This is an important reminder that there are other factors you should be evaluating before making the decision AND the commitment to say yes.


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I'm Jeff Altman, The big Game Hunter. I'm a career coach, a former executive recruiter. And I've been doing a podcasts, No BS, Job Search Advice Radio for more than 10 years. 2000+ episodes as of this recording, JobSearchTV is my YouTube channel and my Amazon Prime channel. And I'll just simply say, there are reasons I've helped people turn down jobs when I did recruiting. We tried negotiating, but we couldn't get it across the finish line. And this is the third in a series of videos I'm doing about reasons that you should turn down offer.

Now employers are going to zero in on "Can he or she do the job? And can we get the money for them," and all the sorts of things that are direct salary, maybe bonus, and they're real clear cut. But you may be walking away from something at your existing firm about vesting for stock grants that have been given to you or restricted stock units that were given to you where there's a delay in vesting period. Or for that matter, insurance? What's the cost of insurance for you with the new organization versus the old one? Maybe it's vacation policy, or paid time off, or something along those lines, that has a value to you.

Don't neglect these secondary factors in your evaluation of the job. Don't ignore negotiating. Because at certain levels you can and you can get a dollar compensation amount from many organizations from saying, "hey, look, I'm walking away from $40,000 in unvested restricted stock. Perhaps you can offer a sign on to compensate for that loss on my part." Some firms will do it; some firms won't. And that's going to be your choice as to how you value that for yourself.

But the one thing I've learned in search is that surprises are rarely good. And if you find out post employment, what the cost of your insurance is, if you find that post employment, that that little phrase, they threw in some of the offer letters a little bit different than what you were spoken to about. Because you did read the offer letter clearly, that's on you. That's not on them. They finessed you into taking a job that you probably shouldn't.

So pay attention to all the details. Don't even listen to the recruiter because there are many that are trustworthy, and there are many that aren't. You're responsible for yourself, understand the terms of your joining. And that's all they've agreed to. Anything else verbally, unless it's in writing, there's no proof.

I hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is Go there and go exploring. There's just a lot there to help you.

In addition, if you're interested in one on one coaching or just in a quick consultation with me, you can schedule time either for a free discovery call if it's involved with coaching, or, because you have a concern about something, schedule time for a half hour with me for a coaching session. I'd love to help you.

Lastly, follow me on LinkedIn. Oh, there's one more thing. There's a lot of my website in the blog. And if you need advice about different things, I've got books and courses that you can take and maybe the solution for you. Again, all available through the website.

Have a terrific day and most importantly, be you and be great. Take care


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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