Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Take the Job

So you’ve searched for weeks, maybe even months, for a new job. Now, you’ve finally achieved your desired goal: you have an offer in hand, maybe even multiple offers lined up – but how do you decide whether to accept or decline an offer? It’s an important decision that needs to be heavily thought through before making the final call, so here are some helpful words of advice and red flags to be aware of that should serve as reasons why you should not take the job.

Incompatibility

Incompatibility with potential colleagues you’ll work with, the interviewer (who may or may not be your potential boss/supervisor), and/or with the company culture are red flags that should be duly noted. Tread carefully when you notice early signs of unprofessional, rude, or undesirable behavior from your interaction with the company. These things may seem minor now, but will make a tremendous impact on your overall work experience as you settle into the company. Receiving emails outside of work hours, noticing unhappy employees, witnessing a lack of vision and passion for the company’s mission and growth from employees and higher-ups, and hearing unprofessional remarks from your interviewer or from current employees are all warning signs of how you may potentially be treated on a day-to-day basis for months and years to come as you become apart of the company long-term.

Money

While a higher salary ultimately plays a significant factor into choosing whether to accept a job offer, it is important to take into consideration the broader picture and things on the horizon. Do you believe in the company’s mission and goals? Do you see yourself growing both professionally and personally by working there? Is the job function something fulfilling, you aspire to do, and interested in? Does it take you a step further in your long-term career goals? Will it push you towards the career trajectory you aim for in the long-run?

Maybe the new job offers a higher salary, but also consider whether the role will take you a step ahead in reaching your professional goals. Perhaps you want to be in a position of influence, crave a leadership role, and desire to work with an exceptional team – these are all things that should be discussed with your potential employer before accepting the offer. Taking a job solely for the money doesn’t always result in the most favorable outcomes, so do your due diligence by researching and discussing the career opportunities you’ll have before making the final decision. Regardless of what you decide: don’t become a slave to money while sacrificing personal fulfillment with a career that aligns with your values and passion.

Peer Pressure

While your friends are important, what they choose to do with their careers should not influence or impact what you ultimately should decide for yourself. Friends can be a great asset in mentorship, support, and trusted companions to receive advice from – but make no mistake; friends should not serve as a benchmark of what you should decide to do with your life. This is especially important to take note of for recent grads who are deciding which industry and field they want to pursue after college. When your career is in its infancy stages, it is easier to make a bigger transition, but many grads get suctioned into the thought process that they should remain or switch into an industry that is popular and/or lucrative that is sought after by their peers. Accepting a job offer solely because your friends are doing it is a sure way of dimming your inner flame of motivation and ultimately becoming unhappy as a result of it.

The career you choose for yourself is one of the biggest decisions in your life, and it holds great importance in terms of the growth and trajectory it’ll take once it begins. This is why it is important to steer clear of getting funneled into the vortex of, “My friends are doing X, so I should too” – when no, in fact, you shouldn’t, unless you have a genuine interest in that career path. You’ll ultimately be the best and most successful in a career you’re passionate about.

Lack of Growth

Will taking this new job help you learn more, hone your existing skills, and help shape and create new skillsets that’ll further develop your marketability? Professional growth is an important factor to consider before accepting the job offer. Will taking this job allow you to gain exposure in a bigger playing field? Will you be challenged with new tasks and responsibilities that’ll grow your portfolio of skillsets? Will you be assigned projects that will help you gain new insight and knowledge that you can further use to develop in a future role – whether that be after a promotion or leading your own team? A new job should mean new responsibilities. You shouldn’t stagnate in what you’re comfortable with and continue doing what you already know. Before deciding whether to take the job, make sure that the new job offers growth opportunities that’ll challenge you to be outside of your comfort zone.

The Job Is Too Easy or Too Hard

Let’s address the former: if the job is too easy, you will get bored quickly and look for an easy way out. You’ll scramble for a new job, re-do the job hunt all over again, and ultimately waste time and energy in the process when this situation could have been avoided in the first place. Your passion, drive, ambition, and motivation in the work you provide will diminish as you become more and more disinterested. You will soon both grow tired and stagnate in your role, or quickly start searching for something new when you only recently started working in the new job. In both scenarios, you will only hurt your professional reputation.

Now let’s address the latter: you oversold yourself during the interview process, maybe you inflated your actual skillsets and what you accomplished in your previous roles, or maybe you genuinely sought after a new challenge. While looking to challenge yourself is a great quality to have, there is a fine line between doing something new that’ll help you learn and grow, and doing something that you know you aren’t right for and don’t have the means or abilities to accomplish. It won’t take long for your employer to notice that you can’t get the job done or are asking rudimentary questions, and this can potentially result in your employment termination for either underperforming, or for lying about your skills – which we kindly label as “overselling.” 

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