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Help, please!

 
#1 Help, please!
10/08/2006 19:56

claus to deleted (#0)

I'd appreciate your help on this:

Middle July I formally accepted (i.e. I signed a written offer) a consultant position in a "Big 4", starting to work next January. BUT, 2 days ago, I was offered another position in a different MC firm which, definitely, is better for me (from both personal and professional points of view).

My question is: can I turn the first offer down now??? Legally speaking I guess I can but, which other unpleasant consequences my decision would yield?

Thanks so much for your help!

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#2 RE: Help, please!
10/08/2006 21:38

Doneit to claus (#1)

I did it and explained the situation, they weren't happy but understood that I wouldn't be the most effective employee if I held their offer!

Be open, honest and apologetic and you'll be fine or the firm offering the first offer aren't worth working for in the first place!

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#3 RE: Help, please!
11/08/2006 08:10

Village Idiot to claus (#1)

You should have no problem turning down the offer at the first consultancy -- although it goes without saying that you'll never get a job with them in the future!

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#4 RE: Help, please!
11/08/2006 08:37

antagonist to Village Idiot (#3)

That's not true.

Anecdotal but I was offered ACN before, accepted, then chose another firm, had a change of heart over a year, applied to ACN, new offer, joined.

Putting aside the obvious low balls that ACN will take anyone, I believe that as recruitment staff may be quite transient and certainly have no personal memory of you that this is not going to be an issue.

I think it only is a problem in a small insular industry with low attrition and personal memory kicking in. Big4 in a big industry - who cares?

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#5 RE: Help, please!
11/08/2006 08:58

Tricky to antagonist (#4)

No brainer. You accepted mid summer and you are not due to start until Jan. The offer will be in an in-tray still.

"Open, honest and apologetic" is good advice. Do what is right for you.

Consider the reverse situation: If the industry suffered a downturn before the end of the year, the firm would drop you like a stone. All they could do to soften the blow is the approach they took. That is all you can do.

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#6 RE: Help, please!
11/08/2006 09:51

claus to Tricky (#5)

Thank all of you for your advices; they will help me a lot to take the correct decision. I'll be as honest as I can... I found quite clever Tricky's comment about thinking in the opposite situation. I think that sometimes we adquire the industry's point of view that we the employees are nothing but working tools...

Thanks again, guys!

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