How likely would it be that the company I turned down would be prepared to offer me a second chance? I'm afraid I turned down the job rather high-handedly, and feel it would be difficult to crawl back to them, but staying where I am is no longer an option.
A: What on earth induced you to be high-handed? You should always be grateful to anyone who offers you a job. The moment you start thinking you're too good for them is the moment the offers will dry up. However, you may not have burnt your boats completely. Go back to them. No need to crawl; just be open. You've nothing to lose.
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