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Saying No to a Job Offer Can Be Good for Your Career

Oftentimes when people are in search of a job, they need one soon. Really soon. They have bills to pay, kids and pets to care for, and food to buy. But if you have the ultimate luxury—time on your side before needing to start a new position—then you may want to consider declining a job offer.

The article “8 Reasons You Should Turn Down That Job Offer” by Heather Dugan discusses important issues to consider. Although Dugan doesn’t state it explicitly, this article can be viewed at least partially as a guide for long-term happiness and success in your career. If you can wait to apply for and then accept a job that truly fits your lifestyle and needs, then you are more likely to remain content in that position. Moreover, if you are able, limit your applications to jobs that you believe will truly be a good fit for you.

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD

Heidi owns and operates Career Path Writing Solutions, a communications consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals and businesses communicate when it matters most. She delights in helping job seekers navigate career change and guiding business owners to present their value proposition persuasively. Heidi earned her PhD in history from Duke University and teaches professional development for various university programs and organizations. She holds certifications in resume writing, interview preparation, and empowerment coaching, and sits on the Certification Committee of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.

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