Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Refuse a Job Just for the Unemployment Benefits

News and insights for job seekers and hiring managers.

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Refuse a Job Just for the Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment rates in the United States have continued to climb through the pandemic. As Congress has passed the latest stimulus bill, giving additional money to the unemployed, job refusal rates have gone up. In some cases, people are earning more through unemployment than they can with their careers. However, you should not be refusing jobs now because it can have a profound impact on your future.

Can You Turn Down a Job Offer While on Unemployment?

Yes, you can turn down a job offer while you are collecting unemployment benefits, but you will need to prove the job was not suitable employment. “Suitable” employment offers will offer comparable compensation to your most recent job. These will also typically correspond with your previous experience and skillset.

The longer you are on unemployment benefits, the less you’ll be able to turn down these positions. Oftentimes, the unemployment office requires you to track your applications and follow up. Suitable employment definitions may vary state by state, so check your local regulations before turning down an offer.

Why You Shouldn’t Turn Down the Job

Right now, it is difficult to get a job of any kind. Additionally, the number of long-term unemployed people is continuing to increase. The longer you are unemployed, the more difficult it can be to get a job in the future.

Whatever experience you are able to get during this time will help you avoid a big gap in your employment history. This will help you land a more desirable position in the future, even if the job isn’t the same. Being active in the workforce will make you a more valuable candidate.

Unemployment benefits don’t last forever either. Depending on where you live, these benefits will run out after less than a year. It is important to begin looking for at least part-time work. In some states, it is possible to supplement your income with unemployment if you are not making what you used to.

How to Turn Down a Job

If the position is truly not a good fit or you believe you deserve a higher salary, you should go about declining the job in the right way. First and foremost, if the salary is the problem, consider trying to negotiate higher pay. Be sure to explain this is the reason you would have to decline. If the job simply isn’t a fit, you must be professional in your correspondence.

Thank the company for the offer. If you are interested in the company but not the position, be sure to express that as well. They may offer you another spot on the staff better-suited for what you are looking for.

We Can Help You Find a Job

Working with a staffing agency can help you work on staying relevant within your industry as well. The professionals at Top Notch Personnel can help you brush up on your resume, identify positions that may be a good fit, and prepare for a job interview. Contact us to see how we can help you.