Accepting a Job Offer: Difference Making Moves

Accepting a Job Offer: Difference Making Moves
Two days ago, you walked out of the office after your most recent interview, and you’ve been waiting on pins and needles since that moment. Finally, your phone rings, you answer, and you hear the news you’ve been hoping for. You got the job!More accurately: You’ve received a verbal job offer. The employers on the line are pleased to inform you that you’ve been identified as the most qualified candidate and they’d like you to accept the position. They state the annual salary on offer, restate the basics of your benefits package, and inform you that you’ll be receiving a written offer within a few days. What’s next? How can you move forward in a way that protects your best interests and lays the groundwork for a promising future? Here are a few basic steps to keep in mind.

Keep a Cool Head

Too often, job seekers miss a few crucial steps at this stage of the career building process. And this happens because they get excited and jump at an offer that isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. Before you blurt out an enthusiastic yes, take a breath. Say thank you, then ask for 24 hours to think over this news. Don’t be pressured into an immediate yes or no, especially if the salary or the contractual commitment involved in the offer are less than you hoped for. As soon as you express your gratitude and secure your 24 consideration period (or longer), hang up the phone and get to work.

Research the Offer

Head to the internet and start reviewing the details of your package and how they stack up against industry standards. If you plan to accept the offer as-is, no question, that’s fine. But if there’s any chance you could do a little better with another employer, prepare to be patient. Get ready to negotiate and stand up for what you deserve based on your experience and abilities.

Don’t Take Your Pots off the Fire

Don’t pack in your job search process just yet. Don’t say no to competing offers, cancel pending interviews, or toss your resume into the recycle bin. This may be good news, but your job search is far from over. One offer won’t secure your future.

Assemble your Questions

Do you have any questions at all about this job, from the hours you’ll be expected to keep, to perks, to public transportation discounts? Now is the time to ask them. Assemble your issues and questions in an email, point by point. Don’t worry about sounding demanding or entitled; you landed the offer. Now it’s your responsibility to conduct some due diligence before making a commitment. Any reasonable employer will understand and respect this.

Get Ready to Declare your Start Date

If you’re currently employed, you’ll want to give your employer two week’s notice before you disappear. But don’t do this until you receive a written offer and establish a clear start date at your new workplace. If you have any trips or commitments planned that will take you away from your new office during the first few weeks or months of your new job, now is the time to make this clear. Once each of these issues are on the table, your negotiation is complete, and your written offer is firmly in hand, start packing your things and getting ready for your next chapter.In order to reach this exciting milestone, you’ll need a great resume…and My Perfect Rusume can help. Visit the site today and explore our resume and cover letter building tools.