6 Ways Turning Down a Job Offer Hurts Your Future Chances

Most employers understand that candidates might turn down offers, and that there is never a requirement to accept an offer, and only a particularly strange employer would hold it against you if you did.  You’re absolutely entitled to turn down an offer as an employer is to turn you down, and reasonable people understand that.

It is possible to mishandle turning down an offer in a way that could hurt your chances with that company in the future.

  1. If you accepted a job offer and then changed your mind on the exact date that was supposedly going to be your first day, then no one at that company will offer you a position. The hiring manager now sees you as unreliable, and changing the hiring manager’s mind may require a small miracle.
  2. If you insisted you were definitely leaving your current position, and would never accept a counter-offer and then accepted the counter-offer
  3. If you negotiated a higher pay rate or extra benefits, asking the hiring manager or recruiter to go to bat for you, and they did (which now is associated with their own decision making), and then you turned it down anyway, even though they met your requests.
  4. Accept the offer initially, but then backed out.
  5. Staying silent on some key information until the offer stage – such as you can only work from home but never mentioned this earlier, want a higher salary than the range they shared with you earlier.
  6. Insisting throughout the process that you’re ready to move, change fields, or some other large change for the position – and then changing your mind once you actually got the offer. This isn’t bad behavior, but it makes you appear unreliable or that you don’t know your own mind. This will make recruiters and hiring managers less likely to be interested in investing time in you again.

If you have done any of these things, start a new search. We can help you with a new search, but only you can make the final decision.

Tough To Find Skills You May Have That Companies Are Looking For

It may come as a surprise to you as a job seeker, but employers are ready to fight for the industries top talent to make sure they have the professionals they need to grow and succeed as a company. That means they are eager to hire employees just like you. But oftentimes they are having a hard time finding the right person for the job.

Part of the reason behind that is simply the range of technical experience and skills which they are currently looking for. Many jobs require very specific technical experience, and employers tend to default to candidates who have that experience in just the way they expect it to be presented.

Probably the most important thing you can do to address the skills gap is to confront it head-on. That means acknowledging the existence of a possible gap, and planning and communicating how you expect to address the issues within the new position. Employers know that candidates are unlikely to know all the ins and outs of a new job right off the bat. Candidates who refuse to acknowledge the issue of a skills gap are unable to provide the assurances that businesses need when it comes to transitioning new employees into a critical position. Show prospective employers that you understand their position and provide a game plan for reducing that transition time for increased confidence in your abilities.

Beyond that, there are several key job skills that employers are actively looking for that you may already have.

Here’s a look at those tough to find skills that may just win you the job

Project Management

The most in-demand skill for almost any industry is project management. These skills are considered essential to the success of a company. Project management skills include organizational skills, communication skills, and delegation skills to make sure the project gets done on time and on budget. Being able to effectively delegate to make sure the right people are working on the right amounts of a project is a big part of managing your people and your resources. This means being able to trust in other people and their abilities, otherwise, you will only end up micromanaging or simply doing all the work yourself. These skills are naturally earned through working closely with project leads, and even pursuing your own passion projects.

Team-Building and Soft Skills

Teams are how companies accomplish their goals effectively. Without the support of a team, no company would not be able to do what they need to do. And team building is a big need from an employer’s perspective. Making sure a team is functional and effective takes work, as is keeping the lines of communication wide open.

Social Media Skills

Social media has become more and more of a professional tool. It’s particularly relevant from a marketing perspective. Having a solid understanding of the popular social media platforms and how they impact day to day business is a definite bonus for your administrative resume. Corporate social media outreach is often a task assigned to clerical staff when there is a lack of otherwise skilled staff. It is important for admins to understand how best to interact on social media from a corporate perspective. This can include translating long-form content into short-form content for social media, managing editorial calendars, and creating a consistency of message across multiple platforms.

Collaboration Software

Collaboration software is becoming more and more critical to successful project management today. Programs like Google Drive and Microsoft SharePoint allow people to access and modify content without loss of document control and encouraging remote access to critical information and tools. Admins should understand how these programs are used, and should be able to access information within these databases to provide support for other staff members as needed.

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How To Always Keep Your Resume Up-To-Date

We live in an uncertain world. You may have a great job right now, but you never know how long that security will be there. Every company goes through hiring cycles, where aggressive hiring and layoffs impact the lives of everyday workers. It’s a good idea to always be prepared with an updated resume in case anything happens or in case anything better comes along. Here are some key tips that will help you keep your resume up to date, just in case.

Make Time For Your Resume

Consider setting a date where you will update your resume no matter how secure your job seems at the moment. A good time to do this is New Year’s Day or even your birthday. Take some time and go over your resume and making sure all the information is current. By setting a goal to update your resume once a year, it will always be fairly current and ready to submit on a moment’s notice.

You may even want to start updating it sooner if the industry you work in is going through some changes. If you hear about layoffs happening at your company, start updating your resume right now. You will need to be able to get a jump on the others who have similar skills and experiences and be ready to take a new job as soon as possible.

Keep Information Current

Start off by updating your contact information. For many people, this changes often. Professionals change phone numbers, move, or even just get a new email address on a regular basis. You don’t want an email or phone number on it that you haven’t used in a while when a prospective employer needs to contact you.

Similarly, make notes of rewards and accomplishments that you have received since the last time you updated your resume. Even if you don’t think some awards will make much difference to a future employer, it’s important to track your accomplishments. Employers have been known to make the final decision on a job based on the fact that one applicant belonged to a service group. Additionally, it can impact financial decisions as well. So even if you don’t see how it will make an impact for you in the short term, keep track of those wins as best as you can.

Recommendations At The Ready

Get recommendations from people you have worked with recently and frequently. It doesn’t hurt to ask even if you aren’t looking for anything new. Having letters of recommendation on hand is smart so you will always be ready to go to an interview without waiting for someone to write a letter. It’s also easier to do now than ever before with professional networking sites like LinkedIn. These sites have recommendation sections build into their platform, and it is very easy to send a request when you need one.

Along those same lines, make sure you update your references regularly. Some of your recommendations might already be people you aren’t in touch with anymore. Some might have moved or changed phone numbers which need to be updated. Make sure your references are reputable people that know your character. It is a good idea to let them know you will be using them as a reference so they aren’t taken by surprise when they get a phone call. And make sure they are current enough to be comfortable putting in a good word for you in the future.

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3 Interview Skills You Should Always Brush Up On

The first impression you make on a potential employer is incredibly essential. When you meet a prospective employer for the first time, they immediately form an opinion of you based on how you present yourself, be it how you dress or how you speak. Interviewing is a skill in and of itself, in which your ability to interact with the interviewer and articulate your thoughts are just as important factors in getting the job as the qualifications listed on your resume.

Below are the top 3 interview skills to brush up on your own job search.

Skill #1: Be Confident, But Not Arrogant

Although you should be willing and able to promote yourself, your experience and accomplishments, make sure you don’t come across as arrogant, narcissistic, or self-important. No matter how good you are at your job, you’re going to run into countless obstacles if you lack the emotional intelligence to work on a team and get along with managers, co-workers or clients. Focus on exuding a kind and balanced sense of confidence, and when you discuss your achievements and be sure to give credit where credit is due to show that you’re a team player.

Skill #2: Express Optimism

No company wants to hire someone with a bad attitude. No matter how difficult your situation is, don’t bring any baggage into the interview room. That means don’t bad-mouth your former employer or any other companies you’ve been associated with or complain about your circumstances.

Be natural, expressing reasonable perspectives through a lens of optimism. For example, if you have to talk about a challenging situation, you should include a mention of how you may have helped solve it, and what you learned that made you a better employee. Remember, your body language here matters as much as your words. Walk in with a smile on your face, offer a firm handshake, and sit up tall at the table, leaning slightly forward to engage in the conversation.

Sill #3: Show Interest, Without Desperation

Sometimes, it can be helpful to think of an interview as a (professional) first date. An air of disinterest, apathy, or monotony will likely turn off an interviewer, as will overenthusiastic desperation. No matter how much you want or need the job, refrain from acting desperate; pleading or begging has no place in a job interview. The key is to express sincere interest in the role and in the company, and passion for the work you do. Keep in the back of your mind that you are a valuable asset as an employee.

Interviews can be tough, but with some practice, they can become a skill that you conquer. Make sure you are prepared for your first meeting with an employer and take the time to put your best foot forward. Sometimes that means running through sample interview questions with a trusted friend or mentor. Sometimes that means putting yourself in a confident mindset, ready and eager to share your passion and expertise with a new employer. The bottom line is to do what works for you, and you’ll be amazed at how well you can do.

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