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.
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