Originally Posted by Reds4Life
So, am I totally nuts for turning this down? I am not hurting for cash, I have enough money to get me though several years of unemployment if necessary.
Some pertinent questions to ask:
1. How is the economy impacting your field? Is your field in decline, stagnant, or positioned to grow? Will there be jobs in your field when the economy "comes back" or will they have disappeared permanently?
2. How many of the "second interviews" you've been on have turned into actual job offers? If you needed a job, would you feel confident in your ability to get a full-time job quickly?
3. When you say "You haven't found anything that interests you" are your expectations for a job realistic? Does the job you're looking for exist in this economy?
4. Are you comfortable dipping into saving to remain unemployed? Could the money you're spending now not working be better utilized by investing in your retirement / buying a home / etc.?
5. Would this job help your resume or help you make connections that might lead to a better job? Are there positives about this job, beyond the things you've listed, that might help your overall career goals?
It's hard to answer your question without knowing the answer to these questions.
Personally, just speaking for myself, I'd start to get stir-crazy if I wasn't out working somewhere. I have friends who are unemployed -- several of whom have just stopped looking for the time being and I just don't understand it. I have a law degree, and I'd go back to popping popcorn and running movie projectors for $9 / hour before I ever stayed unemployed for more than a few weeks -- that's just the way I am though, I need to be working or I start to feel shiftless and irresponsible.
Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but the way the economy is and the way it is trending, I'd think long and hard before I turned down an offer of employment.