Turning down a job offer
We are running a “job search diary” series about a guy who’s currently looking for a job. I pooh-poohed this a little when initially pitched, but it’s turned out to be pretty compelling. I think it helps a lot that it’s being written by a professional writer, as opposed to the guy himself.
Anyway, this week, he turns down a job offer, because the salary wasn’t right.
It is no small matter to turn down a job when one has been unemployed for eight months and is the sole breadwinner for newborn twins, a 14- month-old toddler, and stay-at-home wife.
In a horrendous job market that provides few opportunities, Brian McGrath recently declined the only job offer he has received. Salary was the issue: The company raised its offer but could not match the base salary – in the $70,000 range, before hefty bonuses – he had earned in his last job, as a real estate analyst. He felt his only choice was to decline.
I’m not sure I agree with his negotiating tactics; we’ll see how it works out for him.