It happened! You just received a job offer! Congrats! Now, you might think the first things to do are to call your mom and dad and then your best friend to make some celebration plans.
After toasting to your recent success, you might wonder what you should be doing next. Before signing that job offer or giving a verbal commitment, there are a few steps to take if you want to set yourself up for success. We’re breaking it down for you.
Here’s what you need to know:
When HR calls or emails a job offer, your excitement might make you want to give an immediate response. But don’t! Instead, ask, if they don’t mention it, when they would need a response by.
Many companies are more than happy to give you time to review materials and consider your decision. It’s a red flag if the employer requires an immediate decision, and you’ll need to use your gut and judgement to assess that situation.
Around this time you will receive a written job offer. Review the salary amount as well as perks, benefits, time off, and bonuses. The written job offer must be reviewed with a careful eye and benefits should be weighed against your salary.
The Counter Offer
If the offer is lower than what you expected or required (after factoring in all of the other benefits), you should negotiate a more fitting salary before signing. Some tips about negotiating a job offer:
- Raises are often based on salary- A higher salary means your raises will be based on a larger number
- If salary is non-negotiable, you should still bargain your way to more PTO, flexible working options, tuition reimbursement, or other non-cash extras. Remember, your salary isn’t everything!
- If you feel that the salary offered is much less than your worth and can’t negotiate higher, then there is a good chance you won’t be happy in your new job for long.
- And most importantly, if the company has made you an offer, they want to hire you! At this point, you have the upper hand, so use it to your advantage.
Now you need to create a counter offer letter. Begin the letter expressing your enthusiasm for the job and company, include key points on how you plan to contribute and benefit the company. Follow with your counter offer, and show that it is supported through research and your added value to the company.
Be prepared for the company to come back, one way or the other, rejecting or accepting your counteroffer. However the response is, show gratitude and leave the conversation on a good note.
Letting Others Know
If you were interviewing with other companies, you need to inform them you’ve accepted a job offer. A simple email will do and remember to express gratitude. Mention that you either accepted an offer you couldn’t pass up or one that aligns more closely with your goals.
Now, it’s time to talk to your current boss. You may be feeling a tad nervous for this part and that’s totally understandable. If your boss is good, they will always want the best for your professional growth. If your boss is on the icy-side, then you might have made a good choice leaving!
Give the professional courtesy of telling your boss first. Do not tell others in the office or on your team until you’ve gotten the go ahead from your supervisor.
You also will be very eager to change your LinkedIn and other social networks to your new job title, but you need to wait. Once you’ve been with this new job for a few months, and you’re sure it’s where you want to be, then it’s safe to change your title online.
Rejecting An Offer
If you have received an offer that you do not want, can’t accept, or non-negotiable, then you need to let the employer know as soon as possible so they can continue to look for their candidate.
You still need to be polite turning down an offer. If you hate what you saw touring the office or were unimpressed by your direct supervisor, you don’t need to let the company know.
Simple say or email “I’m sorry, but:
- I don’t feel the organization/company culture would be the best choice for me.”
- I just don’t think this position is the best fit for me at this time.”
- I don’t think I could fully meet all of the role’s expectations.”
If you turn down an offer or withdraw from consideration, send a polite and positive thank-you letter. This will leave the door open for future considerations within the company.
Now that you have negotiated and accepted the job offer, it’s time to properly celebrate in your accomplishment!