Red Flags and Warning Signs
In determining what to analyze on a written job offer, don't forget to consider red flags that should make you think twice about whether to accept or decline the offer. A bad fit may also result in your winding up back in the job market after only a few months. This could adversely affect any unemployment compensation you receive. Your benefits are based on the salary for your most recent employment, depending upon how long you stay with the company. Further, if you leave a position voluntarily, you will probably lose your eligibility for unemployment insurance altogether.
Inadequate compensation is a major reason to turn down a job offer. You will almost certainly feel unappreciated, and may be tempted to jump ship as soon as you receive a better offer, burning bridges that may come back to haunt you, U.S. News and World Reports warns. A low-ball offer of salary and fringe benefits from a prospective employer, or substantive downgrading in the stated salary or duties of the position are strong indications that you may be exploited once you're on the job. This is especially true if these factors are based on knowledge by the employer that you're desperate for work, Gradversity warns.
If there has been a succession of short-term employees for the position you're being offered or the company has a reputation for treating its workers poorly, you should seriously consider declining the position, even if you're desperate for work, Monster advises. Even if the company treats its employees well, if the culture is a bad fit for your personality or values, you will likely be unhappy.
Don't dismiss any misgivings you may have in your gut about the job offer, the company, or your prospective new supervisor. Even if you can't determine a concrete reason for your hesitation, your instincts may be picking up on potential land mines.You should not feel apprehension and dread the prospect of starting a new job.