It’s no secret that we’re in a candidates’ market. After all, unemployment is historically low. There is a record number of job openings in the country. In fact, there are more job openings then there are unemployed people to fill them.
So with all of that said, candidates are definitely “in the driver’s seat,” so to speak. This includes within the Engineering and Information Technology industries.
That means candidates, especially the best candidates, have more leverage. That’s because these candidates have more options. They have more options than other people in the employment marketplace, and they sometimes even have more options than the employers that are attempting to hire them.
That puts them in a very good position. However, that good position sometimes tempts candidates to do things that they should not do.
One of those things is accepting an offer of employment and then not showing up for their first day of work.
You might ask yourself: “Why would somebody do something like that?” Well, there are a host of reasons. Those reasons include the following:
- The candidate could use the job offer to “renegotiate” their current employment situation. In other words, they could use it to get more money, better benefits, and/or a better working schedule. Then, when they get what they want from their current employer, they simply tell the other employer that they won’t be showing up for work. (If they tell the other employer anything.)
- The candidate could accept the job offer, but then receive a counter-offer from their current employer that they were not expecting. That counter-offer could contain more money, better benefits, and/or a better working schedule. Tempted by the counter-offer, the candidate accepts it and does not start work for the other organization.
- The candidate could accept the organization’s offer until they receive a better offer from another employer. This happens when a candidate is involved in more than one hiring process and is vying for more than one position. The first offer is simply a “placeholder” of sorts that the candidate can use as a safety net if they need to. But if a better offer does come in, they’ll take that offer and simply tell the other employer that they won’t be showing up for work. (If, once again, they tell that other employer anything.)
None of these scenarios represents acceptable behavior in the employment marketplace. These are short-sighted career moves that rarely pay off in the long run. That’s because if you participate in such behavior, you are essentially “burning bridges” within your industry and niche.
You may believe that you’re doing the right thing in the moment and that you’re benefiting from it right now. However, how long will you be in that employment situation, either with your current employer or another employer that made a better offer? The rest of your career? Not likely. People are changing jobs every three to five years and sometimes even more frequently than that.
So behavior like this could definitely come back to hurt you later. That’s why it’s important to never accept an offer of employment unless you’re ready to start work for the organization that made the offer. Never accept an offer and think that you can drop it when a better one arrives.
That is NOT a recipe for long-term career growth and success.
The Doepker Group has experience placing candidates in the Information Technology and Engineering industries, and we can place you, as well.