January 21st 2016

Today I was offered a job. I interviewed for it yesterday and they offered me it today. And I declined. 

I thought long and hard about it and came to the conclusion that because I had to think about it that probably meant I didn’t want it. To begin with I thought I was just holding out in case another/better job pops up, but I fully decided that I didn’t like the job I was offered. I’d been iffy from the start. 

The one thing stopping me from declining was that I didn’t want to disappoint the company, I didn’t want them to feel like I’d wasted their time. I’d been for two interviews and they clearly liked me enough to offer me the role, and then I say no. And the guy who interviewed me was really nice, and I just felt a bit bad for declining. I’d found the job through a recruitment agency, and I also felt bad for wasting the lady from the agency’s time too. 

She was pushing me to accept the job because if I did accept the job then she got paid, I get that much. And I felt bad for letting her down, but at the end of the day I shouldn’t take a job on the sole reason that I don’t want to disappoint people. 

I still feel bad, but I don’t think that the role would’ve been enjoyable for me. And I am currently in employment (waiter, restaurant) so it’s not like I’m desperate to take the first job that is offered to me. I want to find a job that allows me to write creatively and this one that I was offered doesn’t do that.  

Until tomorrow, I’m waiting for the right one. 



One thought on “Decline

  1. A friend of mine got a degree in Journalism with a minor in Planetary Sciences from MIT in the mid-90s. Her dream was to work for Sky & Telescope, but after graduation she accepted a position as a textbook editor. She spent two long years bored out of her mind before much more rewarding job at Keep looking for the work you want to do because there’s no good reason to waste YOUR time!


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