I Got a Better Offer with Another Job, How Do I Rescind the Acceptance of My First Offer?

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Dear Nikki,

I accepted a position with a company too quickly I think. And now I have received a new offer at 10k more than the offer I already accepted. This new position would align me closer with my career goals. How do I rescind my acceptance of the first offer?


Dear Paper-Chaser,

Is the money the only difference?

What about the new firm is better than the first firm with the lower offer? Have you reviewed the benefit packages offered by both firms? What's the structure for merit increases and bonuses for either firm?

Make sure you're looking into the company culture of both firms as well. There's nothing worse than going somewhere for more money, thinking that's the only thing that'll keep you happy.

Since you haven't started working, it's not too late to contact the recruiter from the original firm letting them know that you will no longer be able to accept their position. Make sure you're 100% ready to make that decision though. Most companies are not willing to revisit a candidate who has already turned them down, for a second chance.

If you were working directly with the hiring manager or with another person in Human Resources for onboarding, it's not too late to reach out and let them know you're no longer interested in the role. If needed, send them an email. It doesn't need to give them too much information. You can simply state that you've found another opportunity that better suits your career needs.

Good luck!

Nicole Davis

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