Most of the time, a recruiter or recruiting agency is attempting to convince a job seeker or candidate to consider an employment opportunity. However, there are times when you should abandon a job or decline an offer of employment if a company or organization makes one.
After all, there’s no point in pursuing a job or accepting an offer if you’re just going to leave that employer in a short amount of time, anyway. The goal is to make a good fit between the candidate and the employer, one with which both parties are satisfied.
So when you’re able to identify when that good fit is NOT going to happen, it makes sense to drop out of consideration for the position and save everybody involved with the process the pain of a headache.
With that being said, below are three big reasons why you should abandon a job or decline an offer of employment:
#1—You don’t think the company culture will be a fit.
This is not the time to try putting a “square peg into a round hole.” Company culture is a big consideration these days, both from the point of view of the candidate and the employer. The candidate wants to enjoy the culture, and the employer also wants the candidate to enjoy the culture.
One important aspect of an organization’s company culture are its core values. As a job candidate, your core values should definitely line up with the company’s if you’re considering employment there. First, you must know what your core values are. Second, you should know the core values of the company. Then compare them and assess whether or not they’re a fit.
#2—There are a lack of opportunities.
For our purposes, opportunities are divided into two distinct categories. The first category deals with training opportunities. More than likely, you want to continue to grow with your employer, and that growth involves honing your skills and adding new ones. Does the organization provide such opportunities? If not, then it’s time to bow out.
The second category deals with opportunities for advancement at the company. In order to continue growing your career, you want to move up the ranks. You want to “climb the corporate ladder,” so to speak. But what does that look like? Can you see a clear career path at this employer? Once again, if not, then it’s time to bow out.
#3—There’s a chance that you might accept a counter-offer.
If there’s even a 1% chance that you might accept a counter-offer, then you should probably closely examine your motivation for pursuing other employment opportunities. The reason is simple: if there’s a chance that you’d accept a counter-offer, then you’re not actually committed to leaving your employer. There are some unresolved problems that have prompted you to entertain other opportunities. You should attempt to resolve those problems before fully exploring the marketplace.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering industries, and we can place you, as well.