How reneging on job offers affects you
Are you feeling the pressure of obtaining a job? Whether searching for full-time or seasonal jobs or an internship, students often feel the pressure to obtain a job before the end of the school year. Pressure can come from a variety of sources: parents, friends, professors or even employers. All of this pressure can make students feel like they should accept the first offer extended to give themselves a safety net. This job offer may not be exactly what the student was hoping for, but he or she thinks, “Hey, at least I have a job and I can always accept a better offer if it comes along.” This, however is called “reneging” on an offer and it can have serious consequences.
According to Google, to renege is to go back on a promise, undertaking or contract. It can also mean to default on, fail to honor, break, back out of, withdraw from or retreat from something.
What does this mean in the world of work? Reneging on a job offer means that you take back a promise you made to an employer. This has negative consequences for you as well as for the school that you represent. It can also damage future job opportunities within that company or prevent other students from receiving job offers.
As University students, we are called to be men and women for and with others. Many employers seek to hire students from The University because of their reliability, loyalty and other qualities that are characteristic of a Jesuit education. Employers come back to campus year after year because they know what to expect. When a student accepts a job offer and then later declines, that student’s reputation and the reputation of The University are put on the line.
The field that you are entering is smaller than you think. Reneging on an offer with one company can hurt your chances of being hired by another. Recruiters talk. They may see each other at events, they may have friends at other companies or they may move from one company to another. If you renege on an offer with one company, you do not know where that news will end up.
If you find yourself in a situation in which you are applying for jobs with multiple companies and you do not hear back from all of them but want to make an informed decision, ask for an extension. Most companies will respect this request and allow you a reasonable amount of time to make a decision. Asking for an extension shows companies that you are trying to make the difficult decision about where you will best fit and that you respect their time and efforts.
If you are struggling with finding employment, are juggling the pros and cons of multiple offers or are just unsure of what or where to begin in the job search and selection process, schedule an appointment or stop by Career Services in Ciszek Hall on Mulberry Street. To make an appointment, call 570-941-7640.
A grad assistant from the Small Business Development Center contributed this piece.