Q. In May, I applied for a job and was a finalist. I was disappointed that I did not receive an offer, but kept searching and accepted a new role in September. I am really happy. My new role offers upward mobility and the opportunity to fine tune some of my skills. My employer has a very generous tuition aid program. Sounds perfect right? I just received a phone call from the company that didn’t offer me the role in May. They have a similar position. I am not sure what to do. I would rate my current job as a 9 out of 10. Should I talk to the other company?
A. You are in a fortunate position. You must have left a very positive impression on the company that you interviewed with in May. Many job seekers don’t realize that often companies will re-contact a strong candidate at a later date. This is one of the reasons why I suggest never to “burn a bridge.” Often times how you handle rejection is just as important as how you handle an acceptance. Kudos to you for your professionalism and poise.
Now, to address your dilemma. I would talk to the first company again and thank them for their interest. Be gracious and listen. Remember you don’t have a solid job offer. They are simply reaching out.
You may hear some details that are not ideal — maybe the job responsibilities are not as appealing as the ones in your current job, or the benefits don’t include a generous tuition package.
You rate your current role a 9 out of 10. Few jobs are a 10 out of 10. Taking a new job would be an unknown. Your current company has invested time and money in bringing you on board. I would, however, suggest maintaining a positive relationship with the first company.
Employers and careers have ups and downs. It’s wise to have strong professional relationships with others. You never know when you might need them.
Patricia Hunt Sinacole is president of First Beacon Group, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton.