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Posted February 29, 2016 by

10 reasons to reject job offers

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Deciding whether or not to accept job offers could be challenging for college students and recent graduates. When considering a position, there are certain factors that might lead students and grads to turn it down. Here are 10 good reasons to reject job offers.

1. Job seekers should reject job offers if they don’t line-up with their competencies, interests, and values. College students and recent graduates should ask themselves whether they’re good at what they’ll be expected to do if hired, if the work will excite them, and if the work is consistent with their morals. If not, pass on the offer. A job needs to be more than a paycheck.

2. The job doesn’t offer career advancement. Can employees grow within the company? If job offers do not mention anything about advancement, workers will be stuck in a job without the chance for a potential career.

3. Opportunities are sacrificed. Depending on the job, college students and recent graduates may or may not meet a people who have the right contacts. Without networking opportunities, they might miss out on their dream jobs.

4. Reputation is damaged professionally. There is no shame in working somewhere to make ends meet, even if it’s not the job you want. However, a bad work experience can damage one’s reputation with recruiters and hiring managers. Students and grads should find jobs highlighting their skills en route to better career opportunities.

5. The job affects your spirit negatively. College students and graduates need to think about how they would feel in the job. If it does not satisfy them for whatever reason, they will be unhappy and won’t perform well. This creates a negative spirit in people and in the workplace.

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6. Hurts work/life balance. Work is important, but family is more important. If a new job will take too much time away from your loved ones, consider other options offering more flexibility for work/life balance.

7. Salary falls short. Students and grads should do their homework on how much money a job pays, and then compare the salary to the job offer. If the money isn’t what they’re quite hoping for and they believe they can get more, they shouldn’t accept the offer.

8. Money overtakes dreams. In contrast to the previous reason, the pay can be so good and becomes a bigger priority than pursuing your dreams. If students and graduates are tempted by money more than their dreams, they may regret accepting a new job later in life and wonder what could have been.

9. The hiring process isn’t structured. College students and recent grads should consider how they’re treated during the hiring process. Anything that seems questionable is a red flag and is not worth their time.

10. Bad timing. Even when great job offers come along, sometimes the timing isn’t right. While rejecting offers may seem crazy, don’t beat yourself up. A better offer could be waiting down the road.

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Posted August 03, 2009 by

Those without Pennsylvania Jobs Get Benefit Extension

While many states across the country saw a rise in unemployment during June, Pennsylvania’s jobless rate stayed flat at 8.3 percent. Although this is below the national average of 9.5 percent, it is significantly higher than the rate the state reported a year ago. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 5.3 percent of people could not find jobs in Pennsylvania in June of 2008.
Despite the fact that the state has a jobless rate that is lower than the national average, people are still struggling to find work in Pennsylvania. According to a recent press release from the governor’s office, approximately 18,000 people in Pennsylvania were scheduled to exhaust their unemployment benefits earlier this month. Thankfully, a bill passed in the Senate, which will stop this if it becomes law.
Under this bill, those who have already used up their jobless benefits will receive another seven weeks of unemployment compensation. The bill passed in the House of Representatives on July 7th with a vote of 197 to 1. After this, it moved to the Senate where it passed with the addition of a technical amendment, which will now cause it to need one more vote in the House. If it passes once again in the House, then Gov. Ed Rendell will be able to sign it into law.
“Through December, nearly 60,000 people could receive the additional seven weeks of benefits with no additional costs to businesses,” Rendell said. “This bill will put money in people’s pockets and put $145 million into the economy this year.”
If this bill passes into law, then the federal government will cover the full cost of extending these benefits for all individuals who used to work in either the private sector or for non-profit employers. Because of this, the bill will not impact the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund in anyway.
At this time, Pennsylvanians who have lost their job for reasons out of their control are eligible to receive 72 weeks of unemployment benefits. The bill will only offer an extra seven weeks of payments, but this may be all some need to find a new job.
So far, 29 other states have signed similar legislation in order to extend unemployment benefits to help out those who have been affected by the national economic recession.