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March 6, 2023

4 Steps to Professionally Declining an Aesthetic Laser Sales Rep Job Offer

There are a number of reasons why aesthetic laser sales is a  great career choice today. These Medical Device companies are often on the cutting edge of technology (including Fae & Body treatments, skin resurfacing, Men and Women’s health and hair removal), achievements are tangible (meaning patients can see the fruits of their labor), and there are a lot of opportunities for career advancement.

Despite these benefits, the industry is facing significant skills and talent shortage. The industry is looking for specific qualities in their next hires. This job isn’t for everyone and not everyone is cut out for what it takes to be a laser sales rep.

Due to these circumstances, some companies are investing money in recruiting firms that specialize in finding the exact talent they need. Here at 3D Executive Search Partners, that is just what I do. 95% of my recruiting is for entry level and experienced aesthetic laser sales reps from coast to coast.

These circumstances mean that those who have the right credentials for a laser sales role could easily find themselves in receipt of two (or more) job offers to choose between.

How to Decline an Aesthetic Laser Sales or Medical Device Sales Job Offer in 4 Steps

If you’re about to turn down a role in favor of another (or due other factors) here’s our four-step guide to getting it right and being polite.

1. Get On with It

Being considerate of the employer is of the utmost importance when it comes to turning down a job.

Thanks to today’s talent gap, employers in the medical device industry are likely to invest a significant amount of time looking for that perfect hire; defining recruitment criteria, advertising the role, and preparing for multiple interviews.

The longer they have to wait for you to decline their offer, the longer they have to put their recruitment processes on hold, and the more time and money is wasted.

Once your decision is made, get in touch right away.

2. Keep It Simple

When you do get in touch with the employer, (after telling your recruiter of course) start by expressing your gratitude and acknowledge the time and effort that was spent recruiting you for the role.

Your email should be addressed to the person offering you the position. There’s no need to descend into overly complimentary or overly critical language. Concerns regarding workplace culture, fearing a clash with the hiring manager, or disapproving of company processes are all perfectly viable reasons to reject a job offer, but they don’t need to be expressed in your communications. Keep it light and succinct. I always tell my candidates that a phone call is best. It shows that you are not afraid to tell your hiring manager no. This confidence may be needed down the road later if you ever decide you want to work for them at another time.

3. Give a Reason

Having said that, it is courteous to provide the hiring manager with your reason(s) for declining the job without going into too much detail.

Perhaps you’ve accepted a role that provides excellent training and development opportunities, a key consideration for medical device professionals today. 

Maybe the benefits package isn’t quite as enticing as you’d hoped or your current employer has come to you with an irresistible counter offer. According to a survey by BlueCrew, 10% of job-hunters reject roles due to inadequate salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in manufacturing, wage gains have lagged so significantly that the average hourly pay is less than pay in service businesses for the first time.

If any of these circumstances ring true, here’s how you explain them in your rejection letter.

  • When you’ve accepted a different role – “After a lot of thought, I’ve made the decision to accept a position at a different company.”
  • When you’re dissatisfied with the benefits package – “The salary does not meet my expectations or needs at this time.”
  • When a counteroffer is more appealing – “I’ve decided that it is not the right time for me to resign from my current role.”
  • When you’re displeased with the company culture or career progression opportunities – “At this point in time, the role does not align with my career goals.”

4. Stay in Touch

The world is a small place, particularly within a specific industry or within a specific city. You never know when and where you might bump into someone or the connections you might end up forming through work. In ten years’ time, the perfect role could open up at an employer you previously rejected, so it’s worth keeping the communications open. Sign off your letter in this vein, offering to stay in contact or expressing your confidence that your paths will cross in the near future.

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