Searching for a new job can be frustrating. Job seekers can send out countless resumes, contact recruiters, and attend multiple interviews without ever getting a job offer.
After spending months or even years looking for a job, there are valid reasons to decline a new position. Shady hiring practices, abusive interviewers, or pyramid schemes disguised as sales jobs are all valid reasons to turn down a job.
Still, some reasons for turning down a job should be thoroughly considered before the decision is made — including these:
Low Initial Compensation
Sub-optimal compensation is perhaps the most common reason to turn down a job offer, but is not always a valid reason to decline. New college graduates, those who have been unemployed for long periods of time, and those who are making an industry or career change must accept that they might not make their ideal salary right away.
What’s important here is to determine what’s fair and what you need to survive. Minimum wage might not be ideal, but neither is not being able to pay your bills. Besides, by accepting a low-paying job and continuing with it, you will be setting yourself up for a salary boost in the future. That boost might come by being promoted at that company or it might come by making yourself more marketable to another organization. Statistically speaking, it’s easier to find a new job once you’re employed, so use it for bargaining power elsewhere.
In this economy, turning down part-time or seasonal employment can be a bad move. A part-time job can lead to full-time work. Some companies start employees off at less than forty hours a week to evaluate their performance; good workers can be eligible for a promotion in a few months. Additionally, a part-time job keeps your network and resume fresh (resume gaps can be very hard to explain), and may therefore lead to employment opportunities at a different company.
It’s Doesn’t Align With Your Career Plan
Sometimes, newly graduated college students turn down any job not directly applicable to their major. Getting a job relevant to your Art History or Philosophy degree is a challenge in any economy, let alone in today’s post-recession market. Likewise, an aspiring social media marketer might not be interested in sales. Still, college graduates should consider whether the supposedly unrelated job uses skills from their major. For example, that aspiring social media marketer can benefit largely from sales, as sales is about communication, persuasion, and promoting a product or service — the very skills necessary to be successful in social media marketing.
Have you turned down a job offer before? If so, share your reason(s) with us in the comments, and let us know whether you regretted that decision later on.