college students and graduates identify and find the right job. Since 2005, Susan has helped countless college grads find their ideal position and career path, regardless of college major. Susan has also published a book, The Job Coach for Young Professionals. You can find Susan on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at @SusanCareerTrek.