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.
- Themuse.com 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.
- Targetjobs.com 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.