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I was offered a position two weeks ago to work for a foreign marriage agency. I made a decision recently that I won’t push through with the job. Should I send them an official letter declining the job offer or do I just miss my first day of work? They’ve been sending me emails reminding me to process this and that for the requirements but I ignored them. I only have a few days left before I start. How do you write a letter of decline? Help a friend here, please.
 
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Jonna,
Welcome to CodeRanch!

Unless you are unconscious in the hospital, you should absolutely not just miss your first day of work! This makes you look irresponsible and creates a horrible reputation for you in the industry.  Ignoring the emails from HR isn't good either, but that's happened already. i recommend you call them as soon as possible to explain the situation. They will probably be annoyed/upset. But this feeling will only grow the longer you wait.

This assumes you accepted the job offer in the first place. Which it sounds like you did if they are asking you to process documents.
 
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I think that you are obliged to turn up for work if you have already accepted the offer, How long is your notice period? You are within your rights to give notice five minutes after arrival on your first day. But as Jeanne says, make sure to reply to all communications and make sure to turn up on time.
 
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I think that you are obliged to turn up for work if you have already accepted the offer


That may differ according to whether the offer was accepted only verbally, or by signing the employment contract. In some countries verbally agreed employment contracts are legally binding, whereas in other countries they may not be.

But chiefly the issue is one of adhering to commonly accepted (and expected) behavior. Ignoring communication after the decision not to start a job is certainly acting in bad faith.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:You are within your rights to give notice five minutes after arrival on your first day.


I think that would come across even worse than "resigning" before you start. The earlier the company knows they have an empty position, the earlier they can start filling it.

There are really no good options in this scenario. You are supposed to work at a job when you accept. So it is choosing the "least bad" option here.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:. . . I think that would come across even worse than "resigning" before you start. . . .

I have known that happen; somebody was offered two jobs, but had accepted the less well paid job before the other job offer came through. They had to work out the full period of notice, however.

There are really no good options in this scenario. You are supposed to work at a job when you accept. So it is choosing the "least bad" option here.

Agree. And I agree with you that not contacting HR makes things worse.
 
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Contacting HR saying you will leave as soon as possibel would be a good idea, as Jeanne suggests.
 
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Reading all this and don't understand, at least OP never mentioned, so, once you got an offer, did you accept it?
 
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Good point Liutauras. In fact we haven't heard from OP. If she hasn't accepted the job, she ought to contact the employer immediately. In fact, she ought to contact the employer immediately or sooner if she has accepted it, too.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Jonna,
Welcome to CodeRanch!

Unless you are unconscious in the hospital, you should absolutely not just miss your first day of work! This makes you look irresponsible and creates a horrible reputation for you in the industry.  Ignoring the emails from HR isn't good either, but that's happened already. i recommend you call them as soon as possible to explain the situation. They will probably be annoyed/upset. But this feeling will only grow the longer you wait.

This assumes you accepted the job offer in the first place. Which it sounds like you did if they are asking you to process documents.



I'll be sending out my replies to the emails sent to me. But part of it is declining my job to the company. I know this is kind of inappropriate but it's what I can do now.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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