At Dalmatian, we believe that starting a new job should be as exciting as moving into your dream home or planning a wedding. It should be a positive life event.

Yet, sometimes when we get offered a new job, deep down, we know that making the move isn’t the right thing for us.

Yes, the job might be more money, yes it might be a short walk from your home, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right job for you. It’s really easy to fall into the trap of taking any old job and finding yourself still there 10 years later, still as miserable as when you first started!

Here’s 5 reasons, why saying no to a job offer can sometimes be the right thing to do for you.

  1. Square Peg, Round Hole.
  • It might be a company that has an amazing reputation and staff that have worked there for years, but it doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you.
  • If the business you’ve interviewed for is very formal and tends to do everything in a very regimented way and you thrive in a more creative environment, then it might not be the job for you.
  • Have the confidence to believe in who you are and what kind of environment will bring out the best in you, it might be that you’re the one who needs procedures and a more formal setting. Know what’s right for you.
  1. No Straight Answers.
  • If the person interviewing you is really vague about what the role involves, the chance for personal development or the basics about the job (salary, holidays, working hours etc) then it might be the time to step away.
  • Communication is important and you want to be involved with a company who knows what they’re looking for in an employee and what they want them to bring to the company.
  1. Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Before going to an interview, research the company and try and see if you can find out about their ethos.
  • What are they trying to achieve? What’s their long-term goal? How do they want to achieve this?
  • Some companies will have this clearly laid out on their website, if not ask them in the interview. You need to know that you’ll be joining a company that you can share the values of. That you’re going to be able to completely support in their mission.
  • If it’s not a fit, then it might not be the job for you.

4. Money.

  • I’m a big believer that in life, you sometimes have to go backwards to move forwards, so a change of job or career, doesn’t always have to be salary based. Sometimes taking a pay cut might be the thing you need to do in order to progress.
  • BUT and here’s the BUT, if you’re going to do this, make sure that the company you are going to work for will be a place where you can progress and develop.
  • You want to work somewhere, where you can work through the ranks and grow your skills and eventually be appropriately paid for those contributions.
  • It’s also worth considering, if that company offers other benefits in lieu of a reduced salary, things such as flexible working hours.
  • Decide what’s going to be the best fit for you.

5. Gut Feeling.

  • Never discount your gut feeling, it’s a powerful tool and if you walk in somewhere and it just feels wrong, then maybe it’s not right for you.

Whatever kind of job you are searching for, make sure that you accept the position based on what it is right for you.

Good luck in your job search and if you need help putting together a new CV, then you can do that via Dalmatian, which is free and easy to use. Plus, you can also search our job board.

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