I recently turned down an opportunity with a small firm mainly due to salary (currently at a BB non-IB position with decent pay & hrs). The job sounded really interesting and I liked the people, but the pay offered was too low... After some talks, I ended up turning down the offer. But now a few days later, I'm having some big regrets. Any advice on how to get over this? I need to start applying to other opportunities and line up more interviews, but can't stop beating myself over this...
rejected job offer regret
Reflect on why you turned down the offer in the first place. Afterward, think of the pros and cons of your current position. You can analyze the situation but move forward. Indeed, you should make yourself available for opportunities that are more in line with your long-term career goals.
Thoughts from the community
from certified user @Going Concern
Always live your life with no regrets. Regret is an irrational focus on something you cannot change. Focus on what you can change. Learn what you need to from the past and then let it go.
from certified user @UFOinsider
* what pay is "too low". Too low to live on or too low for your current lifestyle?
* what job? If you're BB BO and get boutique FO....uhm, call them now and grovel to get that job
* how did you turn them down? Were you polite, or were you a condescending ass?
* are you in the running for any other jobs?
* do you have other options? (grad school, later transfer, etc)
* do you see the other job as giving you more recruiting options?
Maybe this will help your decision making: I went from making pretty good money in a dead end job to taking a huge cut to work in MM AM [started as temp] but got licensed, connected, and also got a decent company name on my resume....now people call me and I am in the running for better grad schools. I hate my boss and the pay at my current job sucks, but it offers WAY more options long term than my last job.
If you're just passing through, then go for the money. If you're making finance your career, then you have to take a long view. Do you want to be a servant at a big bank or a BOSS at a small bank? It's far easier to switch to the same job at different firms than to work through to different jobs at the same firm.
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