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What's the proper etiquette for dodging roles you don't want?

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"it doesn't align with my career goals". Works even better if you can line up an alternative that does.

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‘...and here is a suggestion for a couple of people who may be a good fit’

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“Thank you so much for the consideration, I am interesting in developing my X capabilities at this point in my professional career and am trying to consider roles that offer more of a focus on X functionality”

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“lol no"

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OP, you (and other posters) are thinking about this the wrong way. If you’re on the bench and are offered a role, turning it down is basically refusing to work. It looks bad and will likely be overruled. The ONLY sure fire way to avoid projects you don’t want to do is to be proactive in finding projects you do want and staying staffed.

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@P1 I'm quitting in 6 weeks and am on the bench so I'm not trying to get on this project tbh.

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Throw the client interview or write your internal resume so that it's not a good match for the role

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“Hard pass.”

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Sometimes it just doesn’t matter if you have another project that completely aligns with your career (and life goals), if they need someone in a project and you happen to be that someone, they’ll staff you there, even if you don’t have the required experience. I got too specific, but (sh)it happens :/

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@C1 I didn't want to start at the other firms until my lease was up so I requested a later start date.

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OP - 6 weeks is a long lead time for quitting. Have you told them? Which company gave you such a delayed start date?

So OP, that completely changes the situation and therefore my advice. It does actually sound like you just want to ride out the bench and get paid as long as possible.

I personally think that’s unethical but whatever floats your boat 🚣‍♀️

@P1... So would it be better for me to take the role (then I would quit the project after 4-5 weeks) or... ride the bench? Is it worth it to join a project with the project expecting me to be there long term when I'm going to quit after a few weeks?

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