How to Turn Down a Job Offer

By: Anna

Chances are good that newly employed people are sometimes offered more than one position at a time and have to decline an offer. This definitely is not a bad problem to have but it can be difficult and uncomfortable to deal with. There are several reasons why people turn down job offers, but some of the main reasons are: the money, the work itself, or the people at the company.

  • Google the company: it is always a good idea to Google the company you are interested in and read reviews and references from reputable sources.

You may want to turn down an offer because you received another offer at the same time, you discovered things you did not like about the company or management team, or you realized the company is overall not a good fit for you.

Keep in mind that the interview process is an opportunity for each party to evaluate each other. That’s right, you get to evaluate them, too!

Things you should do when turning down the job:

Always show appreciation.

Always express sincere thanks for the people you interviewed with and thank them for their time.

Once you have made a decision, let the company know as soon as possible.

If you wait too long to inform a company on your decision, the company may miss out on another candidate whom they are considering. Just as companies wish to know your decision as soon as possible, you as well wish to know as soon as possible if you received the position or not.

Tell them about your decision with a phone call, if possible.

How you communicate your decision with an employer says a lot about you. Speaking over the phone shows professionalism while emailing may give the employer the impression that you are afraid to speak over the phone with them.

Let them know what you liked about the company

Mention specific positive things about the interviewing experience and the employer. Speaking positively about a company shows that you had true interest in working for them and that they didn’t waste their valuable time interviewing with you.

Leave the door open.

If you still have interest in this company but this particular job was not a good fit then keep the door open for the future by saying something such as, “I hope there may be opportunities for us to work together in the future.”

Be honest about your reason for turning down the job

Hiring managers wish to know the real reason a candidate is turning down an offer, because it gives them an opportunity to possible revise offers to be competitive and get the candidate they want. If you turn down an offer due to pay, tell them that. You never know they might revise what they had offered you originally.

Things to remember:

  • Don’t accept multiple offers
  • Don’t be brutally honest
  • Don’t bad mouth the company
  • Don’t ignore the offer
  • Don’t lead the company on if you’ve already made a decision not to accept the offer

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Social Media Tips from Dr. Seuss

By: Anna

Finding yourself on social media can be a daunting task. Defining who you are and who people see you as can follow you for the rest of your life. One inappropriate or offensive post can change your peers’ perspective of you forever. I think Dr. Seuss says it best when it comes to life advice. The children’s books aren’t just for the young; they truly have changed my perspective on life advice given through these stories.

SoMe tips from Dr. Seuss

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is you-er than you.” Be yourself and consistent in who you are. When tweeting or posting on social media sites, stay consistent with what you post. Anything you put on the Internet will come back to you. Be your unique self! By being consistent, you are creating your image and branding yourself across social media and it will help you become recognized!

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Every connection counts! Networking with even one new person can lead to more opportunities. You never know what one new connection can lead to. Down the road that connection could become a job resource or even a good friend.

“I meant what I said, and said what I meant.” Never post anything on your social media sites that you would not want your mother to see. Only post things that you would be willing to defend in person. Be true to your beliefs and stay consistent on all your social media platforms.

“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!” You never know what you will come across on social media sites. Follow people and businesses you are interested in and learn valuable information from them. Join in on discussions and group conversations when possible!

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Start branding yourself today! Start even with the smallest step of networking with new people. Every little bit of exposure will count and can only benefit you when done in a positive way.

***REMEMBER: Anything you say or post on social media cannot be taken back. Social media is intended to be a fun and exciting experience. Get to networking; you never know who you might meet!

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Dining Etiquette 101

By: Anna

With technology at an all time overload, communication has changed, yet face-to-face interactions are still vital. When it comes to dining out on a regular basis, one doesn’t necessarily think of their dining etiquette. However, there may come a time in the near future where you may have to attend a business lunch or meeting that is at a restaurant. It is important to prepare for these meals and be aware of the etiquette that should be presented, so here are a few key tips that will be accommodating for the future.

Business Lunch

1. Confirmation: Always call to confirm a meeting to make sure you have the right day and time. Even if you are certain of the day and time, giving a confirmation call shows responsibility. The day of the meeting, make sure to show up reasonably early. You never know if the wait will be long if you did not call ahead or if something unexpected were to happen.

2. Passing of food: When someone requests something to be passed down the table to them, pass complements together. When salt is requested, pass the pepper along with the salt. Similarly, for foods that commonly go together such as bread and butter. When an item is requested from across the table, as it is being passes to the guest, never intercept the pass and grab for yourself.

3. How to use your napkin: Once everyone at the table is seated, unfold napkin and lightly place on your lap. When excusing yourself from the table, the napkin should be placed lightly onto the chair. Once finished eating, the napkin then is placed on to the table, not on your plate.

4. What utensils to use: Outside in is the rule. Begin the meal by using the utensils from the outer position and work inward. Once a utensil has been used, it should not touch the table again. When finished with the meal, the utensils should be placed on the plate.


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These are just a few tips that may help you with a future business lunch or even the next time you go out to eat. Having a few of these tips in the back of your mind will portray you as a respectful and responsible adult. Even if your dining out experience isn’t for a job interview or even business related, you never know what may come from networking or whom you might meet in the process.

Final tips for a successful business lunch:

  • Do not order anything you are unfamiliar with
  • Try and avoid finger food if possible
  • Avoid messy and/or expensive foods

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Meet Anna

AnnaMy name is Anna and I am a sophomore at University of Minnesota Duluth. I am currently majoring in Marketing with a minor in Management. I was born and raised in Duluth, MN and I’m thankful to call this place my home. Being from the state of hockey and growing up all around it, I’d have to say my favorite movie is Miracle. This will be my second semester working for UMD Career & Internship Services. The best career advice I have ever received is “never give up on your dream, no matter how crazy people may tell you it seems.” The best piece of career advice I could give to a student would be do something that you love, not just because it pays well. Wake up each day looking forward to going to work with a smile on your face.