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“accepted a position a month ago. i had turned it down twice, but the offer was sweetened each time until i relented, but i was never overly excited about the position.
one reason why i accepted because it seemed the job market was slowing and i couldn't find a postion i'd like.
last week, 2 jobs opened up, both i'm interested in, nice locations, both offer $7-10K more money. both appear to be more stable. i emailed my resume and there is interest.
problem is that i'm supposed to start the job i accepted next week. i hate to break my word. is it appropriate to turn it down now, or should i give it a try?”
“I think its appropriate to change your mind. That's the way the world works. They could get rid of you at any time, you should be able to play by the same rules. Be professional about it, though. Don't burn any bridges.”
“IMHO, if you don't turn it down now, you will just be delaying the inevitable.”
“Take one of the positions that you're actually interested in. Explain what happened to the company that you were to start for next week, only leave out the part where you said you're not too excited about working there. Let them know that a counter-offer is unnecessary.
Don't work at a job you're not really interested in, it's bad for and bad for the company you're working for.”
“Oops, that should have read, "It's bad for you and bad for the company you're working for."”
“Do you have real job offers from the other places?
If you do just tell the company you got a better offer and thank them for their efforts.
Don't start a job and quit a week later.
Never burn bridges, you may need those folks in the future.”
“Until you HAVE one of the jobs you're interested in you have to start the "new" job. When you have a firm offer, then you can quit the new job. "So sorry, but they came to me and I just can't turn it down." etc. etc.”
How did you make everthing go "bold" type?”
“I screwed up the ending tag for bolding...typed </n> instead of </b>”
“Make sure you have an offer first!
It's better for everyone if you bail from the other job before it starts. Most companies invest alot of time and money into employees during the intitial phase of employment and usually the employee is not worth much to the company until later.”
“I aggree with what's been said. If you have a firm offer, take it. Tell the other you got a better offer, if they really want you they might make a better counter-offer. And the bidding war begins.”
“I have to agree also. It's understandable to feel bad about accepting a position and then having to turn it down.. but you have to do what's best for you. Good luck.”
“Work all three jobs 'til someone offers you an even better one. Then you'll have four jobs.
Unless the person who offered you this position is a friend of yours, there's no real reason to feel bad- You got a better offer, and it's business- You'd better believe that the second you cost them more money than you make them, they'd can you. It's all about the Benjamins. Even if the person who offered you the job is a friend, you owe it to yourself to quit, it just means you're entitled to feel bad about it now. Besides, more money, more gear. The end.”
“thanks for the advice.”
here's you a job
“My name is Ryan Anderson, My company Neovative Testing are looking for 1000 people who would be interested in Testing and reviewing Computer, Xbox, and Playstation 2 games. We pay 17 dollars per hour. Employees will recieve 1 game per week for part time and 2 for full time. Each game completed is 20 hours of work completed. Pay checks can be direct deposited or sent by mail on fridays. Please email email@example.com.”
“Oh, yeah. Sign me up, LOL!”
“I received that email a little while ago, I told Randy he needs to sign up! Get paid to do what he's good at.”
“No comment!!! ;-)”
“went on a interview and it was great. walked out of there feeling very good. now a lot of people have suggested in the past that I should call them. ok, if I call what do I say?
can I answer any questions they might have for me?
pretend that I have a question for them?”
“Simply call and advise you remain interested in the position and politely inquire if there is any further information you can provide to assist in the decision making process.”
“Then tell them you'll kick their mother#&%!$ing #&%!$s if they don't #&%!$ing hire you in a big mother#&%!$ing hurry.”
“send them a hand written note thanking them for sure
if you haven't heard from them in a week or so, a follow up phone call would be appropriate”
“I would write a letter but they are looking ASAP I think. I would hate to have it arrive to late. I do like the idea of calling and asking if they have any questions that I might not have anwered for them”
“I always ask for a business card during the interview, and then email them once I get home -- thanking them for their time today.. and how much I want the job, and generally try to express how I think my background is a good match for their needs.. and pass along any additional info I meant to bring up in the interview but forgot to say.. and encourage them to call me if they have any additional questions.”
“It depends on how much time has passed. If you call them from your cell-phone as you're walking out the door immediately after the interview, that's inappropriate. I'd just send a thank-you letter in the mail. If a week has gone by and they didn't give you any time-frame clue as to when you'd hear from them, I'd probably do another follow-up via e-mail and perhaps offer your daughter to pleasure them. Just kidding about the daughter. A phone call might be cool if it's been a while and you think they would've responded by now. But then again, I work for the gov't so take my advice with a grain of salt and a shot of tequila. Then go tell 'em you'll ram your Leki Super Makalus where the sun don't shine, all the way up to the angled handles. If that doesn't work, tell 'em you'll do it again but this time with Snowflake baskets on the tips and the shocks turned off. This job is yours, man.”
“UMM ok Buck, now step away from your PC
good advice Townie. wish i would have thought of that.”
“Mapleleaf: well if you wore something appropriate to the interview I am sure they will long remember your visit.
* ducks *”
“i wore a biz suit!
I looked hot baby grrrrrrr
yeah right. it was pouring out and i had no umbrella and the humidity did things to my hair that scared me!”
“Dang girl.. I mis-read your post at first.
lol.. I wont go into it.”
“Manager 1: Well, she was on time, has all the necessary experience and skills, deported herself well, and generally seems to be an acceptable candidate.
Manager 2: Yah, maybe, but did you see her hair? Yuck.
Manager 1: True. OK, next resume... (chucks maple's into the garbage)”
“Manager 2: Wait, not so fast. Did you check out her assets?
Manager 1: Assets?
Manager 2: Yeah.. you know.. her.. assets.. (moking motion to denote where his eyes where drawn during the interview)”
Your mean bit!”
“omg your all dogs!!”
“I wanted to wear a skirt, but went with pants. I want the job not boonk the cute boss that was there!”
“Some reason you can't do both?
Oh yeah, Treebeard. Never mind.”
“Maple, you change jobs more than I change zip codes!”
“I think she's just spent a lot of time looking, Roam...she hasn't actually changed jobs yet.”
“I like chili's idea. I would call after two days. They may still be interviewing, and it will help refresh their minds as to who you were. People like to hire employees that REALLY want the job, and show it. It also shows that you are a person that follows up on things, and are somewhat aggressive which will be good for whatever position they are hiring for.”
“no roam, i go on job interviews.
it's hard out there. I am just very glad at least i still have a job now!”
“Well, regardless, good luck maple!
I always send some sort of thank you response. Email might be appropriate or a phone call - depends on the person you talked to.
Traditionally it was good to send a card, but if they indicated that they want to move fast a phone call would be better.”
“I know they are still interviewing today. Not tomorrow. so I think I will call tomorrow early in the AM.
sound like a plan sam?
thanks guys (even you horn dogs)”
“hehe.. sorry Maple. I'll be nice now.”
“where whould trail talk be without you
hornie little doggs?
grrrrrr baby :)~”
“pant pant pant”
“growels are very sexy!”
“ok so I called this morning to the job.
very well. I think I surprised her by calling. She seemed vey happy that I called. I told her that if there were any questions that I did not get to during the interview that I would be happy to address them now. I also thanked for very much for seeing me. I offered some refferences and I would fax them to her ASAP.
we spoke a little about my upcoming camping trip.
all in al it went very well. I made her laugh.
GOD I want this job.
but once again I need to think in the real world. If I don't, then I will keep looking.”
“Please say that you didn't tell her you're organizing a camping trip for people from the internet!!!”
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