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Accepting Or Declining A Job Offer

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Tips to Accepting a Job Offer:

  • Even if you are exciting about the job offer, take some time to collect your thoughts and think it through before accepting.
  • Negotiate a timeline with the employer of how long you have until formally accepting the position.
  • Typically respond to the employer within one to two weeks, unless otherwise stated.
  • Salary negotiation usually happens when a job offer is made, be prepared for this.
  • Be sure you understand the terms of the position including the job requirements, salary and benefits before accepting.
  • If the job offer is extended via phone, accept the offer in the same manner and then follow up with a formal acceptance letter.
  • Once you accept an offer, be sure to withdraw your consideration from other companies promptly and cancel any interviews if you have them.
  • It is unethical to accept an offer and then later decline it. Therefore, be 100% sure you want the position before you accept.


Tips to Declining a Job Offer:

  • Tell the employer as soon as possible that you do not want the position.
  • Decline the offer first over the phone and then follow up in writing.
  • Be positive and honest when declining a job offer.
  • Do not burn bridges with the employer. Even if you had a negative experience, do not mention this in the declination.
  • The letter declining the offer should be short and respectful.
  • Do not share details about the position you have accepted in the declination letter.


Juggling Multiple Offers

Juggling multiple offers can be difficult. The most important thing to keep in mind is to be honest to employers. See the links below for information about this.



Additional considerations when evaluating job offers:


Personal Goals/Priorities
 Go back to your original job search goals and revisit your priorities—the core of your job search. Does this job fit with your core? Does it align with who you are and what you are looking for in a career? Sometimes you need to make sacrifices in the moment, and that is okay. Try to be objective and make the best decision you can right now. If you are thinking about compromising and taking a job that is less than ideal, just be sure to keep your long-term goals at the forefront of your mind to direct your future actions.

Career Field/Industry
Look at the history of growth, the future needs and trends to determine if you like the possibilities of where this job can take you. Also think about if this career field is going to align with your values. Working at an organization that you are passionate about will make the work much more enjoyable.

Think about the actual tasks that you will be accomplishing day in and day out. Does that motivate you? Do you want to wake up and go to work in the morning? If this position isn’t your dream job, does it set you up to take a step closer to your dream job? Are there opportunities to advance and continue to learn and grow?

Are you comfortable with the staff? Does it feel like a good fit? Review the organizational chart and relationships between the supervisor and staff within the organization to get a better handle on how the organization is structured and if you would be able to work within that system.

General Lifestyle
The geographical location is an important consideration. Explore the opportunities for recreation, culture, and education within the region that you will be working. Will the community give you what you need to be satisfied? If not, are there communities close by that will fulfill those needs? Is there a commute involved? Will that work with your lifestyle?

When negotiating your salary, remember that it is not just about the dollar amount they offer you. Also consider items like retirement and healthcare benefits, vacation time, childcare coverage, company vehicles and cell phones, reimbursement programs for professional development, moving expenses, gym memberships, parking permits, etc. These all add up and contribute to your total compensation package. Do these add up to something that you would fit your needs and requirements?

Juggling Job Offers

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