How to Handle Job Offers

After tweaking your LinkedIn profile, polishing your resume and nailing your interviews, you are beginning to receive job offers. Congratulations!

When you begin to receive job offers, it may be difficult to know how to handle them. Here are a few tips to make this step of the job search process a success:

  • Calm your excitement, take a deep breath and stop yourself from agreeing to the offer until you have received it in writing and have reviewed it.
  • suggests if you have a hard time asking for a written offer, try this “Thank you for the job offer, it sounds fantastic. I am looking forward to taking some time to review it, when can I expect to receive a written version of the offer?”
  • Never accept an offer unless you have studied the written proposal in detail.
  • recommends that the proposal outlines everything. Job title, benefits, paid personal, sick and holidays days, vacation time, and a start date are all important details that should be noted.
  • If more time is needed, ask for another day to review it. Don’t take forever to review the offer, but asking for another 24 hours should be well received.
  • If you have questions, make a list of all of your concerns and contact the employer to have them answered. If warranted, request the updated offer be sent again in writing.
  • If you need to negotiate the offer to suit your needs, now is the time to do so.  Make sure to speak to the employer in a sensitive manner. Again, request an updated proposal be sent.
  • Once signed, the offer is considered a legal binding document.
  • Once you are ready to sign on the dotted line, express gratitude for the offer.
  • Verbally summarize the proposal back to the employer.
  • Ask a few questions about the next step of the hiring process.
  • Make sure to send a Thank You note to your new employer expressing your thankfulness and excitement about becoming part of their company.

Accepting a job offer can be very stressful. You have already invested a lot of “sweat equity” into this process. Utilizing the above tips will help make this part of the job search a win for you and your future employer.