declining a nursing job without burning a bridge? - page 2

So the deal is I recieved two job offers from jobs I interviewed for. :yeah: I got called back from job 1, accepted, but have not signed anything but am "provisionally" hired waiting on criminal background check and references.... Read More

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    Quote from steelydanfan
    There are probably 50 more posts after this one, but this caught my eye.

    In rejecting a job offer, only two things should be said. 1. "I must decline your offer of employment as I have been offered a position that better suits my needs." 2. "I really enjoyed interviewing with you and should my situation change, I hope that I might apply to your institution again".

    Done.

    That's the type of thing you should say. Don't tell them you are so shallow that the you accepted the other job only because of a higher salary. That makes you appear to not care about the quality of the institution, the type of work involved, the patients, etc. They don't want to hire someone who would throw away what they believe is a a great job for what is probably a small amount of money. It is also a little insulting to them if you suggest that "they weren't good enough for you" or "they don't treat their nurses badly by not paying them enough." So, speak vaguely ... in general terms ... about the fit being better at the other place. (If pressed, be ready to vaguely mention some less sensitive subjects such as scheduling, commuting, etc.)

    There is no need to give details. Just say the other position better suits your needs at this time ... but indicate that you think highly of them and hope you would be considered for future employment should your life take you there.
    aprilpam77, TheChair1, Altra, and 1 other like this.

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    Quote from llg
    There is no need to give details. Just say the other position better suits your needs at this time ... but indicate that you think highly of them and hope you would be considered for future employment should your life take you there.
    This.

    I would carefully consider whether or not to speak personally with the nurse manager as well ... the offer of employment is coming from XYZ Hospital, represented by the HR department (that is their function within the organization), and I believe that is the only phone call you need to make ... to HR.

    People decline jobs every day. They're not taking it personally, trust me.
    Last edit by Altra on Jul 29, '11


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