|Career Development Professional Profiles Office Culture Job Hunting Advice Editor's Picks|
Home > Article
Juggling Job Offers with Grace
It's easy to cop an attitude in this job market. You're in demand. And it looks like nurses will be in demand for the long term. Your job search might lead to one, two, three or more job offers. Should you grab the job you think you want and blow off the others?
The saying "Don't bite the hand that feeds you," might apply. The fact is, you don't know if you'll someday need the person sitting across the desk from you, making you that offer. The employer or human resources person you turn down today could be the one you're begging for work for in the future.
Turning the job down is your right. How you handle it is in
your control. Don't be smug about it. Don't burn bridges. Be
honest. Be responsive to those who are waiting to hear from
Valerie Young, EdD, publisher and editor, Changing Course Newsletter, at www.changingcourse.com, suggests that the potential employee be aware of what she wants and courteous of those making the offers. According to Young:
Know what you want,
Before you apply for a new job, understand what your ideal
professional life would be. "I think a lot of people start
with the job and the work, and I think people need to back up
and say, 'What do I want my life to look like?' 'What do I
want my pace to be like?' 'What part of the country speaks to
me?'" Young said. Take a job before answering these questions
and you might find yourself in a job that's out of sync with
what you want in your life.
Do unto others?
We all know what it's like to wait for that important phone call. Put yourself in the recruiters' shoes and don't leave anyone dangling for too long. "More than likely, they're [the people hiring] anxious to fill the position. Job recruiting, interviewing and the decision-making process are probably something that they're doing on top of their other responsibilities. It can be tricky if there's a feeling that you're hanging them up," Young says.
Don't hold potential employers hostage for other offers, Young said. Organizations are made of people, with egos and personalities. Think of it as being invited to three parties and you can only go to one. Accept and decline jobs with grace and appreciation.
Alert potential employers about when you'll make your decision. You can say, "I appreciate the offer. I have some others that I'm considering, and I'll get back to you Monday of next week." You can also put the ball in the employer's court, asking when the latest is that they'd like to know, according to Young.
Treat employers the way you would want to be treated. After
all, you never know when your professional paths will cross.
Also consider that the job that you decideto take might fall
through, forcing you to go back to your second or even third
Honesty, confidence: Two keys to preserving future
Let the employers know in "an information sharing way" that you have other good job offers on the table-if that's in fact the case. Make a date, if possible, of when they'll get back to you with an offer.
"There's always an element of risk. There are so many
internal factors when organizations hire people. So there are
times when the nurse's first choice can't give the nurse a
date. The ball would then be back in the nurse's court [to
wait or decide on one of the other offers]," Young
Stay friendly with everyone
Remain respectful and look at everyone as a potential member
of your network in the future. Send everyone you interviewed
with thank you notes. Thank them for considering you and
perhaps mention how tough it was to decide. Remember, the job
search is also about people's egos. You're rejecting those
others who made you offers. In your thank you note, try to
build them back up, according to Young.
All the while, know you're in the driver's seat
Being nice doesn't mean selling yourself short. This job market should arm you with confidence. Ask for those perks that are important to you during the offer process. Young suggests that nurses and others frame their requirements to potential employers by saying, "Let me tell you something I'm thinking. This is something that's important to me. How might that fit in terms of this job and your needs?"
"Go for it," Young says. "Once you have the job, it's too late."
Copyright (c) 2008, MedZilla, Inc. Re-print permission granted by MedZilla, Inc. http://www.medzilla.com/cgi-bin/redirect?experience
More Related Articles
Is Cyber-Coaching Catching On?
After graduation, formal career guidance becomes nonexistent and young professionals are often on their own to navigate the new world of work. An increasing number of people are seeking answers to their career-related questions from online career coaches. But while cyber-coaches can provide a multitude of advantages, they can't help with every aspect of the career search. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of working with a coach online.
Can You Be Fired for Blogging?
It was Merriam-Webster Online's No. 1 word of 2004, and Fortune magazine named it the No. 1 tech trend for 2005. Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November 2004 found that 8 million people say they have created one and almost one-third of Internet users say they read one. But it's still a mystery: Six-of-ten Internet users say they don't know what "blog" means.
Should I put in writing my request to go part time?
Many parents of newborn infants contemplate returning to work on a part-time basis at first. So is it better to submit a written proposal or to take your manager aside and start with a conversation?
Google Web Search
Didn't see what you were looking for?
powered by Google