My hope for every one in job search is that you have the privilege to turn down an offer because it isn’t the best fit for you. There is no greater feeling! Being offered a job builds up your self-esteem.
However, there are times when turning down an offer just doesn’t seem prudent, such as you’ve been out of work a long time (over 6-9 months) and/or you are dipping into your savings/401K/retirement. Here are some reasons I have heard people use for turning down an offer (and my blood just boils when I hear these):
- The company is too small (but may have strong growth potential)
- I can’t afford to take that low of a salary (but it IS greater than minimum wage)
- The commute distance/time is too long (but other alternatives have not been explored such as telecommunting or carpooling)
- The job is a lower level than I wanted (however, you are new to the industry)
There are so many extenuating circumstances, it is difficult to just look at one part of these situations. Before you turn down ANY job, think long and hard about the short term and long term value this job will offer to you. Get outside opinions.
Have you turned down a job offer? Was it the right decision for you at the time? Do you regret it?
And if you have been getting interviews, but not job offers, then perhaps you need to assess what is going on during the interview.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.