Karen Chopra knows all about the dangers of "first-offer-itis."

It’s a condition in which job seekers itch to take the first position they are offered, says the Washington, D.C.-based career counselor. And in this time of high unemployment, more people are inclined to do just that.

But rather than letting her clients succumb, Ms. Chopra will discuss a position’s pros and cons with them to figure out how much they like the job versus how much they just want to stop searching.

"Most people hate the job search," she says. "It’s an anxiety-producing time. But there are real dangers to taking a job that is not a good fit."

If you’re in a job you dislike, for instance, you may not perform well. And if you leave the job after a few months, there will be a short stint to explain on your résumé.

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