You have spent countless hours searching for a job, messaging recruiters, preparing for interviews, and finally, it happened! You were offered a job! But it’s not your dream job, and you are unsure if you want to take it. What can you do? Below are some helpful tips for turning down a job offer. 

Is calling, emailing, or sending a letter the best way to reject a job offer?

The easiest way to refuse a job is by email. It’s convenient and straightforward, but it’s not the most professional. A phone call is the best way to handle turning down a job. However, a letter is the way to go if you cannot reach the hiring manager or recruiter. Client interviewing for a job, Heartland Resumes, Omaha, NE

Timing is key

After reviewing the job offer, you realize that the position is not for you, or maybe you received a better offer from another company. It’s always better to reach out immediately once you have decided. Delaying your response could inconvenience the employer and damage your reputation on the job market. When you have a job offer that doesn’t suit you, inform them immediately so you and the employer can move on.

Explain yourself.

 You can’t do without an explanation when you decide to turn down a job offer. You don’t need to talk much about your thoughts and decisions. The best way to handle this is to explain that you decided to go with another offer that is more in line with your career goals. By explaining this, you are respectful to yourself and the company. 

Never forget to say thank you.

When rejecting an employer, never forget to thank them for the offer. Keep it simple and thoughtful. Show appreciation for the time they spent looking to fill the position and leave the door open for possible employment in the future.

Think about what is most important.

 It’s not easy to reject a job offer, but you always need to think about yourself and your career goals. If it’s not a good fit, that’s ok. Let the employer know as soon as you decide. Want more tips on this or have a question? Use the Contact Us form, and we’ll get back to you!