Don't Let It Go To Your Head

Posted: 5/23/2013

By: Elias Cobb, Quantix, Inc. Recruiting Manager

Yes, the IT job market is pretty hot right now (especially if you are a mobile app developer and its still very strong for Java and C# developers too). But I have a few words of caution for you...

So, you have job offers pouring in. Its tempting to accept a job, then turn around and reject it when you get a better offer. But do this and you can get blackballed by a recruiter or a hiring manager. Believe me, both of those parties will remember you and will make sure to tell their friends who are in a position to hire that they should be careful with you. I know you need to do what is best for you and your family. No doubt about it. Just be careful of how you go about navigating these waters.

How do you best handle this? Make sure that you dont accept any offer that you are not totally happy with. If you have unresolved interviews, put the offer off for a few days and try and get feedback from any and all companies in which you are interested. If you do get an offer, ask for a few days to finish your interviews with other companies. Almost all reputable companies are going to allow you to do that-- they should want to make sure you really want to work for them before you accept an offer. Be careful of "promises" that are included with an offer that make the job seem more alluring. Ive seen many promises go unfulfilled-- make sure you really like the job and company in "pre-promise" state if you are going to take the job.

If you already did accept an offer, and then another one rolls in that seems better, be careful. Weigh all the options-- is this other offer truly better? Why? If there are tangible benefits that are plusses to you (time off, pay, etc.), take that back to the company with the first offer and be honest with them. They may be able to work something out with you. Also, keep in mind that no job is truly permanent, especially in IT. If you bail on the first company to go with the second and you live in a "small" IT market (like Denver), you may find some real ramifications to that decision. A bad reputation will precede you and may cost you jobs in the future. And if the first offer was so horrible in the first place, why would you have accepted it? The grass isnt always greener, as they say.

In the end, you do need to do what is best for you. Im just advising that you also weigh your future career moves into the decision and not solely base it on your current situation.