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Old 01-16-2016, 03:37 PM
 
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I don't think someone who is unemployed should ever tell a employer "can I have some time to think about it?" Why say something like that when you are trying to re-enter the workforce? Even if the OP wasn't that excited about she should have atleast tried to secure a start date so that she would have one job in the bag.
You don't get it. That's ok. Have a good one.
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Old 01-16-2016, 03:52 PM
 
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You don't get it. That's ok. Have a good one.
What's not to get?

You burned a potential bridge. Usually it's easier to get another job while you're working.
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Old 01-16-2016, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Upper Darby, PA
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What's not to get?

You burned a potential bridge. Usually it's easier to get another job while you're working.

The only time I would tell a employer I need to think about it is if I already had a offer letter from another job with a scheduled start date
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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Often, the employer offers for the candidate to take a couple of days to think about the offer. It happened to me last time and it's happened before. I was honest and told her that I had a couple of other interviews during the next couple of days.

Just because you have been out of work for a little while does not mean that you forgot all of your skills, especially administrative assistant skills. You still might have to learn a specific application that is company specific no matter what your experience is. The OP might already know her value and worth in this job market, which is why she wasn't going to jump on a job with no benefits. The offer was an hourly salary, probably not much more than minimum wage. To his credit, the employer was honest enough to tell her there would be no future raises and since it's a very small company, there are limited or no opportunities to move up. The idea that you start on a low pay scale and move up does not apply here. She stated that she already had plenty of experience. Might as well work in retail where you can get raises and places like Starbucks that does offer benefits. Glad the OP has another interview and I wish her lots of luck. You guys are thinking of her as some young woman who is just starting out. She stated that her husband is already well-established so I interpret that she is a "mature" lady and employees will see that when they meet her. The last person left because of "retirement" and that might be the age bracket that the employer is looking for, a married emptynester who has another 10 years or so to go before retiring.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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The only time I would tell a employer I need to think about it is if I already had a offer letter from another job with a scheduled start date
That might be necessary in your area where employment opportunities are limited or in your field which is very transient.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Upper Darby, PA
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Often, the employer offers for the candidate to take a couple of days to think about the offer. It happened to me last time and it's happened before. I was honest and told her that I had a couple of other interviews during the next couple of days.

Just because you have been out of work for a little while does not mean that you forgot all of your skills, especially administrative assistant skills. You still might have to learn a specific application that is company specific no matter what your experience is. The OP might already know her value and worth in this job market, which is why she wasn't going to jump on a job with no benefits. The offer was an hourly salary, probably not much more than minimum wage. To his credit, the employer was honest enough to tell her there would be no future raises and since it's a very small company, there are limited or no opportunities to move up. The idea that you start on a low pay scale and move up does not apply here. She stated that she already had plenty of experience. Might as well work in retail where you can get raises and places like Starbucks that does offer benefits. Glad the OP has another interview and I wish her lots of luck. You guys are thinking of her as some young woman who is just starting out. She stated that her husband is already well-established so I interpret that she is a "mature" lady and employees will see that when they meet her. The last person left because of "retirement" and that might be the age bracket that the employer is looking for, a married emptynester who has another 10 years or so to go before retiring.
Well that's why she was able to say what she said because she has back up income. I know since I live alone I could not afford to mess up a possible job offer and would have to say "yes I'm interested".
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:59 PM
 
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What's not to get?

You burned a potential bridge. Usually it's easier to get another job while you're working.
In general, that is true, but it also depends on the job, the region, the industry and the person's skills.
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:14 PM
 
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Often, the employer offers for the candidate to take a couple of days to think about the offer. It happened to me last time and it's happened before. I was honest and told her that I had a couple of other interviews during the next couple of days.

Just because you have been out of work for a little while does not mean that you forgot all of your skills, especially administrative assistant skills. You still might have to learn a specific application that is company specific no matter what your experience is. The OP might already know her value and worth in this job market, which is why she wasn't going to jump on a job with no benefits. The offer was an hourly salary, probably not much more than minimum wage. To his credit, the employer was honest enough to tell her there would be no future raises and since it's a very small company, there are limited or no opportunities to move up. The idea that you start on a low pay scale and move up does not apply here. She stated that she already had plenty of experience. Might as well work in retail where you can get raises and places like Starbucks that does offer benefits. Glad the OP has another interview and I wish her lots of luck. You guys are thinking of her as some young woman who is just starting out. She stated that her husband is already well-established so I interpret that she is a "mature" lady and employees will see that when they meet her. The last person left because of "retirement" and that might be the age bracket that the employer is looking for, a married emptynester who has another 10 years or so to go before retiring.


Thanks. Great post. I'm 35 years old. I'm very happy I didn't take the job 😀
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:17 PM
 
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Thank you for the positive posts and private messages. I really appreciate it!! Some of you have really helped me.
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:13 PM
 
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Most people do like to think about a job offer before taking it. That is not uncommon and it does not constitute turning the job down. If he had told her he needed someone right away and needed an answer right away otherwise he was going to have to continue with the process of finding someone and she agreed to still think about it then fine. He should have said something. To tell her she could have time to think it over and go to the next candidate is unprofessional in my opinion and the OP is better off not wasting her time with someone like that.
Exactly. Since the boss lied about this he no doubt would lie about many things. Clearly a person not to trusted.
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