How to know you should turn down a job offer
- Guest Author
- October 2, 2017
- Career Development
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Turning down a job offer sounds preposterous to a lot of people. It is usually the last thing anyone would ever want to do, but there are times when turning down a job offer is the best thing to do for yourself.
After months of applying and working on your job search, an offer is the expected end, but sometimes the offer you end up getting is far worse than you expected. Unfortunately, some job offers just shouldn’t be accepted. If you are waffling about accepting an offer, this information can help you.
Here are some factors to consider when deciding to leave a job offer on the table.
It’s the wrong rung on the corporate ladder.
If you are looking to climb the corporate ladder, accepting a position that doesn’t help you attain your career goals is the wrong decision.
Settling for just any job is not the solution, unless you really need to start making some money. If you are not in dire straits, you have the opportunity to say no when the job you are offered doesn’t align with your lifelong career goals.
It’s just a bad fit.
If you applied for a job and later found out during the interview process that the corporate culture does not align with your belief systems, then definitely say no.
If you don’t feel that you would fit in, this is the first sign of a future of unhappiness in that position. Sometimes a paycheck and great benefits are not worth your morale and happiness. Although you may be scraping by without a paycheck, you would be better off unemployed than employed by a company that you hate working for.
You’ll work too many hours.
If your family life will suffer because you will be working too many hours per week, just say no to the job offer.
The work-life balance is important than experiencing burnout from working too much. Your personal life is too important to sacrifice for a paycheck that doesn’t begin to compensate missing important family functions. Working too many hours also leads to both physical and mental health problems. Working more than 50 hours per week is not worth the detrimental impact on your health.
You’re already looking for your next job.
If you are considering accepting this offer while planning to search for a better job, do everyone a favor and decline the offer.
Using valuable time working at a job that you don’t want to be working at is disheartening. It is likely if you accept the job you were offered that you will be fighting the urge to quit the whole time and soon end up back where you started—in unemployment.
Gracefully exit by politely refusing the offer before you walk off the job in a huff dissatisfied.
It doesn’t pay enough.
If the job is great but the pay is not, you may decide to say no while you weigh your options for a higher paying job.
However, if the only reason you are attracted to the job is the paycheck, decline it – again, unless you are desperate for a paycheck. Spending valuable hours of your life at a job that you hate just to rake in a top salary will make you miserable because money is not enough of an incentive to counteract the misery.
If you are leaving your current job for a higher paying job, be sure that you won’t be losing valuable benefits at the job that you already have. Calculate everything including the new commute before you make the decision based on a pay increase.
You see better opportunities elsewhere.
If you’re on the fence, one last look around won’t hurt. Before you decide to accept revisit the job resources you used.
If you haven’t already, check in on industry-specific and location-specific job sites. Often, opportunities here are not posted on the bigger search sites, and you may have missed them the first time around.
There’s a high turnover rate.
If a workplace has a high turnover rate of employees voluntarily leaving for reasons other than retirement, there are probably negative things causing them to leave. It could be boredom, low pay, or bad bosses that cause employees to terminate their ties with an employer.
You need to investigate and find out why there is a revolving door problem there. If a number of employees are leaving frequently, follow their lead and just say no without the interim stint as an employee.
You’re envisioning a grim future.
If you have discovered that the industry is a sinking ship, don’t sign on for the beginning of the end with the company.
You want to hitch up with a company that has a bright future rather than one with the heyday in the past. Make sure you calculate the risk of a layoff if a merger is in the works. There is nothing worse than being the last one hired and the first one fired.
If you make the final decision to walk away, then you know what to do next. You continue the job search until you find the best opportunity for you.
Susan Ranford is an expert on job market trends, hiring, and business management. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator for New York Jobs. In her blogging and writing, she seeks to shed light on issues related to employment, business, and finance to help others understand different industries and find the right job fit for them.
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