Is it Okay to Back Out of a Job Offer for Another?

Is it Okay to Back Out of a Job Offer for Another?

The Great Resignation is in full force and appears to be the theme throughout the year as the economy continues to recover. The Labor Department reported last week that the economy added nearly 1 million new jobs in July. Additionally, the latest JOLTS Report revealed that a record-setting 10.1 million jobs are currently available. As a result, people are quitting their jobs in waves as they gain more confidence and optimism in their prospects. As these job seekers start to go through the interviewing process with multiple employers, it’s not uncommon to receive more than one job offer. So, is it okay to back out of an offer to pursue another after accepting the offer?

It’s more common than you might think

A recent LinkedIn post from resume coach Robynn Storey went viral with a story about one of her candidates. Storey’s candidate received a job offer that she happily accepted. However, shortly afterward, she received another offer. This offer was more lucrative and offered more opportunities. This candidate was conflicted about backing out of the first offer but ultimately turned it down for the second one.

Almost every employer has had candidates back out of a job offer to pursue another opportunity. And with so many jobs available, this is happening more than you might think. So, this raises the question if it’s acceptable to back out of an offer for another. The short answer is yes, but you must do it professionally and timely.

How to back out of a job offer for another

If you decided to back out of a job offer, there are a few tips to ensure you do it professionally so it doesn’t burn any bridges and leave the employer hanging out to dry.

First of all, if you are backing out of an offer, you want to let the company know immediately. The longer you wait to rescind your offer, the harder it will be for both you and the employer. As soon as you accept your new offer and have a start day ironed out, write a formal letter to the hiring manager with your withdrawal. Keep the letter short and sweet. There is no need to go into great detail about why you are pulling out. Just simply explain that you, unfortunately, are pulling your candidacy because you accepted another position. In your letter, make sure you thank the hiring manager for their time and show your appreciation for the opportunity.

Before you fire of that letter, call the hiring manager and do it over the phone, if possible. It may be more challenging to do it in a one-on-one conversation, but it’s the professional and courteous thing to do. Once you break the news, you can send the letter to the hiring manager to officially pull yourself from the position.

What if they present a counteroffer?

If you contact the employer and try to back out of the offer, they may counter your other offer. In today’s competitive market, employers are resorting to clever tactics to attract new candidates, so a counteroffer is very well possible. Before you contact the hiring manager to withdraw from your offer, understand why you are backing out. Is it simply money? Or did the second offer that came in have more opportunities, better benefits, or other perks that pique your interest? If it’s merely just compensation, then have a bottom line in your mind that you would be willing to accept to move forward with the first offer. However, if it’s more than just the money, there may be no point in entertaining a counteroffer.

Keep in mind that this prospective employer may not be thrilled to negotiate with you after you accepted the offer, but it is possible in this unprecedented market.

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If you turn down a job offer professionally and timely, you can hopefully salvage your relationship with that employer. If you are interested in reviewing more job hunting or interviewing resources, take a look at our blog!

How to Evaluate A Job Offer in 2021

How to Evaluate A Job Offer in 2021

Receiving a job offer is one of the most exciting feelings imaginable, especially if you have been unemployed for an extensive amount of time. However, before you sign your name on the dotted line, you must review the offer; this is a major decision, and you must understand if this is a good fit. Here are three aspects to consider when you evaluate a job offer in 2021.

Compensation and Perks

Reviewing the salary of the position will always be crucial. However, there are other compensation offerings and perks to consider while you evaluate a job offer in 2021. It’s essential to review the salary, commission structure, bonuses, and other items that affect your income. You must also take a look at the benefits package to ensure this is a position that can support your retirement goals and medical needs. Don’t jump to signing the offer letter before you review the entire compensation package. If the numbers are not precisely where they should be, prepare to negotiate. Do some research on the compensation of other professionals with similar experience in your location. Working from home may impact salaries in the future, so be sure you are satisfied with the compensation before accepting the position.


If the pandemic has taught us anything is that flexibility is vital for both employers and workers. It is essential to understand what kind of flexibility the employer offers while you evaluate a job offer. After the virus is in the rearview mirror, will this employer return to its old, rigid ways? Or are they committing to being innovative, open-minded, and adaptable? For example, are you going to have the option to work remotely periodically or have a hybrid schedule where you work both from the office and home? These are questions that you will want to answer before signing your offer letter. It is important for your future employer to offer flexibility when needed to take care of you and your family.

DEI Initiatives

When we were in a candidate-driven market a couple of years ago, many job seekers were searching for a job with the right “culture fit.” However, finding a company with a good culture isn’t everything. When evaluating a job offer this year, take a good look at the company’s diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives. But how can you analyze a company’s DEI initiatives without being part of the team yet?

First of all, the best way to understand an employer’s DEI programs is to ask about them in your interview. Ask the hiring manager to elaborate on them and provide examples of how the company supports them. Additionally, you can do some research online to understand them better. Review the company’s core values, mission statement, and online reviews from past and current employees. You can also see what people are saying about them on social media. DEI will be an essential item to consider with any future company, and you want to ensure it’s a priority for your prospective employer.

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Three Simple Reasons You Didn’t Receive A Job Offer

Have you ever walked into an interview, thought you nailed it, only to be stunned a few days later when you didn’t receive a job offer? That is one of the most gut-wrenching feelings, especially in this economic climate. Not receiving that job offer can fill you with self-doubt and throw your entire job search off. It can leave you asking questions like, “what’s wrong with me?”

The good news is that you are receiving job interviews, which is one of the most challenging steps in any job search! In other words, there is nothing wrong with you or your qualifications. However, it means there is something during the interviewing process that can be improved upon to secure that elusive job offer! Here are three simple reasons you didn’t receive a job offer after a solid interview.

You didn’t do your homework before your interview

No matter how qualified you are for a job, you have to do your homework before your interview. You must do some research on the employer’s website, social media, or a quick Google search. Hiring managers will ask you a variety of interview questions to test your knowledge of the company or to assess your fit with the team. These questions are challenging to answer if you don’t do your due diligence. You could be the most qualified applicant for the role but fail to receive an offer because you didn’t connect the dots between you and the company.

You didn’t portray confidence throughout the process

It is crucial to portray confidence throughout the hiring process. From your first interaction to your last, you have to prove that you can succeed in the role. If you are uncertain about your fit with the position, hiring managers will notice. Illustrating confidence in your background and abilities is even more crucial if you switch industries or career paths altogether. If you can’t trust yourself, how is your new employer supposed to trust that you are the right applicant for the job?

Doing your research will help you confidently answer interview questions. Body language and appearance also play a significant role in how your confidence is illustrated. If you are slouching in your chair, not making eye contact, or underdressed, these will all show a lack of focus and confidence. It is even more challenging to show off your confidence over a video interview, so be sure that you are prepared if you haven’t had one in a while.

Here are a few tips to help you ace your next video interview.

You didn’t follow up with a thank-you note

Many candidates believe a thank you note is an outdated or unnecessary step in the interviewing process. Unfortunately, these job seekers could not be more mistaken. A thoughtful, personal thank note is like a big red ribbon on a present. It will help you stand out in a sea of applicants in today’s competitive job market. A thank-you note is your final elevator pitch; it gives you the ability to concisely thank your interviews while reminding them of your skills, background, and culture fit. Too many candidates fail to send a genuine thank you note. By spending a few minutes after your interview to thank each of your interviewers, you could separate yourself from the competition.

Here are some of our favorite templates for post-interview thank-you notes that will leave a lasting impression.

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These are just a few simple reasons why you may not have received a job offer, even if you are a strong candidate. If you are looking for more helpful job search resources, we have you covered. Johnson Service Group has hundreds of useful tips and tricks to help your job search excel. Check out our candidate resources today and rise above the competition!

3 Ways To Ensure You Get The Salary You Deserve

3 Ways To Ensure You Get The Salary You Deserve

It may seem like an odd time to talk about salary with everything else going on. However, we believe that there is no wrong time to broach this subject and pursue your true value. That doesn’t mean that salary conversations are all smooth-sailing, though! You need to prepare ahead of time, and these three steps will give you the confidence to ask for the salary you deserve.

1. Know Your Worth

Whenever you’re searching for a new job, you should first and foremost know your worth. This is based on a variety of metrics, including your past salaries and experiences. Additionally, you need to do your research. Estimate and compare your salaries on sites such as PayscaleLinkedIn, and Once you have collected a few different numbers, choose a range in which you’re comfortable. What is your preferred number? What is the absolute lowest you will accept?

Also, you should have a big picture view of your desired benefits. Sometimes, you may accept a lower salary for full health insurance, additional vacation time, or a matching 401k. Understanding what’s most important to you will allow you to make an informed decision when the time comes.

2. Be Prepared To Negotiate

There are few times that salary will be offered without room for negotiation. If the offer comes in a little less than you expected, don’t be afraid to ask for the salary you deserve. As mentioned above, make sure you have a solid list of non-negotiables and minimum requirements. If the employer is unwilling to budge or meet you halfway, and you feel that you have accurately estimated your worth, you can turn the offer down. Even in today’s tumultuous market, your work is still valuable!

3. Partner With A Recruiter

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re getting the pay you deserve is to partner with a recruiter. We have been trained to go to bat for you. We understand market trends and have built relationships with hiring managers. A recruiter literally lifts these burdens off your shoulders.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career and get the salary you deserve? Explore our open positions or collect more job search tips here.

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Juggling Multiple Job Offers? Here’s How To Decide

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Today’s job market is prime for making a career change. However, after putting your resume out there, you may find yourself juggling multiple job offers. And while this may not be perceived as a bad problem to have, it can make for an extremely difficult decision. It’s essential that you make the right choice, but how? Here are a few things we recommend to our candidates:

Discuss it with your family

First and foremost, discuss any serious career decisions with your loved ones. You should do this early and often throughout the process! Your significant other may not be the one applying for the job, but chances are, they’ll be affected by such a major decision. If you have kids, involve them by showing them the area and exploring different schools and activities. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a position and have to overcome monumental roadblocks with those most important to you when it comes down to committing.

Make a t-chart

You know the ones – pros on the left, cons on the right. Make a t-chart for every possible outcome of each job offer. What are the pros and cons of job A? How about the pros and cons of job B? If I stay at my current position, what will the pros and cons be? Oftentimes, when you’re able to see everything laid out in front of you, it’s easy to find your non-negotiables or significant hurdles. This also makes it easy for you to weigh the options with your recruiter.

Think long-term

A job that looks great on the surface can certainly be tempting. However, what’s most important is your happiness and sustainability long-term. With each offer, consider things such as the growth opportunities, the team environment, and your work-life balance. This is where partnering with a recruiting firm comes in handy. We’ve been working with many of our clients for years and we can give you the inside scoop into what our opportunities really consist of! Reach out to one of our recruiters and we will help you make the right career move.

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How to Get a Candidate to Accept Your Job Offer in This Tight Market

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With this year being at an all-time low for unemployment rates, companies, like you, are being pushed to give higher wages, be more willing to relocate, and overall do a lot more to get and have great candidates take their job offer. And since the market is so great for candidates, companies are seeing a huge increase in ghosting from candidates when given an offer letter and even after accepting it.

But there are a few things you can do from your companies perspective that will keep those great candidates from leaving and going to another “better” opportunity.

Move Quickly

Moving quickly is a huge way to keep candidates on the hook and not looking for other positions. This way you can decrease the likelihood of them having counter offers, that will take them away from your position.

The killer of all deals is time. If you don’t move quickly, you will almost always lose the candidates you want to another company that is moving quicker. Even though the job market is great, candidates are still wanting to move quickly, and will not just wait for your company if they have another job offer on the table.

Be Unique

Make sure to juice up your company. Do you have a great company culture? Do you help employee’s support charities? There are tons of different things that make your company special. So, showcasing your best attributes will only keep candidates interested in your company and hopefully pass on other interviews and job offers. When you have a candidate that is excited about your company and morally loves what you do, almost nothing will keep them from accepting your offer.

Make Personal Connections

Making your company and people they will be working with accessible, is pertinent to keeping candidates on the hook. When they are in contact constantly with people they will be working with, they will want to stay on board with your company. It helps make them feel important and every person enjoys that feeling. So, instead of backing off after giving an offer, make sure to check in and have those personal connections with your candidates.

Opportunities for Growth

This is an important one to make sure you hammer into candidates you want to hire. Everyone wants to grow and well, earn more money. So, if you can explain to them how climbing the ladder works, it will help them realize how they can grow in their career. Explaining how promotions work and what they can expect helps them not be blindsided when they want to ask for promotions. And in turn, makes them more excited to work with a company that is so upfront. Being honest with growth potential and promotions will help you, in the long run, find great employees who want to stay. And keep your retention numbers even higher.

Overall, these tips can and will help you retain talent that you are dying to have. In today’s job market a lot of companies are hurting because there are not enough people to fill their open positions. And when you find a good candidate you do not want to lose them over small mistakes. If you keep in mind these tip’s you’ll be on the road to success with hiring great employee’s, who accept your job offer and you’ll have fewer candidates ghosting your company.

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Y is for Yes: What to Do Before Accepting a Job Offer

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Congratulations! You nailed the interview, you wowed the hiring manager, and you have officially been offered the job. Before you start celebrating, you must take some time to evaluate this job opportunity to ensure it’s a good fit for you.

Here are four important things you should consider before you accept the job offer.

Ask employer when they need a response by

Before you do anything, take a moment to thank the employer for the job offer. Let them know how excited you are about the opportunity. But before you do anything else, you need to ask how long you have to make a decision.

This will provide a timeframe of when your decision needs to be made. After you know when your decision must be made, you will have a better idea of how to proceed. The worst thing you can do is rush into a job offer and sign right away before knowing all of the details!

Knowing when you start

Another important thing you must ask is when the employer wants you to start? Is it in two weeks? A month? Two months? Every employer is different, and thus, you must know when you will be starting if you accept the job offer.

This will give you a timeline of when you need to give your notice to your current employer. The standard is a two-week notice, but if you are in a managerial role of some sort, you’ll want to give your employer as much of a notice as possible so you don’t just leave them high and dry.

Understand the benefits and perks

While you are making a decision, you must understand all the benefits and perks that come with the job. Does the employer have a matching 401k? How many vacation/sick days do you get each year? Is there dental, health, and vision insurance? The list goes on and on.

Benefits aren’t everything, but they’ll play a huge role in your decision! It’s best to know all the details so you know what you’re getting before you even walk in the door on your first day of work.

Negotiate your salary

As you evaluate a job offer, one of the most important aspects you’re reviewing is the salary and compensation package. Obviously, money isn’t everything, but you need to earn enough income to support yourself and your family.

If the offer comes in with a lower salary than you expected, now is the time to negotiate. The first step is asking if the salary for the position is negotiable. Most salaries aren’t set in stone and you’ll never know until you ask. If you are a solid fit for the role and the hiring manager likes you, the employer will more than likely be willing to negotiate a little bit.

And if they won’t budge on the salary, now is the time to reflect on whether or not the salary is worth reasonable enough for you to accept.

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O is for Offer: How to Evaluate A Job Offer

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When you finally receive that much-anticipated job offer that you’ve been waiting weeks for, it can be tempting to accept the offer right off the bat. However, when you receive a job offer, you must carefully evaluate the offer to ensure you’re not rushing into anything. After all, this is your career we’re talking about!

Here is everything you need to evaluate before accepting, negotiating, or even declining a job offer.


Finances are arguably the most important factor to consider when contemplating a job offer. Obviously, there are other important aspects to evaluate with a job offer, but ultimately, you need to ensure the offer provides fair compensation.

Is the salary offered what you were expecting? If it’s a little less, is it enough to pay all your bills? If the answer is no, then you probably shouldn’t accept the offer right away. But if you really want the position, try and negotiate for a higher salary before you accept.

Need some negotiating tips? Check out our guide to negotiating a higher salary.

Benefits and Perks

Have you been briefed on the benefits? Reviewing the benefits and perks offered is essential when evaluating a job offer. Many people are willing to take a pay cut if the benefits offered are outstanding.

Ask for details about health insurance, life insurance, vacation/sick time/PTO, retirement plans, disability and any other benefit programs. Inquire about how much the benefits will cost out of your paycheck. If you still need more information, don’t hesitate to ask for the plan descriptions so you can compare the benefit packages.

And usually, when the benefits are good, it means the company does a good job of taking care of their employees!

Location of the job offer

Location doesn’t just refer to the city or state the job is located in, but also the proximity of the office to your home. If this job is a relocation for you, there are many things to consider before accepting a job offer, such as cost of living, recreational activities, distance from family, and so much more.

If this potential job is nearby, how’s the commute? Unless you don’t mind waiting in your car for hours, you may not want to accept a new job that has a crazy commute or terrible traffic.

Are you relocating to a new city? If so, you need to ask what the relocation package looks like. Some companies offer full or partial relocation packages to help you move to your new city. If the employer doesn’t offer any relocation benefits, you may want to think twice before pulling the trigger and accepting the offer.

Even if this is your dream job, you may be hesitant to accept the job offer if the location isn’t for you. You may love your job but ultimately resent your decision if you end up dreading where you live.

Travel and hours

Before you accept the job, ask about the hours you’ll be expected to work. Are you working 40 or 50 hours a week? Are you salary or hourly? Do you have the weekends off? Will you be on call 24/7? These are important questions to ask to get a better idea of what a normal ‘day at the office’ will look like.

If you are expected to work 20 hours a week overtime unpaid because you’re on salary, this may not be the opportunity for you. Work-life balance is really important and it’s essential that you double-check with the hiring manager that you will have a life away from the office!

When contemplating a job offer, everyone has a different set of personal circumstances. The same position may be a dream for one candidate and the worst nightmare for another candidate. Just ensure you take your time to thoroughly evaluate an offer before accepting (or rejecting) a job offer.

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H is for Hired: What to Do After Getting Hired

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Congratulations! You nailed your interview and you just received an offer from your dream job. Now what? You accepted the offer over the phone with the hiring manager. But what do you do next? When do your resignation with your current job?

Navigating the time between when you receive an offer and the first day of your new position can be tricky. Here is what you need to know for a seamless transition to your new job.

Wait for the official offer letter

Before you even think about submitting your two weeks’ notice, you need to wait for the official offer letter from your new employer. Technically, nothing is official until you receive, review, sign, and submit your offer letter.

Don’t submit your notice until you have carefully reviewed your offer letter. Read the fine print. Make sure it matches everything previously discussed and it coincides with what you are looking for in a new opportunity.

Now is the time to ask the hiring manager or HR any questions on benefits, paid time off, or any other questions you may have. If the offer looks good and you like everything you’ve heard, you’re ready to cross your T’s and dot your I’s.

Put in your two weeks’ notice

After you send off your official offer to your new employer, it’s time to submit your notice. Now, this can be one of the most difficult (and awkward) conversations you’ll have at work. However, it’s necessary to move on to your new opportunity.

Obviously, this is a conversation you will need to have in person with your boss. And make sure you tell your boss first. I know you may want to tell your closest co-workers, but the professional thing to do is to tell your boss in person, first.

Depending on your relationship with your boss, you can either head over to their office and ask to speak with them in private for a minute or you can schedule a meeting on their calendar. I know this is a difficult conversation, but just be honest and candid with your boss.

Have a last day in mind, (typically two weeks from your notice) so you can tell your manager when they ask. Thank them for the opportunity to work with them and express your gratitude for working with them. Shake their hand and move on to the next step.

Depending on your organization, you may need to draft an official letter of resignation. Keep this short and to the point. Basically, the letter needs to include a statement of resignation, your job title, the company you are resigning from, and the date of your last day of work. If you need help, The Muse offers a great guideline for writing a resignation letter.

Understanding what your first day will look like

Now that you have officially accepted your new job opportunity and put in your notice, you are probably curious about what your first day will be like. You may be wondering to yourself “what should I wear?” or “where do I go on my first day?” or even “what is my team like?”

Almost everyone has asked themselves these questions when starting a new job but don’t seek out the answers. Want to know what the office dress code is? Ask your new boss or someone in human resources. Want a better understanding of the dynamic of your new team? Look them up on LinkedIn and get a feel for who you’ll be working with.

Starting a new job can be very overwhelming. Getting a better idea of what your new work environment, the makeup of your team, or even just something as simple as knowing where to park on your first day, will help you put some of those nerves at ease.

Relax and enjoy the ride

Take a deep breath and relax. You deserve it! Enjoy the last few days at your current position and get excited about your new career path. Add your colleagues on LinkedIn and save the contact information with those that you want to keep in touch.

Accepting a new position can be stressful, but if you follow these guidelines, you will have a smooth transition into your new job.

6 Essential Steps for Job Interview Preparation

What is your first step after finding out you landed that interview for your dream job? Google.

So there you go, the top steps on how to prepare for an interview, right? While this list can be helpful, it doesn’t expand much on what to do. Let’s dive deeper into what to do when preparing for an interview.

1. Research the organization

This step is crucial because as a future employee (positive thinking!) you need to get as much background information you can. Yes, Google is a good place to start, but go a step further and find their website, check the mission statement and values. Make sure you know something about the culture and not just what the company does. If the company has social media check that out— typically social media holds more recent information.

Also during this step, prepare questions to ask the hiring manager or recruiter. There will ALWAYS be time for a question from the interviewee, if you don’t have one, this shows you didn’t prepare like you were going to receive the position. There is no way the recruiter covered all the information you need to know about the company or position to the fullest.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements

Look at the job description and figure out what qualities you possess that will help you during the interview. Additionally, figure out which skills you might not have in your tool box – prepare to be asked for both highs and lows. Figure out the strengths and weaknesses you have for the position before the interview, making sure you’re aware of what you might be questioned about.

3. Prepare Responses

So far you have *hopefully* planned questions to ask the recruiter and figured out what strengths and weakness you have for this position. Now think about what matters to the employer and try to figure out what types of questions you might be asked. There are the typical ones like “tell me about yourself” which is answered with an elevator pitch, a short one minute answer covering your career story. There also will be questions like “tell us about a time you had a difficult experience with a coworker” and “how did you hear about us?” These are all common questions that generally come up in interviews. Outside of the typical questions, each interview has job-specific questions which are really the nuts and bolts of the job. The recruiter is trying to figure out if you have what it takes for this job.

4. Plan what to wear

Of course, this is critical for interview preparation. No one wants to experience that last-minute panic when those black blazer pants are in the wash and you forgot! Everyone has one outfit they love interviewing in because it makes them feel good. ALWAYS have a backup! Here are the basic tips and tricks for an interview outfit

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5. Plan what to bring

Prepare a bag or briefcase to bring to the interview. Make sure to have everything in it. Pen, paper, the questions you’ve prepared, resume, cover letter (if needed), references, etc. Putting all documents in one folder looks very professional and shows the recruiter you’re organized. Just make sure everything fits in the bag nice and neat.

6. Follow Up

This seems so straight forward, yet very few individuals follow through with it. This could be a message on LinkedIn thanking the member of the organization you spoke to, or a quick email to your contact at the company. It’s the experience that counts, you learn something from every experience and individual you speak with. Where previously a handwritten note was the best way to thank someone, it’s not realistic in this day and age. If you’re going to do a handwritten note, make sure you also send an email to keep your name in the forefront of the recruiter’s mind. These notes show you really do care about the company and want to express your real passion for the position.