RE: First time for everything

Subject: RE: First time for everything
From: "egalite" <egalite -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2006 20:36:21 +0800

: From: "James Barrow" <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
: 1. Since the last thing I told my manager before he left to work
: off-site was that I accepted his offer of full time, I'm
: guessing that later refusing that offer AND submitting my
: resignation would burn this bridge.
: Everyone concur? Disagree?

I disagree. I'd tell him openly and honestly that you've received a better
offer. He'll probably kick himself for not getting you to sign on the dotted
line before he took off.
If you think it'll help, ask him if he's willing to match it (but be
prepared for either outcome).

: 3. If I do refuse the full time offer to work for another
: company, have
: I violated any sort of ethics? :


I mean, I did complete the
: project that I was hired for.


: 4. Although I believe that honesty is the best policy,
: what the heck am
: I going to tell my manager is the reason for declining his
: offer *and* resigning? I really don't think it's appropriate
: to discuss the personality conflicts I mentioned above (makes
: me sound like a whiner).

I think it's a valid reason, considering we spend most of our waking lives
at work. Say something like you don't think you'd fit into the corporate
culture as well as you thought you would. If he wants specifics, you could,
without mentioning names, outline a few examples of situations where
conflicts arose where the outcome did not meet your standards or
expectations. Or mention that you've noticed a significant number of a
certain personality type that you find difficult to work with. You can say
these things without sounding like a whiner as long as you keep it

But, I don't see why you can't just say you got a better offer and leave it
at that.

: 5. What should I tell my current recruiter (since I
: actually work for
: him)?

The truth? We're free to choose who we want to work for, last time I

: 6. What should I tell the perspective employers if/when I have the
: respective interviews? You know the standard question: "Why
: did you leave your last employer?"

They're generally not interested in long-winded stories, all they want to
know is if you've been sacked for criminal behaviour or something.

: Believe me when I say that I am fairly able to deal with just
: about anybody, but last week was a nightmare. Imagine every
: quirky/arrogant/abrasive/obnoxious co-worker you've ever had
: the displeasure to work with, and that was what last week was
: like for me.

If it was a once-off, then you shouldn't be too concerned. Everyone has
off-weeks. If it's ongoing, then I'd advise you to go work somewhere else.

Trish :)


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