When you search for a job or wait on a promotion for too long, you can get tired and lose confidence. You may start to question your abilities, expertise, or executive presence. As a result, the first “good” offer you get may look like a no-brainer. Sadly, this is a recurring issue CMO recruiters see daily.
Marketing professionals will jump at the opportunity without hesitation because they don’t see any other options. After months or even weeks at their new job, you will start to hear them say things like “I should have never taken this position” or “this was the worst decision I have ever made”. This is because they didn’t take the time to thoroughly evaluate the offer. You want a “great” job offer, not a “good” one. As a result, MarketPro, one of the leading marketing executive search agencies, has narrowed down reasons when you should turn down a “good” job offer.
CMO Recruiters Top Reasons To Turn Down A “Good” Job Offer:
Doing It For The Wrong Reasons
Good job offers have a way of disguising themselves as a great choice. Is the company offering an amazing benefits package? Did the salary range exceed your expectations? While those two factors should be considered when you evaluate the opportunity, it should not be the only thing you look for.
New opportunities and jobs should take you one step closer to your career goals. You need to aim to understand as much as you can about the company, job description, and expectations. It could be a good job offer but not the right move. Does this position align with where you see yourself in the future? Do you believe you have the capability to perform the task needed? Where does the company stand in the market? Does the company provide you with the necessary tools to surpass expectations? Do you have organizational or team support within the company?
If the answer is no to any of the above, the position is not right for you. You need to make sure you are setting yourself up for success in every scenario or environment. At the end of the day, you need to make sure your next career move will have both short-term and long-term benefits.
If you’re a modern marketer who understands what it takes to succeed in a new role, you’re probably interested in more than just the general details of a job. On a deeper, more personal level, you want to learn about the team and the entire organization as a whole.
The reality is, a company’s culture has an impact on job satisfaction, performance, and, ultimately, your career. Even the sharpest marketer CMO recruiters come across cannot perform to their full potential if they are not in a workplace environment that is compatible with their values, work style, and personality.
With that in mind, evaluating a company’s culture should be one of your main factors. What is the leadership style? How does the team communicate and how often? Are collaboration and creativity encouraged? Does the company acknowledge achievements and success? Most importantly, do you feel like it’s a good career move and fit? Sometimes listening to your gut feelings could help you see a better path.
You’re Not Ready
It takes a combination of personal skills and cultural savviness to effectively lead from a higher position within the organization. It will take more than just being good at your job. A great leader possesses a clear vision of the company’s future, a thorough understanding of the weakness and strengths within the team, and can help guide the team to success.
Leadership is often thought of as a trait a person possesses and comes naturally: you either have it or don’t. This is false. It is a skill set that can and should be developed throughout your years in the industry or field. Some may be able to perfect the skill within a short time period, while others may need more time. You need to determine if you are ready to take on a new challenge. Only accept the offer, if you feel you have the capabilities and expertise needed to succeed.
Overall, never jump at a new opportunity too quickly. Accepting the wrong offer can cost you your time and effort. If you have been in the job market for quite some time and have not found the right job, you are not alone. Today, our CMO recruiters are seeing job searches become more complicated. Companies are constantly changing and eliminating different job titles and positions to better fit the market’s needs. You need to know what to search for, what company is looking for your expertise, and what kind of cultural environment would be best for you. All of which could be simplified by working with an executive recruiter.
Author: Melissa Van Rossum