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Written by Abby Kohut   

One of the many wonderful things about blogging is that you can take everyday stories that you hear and turn them into valuable lessons for your readers. A wonderful opportunity presented itself this past weekend when I was sitting down with a friend over dinner.

My friend, Paul, has dedicated his career to teaching autistic children. Like many other teachers who have the summer off, Paul has been searching for a summer job. He interviewed for several positions and received an offer from one. Paul quickly accepted this offer and then called the other recruiters he was working with to let them know that he was no longer interested in continuing with their process.

A few days later, the recruiter that extended the offer to Paul called him to let him know that the company had just decided to eliminate his new position. Paul quickly called the other recruiters he had been interviewing with, but they had already moved on to other candidates and were no longer interested.

At the dinner table, we discussed all of the valuable lessons that could be gleaned from Paul's experience, which I now bestow on you.

  1. Always ask for 24 hours to consider the offer. The fact is that if a company offers you a job, it's you that they want to hire, so your attempt to negotiate a better offer is expected as is your request for a day to decide whether you want to accept it. The only reason to decide on the spot is if the company says it's now or never when you ask for the extra time. Then, you have a decision to make.
  2. Paul told me that he felt pressured to take this offer, even though it was not his top choice. These days, offers are difficult to come by he thought. If Paul had kept his options open longer, he may have received an offer for a position that he felt more passionate about within a few days. Taking an extra day to consider your options can help you better make these tough decisions.
  3. When you receive a job offer, now, or in any economic climate, do not assume that your search is over. Continue to search until the end of your first week of employment. These days, company budgets are being sliced right and left, and if your position is unexpectedly cut early on, you will want to keep your other options open. And, it just might be you that chooses to go if the position was not quite what you expected it to be.
  4. Paul said that the offer that he received was dramatically lower than the salary he was earning in his teaching job and that his paycheck would barely cover his monthly bills. If you are lucky enough to have more than one offer, this can be an excellent negotiation tactic.
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
In any economy, delaying your acceptance of an offer for a day or so, gives you time to fully weigh your options. And you never know what might be just around the corner if you wait. However, in this economy, there are lines of people behind you who will gladly take the job instead of you so don't be unreasonable with how much extra time you take.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!