Should You Accept A Lower Salary If You Really Need A Job, Or Should You Wait?

Darrin Atkins
2 min readApr 11, 2020

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Jobs are hard to find these days. Unemployment is surging and demand for employees is plummeting.

But there are still plenty of jobs being offered and employment being accepted. Believe it or not, some job offers are not being accepted.

There are lots of reasons that people may decide not to accept a job, even though millions of others would accept the position.

Here are some examples:

  • The pay is too low
  • The commute is too long
  • There is a mismatch between skills and the requirements of the job
  • There could be a personality conflict or culture clash
  • There are no benefits or the benefits are below expectations

Even though a person might really need a job, sometimes the offer of a salary that is a lot lower than one’s previous compensation becomes too big of a hurdle. It is easy to get caught up in thinking that a person is worth a certain amount of money for their time and talents.

Here are some reasons why an offer that includes a reduction in pay could lead one to walk away:



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