If you received a job offer that you do not want, learn how to decline it without burning bridges.
US job losses due to COVID-19 have reached their highest level since the Great Depression. With news like that, you might wonder if it’s foolish to even consider turning down a job offer.
However, it’s still a case-by-case decision. Sometimes it makes sense to settle for a position that seems less than ideal. Other times, it’s worth holding out for a job you’ll really love.
How can you decide what to do when an employer presents you with something less than your dream job and they’re waiting for your answer? Try these tips for accepting or rejecting a job offer without derailing your career.
Keep in mind that overnight success is rare. Most careers involve progress and setbacks. Clarifying your criteria will help you to weigh the tradeoffs when you receive a job offer, so you can decide what works for you.