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You've Got The Job

The great news is that you have been offered a job. The bad news, though, is that you are not sure if you should accept. You may well still have outstanding interviews that you are waiting to hear back from, and there are even more interviews that you fancy your chances at. So what should you do? Accept the offer in the hand?

Wait and see what else comes your way? It can be a veritable minefield managing job offers. A few employers will understand the difficulties you are faced with. They appreciate the fact that good job hunters "shop around" and that they need some time to make up their mind. Others, though, are less flexible in their approach.

The minute they offer you a job, they expect you to leap to your feet, shake them warmly by the hand and accept it there and then. If you do not, they may well threaten to withdraw their offer, leaving you with nothing. The question is, what is the best way to proceed if you find yourself in this situation? The rule of thumb is to follow your instincts.

If you are being pressured into making a decision, trust your gut reaction to it. However, do keep in mind exactly what it is that you want to do with your career. In the heated rush to say "yes" or "no", and perhaps in your urgency to get started, it is easy to lose sight of your objectives. Fortunately, most people do not have to accept or reject job offers straight away.

The majority of large companies are quite happy to wait several days or even weeks for an answer. This is because most large companies are relatively "slow moving", so there is no need for a knee-jerk response or a rapid-fire decision. Under these circumstances, you should just send a letter acknowledging receipt of your job offer, and telling them that you will be in touch with them soon.

In the meantime, you can reel in any other offers that appeal to you before making a decision. On the other hand, small and medium firms may not be able to afford you this luxury. Their business has to be kept going, with or without you. As a result of this and out of fairness to them, you ought to make a decision within a couple of days. Having said that, having to choose between one job offer and the other can be torturous and extremely difficult.

Here's Some Advice That May Help

  • Find out exactly how much time you have to make a decision.
  • Find out as much information as possible about the job or jobs on offer.
  • If you have another interview approaching, ask if there is any way that it can be brought forward.
  • If you are still waiting to hear from a previous interviewee, contact the human resources department to determine exactly when a decision is likely to be made. If they sound sympathetic explain your situation frankly, because they may just be able to let you in on something.
  • Finally, when rejecting a job offer, always be gracious about it. You do not want to burn your bridges just yet. You never know when you may run into a particular person or company in the future.

Do What You Love To Do

This is the one of the great secrets of financial success. This is also one of your primary responsibilities in life. It is to find out what you really enjoy doing, what you have a natural talent for, and then to throw your whole heart into doing that, very, very well. Successful people are those who have found a field where their natural strengths and abilities are exactly what is required to do the job and achieve the results desired.

Most successful people say that they "never worked a day in their life." You must find a field in which you can be totally absorbed, a job or area of endeavor that completely fascinates you, that holds your attention, that is a natural expression of your special talents and abilities.

When you are doing what you love to do, you seem to have a continuous flow of excitement, energy and ideas to do what you do even better. Successful people, if they won a million dollars cash, would continue doing what they are doing. They would only do it differently or better or at a higher level.

But they love their work so much that they wouldn't even think of leaving it or retiring. Perhaps the greatest responsibility of adult life, when you are surrounded by so many different choices of occupation and activity, is for you to find out what it is that you really love doing and then dedicate yourself to that field. And no one else can do it for you.


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