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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 April 28, 2015 by

Fun And Inexpensive Outings For Students

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Mark Westerman, Chief Marketing Officer of CareOne, Inc.

Let’s face it, college is expensive and your part-time job only gets you so far. When it comes to hanging out with friends on the weekends, the more ways you can find to have free or inexpensive fun, the better. With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 budget-friendly activities to consider!

1. Find Free Events: Most cities host free events, so pay attention and make the most of them! Then, to keep yourself from overspending on pricey fair food or tourist trinkets, bring your own drinks and snacks, and/or try to eat before you go, says Sarah Deveau at Stretcher.com. (more…)

Posted February 06, 2015 by

Write a CAN DO Cover Letter!

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

During tough economic times job interviews are difficult to land, and some of them more so than others depending on the industry that interests you. Your cover letter must show who you are as a person, as well as a professional. Be sure to add examples and statements that communicate clearly that you’re someone who is eager to work hard, meet expectations, help advance the company’s bottom line, get along with colleagues, and promote harmony wherever you are.

I call this a CAN DO cover letter because it lets the employer know that you can do the work required of the position he or she wants to fill. (more…)

Posted December 01, 2014 by

Becoming a Sports Team Coach

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Being good at a sport is very different from coaching a sports team. Of course, most people who become sports coaches are very good at and highly passionate about that sport to begin with. Sometimes the most successful players of their heydays decide to coach the team of that sport instead of walking into the sunset and hanging up their sporty shoes altogether. It goes without saying that the number one rule of being a sports coach is to know and understand the sport like the back of your hand. (more…)

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Developing a career as a Sales Executive

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For any company, the sales team is the driving force behind the company’s eventual success or failure. With a good sales team by your side, you can enjoy all the benefits that profitability brings – long standing relationships, new business deals, invaluable networking opportunities and of course, increased sales.

Closing a sale can create a certain ‘buzz’ or sense of achievement, and carries with it an opportunity for eventual growth and personal development that few other jobs can bring. It is a challenging career path, but it is also just as rewarding as you climb up the ladder. (more…)