Is It OK to Accept an Offer, Keep Looking and Eventually Quit? |

People are raised to feel guilty and leave a job. They are taught to feel badly when they need money after being out of work for too long. This is a lanced perspective.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I started being called "The Big Game Hunter" when I worked in search, because I used to hunt down leaders and staff for organizations and did it for a heck of a long time. Now I do career coaching, which involves helping people with their job search, helping with hiring, managing people and being more effective in the workplace.
Someone asked, "Is it okay to keep looking for a job or taking on a lowball offer, and leaving as soon as something else comes up?" I know what the correct answer is from an employer's perspective. And the answer would be, "No. You've gotten married. We're the only ones who are allowed to divorce and you're caught. You've married us; you shouldn't keep looking. That's a bad thing."
But here's a fact. The first time the market goes south, that permanent position which pis anything but permanent is going to be going away from you. They will do what's in their best interest, and rightly so. But they convince employees that they shouldn't do what's in their interest. So, they convince you that once you've made that commitment, that's it.
Now, here's the other side of this that's more accurate. Eventually, if you make this a practice, you will run into someone who knows that you left an organization, that it doesn't appear on a resume, and will bring it to someone's attention. You won't get the interview. you may wind up being fired. That happens. As a search pro, I saw that happen a couple of times.
Is that a common occurrence? No. Does it happen? Yes. Only you can be the judge as to whether or not that serves you or not. Personally, I would keep doing it in a lot of areas of the United States and in other areas, I wouldn't. Small town people know one another. They talk. Limited job pool. You can't do that in a small town. Big City, big market area. Yeah, it's more likely that people are going to change jobs and someone will discover the truth there and comment about it. And this is your life and your choices.
So, you know, is it okay? Yes, because it's in your interest to do what serves you and your family. You're the chairman of the board. You have your own organization, and you have responsibilities for doing what serves you best. You may need some money at this point. You don't have a lot. You need to take something and keep looking. I understand. And frankly, if I were in that seat, I would do the same thing, too.
I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. Visit I've got a lot more there in the blog that you can watch, listen to or read that'll help you find work more quickly, help you with hiring, managing being more effective. In addition, if you're interested in one on one coaching, there's a button on the homepage where you can schedule a free discovery call with me. We'll get acquainted, we'll see if it makes sense for me to coach you. Last, I just wanted to say, I hope you like this and this if you're watching my YouTube channel, there's a little icon in the lower right. Click on that;you'll subscribe to my channel there, and be notified whenever I release something new there.
Have a great day and take carePeople are raised to feel guilty and leave a job. They are taught to feel badly when they need money after being out of work for too long. This is a lanced perspective.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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