Well, That’s a First, I Turned Down a Job

Well, that’s a first. Today I sucked up my worries and doubts and turned down a job offer.

Well, That's a First, I Turned Down a Job. When it's OK to turn down a job.

You heard me: The girl without a job turned down a job. Whew. That’s a first.

It all happened like a whirlwind. I faxed in my resume to an “experienced server required,” ad in the local paper. There was no name, no phone number and, perhaps more importantly, no location listed.

But I thought I’d give it a shot, just in case.

The day after the fax I got a call to come in for an interview.

The day after the call I had the interview.

And the day after the interview I went in for training.

It all happened so fast and by the time I stopped to have a think about it, I realised I wasn’t entirely comfortable with this place or with me working there.

These were my hang-ups (and why I turned down the job)

1. Basically, it’s an a-typical neighbourhood pub. Except the neighbourhood is more like a tame ghetto. You know, just a little bit sketchy

Nothing to be afraid of, probably, but a bit on the, “don’t walk alone at night,” side of town.

2. On the door of the pub is a sign announcing the management believes the non-smoking law is an absolute infringement of freedom and they completely disagree with the law. And they encourage patrons to fight said law however they see fit

3. My interview was less than 10 minutes long

The owner looked me up and down, said, “I like the looks of you and you have a nice voice.”

Then she told me she will always be on the customer’s side, unless he calls me the “C” word—in which case she will then stick up for me.

At my training shift we went over the basic rules. You know, things like, no swearing, no visible tattoos, don’t run tabs without getting a credit card and no dating customers.

It was at this last rule when a server nearby came over and said to me, “Trust me, you will not be wanting to date anyone who comes in here.”

Not one single person I told about this job opportunity expressed any sort of positive opinion in the slightest.

So, I don’t really know what I’m going to end up doing. A part of me feels guilty and irresponsible because I could handle the environment and I don’t have a job. But more of me thinks there is something better waiting to present itself and I need to be a little bit patient.

It’s weird because I have a really hard time saying “no,” to things and to quitting things, so this goes against a lot of my natural reactions.

I guess it really means this isn’t the job for me if even I can phone up and say, “Sorry, I won’t be coming in for my shift…ever.”

And that’s how I turned down a job. For the FIRST TIME EVER.

Well that's a first. Today I sucked up my worries and doubts and turned down a job offer. A part of me feels guilty and irresponsible because I could handle the environment and I don't have a job. But more of me thinks there is something better waiting to present itself and I need to be a little bit patient.

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My name is Robyn Roste and I'm a freelance writer in Abbotsford, BC. I help purpose-driven businesses translate their heart message into words so they can create meaningful connections with their customers.