I got a job offer as a junior after a long search and accepted about 2 weeks ago. While my contract was being prepared, I got another offer from a company that is very attractive to me. Now I have a contract in hand to sign in 3 days and an offer that I think better fits my future goals. How ethical would it be to turn down a company at this point? Or should I not care about anything other than what my heart says yes to? 🙄

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Perfectly ethical. It happens all the time. Just be respectful and upfront - telling the first company that another offer came up that is too good to decline etc etc.

And honestly if you’re worried about company B taking too long with a written offer, put the pressure on them. In this economy you want something in writing before rescinding anything from company A.

Congrats on two offers - and I hope everything works out!


if you have a contract from the second company, send an email to the first company and explain the situation. You don’t have to go into detail, but a quick couple paragraphs to your main point of contact could be something like

“Hi Jane,

Thank you for all you’ve done to help me along this process.

At this time, I’ve decided to accept another offer at an agency better aligned with my long-term goals. [You can be more specific here if you want, and say something like “In this role, I’d have the opportunity to work on multiple accounts in my first year” or “I’ll have the chance to produce 360 work in my first year” e.g. vs a digital or experiential agency, or even “I’m really excited about the partner I’ll be working with”].

Thank you and I do hope that we’ll work together in the future.

[Signature and your name here].”

If you don’t have a contract from the second company, ask the first for more time. Write a note and say “I’m waiting to hear back from a few different places and am expecting an offer soon, is it possible to have a few more days to mull this over? I’m hoping to get back to you with a final decision by the end of next week”.

they’ll probably try to court you here, let you talk to more people at the agency, but that’s actually quite a good feeling and can help you make a better-informed decision. definitely take those meetings, if you’re remotely interested in working there.

In the future, be careful not to verbally accept an offer right away, and always ask for time to think, even when you’re excited. Even if you don’t have another option, it’s important to make room for your own decision and not feel backed into a corner.

lmk if this all makes sense, i was in your shoes (albeit for my 3rd role, not my first) pretty recently, and while i hate writing emails, this industry is so small, you don’t want to burn any bridges. people in this industry move around so much that that recruiter, the CDs you spoke with, the ECD who is there, may end up being at your next dream agency


Careful: if you already verbally accepted at company A, which I assume you have, asking for more time bc you have other offers could be viewed very poorly.*They may ditch you in order to quickly secure an alternate. The time for that convo is at offer stage and not contact stage.
So tell company B that you have a contract due back x date but are very interested in their position but if they can’t get you a contract before x, you’ll have to decline.
Do not lose a job before you have the next one. Many, many times verbal offers have vanished.

*if anything ask for more time to review the contract with an attorney or trusted family member.


Don’t accept anything without the written offer.
I would let them know that not perse 3 days but kind off because you can’t go by a verbal offer. However , if you have a verbal offer from company B I’m guessing the written offer will arrive at the same time since everyone’s back in the office on Monday. Congrats & good luck


Listen to your heart. The first agency will find someone; it happens a lot and we understand.


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